Published on 2016.05.31

Newsletter June 2016

  • How to Follow the Bol d’Or Mirabaud

    On June 10, 11 and 12, the Société Nautique de Genève will vibrate to the rhythm of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud. Dining, activities, live race tracking on big screens, podiums: everything’s ready to allow you to experience a weekend in the heart of the action.

    We invite you to encourage the competitors as their boats leave the port Saturday morning starting at 8:00, then to watch the start at 10:00 offshore from Port-Tunnel. As of 15:00, if there’s wind, watch the competitors arrive from the new exclusive BOM area at Les Voiles! Starting at 20:00, the “Night of the Bol” will please those who enjoy partying at the Société Nautique de Genève and at Les Voiles.

    Live tracking will be activated on and at the SNG during the entire race: large screen geo-tracking, interviews, images from aboard boats and direct commentary will allow the public to experience the race as insiders. Léman Bleu, One FM and the Tribune de Genève will also provide event coverage during the weekend, especially the start on Léman Bleu and live newsflashes during the race. Don’t forget the BOM social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The weekend will be rich with excitement.


    Will the Bol de Vermeil Leave in Hungarian Hands?

    © Loris von Siebenthal

    First created in 1996, the Bol de Vermeil (Vermilion Cup), awarded to the overall victor of the mono-hull fleet, has been won indefinitely by two teams: Italian boat Raffica (Benamati in 1996, then Valerio in 1997 and 1998) as well as Team Tilt, Alex Schneiter and Patrick Firmenich’s Psaros 40 (2002, 2004 and 2006). 

    Four mono-hulls have shared the cup since then: Jean Psarofaghis’ Syz & Co (2007, 2011 and 2014), Oyster Funds (Eric Delaye and Xavier Lambert in 2008 and 2010, then the Keutgen – Van Hoof – Cloché - Gay foursome in 2015), Nicolas Engel’s Taillevent (2009) and Libera Raffica, taken over by the Hungarians (2012 and 2013).

    However, only the latter team can flirt with the hope of taking home the trophy indefinitely in 2016. Built in Italy in 1992, Raffica, skippered by Zsolt Király, is used to European lake competitions.  Regularly present on Garda, Constance and Balaton lakes, This Libera design sailboat travels in search of victory. “The Bol d’Or Mirabaud is special, as much for its atmosphere as for the race itelf,” declares Raffica crewmember Csaba Várkonyi.

    Advice from Old Pros

    The crew must really know the boat, and be prepared as a result!
    © Loris von Siebenthal

    How to prepare for the Bol d’Or Mirabaud? Dominique Wavre, Nicolas Groux and Benoît Morelle offer their precious advice.

    Three-time winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud aboard Grand Surprises, and to finish in real-time among mono-hulls last year, Benoît Morelle is a fighter who never gives up. “The word ‘abandon’ must not exist onboard. You need to give 100% from start to finish, never give up and believe all the way! Before the start,” he adds, “you must prepare the boat, remove anything that’s not absolutely necessary. Finally, you need to have a crew that’s all on the same wavelength.”

    Administrator of the Center for Regatta Training (CER), Nicolas Groux agrees with this advice and adds, “The race is never lost until the finish line. You can’t rest at 5:00 in the morning. You need to continue to drive the boat to its fullest.” Groux also insists that you need to, “sail as much as possible before the race, run through maneuver drills and sail with a homogenous crew.”

    Last year’s winner in handicap time, Dominique Wavre specifies that in his view, “Preparation of the boat is important. The crew needs to be tight and well trained, and the right quantity of supplies has to be on board; especially water (and don’t forget to drink ir frequently), sunscreen, gear adapted to the weather, etc…”

    Having accomplished eight round-the-world races, Wavre knows what he’s talking about… “You need to anticipate the weather systems,” he says, “and always keep an eye on the Jura summit and the mountains. Also, you need to be very vigilant at night when the risk of collision is greater. Finally, you need to remember that you’re there for fun. Have a drink – after you’ve tied up your boat!”  


    Final Preparations

    © Loris von Siebenthal

    A few days before the start of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, it’s time for final preparations for the big day. First thing to do, register! Don’t forget to register online before June 5 at midnight!

    Still missing crewmembers? Visit the “Crew Exchange” to find listings of available crew and boats for the Bol. An ideal tool to complete your crew!

    Finally, to be ready for 10:00 on June 11, we invite you to view the video series, “Yoann’s Minute”, covering various race subjects (in French):


    BOM Participant Survey

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    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.

    To discover the survey please click here

    Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2016 Program

    Thursday, June 9

    10:30 – Press conference
    11:30 – Interviews and press aperitif
    17:00 – 21:00 – Registration confirmation, racing instruction, decal and beacon pickup

    Friday, June 10

    8:00 – 17:00 - Registration confirmation, racing instruction, decal and beacon pickup
    13:30 – Celebrity race
    16:00 – Celebrity race aperitif and prize ceremony
    18:00 – 19:30 – Opening ceremony: 2015 amateur photo contest prize, briefing, weather update, roundtables
    19:30 – Opening aperitif offered to all competitors on the clubhouse terrace; Bol d’Or Mirabaud partner party on the 1st floor of the SNG
    Saturday, June 11
    6:30 – 8:30 – Breakfast provided to competitors by the SNG restaurant
    7:00 – Departure of race boats from the SNG port
    8:45 – Departure of press boats
    10:00 – Start of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud
    10:00 – Geo-tracking, LIVE and images broadcast live and taped on and on screens around the clubhouse and Les Les Voiles
    15:00 – Exclusive Bol d’Or Mirabaud area of Les Voiles open to watch the finish line action (accessible from the SNG north jetty).
    After the finish – Winning boats exposed on the honor dock and winner interviews
    19:00 – dawn – Snack offered to competitors stopping at the SNG after crossing the finish line
    20:00 – “Night of the Bol” at the SNG restaurant and Les Voiles for racers, chase teams, family, friends, et. The SNG restaurant will be open all night.

    Sunday, June 12

    Dawn – 16:30 – Snack offered to competitors stopping at the SNG after crossing the finish line
    17:00 – Close of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud
    19:00 – Closing ceremony: prize distribution and aperitif offered to competitors

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