Published on 2017.02.01

Newsletter - February 2017

  • Rendezvous in 4 months!

    © Loris von Siebenthal 
    With little more than four months to go until the 2017 Bol d’Or Mirabaud, taking place June 16 to 18, 2017, we hope you’ve already held the date in your calendars! The BOM has secured its place as the world’s most important lake regatta with more than 520 starters last year. We expect even more this year. It’s never too soon to begin preparing for the event as you can see in this picture Sébastien Aubord sent live from the ski slopes.

    Even in mid-winter, you can begin preparing your boat. For example, small modifications can improve your handicap. Remember that the ACVL-SRS Trophy awards the first monohull in handicapped time among all classes! Each boat has a chance. The happy 2016 winner was Yves Tournier’s Luthi F10, Triumvirat in 18:09:53.

    June 9, 1963 - the Bol d’Or is won for keeps for the first time

    This year we offer you a chance to dig into Bol d’Or Mirabaud history, covering a key historical event in each Newsletter. And we invite more curious readers to dig deeper in the history pages of the website.

    On June 9, 1963, Horace Julliard is declared the first winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud challenge aboard his 8m JI Marie-José II (named after his daughter), helmed by Henri Copponex, silver medal winner from the 1960 Rome Olympic Games.

    Fifty-five sailboats lined up for the start at Port Noir for the 25th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, with rain bringing favorable winds. This would be a very competitive event, and it was won by Marie-José II in 23 hours, 8 minutes and 40 seconds!

    Swiss television covered the regatta. This video is worth viewing, as much for the Bol d’Or Mirabaud archive images as to appreciate evolution in journalism!

    [Portrait] Loris von Siebenthal has photographed the Bol d’Or Mirabaud for over 12 years

    © Loris von Siebenthal

    “What I like about the work I do for the Bol d’Or Mirabaud is that it’s not just about chronicling the winners. When the first boats cross the finish line, I stay in the middle of the lake to tell the stories of the rest of the fleet.”

    Loris von Siebenthal has photographed the Bol d’Or since 2004. After more than 40 competitive lake tours, and notably winning the 5 Days of Lake Geneva (2014), he knows Lake Geneva like the back of his hand. This is a real plus when shooting 500 competitors each edition. “My fear is to miss something; there are 10,000 stories going on at the same time during the Bol,” confides the 41-year-old photographer. Accompanied by his loyal team, he lets us experience the competition, live, with magnificent views. Discover his complete interview here

    Dig into the best BOM moments thanks to the online photo gallery

    Nicolas Mirabaud: “The Bol d’Or Mirabaud is one of Geneva’s signatures”

    © Loris von Siebenthal

    On the eve of the 79th edition of this great lake regatta, Nicolas Mirabaud, Mirabaud & Cie SA director and executive committee member underlines the importance of this event that projects the image of the City of Calvin. “We are very proud to associate our establishment with this regatta that contributes to Geneva’s reputation,” he confides.

    Nicolas Mirabaud succeeds Antonio Palma in supervising the bank’s sailing projects, as well as projects in modern art and classical music. “The BOM is an important world reference, measured not necessarily by its size and difficulty, but as a sporting feat that ties tradition and modernity, which characterizes Mirabaud today. The Geneva company has been associated with sailing for over a century and organizes, among other things, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image photo contest".

    Inquiring as to his view of the BOM and its future perspectives, the objective is clear, “We want to show the public that it’s a race open to all,” he specifies. “Far from the elitist image that can be sometimes associated with sailing, the BOM allows all, experienced sailors or beginners, to dive into this Geneva festival. With the organizing committee, we’d also like to increase the notoriety of the race beyond Geneva: around the lake, in Switzerland and abroad.” With this in mind, Mirabaud and the Bol d’Or Mirabaud approached the International Red Cross to forge a first ever partnership with this emblematic institution, and plan to bring other Geneva entities of international dimension to the party.

    As a notable participant in last year’s Celebrity Race, Nicolas Mirabaud is expected to participate in the real regatta this year, something he’s never done before. “If I’m invited, I’ll gladly participate!” smiles the amateur sailor who sailed in Brittany as a youngster. “On a Surprise or a fast multihull. As principal partner, it would make sense to experience the event from inside,” to all those who are listening!

    More information on the Bol d’Or Mirabaud title partner

    The Bol d'Or Mirabaud of the C1 Flying Buzz

    © DR

    Small catamarans participated in the BOM for the first time in 2016, with Robin Maeder and Félicien Ischer winning the category. The BOM organizing committee decided to continue the operation this year. Alongside Nacra 20s, Flying Phantoms and other small rockets encountered in 2016, we will see other small hydrofoils that have been much discussed these last months… more to come on this!

    In the meantime, we received a nice story from Flying Buzz, summarizing their #BOM16. This should convince anyone having doubts to come see the 2017 Bol d’Or Mirabaud! Extract:

    “After having tuned our rigging, we begin to dream about a continuous Bol on a cushion of air, ignoring the wind variations that Aeolus would provide, one of which caused us to capsize,” explains Marc Cheli. “We’re going for it. 25 to 30 knots of wind, 20 to 23 knots of boat speed on open water, Buzz is simply regal, balanced, staying above the surface. The pure speed is intoxicating and the structure underneath is very reassuring. One hull is lit up green, the other red,and the shorelights are our target. These are our only visual references.”

    Discover the full article here

    Ideal visibility for your class

    ©Loris von Siebenthal
    The committee is seeking monohulls to make available for foreign crews hoping to participate in the BOM. Grand Surprises, Melges 32s, Toucans… last year, the Saphire class made 6 boats available with one owner’s representative aboard each one. Which class wants to lead the initiative this year? Contact us!

    Dona Bertarelli "Female Sailor of the Year

    ©Miguel Bueno

    Winner of the 2016 Bol d’Or Mirabaud with her Spindrift crew, Dona Bertarelli won the title of 2015/2016 Female Sailor of the Year at the SUI Sailing Awards, last Autumn. Congratulations, Dona!


    ©Nicolas Jutzi

    Registration for the 79ème Bol d’Or Mirabaud edition, taking place June 16 – 18, will open in March. 

    To our associated clubs and friends, we hope you'll come in large numbers

    ©Loris von Siebenthal

    As part of promoting the regatta abroad, the organizing committee once again invites foreign clubs to participate in the BOM. You’re a foreign club and you’d like to participate in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud? Build a team of four of your club members and contact us ! Many European clubs are already registered for the 2017 edition. If interested, please contact Laurence  Zanon:

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