Published on 2017.06.17

Jean Psarofaghis Wins the Monohull Category of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud

  • The skipper of Syz & Co took the lead in the race offshore of Coppet, after a brutal fight with Hungarian Libera Implantcentre Raffica. Due to a man overboard (quickly recovered) offshore of Hermance, the latter handed the victory over to “King Jean”, who won his fifth Bol d’Or.

    Geneva, June 17, 2017 – The monohull regatta was, if not more so, as intense as that of the multihulls. Ahead during most of the day, the spectacular Hungarian Libera Implantcentre Raffica had to effectively hand over the race during the final kilometers, after having lost two crewmembers overboard, who were quickly recovered with no harm.

    After that, the final sprint was between Mini Americas Cup Class Taillevent and Psaros 40 Syz & Co, which secured victory offshore of La Belotte, before winning in 8:44:14 of race time, 52 seconds ahead of Taillevent.

    Very moved, skipper Jean Psarofaghis, a true Lake Léman legend, nicknamed “King Jean”, declared, “It was very heated! The return leg was aggressive, and it cost us a spinnaker and a few curse words… but we never got discouraged, and we’re particularly happy to have won the Bol de Vermeil. I dedicate this victory to my father, who left us recently, and our thoughts also go out to Pierre-Yves Firmenich, who inspired a whole generation of yachtsmen.”

    The regatta between the top monohulls created an interesting conflict between generations and architectural models, with a Libera designed with trampolines, and a heavy monohull rather than a lightweight, aquaplaning “sled”. Taillevent was designed in 1993 by Philippe Briand; whereas the Psaros 40 was designed by Sébastien Schmidt in 2002. Implantcentre Raffica was designed in 1992.

    The regatta continues, and will last all night for certain of its participants. The fastest monohulls have arrived; the Grand Surprises are expected around 20:30, which is quite exceptional.

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