Published on 2018.04.17

An anniversary edition full of surprises

  • Two 2018 Bol d’Or Mirabaud press conferences were held today: one this morning at the ICRC in Geneva and the second this afternoon at Mirabaud in Zurich. Officially launching the 80th edition of the world’s most important regatta taking place on a lake, to be held June 8-10 at the Société Nautique de Genève, these conferences presented journalists with the specificities planned for this anniversary edition.

    The BOM is proud to be associated with the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. As the regatta’s artistic partner, the festival will include several concerts aboard the Neptune throughout the weekend. This antique lake vessel will be tied up in front the SNG terrace and will be the stage for all of the ceremonies and concerts.

    To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the BOM is publishing a special comic book covering the regatta’s history. Scriptwriter, Patrick Mallet, has selected twelve cartoonists to illustrate the various historical periods of the BOM. The comic book will be put on sale at the SNG as well as in bookstores the weekend of the BOM.

    A photo exhibit will also be available to the public, starting May 31, along the Geneva quays near the Mont-Blanc rotunda on the right bank and near the English Garden on the left bank. Eighteen posters will trace the BOM’s history, illustrated by period images and extracts from the comic book.

    Other than the usual faithful BOM participants, several famous sailors will participate in the regatta. Among them our guest of honor, Loïck Peyron. More information about his participation will be communicated at the press conference on Thursday, June 7.

    Construction of the new Société Nautique de Genève port will require several changes, notably concerning the finish line, and the capacity available in the port. For more information, click here.

    The starting gun will go off Saturday, June 9 at 10:00. Spectators can watch the start from the Société Nautique de Genève, open to the public Saturday and Sunday, as well as from other locations we invite you to discover here. Again, as partner, the CGN will offer preferential prices to follow the regatta.

    As each year, the race can be followed live thanks to video available on our website, YouTube, Léman Bleu and Radio Lac. Boat-mounted cameras will allow you to follow the race as if you were in it! Live feeds will be provided at key moments of the race, weather conditions permitting. Spectators can also follow the race on the BOM social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat) with #BOM18.

    Online registration has been open since March 21.

    - Rodolphe Gautier, Bol d’Or Mirabaud president: “We hope the weather conditions are as good this year as they were in 2017, but we can’t guarantee it. On the other hand, it’s certain that the Organizing Committee has done all it can so that the 80th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud may be celebrated in style. We can’t wait!”
    - Nicolas Mirabaud, limited partner and executive of Mirabaud & Cie SA: “We’re very happy to support the Bol d’Or Mirabaud for the fourteenth consecutive year. It make us proud to see this great regional event bring so much success, from sailors and from the public, both regionally and internationally.”
    - Patrick Mallet, comic book scriptwriter: “Having always been passionate about maritime stories, I’ve had the opportunity to retrace the fascinating history of the BOM for its 80th anniversary. Along with a dozen talented cartoonists, we’ve given life to participants’ experiences from the first edition in 1939 up to today.”

    Download the press kit here

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