Published on 2017.07.03

Newsletter - JULY 2017

  • By Rodolphe Gautier, President of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud

    © Loris von Siebenthal

    The 79th edition was beautiful and exciting, thanks to the “bise” wind that everyone was hoping for at the start of the Bol. These exceptional conditions delighted both competitors and spectators – more numerous than ever – and satisfied the organizing committee, which was also able to test improvements put into place. Special congratulations to the safety and rescue teams, which were in high demand. We can calmly begin to turn our attention to the 80th edition, scheduled for June 15, 16 and 17, 2018.

    A windy Bol and a pile of new records

    A strong “bise” wind means superb performances! Congratualtions to the numerous competitors of this 79th Bol d’Or Mirabaud broke their personal records. Other remarkable performances were achieved, a sample of which follow.

    5:11: Alinghi finishes 9 minutes behind the record established in 1994 by Peter Leuenberger’s Tiga IV (05:01:50). She also beat the D 35 class record. The maximum wind speed logged aboard: 24.3 knots. Maximum speed: 26 knots.
    - Ninth to round Le Bouveret, the GC32 Realteam covered the return leg in 1:30! Fortunately for Alinghi the lake isn’t longer!
    - 132 Surprise monohulls on the starting line: a record!
    - 22:20: Race time for Déluge, the last ranked finisher, which crossed the line at 08:20 Sunday morning. Is this a new speed record for the last boat in the race?
    - 571 registered boats: far from 684 registrants in 1990, but not bad! 
    - 06:11:23: new record for the M2 class, achieved by TeamWork, with Nils Palmieri at the helm
    - 2 entirely female crews: Funbagno, racing in the TCF4 class (Julia Scheur, Dasa Bacinska, Mirjam Mathis) & Dona Flor, Surprise one design (Nicole Zay, Nathalie Cristinat, Marlène Piron, Jenna Piron).
    - 113 abandonments

    Summing up the regatta...

    Arnaud Psarofaghis, Alinghi 1 helmsman, overall multihull winner: “It was one of the best Bol d’Ors I ever experienced. There were two decisive moments. The first was when the wind changed from “bise” to “rebat” near Lausanne on the outbound leg, and the inverse on the return leg. We took the right decisions at those moments and that made the difference.”
    ©Nicolas Jutzi
    Jean Psarofaghis, SYZ & CO helmsman, overall monohull winner: “This Bol d’Or Mirabaud was hot! The return leg was aggressive, costing us a spinnaker and a few curse words… But we never got discouraged, and we are particularly happy to have won the Bol de Vermeil.”

     © Yves Ryncki 
    Alan Roura, 2017 Bol d'Or Mirabaud ambassador: “I’m really happy to have participated, with my friends under no pressure… just for fun. The Bol d’Or Mirabaud proved once again to be an exceptional regatta. For me, it was the opportunity to sail again, and with incredible conditions. I’m honored to have been the ambassador of this mythical race.” 

    ©Nicolas Jutzi
    Maxime Blondeau, crewmember of Hashtag Wildcat, winner of the C1 class: “It was a super regatta. We discovered Lake Léman. We fought hard, but most of all we had fun. The atmosphere was fantastic and the organization was perfect! We’ll be back for sure!” 

     © Yves Ryncki 
    Nicolas Mirabaud, winner of the International Race, and the Surprise class aboard Mirabaud 1, helmed by Nicolas Anklin: “The Bol d’Or Mirabaud offered another exceptional edition, with magnificent conditions. For me, it was a fabulous adventure because my crew and I were rewarded for our efforts by winning the Surprise class. Unforgettable!”

    ©Nicolas Jutzi
    Pierre-Yves Jorand, seven-time winner of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud with Alinghi 1, who now joins Philippe Stern and Philippe Durr for holding the maximum number of real-time wins: “This victory has a particularly nice taste. This race will be unforgettable due to its intensity. I dedicate this trophy to Ernesto Bertarelli, without whom this adventure wouldn’t be possible.” 

    ©Nicolas Jutzi


    Zoom into "Déluge", last ranked boat finishing Bol d'Or Mirabaud

    The "Déluge", crew, made up of Dale Wilson, Edwyn Shiell, Juliette Puret andSvenja Jungjohann, helmed by Sergio Cooper Texeira, crossing the finish line, after 22:20:17. 

    Finishing last in a regatta isn’t necessarily a failure. And the crew of “Déluge”, the last ranked boat to finish the 79th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud won’t contradict this. A year ago, this group of friends agreed to take on the challenge of participating in the mythical Lake Léman regatta. And they started on Saturday, June 17, with one goal… to complete the race.

    Despite minimal experience, the crew rose to the occasion and their Gib Sea 92 brought them back to port in just over 22:20.

    This fine crew arrived at Le Bouveret at 23:43. “At that moment, the wind had dropped,” explained the skipper. “But the encouragement we got from race organizers tending the barge pushed us to give it our all.” The return leg to Geneva turned out to be difficult for these novices. But even with winds gusting up to 37 knots, the crew never considered abandoning. “It’s our teamwork that allowed us to hang on,” confides the helmsman. “Considering the warm welcome given us at the finish, we’re glad we didn’t give up.”

    Without hesitation, these five sailors have already planned to be part of the 80th edition. “We hope there will be as much wind as this year,” laughs Sergio Cooper Texeira. “otherwise we might be bored compared to what we experienced in 2017.”

    Relive the 2017 Bol d'Or Mirabaud in images

    © Nicolas Jutzi

    Would you like to relive the 79th edition in images? Visit our internet site, where you’ll find photos and videos of the BOM17, including the “best-of” video, amateur photos and the “Setting Course for the Bol d’Or Mirabaud” video series, produced by Léman Bleu, our media partner:
    - Video
    - Photos
    - Photo contest
    - Setting Course for Bol d'Or Mirabaud



    ©Miguel Bueno

    A huge thanks to all our volunteers

    As each year, more than120 volunteers assured the smooth organization of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud. Véronique Lévêque, volunteer manager without whom nothing would be possible, performed exceptionally once again. Hip-hip hooray!

    Thanks for having followed us!

    Thanks to you, the 79th edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud was one of the most followed on social networks! Up until now, more than 5,000 sailing, mountain and lake enthusiasts visited the Bol d'Or Mirabaud Facebook Page, and more and more liked Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat! To review these statistics in detail, just click here

    Obtain your finisher certificate and relive your race!

    All racers having crossed the finish line can obtain their finisher certificate. The procedure is simple: visit the TracTrac Viewer, click on your boat, and press "download". This document certifies that you finished the 2017 Bol d’Or Mirabaud and allows you to trace your boat’s exact course. 
    You can also replay your entire course by clicking here.

    Calendar of Bol d’Or Mirabaud partner regattas​

    As you may know, the Bol d'Or Mirabaud is associated with other European races taking place throughout the summer:

    49ème Kekszalag Erste World, Lake Balaton, Hungary – from July 6 to 8, 2017
    67ème Centomiglia, Garda Lake, Italy – September 9 and 10, 2017
    49ème Barcolana, Trieste, Italy – From September 29 to October 8, 2017

Latest news of the Bol D'OR Mirabaud