Published on 2018.05.15

#BOM18 Newsletter 2

  • With less than a month to go until the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, preparation is in high gear. The regatta’s 80th birthday will be celebrated in style: photo exhibit on the quays, Neptune docked at the Société Nautique de Genève, 80th birthday comic book, Montreux Jazz Festival. The features planned specifically for this edition are many. And don’t forget the TPG Line 4 “Mouette” water taxi, connecting Chateaubriand (Perle du Lac) to Port Noir (Société Nautique de Genève), dressed in BOM colors.

    But the event wouldn’t exist without the 3,000 sailors expected. Registration has been open since March 21 and 140 boats have already confirmed their participation (full registration list here). We remind you that the registration fee goes up starting May 24.

    Not yet registered? Click here for online registration.

    Did you say favorite?

    Each year the question of who’s the Bol d’Or Mirabaud favorite is asked. And fortunately, the answer is always the same: there is none, the field is wide open, guaranteeing suspense.

    The nine Decision 35s will obviously be serious candidates, starting with the title holder Alinghi. Ladycat Powered by Spindrift Racing has been modified and is therefore no longer technically a D35. This will be her last chance to conquer the precious trophy for keeps after her 2014 and 2016 victories. Equally ambitious, the M1 catamaran Safram is a threat if the wind isn’t as ferocious wind as last year. If that is the case, all eyes will be on the GC32 hydrofoil catamarans, such as Realteam, which will race if weather conditions permit. And lastly, the M2 catamarans have a good chance to win if the wind is very light.

    Among monohulls, the race between Hungarian Libera Raffica and the Psaros 33s and 40s should be fascinating. It might be ruled by a new monofoil, Gonet, an experimental prototype led by the talented Eric Monnin.

    Important changes in the SNG port

    The Société Nautique de Genève and Eaux-Vives beach construction have radically changeds access to the SNG port. A few of these changes need to be highlighted for competitors’ safety:

    - Port entry will be through a 23 meter wide gap, compared to 70 meters before construction. This narrow passage will require lots of concentration by crews, especially at the end of the regatta!

        - Offshore from Port Noir and along the quays heading toward Tour Carrée, a large construction zone as well as new wakeboard and swimming areas are closed to boating from now on. They will be marked by yellow buoys. Be careful!
    We invite you to familiarize yourself with these changes using the above chart.

    The club layout will also change. Discover the Société Nautique de Genève event layout below:


    The Montreux Jazz Festival will liven up your evenings

    As artistic partner of the regatta, the Montreux Jazz Festival will liven up Friday and Saturday evenings at the Société Nautique de Genève. The festival will take over the vessel Neptune, docked in the port and serving as the stage for a music group Friday evening and a DJ Saturday, both of whom will be announced over the coming weeks.

    A comic book for the 80th

    To celebrate its 80th birthday, the BOM is publishing a comic book that traces the regatta’s history. Author, Patrick Mallet has chosen thirteen cartoonists to illustrate different eras of BOM history. The cover is designed by DeRib. The comic book will be put on sale at the SNG the weekend of the BOM, with signing sessions Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be available in bookstores starting Monday, June 11 for CHF 20.-.

    Bol d'Or Exhibition: 80 years of history in images

    Certain frames from the BOM comic book will be exhibited from May 30 to June 17 along the Geneva quays: Rotonde de Mont-Blanc on the right bank and Quai Général-Guisan and Molard pier on the left bank. Period photos will complete the exhibit.

    Follow the BOM Live 

    Comme chaque année, la course pourra être suivie en direct grâce au live vidéo disponible sur notre site web, sur YouTube, sur Léman Bleu et sur Radio Lac. Des caméras embarquées sur des bateaux permettront de vivre le BOM comme si vous y étiez ! L’objectif est de partager avec vous la victoire de l’un des impressionnants multicoques du Léman, mais également de raconter le BOM des centaines de Surprises et autre monocoques participant chaque année. 

    Les directs (live) seront assurés pour les moments clés de la régate et selon l’état de course (conditions météo). Le public pourra également suivre la course sur les réseaux sociaux du BOM (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat) avec le #BOM18.

    D’ici là, vous pouvez découvrir les coulisses du BOM sur nos réseaux sociaux, ainsi que sur Léman Bleu et Radio Lac !

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