Published on 2016.06.29

Newsletter - July 2016

  • The Hidden Heroes of the 2016 bol d'or mirabaud

    The Décision 35, Ladycat powered by Spindrift Racing and the spectacular Hungarian trampoline monohull, Implant Centre Raffica, respective winners of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud and the Bol de Vermeil (won for keeps this year), are the kings of the 2016 edition, celebrated like heroes. The winners of each class also enjoyed the euphoria of the prize podium, and received deserved acclamation.

    Many other 2016 Bol d’Or Mirabaud competitors achieved their own anonymous feats. Spotlight on a few hidden heroes…




    Congratulations to Pierre Girod, president of the Société Nautique de Genève and owner of Raïjin Philippe Bertherat, placing 32nd in the overall real-time ranking, fifth among monohulls in 13:10:22, behind a Libera and three Psaros 40. At mid-course, this Psaros 33 rounded the mark second among monohulls, a position she was of course unable to maintain on the downwind homeward leg. Nonetheless a great performance!



    This fragile and uncomfortable 6.5mSI placed fourth in the TCF3 class, in 108th place overall after 19:22. Just looking at the picture of this boat, helmed by Coriolan Rousselle, member of the very British RORC, suggests the special recognition deserved for this feat! 



    This Tornado catamaran, helmed by Frenchman Eric le Bouedec, coming directly from England, crossed the finish line in 115th place, after 19:23. In 1967, a Tornado (future Olympic class) raced in the Bol d’Or for the first time, helmed by Claude Bourquin and Michel Nerbolier. They rounded the Bouveret mark in the lead, ahead of 8mJI Marie-José II, to finish fourth. But that result wasn’t officially recorded as this boat was considered too small by the authorities of that time. Hats off to all the C1 catamarans to have proven the contrary!



    Bernard Stamm and his crew, accustomed to the greatest honors, had to clench their teeth, crossing the finish line 154th after 19:38, ten hours behind the winner of the M2 class and a quarter hour before the first Surpise… While the Diam 24 is interesting for ocean racing, it turns out to offer little advantage for Bol d’Or conditions… Nonetheless we hope to see more of them in 2017.



    This Bavaria 32 helmed by Alexander Scherl was the last boat to cross the finish line, in 429th place, after 28:55. We hope his bimini made it all the way to the end.


    A european bol 


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    Participation from other regions is growing. Among 522 registered participants, including some 50 Swiss boats from the Jura lakes, German and Italian speaking Switzerland, we welcomed participation of boats from the following countries:

    438 from Switzerland including 48 from regions other than Lake Geneva, 86 from France, 3 from Germany, 3 From England, 2 from Hungary, 1 from Denmark, 1 from Austria, 1 from Italy and 1 from the Czech Republic.

    Internationalization is even more pronounced if we count the number of crewmembers coming from all over Europe, North America and even South Africa.

    In fact, crews representing the major European regattas participated in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud aboard Saphire 27 monohulls. Special mention goes to (yet another) Hungarian crew Team Kekszalag, 118th in the overall ranking, tenth in the TCF3 class and 3rd in the Inter-Club trophy. Helmed by Attila Nagy, the sailboat finished ahead of André Guggiari’s Le Cinq Team Barcolana (171st) and Team Tour de Belle-Ile (239th).  Also competing in this “race within a race”, Team Bol d’Or Mirabaud, helmed by Ezequiel Schargorodsky, leader of the Sailing Team, 249th, and Team Centomiglia, 297th.

    Beside these unexceptional results – except for those winning by the sweat of their brow – these crews symbolize the intent to form a network with organizers of other important European regattas.

    Crews sailing under the Bol d’Or Mirabaud colors will also soon participate in the Kekszalag (July 14) and the Centomiglia (September 10) following the same principle, aboard a boat made available by the organizers.

    Naturally, all Bol d’Or Mirabaud participants are invited to hoist their boats onto trailers, or find local rental boats to participate in these international classics. For more information:


    the 2016 bol d'or mirabaud benefited from excellent worldwide media coverage

    Beyond the numerous articles published in Switzerland or broadcast on local TV & radio, our favorite regatta was exhaustively covered in Italy, France and Hungary… and even in China!

    Social network followership statistics also continued to climb. 64,799 users visited the new Bol d’Or Mirabaud website, while 161,564 users enjoyed content published on the BOM Facebook page. YouTube was not exception wth 59,683 views counted to date. Finally, 50 hours of images were broadcast on the Live platform and visited 59,117 times.

    These results were facilitated by the Organizing Committee’s commitment, starting this year, to translate all Bol d’Or Mirabaud content: website, press releases, newsletters and technical material into English.

    sincere thanks to the 2016 BOM volunteers

    ©Loris von Siebenthal

    More than a hundred volunteers contributed to the success of the 2016 Bol d’Or Mirabaud!

    Starting in advance of the event in the event with registration and race material pick up, as well as launching competitors’ boats, handling press boats and managing arrivals and recording results all night long during the race up to and including the prize ceremony, they did a wonderful job, never losing their smiles from the beginning to the end.

    Sincere thanks to all of you: the Bol d’Or Mirabaud would be possible without your precious contribution.


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    relive the bol d'or mirabaud experience (including your own)

    All is seen and known… the killer tack offshore from La Meillerie, stubbon wind in the Rolle bay, the worst upwind beat in sailing history or the ingenious maneuver that no one expected. Relive these special moments indefinitely, hide them forever or show them to your friends.

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    complete results

    Don’t remember if you were 197th or 198th at Le Bouveret, if you crossed the finish line among the first 300 boats or if your rival finished ahead of you? Find all the results here.


    original partners

    2016 Bol d’Or Mirabaud flags flew on the Mont Blanc bridged.

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud organizing committee wishes to thank all its partners for their enthusiastic, efficient and friendly support. Certain sponsors participated in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud bringing original, useful, necessary, friendly or indispensible support…

    The City of Geneva, for example, allowed parking and launching C1 catamarans on the Port Noir walkway, freeing up considerable space around the crane. It also allowed adorning the Mont Blanc bridge with Bol d’Or Mirabaud colors for the week, making us proud.

    Les Voiles, next to the SNG and magnificently situated at the end of the finish line, wasn’t used as much as we’d hoped because of the unpredictable weather Saturday evening. We hope for better weather in 2017!

    Thanks to all the partners and supporters of the 2016 Bol d’Or Mirabaud for their trust!

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