Published on 2018.04.11

The SNG port is getting a makeover

  • La Nautique Port gets a makeover, during marina expansion. At the same time, the Canton of Geneva has started to build the new Eaux-Vives beach. These two projects will have very practical consequences for the Bol d'Or Mirabaud’s 2018 edition. We take stock with Jean-Luc Montandon, BOM onshore logistics head.

    For visitors

    • Access to the new North pier of the port will be exceptionally open to the public to watch the arrival of competitors.

    • Visitors will also be able to follow competitors' arrivals on TV screens that will be distributed throughout the SNG. Video cameras in the arrival area will allow them to follow everything live.

    • The Neptune will be tied up to the honour dock and will serve as a stage during the entire event. Access to the Neptune will be reserved to organizers and winning crews.

    • As usual, visitors are welcome to the tent located near the Nautique entrance.

    • Signs will be placed to help guide visitors.

    For boaters

    "Construction impact will mostly concern port entrance and exit, and the finish line," says Jean-Luc Montandon. "Our capacity to accommodate race boats won’t change from previous years." Jean-Luc Montandon is keen to add the following reminder: "Skippers and crews are solely responsible for their boat and its movement. It is up to them, and only them, to adapt to the new situation (port entrance, finish buoys and start cabin) caused by the construction."

    The port entrance has been moved. It will be marked, on both sides, by masts on top of which will be traditional green and red channel marker lights. This new entrance is much narrower than the old one: 23 vs. 70 meters wide. The entrance will, however, be better protected from wind, which will facilitate boat movement. Sailors should leave extra time to enter and leave the port, especially the morning of the start, which will begin earlier than usual (6:30).

    • The construction sites, strictly forbidden to access, are marked by yellow buoys (noted on the attached map). These buoys will not be lit at night, except those marking the corners. Construction site barges will be lit. Floating docks, an outer dike, a central dike and a west dike (marked by white lines), as well as the new north dike will be marked by lights.

    • The finish line will be shifted 250 meters further offshore than in previous years. The entry buoy will be farther out than usual, in order to give more room to the boats about to finish the regatta. The arrival buoy will be aligned with the start cabin (placed at the end of the new north dike). Approximate GPS coordinates are listed in the Racing Instruction (Art. 8).

    • Launching and hauling out will take place as usual. A new feature however: a fee of CHF 50 will now be requested from participants. This contribution will cover launching and hauling out for both regattas: the Geneva- Rolle-Geneva and the Bol d'Or Mirabaud.

    • Catamaran mooring: information will be given directly to participants and made available on the BOM website.

    • Remember that the Alinghi esplanade is prohibited from parking of both vehicles and trailers. Trailers may still be parked along the quay, heading toward Vésenaz-Thonon.

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