Published on 2019.06.15

Bol d’Or Mirabaud – Ladycat Powered by Spindrift Racing Leads at the Bouveret

  • The catamaran, skippered by Yann Guichard, rounded the Bouveret barge at 14:35, after 4:35:04 of racing. A relatively fast time not reflective of the slowness of the monohulls. Violent storms are predicted in the next hours.

    The start of the 81st Bol d’Or Mirabaud edition was a beautiful show, thanks to providential sunshine pushing away the rain of a few minutes prior.

    The light southwesterly wind allowed monohulls to depart under spinnaker, while multihulls glided toward the extension mark at Genthod. First to arrive a this mark was catamaran Safram, helmed by Christophe Peclard, ahead of Realteam and Okalys.

    The leading sailboats were able to take advantage of the “Molaine” – a wind blowing from the French coast perpendicularly to the lake – pushing the boats at high speed to Nyon after just an hour.
    The monohulls took some time to take off with most of the fleet struggling to get out of the western sector of the lake (“Petit Lac”).

    The middle lake (“Grand Lac”) crossing was done in the middle at first, then along the French coast for the second half. The wind was very unstable, allowing the leaders to hit momentary speed peaks of more than 20 knots before falling into calm “holes” typical of this lake.

    Ladycat Powered by Spindrift Racing best managed the first half of the race, rounding the Bouveret barge at 14:35 after 4:35:04 of racing. Second, Realteam Sailing was 37 minutes behind (but not far due to the light winds) while Eleven Sailing Team followed three minutes later.

    The spectacular Liberas (giant sailing dinghies with trapeze ladders) Raffica and Principessa dominated the monohull ranking, ahead of Syz & Co. and TBS. The fastest monohulls are following them between Thonon and Evian, while most of the fleet is stuck in the western sector.

    The race can be followed on our LIVE platform, on YouTube, Léman Bleu and Radio Lac. Cameras aboard boats allow you to experience the BOM as if you were in it. Finally, the public can follow the race on BOM social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat) with #BOM19.

    Note that Météo Suisse issued a 3rd degree storm warning on the whole lake starting now, with maximum intensity expected between 17:00 and 22:00.


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