Published on 2011.06.19

Alinghi wins the prestigious 73rd Bol d'Or on Lake Geneva

  • Following a highly tactical race, Alinghi, skipped by Ernesto Bertarelli, wins the 73  edition of the  Bol d'Or Mirabaud  presented by Corum,  in front of an international array of ocean champions. Taking advantage of a stiff breeze, he wins the regatta in 6 hours and 25 minutes, just ahead of Michel Desjoyeaux on  Foncia, Arnaud Psarofaghis on  Ylliam  and Loic Peyron on Okalys-Corum. The Bol d’Or, one of the largest regattas in the world to be run on a lake, gathered this year more than 3’000 sailors and 477 boats.  
    Ernesto Bertarelli,  the double winner of the America’s Cup,  wins the  Bol d’Or  on  Alinghi  for the sixth time since his last victory in 2003. He led the race almost entirely despite fierce opposition. In the monohull category, Syz & Co wins the race after more than 11 hours of sailing. 
    « This year’s edition benefited from favorable wind conditions, which led to a dynamic and highly tactical race.  In all categories, winners won by a very small margin over their opponents even after several hours of intensive racing », said Michel Glaus, Chairman of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud Organizing Committee. « All ingredients were there during this edition for a beautiful event,  further confirming that this regatta has become a must on Lake Geneva and count’s among the world’s most prestigious 
    races. It gathers passionate sailors as well as an international array of ocean champions. » 
    « We sailed extremely well and the entire crew has done a fantastic job » said Ernesto Bertarelli. « We took an excellent start, but were always under the threat of our opponents. However we managed well tactical transitions and did not commit any  error. I am very happy about this victory here  at home. » 

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