Published on 2019.05.28

Newsletter #2 BOM19

  • See the start of the BOM from a CGN boat

    Board one of Compagnie Générale de Navigation’s passenger boats Saturday, June 15! The CGN is offering special deals that day to watch the regatta in style from one of its magnificent boats: 50% on 1st class day passes (valid Saturday, June 15, 2019 starting at 8:20).
    In particular we recommend the following itineraries to see the Bol d’Or Mirabaud competitors out on the water:

    - Geneva-Lausanne line: leaving Geneva-Mont-Blanc (10:15), via Geneva-Eaux-Vives (10:24), Versoix (10:47), Coppet (11:01), Nyon (11:29), Nernier (11:50), Yvoire (11:05), Rolle (12:35), Saint-Prex (13:05), Morges (13:20), Saint-Sulpice (13:32), Lausanne-Ouchy (13:54)
    - Lausanne-St Gingolph line leaving Le Bouveret (13:25 or 15:25) in the direction of Vevey (arriving at Vevey at 14:00 or 16:00) or leaving Lausanne (11:40 or 15:30) and returning to Lausanne at 15:20 or 18:32
    - Line N1, which crosses between Lausanne-Ouchy and Evian-les-Bains at regular intervals (a departure every 1½ hours) all day long (1:20 round trip) 

    Historical return of the first Bol winner

    Ylliam IV was the winner of the first edition of the Bol d’Or in 1939, with a reference time of 23:08:34. Fred Firmenich’s 6mJI, with Louis Noverraz at the helm, entered the regatta’s history. 81 years later, the mythical boat will be on the BOM 2019 starting line. “Its previous owner maintained it perfectly during the last 70 years in German-speaking Switzerland and it’s now back on the Léman,” admired Philippe Durr, who will be at the helm of the 6mJI this year. “I didn’t hesitate a second when I was given the chance to skipper this mythical boat.”

    “It’s also aboard a 6mJI that I won my first Bol in 1964 when I was 14 years old. That’s the reason why I wanted to have the owner’s son aboard this year since he’s also 14. After all, it’s today’s youth that will preserve the regatta’s history 50 years from now!” Philippe will thus be accompanied by this young sailor, his father, Richard Vogel and previous owner Christoph Scheidegger. He’d also like to have a Firmenich aboard. “It’s also a family affair! But it’s mostly a return to my roots. In the end, who cares about the speed of the boat I’m sailing; I do the Bol to participate in this great festival. I love being on this lake full of history.”

    With seven victories to his name, Phil Durr shares this record with three other sailors. "I was on the first Toucan to win, the first multihull and the last monohull to win in real time. I would have also liked to be the first winner on a hydrofoil, but I guess I’ll leave that to the next generation.” 

    Two concerts for a festive weekend

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud will be more festive than ever! Two concerts will be presented on the Neptune, tied up at the honor dock like last year, thanks to the support of our partner Mirabaud, which is celebrating its bicentennial this year.

    • Friday starting at 20:30: Time Machine concert (70s-80s atmosphere)
    • Saturday starting at 20:00: La Nuit du Bol and Wintershome concert (folk atmosphere) 

    We remind you that the Société Nautique de Genève will be open to the public all weekend! Beside the two concerts, the public is welcome to enjoy the race village at the SNG. The program includes exhibits, food and activities.

    The BOM is committed to the ICRC and the ASL. You can also commit and raise funds! 

    To support its environmental partner, the ASL (Association for the Protection of Lake Léman) and its beneficiary partner, the ICRC, the BOM is connected to online fundraising platform: GivenGain. This platform allows all crews registered for the BOM to collect donations for these two causes. Donations may also be made independently by skippers or crew involved in the BOM.

    Support these causes here.

    Register for the 81st edition!

    325 boats have confirmed their participation in the 2019 BOM. The registration list is available online.

    You can still register online. The standard rate applies until June 9. Late registration is possible until June 12.

    The Parking Foundation supports the BOM


    The Parking Foundation has been supporting the Bol d’Or Mirabaud for 15 years! Thanks to this long-lasting partnership, competitors can obtain parking passes that are valid for the whole event weekend at a preferential price (CHF 12.- from Friday 6:00 to Sunday midnight). The Foundation is celebrating 50 years this year and continues to enhance your mobility.

    Learn about new services developed to meet the evolving practical needs of its users at  www.geneve-parking

    Sustainable development: a few practical suggestions

    Le Bol d’Or Mirabaud s’engage dans la lutte contre la pollution et le réchauffement climatique, avec une vision à long terme, en initiant un partenariat avec l’Association pour la Sauvegarde du Léman. L’organisation, fondée en 1980, nous livre quelques conseils à appliquer dans le cadre du BOM (article complet à découvrir dans la Revue du BOM 19, disponible à la Société Nautique de Genève.)

    • D’une façon générale, le plastique à usage unique est proscrit !
    • Evitez les bouteilles en plastique à usage unique, facilement remplaçables par une gourde.
    • N’emballez pas vos sandwiches dans du plastique. 
    • Privilégiez les piles rechargeables, moins impactantes sur l'environnement 
    • Fumeurs: ne jetez pas vos mégots dans le lac !
    • Favorisez les transports en commun.
    • Si vous venez en voiture, partagez le trajet avec vos coéquipiers.
    • Si vous transportez votre voilier par la route, évitez de l'emballer dans du film plastique et proscrivez le papier à bulles.
    • Découvrez le programme du Bol d'Or Mirabaud 2019

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