Published on 2016.06.12

Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing Dominates the 78th Bol d’Or Mirabaud

  • The Décision 35, Ladycat powered by Spindrift Racing, skippered today by Xavier Revil, took its third Bol d’Or Mirabaud victory in seven years. Winning ahead of Alinghi and Mobimo, Dona Bertarelli’s catamaran finished after 8 hours, 30 minutes and 10 seconds.

    Geneva (Switzerland), June 11, 2016 – The 2016 Bol d’Or Mirabaud erased racers’ concerns about rain and dead winds, and offered 520 registered boats pleasant conditions, although a little wet during the beginning of the day.

    The race started under moderate westerly winds, allowing the fleet to start with spinnakers flying, and good speed. Off to a particularly good start was the Décision 35, Ladycat powered by Spindrift Racing, which quickly established a leadership position ahead of Realtime and Okalys.

    If the beginning of the race enjoyed better than expected conditions, the dark clouds accumulating over the Jura summits eventually turned to rain over the Grand-Lac (the largest central part of the lake), in the form of a squall offshore from Saint Prex. The wind was never very strong – 15 knots maximum – but strong enough to allow Alinghi to take the lead, and keep it all the way to Le Bouveret.

    The boat, skippered by Ernesto Bertarelli crossed the midcourse mark at Le Bouveret at 14:10:57, with a three minute lead over Ladycat powered by Spindrift Racing and seven minutes lead over Swisscom. During the return trip, Ladycat powered by Spindrift Racing handled nicely the lighter wind conditions than those present on the outbound leg, and passed Alinghi.

    Xavier Revil, helmsman for Ladycat powered by Spindrift Racing, describes the key moment of the race, “I’d never done it before, but we did a fake jibe at tactician Erwan Israel's initiative, a little past Thonon; we led Alinghi to think we were going to jibe but in reality we just held our course. They fell for it, and it allowed us to stay in a zone we expected to be more windy, which turned out to be the case!”

    Dona Bertarelli’s gold and black catamaran, dominating the Décision 35 circuit since the beginning of the season, had no further concerns. She finally crossed the finish line at 18:31:10, with four minutes lead over Alinghi and sixteen over Mobimo. “I am really proud of them,” declared Don Bertarelli (who wasn’t aboard) and the end of the race. “The whole crew sailed well. I was attached to my binoculars. It was hard not being aboard, but to win we needed to train. Their victory is well deserved.” Mobimo, helmed by Christian Wahl, was able to make up its gap to the rest of the pack and win back a place on the podium by Thonon. He finally crossed the finish line in third place, after 8 hours 47 minutes and 34 seconds.

    Among the monohulls, Implant Centre Raffica was dominating the race as of the time of this press release, sailing with a comfortable lead over her followers. If Kiraly Zsolt’s Hungarian sailboat maintains her lead, she will win her third Bol de Vermeil in five years, allowing her owner to keep the trophy indefinitely.

    Monohull Syz & Co dominated the local competitors, ahead of Philippe Bertherat’s Psaros 33 Raïjin, second monohull at the Bouveret barge. Also very nice midcourse performances by Jacques Valente, 46th aboard his Quant 28 Uniq, by Jean-Marc Deryng, 51st aboard Dupin1820-Twister, and the by the first Toucan, René Grept’s Angrybird, 65th.

    Ladycat powered by Spindrift Racing crew:

    • Xavier Revil (helmsman)

    • Erwan Israel (tactician)

    • Fred Moreau

    • Jacques Guichard

    • Malo Bessec

    • Benjamin Amiot

     

    Bol d’Or Mirabaud, final  ranking:

    1) Ladycat Powered by Spindrift Racing

    2) Alinghi

    3) Mobimo

     

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