Published on 2017.03.31

Newsletter - March 2017

  • Registration is open!

    © Nicolas Jutzi

    We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Bol d’Or Mirabaud! The 79th edition of the annual Lake Léman regatta will take place June 16 to 18, starting at the Société Nautique de Genève at Port-Noir. Once again, more than 500 monohulls and multihulls will compete on this 120 kilometer racecourse from Geneva to Le Bouveret and back. You too can participate in this magnificent adventure. Sign up today!

    “The Bol d’Or Mirabaud highlights our city well beyond its borders” - G. Barazzone

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    Geneva mayor, Guillaume Barazzone, talks to us about this emblematic race from the lake’s end.

    - What’s the importance of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud to Geneva?

    Guillaume Barazzone:
    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud is a mythical regatta as the world’s most important lake regatta. This race brings sailing professionals and amateurs together. It’s one of the major sporting events of the year, highlighting our city well beyond its borders.

    - The Escalade race, the triathlon… is it your intention to add the Bol to this series of festive public sporting events?

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud has become an institution for Genevans. In fact, the city adorns the Mont-Blanc bridge with flags for the occasion. Just like the Escalade race, this event brings out the masses, especially for the start. When you see all those boats leave, spinnakers flying when the wind is southerly, it’s one of the most beautiful images our harbor has to offer. One must also remember that boating is part of Geneva history. For a long time, freight arrived to town by boat from neighboring France or the canton of Vaud.

    - As mayor, what does this event mean to you?

    From a sport standpoint, it’s a tough competition, requiring knowledge of the lake if one aspires to perform well. It’s also an opportunity to test the limits of a team. In terms of notoriety, as stated, the Bold d'Or Mirabaud is precious for Geneva. I owe my gratitude to the organizers and sponsors such as Mirabaud for making it possible each year.

    - And have you already participated personally?

    Yes, I participated numerous times aboard a Surprise and aboard a Toucan. I especially remember endless hours at Le Bouveret waiting for the wind to give us a push. I also remember night maneuvers in challenging conditions. You really need to concentrate… but what fun!

    Sneak Preview

    © 4AM SA - Marco da Costa

    See the 2017 edition introductory video by clicking on the image or link below:

    The ICRC with the BOM

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is pleased to announce its participation in the 79th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud as its first ever benevolant partner.

    The ICRC is the oldest humanitarian organization in the world. Founded more than 150 years ago in Geneva under the initiative of Henry Dunant, the organization’s mission is to help all war victims, independently of their political, religious, ethical or social beliefs. Since its creation, thanks to private and public benefactors, the ICRC has been able to provide its services to the most vulnerable people of the world.

    Two crews made up of ICRC delegates will take the start at Port Noir on the weekend of June 17. Far from being able to compete with the most expert sailors in the completion, they will nonetheless enjoy the pleasure and privilege of participating in this mythical regatta alongside many hundreds of committed sailors. We are delighted to to participate in this humanitarian adventure with which we share the same values of rigor, determination and solidarity. 

    Share your preparation with #BOM17!

    © 4AM SA - Chiara Cosenza

    Once again, the Bol d’Or Mirabaud community will meet up on social networks to share their race experiences: preparation, start, finish and celebration!

    Whether you’re training, ordering new sails, preparing to launch your boat or communicating with your crew on the new dedicated WhatsApp group, we want to know all about your preparations.

    The official Bol d’Or Mirabaud social network accounts will accompany you during the next two months of preparation for your #BOM17! So don’t forget to share these moments using hashtag #BOM17 in each of your posts, and tagging the official Bold d'Or Mirabaud accounts via Twitter (@boldormirabaud) , Instagram (@instabom), Facebook or YouTube.

    An ocean crew at the start this year

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud is pleased to welcome the professional Phaedo team this June. The American, Lloyd Thornburg, will take the start of this 79th edition aboard Decision 35, Phaedo2, previously Team Tilt. Winner of prestigious ocean regattas aboard a Farr 280 and a MOD 70, Lloyd will be accompanied in the BOM by his co-skipper Brian Thompson along with whom he already beat numerous ocean records.

    “I’m looking forward to participating in the BOM for the first time this year,” confides Lloyd. “Ever since Rodolphe Gautier invited me to participate last year during the Round the Island at Cowes, I’ve been anxious to experience this race. To discover Lake Léman aboard a D35 is a nice opportunity for my crew and I’m very excited.”

    Plus d’informations :

    Lend your boat during the BOM!

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud is always on the lookout for monohulls available for foreign crews. As part of its strategy to make the regatta more international, the organizing committee has invited several foreign clubs to participate and thus discover our Lake Léman. Surprises, Grand Surprises, Melges 32s, Toucans and all other racing monohulls are needed. Please contact us at

    Alan Roura will be at the Société Nautique de Genève

    As sponsor of the event, Alan Roura will be present at the Société Nautique de Genève during the whole 2017 Bold d'Or Mirabaud weekend. This gives the public an opportunity to meet this sailor as well as enjoy the club since it will be open to all for the occasion!

    Le Richemond hotel partner of the BOM 

    Located on the shores of Lake Geneva overlooking the Jet d’Eau, Le Richemond is pleased to welcome you for the Bol d’Or Mirabaud. As a partner of the event, the hotel offers a spacial rate from June 16 to June 18, 2017: CHF 320 per night for a superior room, buffet breakfast included. Late checkout at 7pm available on request and upon availability.

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