Published on 2016.04.05

Newsletter - April 2016

  • New website

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud website has been entirely redesigned! More dynamic, modern, responsive, it facilitates participant registration, open starting today: Spectators following the race will have an improved experience thanks to a new version of “LIVE”.

    Notice of race online

    The 2016 Bol d’Or Mirabaud notice of race is online! Find all the information about this 78th edition online

    Racing catamarans welcome

    The Bol d'Or Mirabaud is now open to C1 racing catamarans: 18 to 21 foot multihulls sailed by two crewmembers. Up to 50 boats will be admitted, with candidates selected based on their crew’s experience. Requests must be submitted via email to by May 31 (please refer to Notice of Race, Appendix 6

    The most popular design within this class is the F18, a small 5.5m missile, accustomed to disputing long distance races; most notably the Archipelago Raid in Sweden (; a match in which crews sail between150 and 300 miles, through day and night.

    As long as Aeolus will be with us, the C1s will contribute significantly to the show! And for those worried about participation of “small” boats, remember that Charles and Bénédict Pictet, Bernard Bourquin and François Devaud already raced one… in 1966!

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud as experienced by François Gabart

    François Gabart, winner of the 2011-12 Vendée Globe, participated in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud for the first time last year, aboard the Décision 35 – Okalys. He shares his experience in the queen of lake regattas with us: “When I was sailing Optimists as a little kid, I’d already heard about the Bol d’Or. Like the Vendée Globe or the Route du Rhum, it’s a race that occupied my childhood imagination and I am delighted to finally have been able to participate. I also dreamed about sailing Décision 35s because they are beautiful boats.

    Thanks to Nicolas Grange, who called me at just the right moment, I was able to fulfill two dreams.” Sixth in the ranking (five minutes behind the winner, Team Tilt, helmed by Sébastien Schneiter), Gabart puts things into perspective, “Here there’s a very high level of ability and competitiveness. If the Bol d’Or were easy to win, it wouldn’t be so interesting… that’s what makes this race great.”

    Questionnaire: share your best BOM memories

    Do you also have interesting stories, anecdotes and experiences from the Bol d’Or Mirabaud? Don’t hesitate to share them with us via an online questionnaire that we developed to collect your tales: and by sending your photos, archives or historical videos about the regatta to the following email address:

    A brand new clubhouse to welcome the BOM

    The SNG is delighted to welcome you to its facilities, which were renovated over the winter. As explained by the (new) SNG president, Pierre Girod, “The goal of the renovation is to ensure that members and boaters feel good in our club. As such we reorganized the space with member’s and active boater’s comfort and pleasure in mind. We’ll continue to provide an excellent restaurant, but there will also be a space where racers will be able to enjoy a ‘sport’ menu, and where youngsters can feel at home. Tradition is maintained, notably with a trophy case highlighting our club’s accomplishments. But the overall club is more modern, rejuvenated and more functional.”

    The club is amidst one phase of a bigger transition since work on the new port will commence in January 2017. Renovating the restaurant is the first step in a series of more significant projects, which will ultimately include updating the boating infrastructure. 

    As always, the clubhouse will be open during the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, and the public is invited to join the events and watch the start from the club. 

    BOM encounters

    In this new setting, the Bol d’Or Mirabaud introduces a series of aperitifs this year to enable regatta participants and regional sailors to meet and share their ideas and at the start of the season, ahead of the event. Surprises await you during these get-togethers. Space is limited so follow us on social networks to find out the dates of these BOM aperitifs and to sign up early!

    Interlake cooperation agreement

    Organizers of the three major European lake classics, the Kékszalag (Hungary), the Centomiglia - Lake Garda (Italy) and the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, signed an agreement to facilitate exchanges between their races and to jointly promote their events internationally. We are delighted to welcome foreign visiting crews to the 2016 Bol d’Or Mirabaud!

    Kékszalag website & Centomiglia website

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud vintage

    Collector ! Renaissance Vins, official supporter of the event, will offer regatta lovers a special edition “Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2016 Vintage”. Benefiting from exceptional sun exposure over its choice land in Leytron, canton of Valais, these Humagne Blanche grapes have been meticulously selected to meet Renaissance Vins’ demanding criteria for inclusion in its Privilège wines. Discover this gold-medal Humagne Blanche during the festivities, which can also be purchased. More to come!

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