Published on 2018.06.28

Newsletter #3 BOM18

  • 180 THANK YOU!

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud organizing committee can’t thank the volunteers involved in the event enough. Loyal to their positions for years, decades for some, THEY are the ones who make the event possible. For the 80th edition, there were 180 volunteers working day and night, especially during race weekend. They were led by their devoted leader, Véroniqe Lévêque, accompanied by Isabelle Bonny. Once again, a huge THANK YOU to all!

    2018 Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2018: Finale of the 80th

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud 80th edition was celebrated as it should be: 543 boats at the start Saturday, June 9 at 10:00, three days of parties at the Société Nautique de Genève, sun, good spirits… participants and organizers were delighted! A few statistics below summarize this birthday edition, not forgetting these…

    -    80 years: the age of Bruno Schaerrer who sailed aboard “Julie”. He was racing his 36th bol, and finished in 30:17. Congratulations. 

    -    80 years: the time we had to wait to have the Neptune docked at the Société Nautique de Genève. Thanks to this anniversary edition, the public could watch all the ceremonies and the Montreux Jazz Festival concerts aboard this mythical vessel.

    -    80th in the scratch, 80th in handicapped time, 80th to the Bouveret: these three lucky crews received a special prize offered by the Montreux Jazz Festival. LAST MINUTE (Lüthi 990, Laurent Olivier), MOIZELLE JANE (Surprise, Jan Vasic), Esse 850 (Mathias Haufe) and their crews will enjoy an exceptional evening at the Montreux Jazz Festival and a 3 month subscription to Montreux Jazz Insider.

    The 80th BOM also broke some records, but not for slowness (although almost!) Mobimo’s skipper, Christian Wahl, takes his place in the regatta’s history of multiple winners. Philippe Stern, Philippe Durr, Pierre-Yves Jorand and now Christian Wahl each have seven victories to their names. Bryan Mettraux racked up his third win, while the coach of the Patrick Huguenin team counts six.

    Historical double win among Surprises: Nicolas Anklin, last year’s winner aboard Mirabaud, reiterates the accomplishment, winning in the BOM’s most numerous class. It’s his third win!


    Lake Iron-Men

    186th in the scratch ranking, the small multihull Sensation Extrême 20 was the last to cross the finish line of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud’s 80th edition. At 16:47, that is thirteen minutes before the end of the race, the two member crew was finally liberated from a 30:47:13 effort! Jérôme Esquire and Clément Callejon recall this long, long edition.

    “It was our second Bol d’Or Mirabaud, allowing us to be more prepared to confront the peculiarities of the lake! We had to be patient and determined to race in these conditions with a hydrofoil catamaran.

    Our favorite moment? In the early morning, after 20 hours of perseverance, we learned about the positions of our opponents who were still in the race. That gave us hope of attaining an honorable ranking.

    At the finish, we were happy and relieved to have crossed the line in time, and to have held on until the end of this 80th edition, which will remain in our memories!”

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud committee would like to congratulate these two courageous sailors for their perseverance! And, of course, ALL the competitors taking the 80th edition start, and in so doing contributing to the event.

    Honor to Women

    For its 80th edition, the BOM wanted to encourage women to participate in this emblematic regatta! The prize for the first all-woman crew in real time was a week for two with half board at the Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury in Mauritius. The winners of this grand prize are the crew members of Surprise CER1 Sofies. Laurane Mettraux assembled a 100% feminine team with the participation of Oman Sail. “My sister Elodie-Jane has sailed with them many times, but wasn’t available for this Bol. I therefore had to replace her,” confides Laurane, who sailed with Heléna Lucas, Ibti Al Salami, Marwa Al Kaihifi and Tami Al Bawshi. “Stay concentrated and control everything were the marching orders of our regatta! I had a great time sharing this race with the girls; it was fun. They loved discovering Lake Léman and want to return next year. The second female crew, Janine Arnulf finished 183rd in 30:39:46 aboard Ennolgia.

    #BOM in numbers

    You were very many to follow us on social networks! You brought this birthday edition alive by reacting to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. To see the statistics in more detail, see the 2018 connection data by clicking here.


    Finishers of the 2018 Bol d’Or Mirabaud can download their certificate via the tractrac geospatial system. Click on the name of your boat, then “download” to obtain yours!

    Rendez-vous In 2019

    Rendez-vous June 14, 15 and 16, 2019 for the 81st edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud !
    If, in the mean time, you’d like to dive into the history of the Bol, we remind you that the comic book published for the 80th is still available and on sail for CHF 20.- at the SNG and in Geneva bookstores, especially Pyot, FNAC and Coop.

    Le BOM IN images

    Relive the BOM 80th edition thanks to magnificent videos produced by our production agency, 4M, including the best of 2018, and photos by Loris von Siebenthal, Anna Ricca and Nicolas Jutzi, available online.


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