Published on 2018.06.10

Bol d’Or Mirabaud: TBS finishes first among monohulls after 17 hours on the water

  • The first Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2018 monohull crossed the finish line at 3:30 Sunday morning after 17:30:57 of struggle between light breezes and dead calm.


    TBS was skippered by François Thorens, who masterfully took the lead offshore from Hermance. After having led the outbound and return legs, the Hungarian Libera  

    Taxiphone Premium Raffica, skippered by Zsolt Kiraly, had her lead stolen by Psaros 40 TBS and the end of western end of the lake. She finished ten Minutes ahead of François Thorens and his crew.


    “We had a good time on the return leg and we caught up to Raffica, after which we enjoyed good luck,” recalls François Thorens, winner and protagonist of this Homer-esque ending. “When we entered the western end of the lake, we caught up several times. At Yvoire, they advanced by a good kilometer, but we caught up again. These regattas aren’t over until they’re over! We didn’t give up hope until we crossed the finish line!”


    The monohull regatta was as fascinating as the multihulls. Although long, laborious and difficult due to weak winds present during practically the entire racecourse.


    When TBS crossed the finish line at 3:30 this morning, 222 boats – multi- and monohulls included, had rounded the Bouveret mark… less than half of the fleet.


    The Surprises, expected Sunday morning, were led by G. Hominal et Fils at 8.00. Will Nicolas Anklin, last year’s winner aboard Mirabaud 1, do it again? The answer in a few hours at the Société Nautique de Genève. She is ahead of Cocaine and Pile ou Face.


    Among Grand Surprises, Little Nemo 2 is in the lead, showing the way from Hermance to Anières at 8:00, followed by Flash and Mea Una.


    All are welcome for the prize ceremony Sunday, June 10 at 19:00 at the Société Nautique de Genève.


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