Published on 2021.07.08


  • Dear Bol d'Or Mirabaud Friends,
    Without you, this 82nd Bol d’Or Mirabaud wouldn’t have taken place. We sincerely thank competitors and volunteers for having complied with the necessary public health measures. Thanks to our partners for their unwavering support of this emblematic lake festival. Finally, we’d like to thank the Geneva authorities, and in particular the boating brigade, for their logistical support and whose collaboration was essential to the organization and success of this Bol d'Or Mirabaud!

    Twists and Turns
    In spite of sometimes capricious wind, and wind not intent on bringing boats home quickly, we were able to witness a race full of twists and turns on Saturday, June 12, 2021. The M2s seemed to have taken the better of the favored TF35s at the halfway mark, with Emineo rounding the Bouveret mark in the lead. But on the way back, the long-awaited wind finally kicked in and allowed the foilers to make up for their deficit. It was Ylliam XII Comptoir Immobilier that received the first cannon at the finish line of this 82nd Bol d'Or Mirabaud.

    And what a finish... A spectacular nighttime approach to the Société Nautique de Genève at over 25 knots! The TF35 helmed by Bertrand Demole won in 12 hours 49 minutes and 27 seconds, only 19 seconds faster than its runner-up, Zen Too. The first monohull, the Hungarian Libera Raffica, finished a little over an hour later, in 14:07:23 of racing and thus wins his 7th (!) Bol de Vermeil. Let's highlight the excellent second place finish of newly designed Luthi 1090 of Philippe de Weck, Katana, which has already proven its worth. As for monohulls, the arrival of more than 80 colored spinnakers in a group on Sunday morning will remain one of the highlights of this 82nd edition. The victory of the largest BOM class, Surprise, goes to Sarah Jaccaud… well done!
    Smiles, fun, pleasure, despite canceled land-based festivities paid off the organizing committee’s bet last May when it decided to go on with the race. The committee worked hard since then to organize this regatta and allow everyone to enjoy a wonderful weekend.

    This is an opportunity for us to thank committee president, Rodolphe Gautier, who is handing over leadership to Yann Petremand, after six great years of a dynamic presidency. Thank you, dear President, for your commitment, and welcome Yann!

    Compensated Time: Victory with Finesse and Good Humor for Gaston

    A group of friends, a magnificent boat, rigor, and a lot of maneuvering: this was the recipe for success for the crew of the Melges 32 Gaston, winner in compensated time of the 82nd edition. Benoît Soreau, owner and skipper of Gaston, finished second for the ACVL-SRS Trophy in 2018. This year he was accompanied by Valentin Berner, Tristan Gilliand, Jonathan Heusse, Mathieu Chevassut, Grégoire Dubois, Guillaume Verda and René Grept. The latter tells us about this beautiful adventure with a smile.

    "This victory is a great reward for the whole team. The weekly training sessions paid off. Our team was managed by Jonathan Heusse, who organized the training sessions and made sure we had a full crew every time. Eight people is a lot! We needed good teamwork on board, with crew members who know their jobs. That's what we had at the BOM: we all knew each other and had already sailed well together on the Melges 32.

    Our goal was to sail well, but above all to follow Jean Le Cam's advice: go as fast as possible to the right place! We didn’t really plan to win and we set out with humility. We focused on keeping up our speed, watching the water and keeping an eye on the closest competitors… among which, Michel Glaus and his Yasha Samurai! We applied basic tactical principles of keeping our opponents in sight and vying for the best position. We had to be attentive to what was in front of us and behind. In the BOM, you can quickly be fooled...

    We did a lot of light air maneuvers. I can’t even count how many times we changed spinnakers! Everyone was on the ball. Apart from a few moments here and there, no one slept. We were at the helm, trimming sails or ensuring the right heel, which is essential in these light winds. We had a lot of water onboard, given the forecasted temperatures, but not a drop of alcohol, which we made up for Sunday evening! This did not hinder the great atmosphere onboard during the whole race. Apart from some good results in Toucans, I had never won the BOM. This is a first for me and for the whole team! This victory is icing on the cake for all of us. "

    Success in Two Parts for Sarah Jaccaud on a Surprise
    You can’t make up certain stories. This is also the beauty of sports presenting a variety of feelings… from hope to frustration and spite, then back to adrenaline and joy. This is what happened to the Miss Tick crew composed of Sarah Jaccaud, her husband Cédric, Antoine Costa and Pascal Lehmann on Saturday June 12, 2021. Sarah Jaccaud tells us about this crazy day filled with doubt, apprehension, but also confidence and happiness.

    "We had a great start. We were the only ones who chose to follow the Swiss shoreline, which gave us a lead of no less than two hours over our opponents. When we arrived at Le Bouveret at around 23:00, we were still well ahead,and rather confident about the rest. It was a wonderful end to the day, we had made some good decisions and we already had stars in our eyes, even if we knew the road was still long. On the way back, we didn't really know the best route to take, so we compromised and put ourselves in the middle of the lake and fortunately the wind was with us. Our race got tougher when we arrived in the western end of the lake past Yvoire. There was not a breath of wind we sat still for three hours! It was hard, especially psychologically, because we could see others catching up. It felt cruel to be in this situation so close to the end. But we didn't give up, and we fought for every little puff that passed. In the end, we won with barely three minutes’ lead over our pursuer! What intense emotion it was. It was really an incredible feeling, especially after our 5th place in 2012, since when we told ourselves that we could do it. What touched me the most were all the messages of support and congratulations received since then, including from sailing celebrities who contacted me to tell me how much it was deserved! It's completely crazy, a few weeks later I still haven't come down from my little cloud."

    Winners of the 82nd edition
    Bol d'Or : Ylliam XII Comptoir Immobilier - Bertrand Demole
    Bol de Vermeil : Raffica - Zsolt Király
    ACVL - SRS (temps compensé) : Gaston - Benoît-Charles Soreau
    TCF1 : Gaston - Benoît-Charles Soreau
    TCF2 : Unanimus - Constantin Pournaras
    TCF3 : Ibis - Yves Estermann
    TCF4 : Zooloo - Claude Laval
    Ventilo M2 : Degroof Petercam Banque Privée - Frédéric Moura
    SC1 : Yvan Bourgnon
    Surprise : Miss Tick - Sarah Jaccaud
    Grand Surprise : Carolive too - Fabrice Rigot
    Trophée des Ecoles de Voile : CER 1 Sofies - Giuliano Zennaro
    Equipage 100% féminin : Jawa - Caroline Cartier
    Trophée Interclub : Malice - Marius Lanz

    From the Sailing Schools Trophy to King Jean
    Sean Power (right), director of the school, presented the Sailing School Trophy, sponsored this year by the Florimont Institute this year.

    As part of the partnership between the Florimont Institute and the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, two students from the Institute who are passionate about sailing were able to meet the 2021 edition ambassador, Jean Le Cam.
    Several topics were discussed: adventure at sea, the sensations of rescue at sea or the reaction to have when you are alone in a risky situation. It goes without saying that the two Florimont students spent an enriching moment with "King Jean" at the Société Nautique de Genève.

    Video: Best of the 2021 Bol d'Or Mirabaud
    Relive the 82nd edition with the Best of the 2021 Bol d'Or Mirabaud! Intense images that show the many twists and turns, the incredible arrival of the winner, TF35 Ylliam XII Comptoir Immobilier at more than 25 knots under the darkness of night, or the arrival of the first Surprises on Sunday morning,with spinnakers flying. Magnificent images that show the spinnaker dance on Lake Geneva. Moving images that express the joy of the sailors experiencing this lake adventure....
    Thank you all for these moments of sport and conviviality.
    Credit: 4AM



    Five Young people Discover the BOM along with a two-time Olympic Champion
    The Sailing Squad is four episodes summarizing the 2021 Bol d'Or Mirabaud for five talented young sailors, accompanied by Shirley Robertson. A great reality TV project led by our title partner Mirabaud, and supported by Hublot, the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues, Laurent Perrier and 727 Sailbags.
    All the episodes are available on YouTube:
    Episode 1
    Episode 2
    Episode 3
    Episode 4

    Donations are still open for our two charities!
    A big thank you to all participants and especially to all those who donated to one of our two charity partners, the Just for Smiles Foundation and L'Association pour la Sauvegarde du Léman.
    If you would like to support either of our charity partners, you can make a donation here.

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