Published on 2013.06.16

Bol d'Or Mirabaud: A beautiful event for its 75th edition

  • After an intense and competitive race,  Zenith Fresh,  skipped by Christophe Péclard, wins the 75th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, the most important  regatta  in the world on an inland lake. The D35 multihulls  Team SUI 9,  skipped by Christian Wahl  and Alinghi,  skipped by  Ernesto Bertarelli, complete  the podium. Among the monohulls, the Hungarian sailing  team, Libera Raffica, won the race for the second consecutive time. This 75th edition gathered more than 3’000 participants. 508 boats  took the start  and 336 passed  the finish line.  The Swiss skipper Dominique Wavre was the official guest of this 75th edition.  
    This 75th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud will not be forgotten. Favorable weather conditions and bright  sunshine,  allowed a magnificent  start with more  than 500 boats under spinnaker on Lake Geneva. The race, very intense in all categories, added some additional spice. A number of innovations marked this edition, notably the fact that the race of every single boat could be followed on the Internet. In addition, the regatta could also be followed on the BOM Live Platform.  
    « It was important for us to celebrate these 75 years  memorably: we  organized,  for example,  a special regatta gathering celebrities such as Luis Jesús Doreste Blanco, a double Olympic gold medal winner, as well as round tables with renowned skippers, discussing the future of sailing, technology and speed» commented Michel Glaus, President of the Organizing Committee. « It was an extraordinary and competitive edition and a successful event that we will remember for sure».  
    Zenith Fresh won this 75th edition with maestria. With almost a two hour lead over the second, the team put an end to the nine year domination of the Decision 35 class  in the Bol d’Or. Skipped by Christophe Péclard, they demonstrated their tactical skills throughout the race, taking full advantage of their lighter boat, a Ventilo M1,  ideally suited for difficult weather conditions. The battle for the second place was fierce, as 11 boats passed the finish line within eight minutes. Team SUI 9, skipped by Christian Wahl and Alinghi, skipped by Ernesto Bertarelli, took the second and third place. 
    Among the M2s,  Teamwork  skipped by Antoine Thorens won the category and arrived 9th  in the general ranking, after 14 hours and 33 minutes of racing. The first monohull to pass the finishing line was the Hungarian team, Libera Raffica, enabling them to win the Bol de Vermeil. They also won the race in 2012, as well as in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The team already announced their participation in  2014.  In the Surprise category, more than a hundred boats fought for first place. Mirabaud 1 skipped by Antonio Palma ended up winning with Luna trailing 51 minutes behind.

    BOM 75  edition Trophees 
    The Inter Clubs was won by the CVSNG 1 (Cercle de la Voile de la Société Nautique de Genève) followed by CVL 2 (Cercle de la Voile de Lausanne) and the CNS (Club Nautique de Sciez).  
    The Club Nautique de Versoix (CER 3 Aprotec, skipped by Benoît Deutsch) won the Trophee « Ecole de Voile », followed by the CVSNG (Mirabaud 4) and the CVL (Corto). The first place of the  Inter-Entreprises, was attributed to Whituba.  

    The 75th Surprise Regatta held its promises
    A PRO-AM  competition  took place Thursday afternoon as a prelude to the anniversary edition. Crews composed of two renowned sailors, a journalist and a celebrity, sailed in  this VIP regatta aboard Mirabaud Surprises. The winning team was composed of  Luis  Jesús  Doreste Blanco  and his team members  Laurent Deshusses  (comedian),  Lucien Cujean (skipper  Team Tilt, M2) and Jacques Valente (skipper Uniq (Quant 28), TR2).  
    LIVE Platform 
    Initiated in May 2012, the live platform  ( enlightened the 75th edition with daily posts, texts photos and videos allowing followers to be as close as possible to the happenings of the race.  The numbers exceeded expectations with 16'993 unique visitors and more than 130'716 pages viewed during the weekend. Thanks to the Live Platform,  the race could also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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