Published on 2018.06.10

Mobimo wins the 80th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud

  • Decision 35 Mobimo, helmed by Christian Warhl, brilliantly wins the 80th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud after 14:14:02 of sailing, during which patience and tactics were the successful formula for a race on a windless lake.

    Geneva, June 10, 2018 – The 80th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud was won by Mobimo on Sunday, June 10, just after midnight. Christian Wahl and his crew executed a perfect outbound leg starting with their exit of the western sector of the lake. The finish was tight and Mobimo beat Okalys by a hair.

    At 22:00 Saturday evening offshore from Nernier, no less than five D35s retained hopes for victory with around 18 nautical miles of race left to go in light variable winds. At a few lengths from the finish, there was a merciless fight between Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier, Okalys Youth Project and Alinghi. With Bertarelli attacking Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier at 8 knots, the hunt had started for first place on the podium.

    Meanwhile, Mobimo came out of nowhere from the Swiss side of the lake, under the cover of dark, and passed everybody at the final moment to take the victory. Christian Wahl delivered a magical performance for one of his most impressive wins.

    “The secret of our fantastic outbound leg was to succeed in spite of needing patience.  We handled the key moments calmly. We were able to find the wind and position ourselves advantageously over the other boats. We always said that to win the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, it takes a mix of luck and technique,” explains the Geneva skipper at the honor dock. The helmsman, delighted with his victory, also celebrated his birthday this morning… icing on the cake!

    Christian Wahl, alongside his young crew, including: Victor Casas, Bryan Mettraux, Cédric Schmidt, Corentin Horeau et Tim Lapauw, wins his 7th Bol d’Or Mirabaud, joining Pierre-Yves Jorand, Philippe Stern and Philippe Durr, making up the quartet of seven-time winners.

    Three minutes behind, Okalys Youth Project helmed by the young Arnaud Grange with Loïck Peyron aboard, finished second, followed by Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier and Alinghi, the 2017 winner.

    The first M2, Didier Pfister’s Swiss Medical Network, finished the race in 14:47:07. 

    Still in the race, the monohulls had a long night ahead of them! At 2:00, only 179 boats had rounded the Bouveret mark. Out of 543 boats starting Saturday, June 9 at 10:00, almost 2/3 of had yet to round the mid-course mark. The limit to finish the race is 17:00 Sunday. Let’s hope the wind strengthens for the end of the race!

    At 2:00, the first monohulls where offshore from Hermance. TBS took the lead, with Hungarian Taxiphone Raffica on her tail. Among the Surprises, Hominal led the fleet between St. Gingolph and Evian, followed by Cocaine and Pile ou Face. The title holder, and in the hunt to win the Bol de Vermeil for keeps, Jean Psarofaghis (Syz et Co.), abandoned. “I did everything wrong since the start,” he admitted after his decision.

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