Published on 2016.05.25

Bol d’Or Mirabaud: A Prize for Everyone?

  • A saying suggests that the Bol d’Or has one prize per competitor. The length of the award ceremony is the proof…

    That’s not completely true, even if there are numerous prizes – and as many individual accomplishments to recognize!

    Beside the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, the ultimate trophy awarded to the overall real-time winner (i.e. the first boat to cross the finish line), the Bol de Vermeil awards the first Bol d’Or Mirabaud mono-hull each year. Just like the Bol d’Or, if the same crew wins it three times in five years, they keep it permanently. This could be the case for Hungarian Libera Raffica, skippered by Zsolt Kiràly, which already won in 2012 and 2013!

    The ACVL-SRS trophy awards the winning yacht in handicapped time amongst all classes combined (the yacht’s time is multiplied by a coefficient that theoretically allows even a small boat to win this title). Three crews have won since its creation in 2013: Canopus 3 (Luthi 38.2), Mirabaud 1 (Surprise) and Aridzio Toitures (Luthi 33). Three special CHF 500.- prizes are also awarded to the 10th, 20th and 30th boats in this ranking.

    The Sailing School Trophy has the objective of introducing young crews to competition. It’s open to Lake Geneva region sailing schools and groups of four juniors (17 years and younger) led by a certified sailing instructor. They race on Surprise one-designs.

    Finally, the Bol d’Or Mirabaud welcomes SRS (Swiss Rating System) classes, open to cruiser-racer sailboats not belonging to one-design classes, allowing them to compete against boats of similar size.

    Which one do you choose?

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