Published on 2016.05.31

BOM Participant Survey

  • More than 80 people responded to the Bol d’Or Mirabaud survey


    Leading up to the 78th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, we wanted to know more about sailors who host their sails - some more often than others – on Lake Geneva. Who are the participants in this crazy race, the world’s biggest on inland water, who dive into a lake marathon than can last more than 24 hours?

    Hence, we recently conducted an online survey in an attempt to learn more about the ties that unite both major sailing professionals with amateurs in this mythical regatta.

    Among the 83 respondents, aged 26 to 76, many celebrating their 30th participation, all agree to the uniqueness of this human experience, in communion with the nature of the Franco-Swiss shorelines, where the weather can turn from powerful ally to formidable enemy.


    “Enjoy: there’s always someone to compete with, and it’s never over until the finish line.” Participant – Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2015

    Here are a few of their answers:
    Advice from veterans

    •     “Enjoy: there’s always someone to complete, and it’s never over until the finish line.”
    •     “Have fun, be amazed and experience the thrill of the lake’s dangers.”
    •     “ Bring sun screen, stay calm and enjoy the show!”

    Favorite moments

    •     “Seeing a young crewmember asleep standing up, leaning on the backstay…”
    •     “Losing 3 crewmembers overboard when the wind broke their trapeze harnesses”, luckily quickly back on board.
    •     “To be passed by competitors who were grilling sausages.”
    •     “Sailing through an afternoon storm while blasting “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC!”
    •     A crewmember asking when we’ll start the fondue while the wind was blowing Force 5.”

    Worst moments

    • "Changing weather, rain, strong wind and cold!”
    • “Broken mast on a 6.5m SI. It was very hard because we had dreamed about the race before.”
    • “Storms, every time. You never know how strong and how long they’ll last. But you know it’s going to be  wild at some point and it’s often the key to a good result.”


    We thank everyone who took the time to respond, without which we wouldn’t be able to enjoy these anecdotes from the within the Bol d’Or Mirabaud.

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