Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Bol d’Or - Ladycat ready for action on Lake Geneva

by Spindrift Racing on 15 Jun 2013
Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing
The 75th edition of the legendary Bol d’Or will begin on Saturday, June 15 at 1000hrs on Lake Geneva. This extraordinary multiclass regatta, with 600 boats, is sure to live up to its reputation. Among the colourful fleet on the starting line, will be the eleven D35s intent on showing their class in this prestigious long-distance challenge. Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, winner of the 2010 edition, will be hoping to make an impression again and go up in the overall standings of the Vulcain Trophy. The first woman to have won the Bol d’Or, in 2010, Dona Bertarelli, the skipper of Ladycat, will participate for the seventh time in this celebrated race 'This race is legendary, it has that magic of bringing together boat owners, enthusiasts and professionals on the same start line,' Bertarelli said. 'It’s a prestigious challenge run on one of the largest lakes in Europe. You have to read the weather conditions, which change rapidly both in strength and direction. Lake Geneva has more than 12 major winds and it is not uncommon during a Bol d’Or to have to navigate through many of them. ' Beyond the beauty of this race, the competition looks very interesting. It is a high-level fleet and the rule to win the Bol d’Or is difficult. For Bertarelli there is added motivation: 'To keep the real Bol d’Or trophy you have to win it three times in five years. Some sailors have managed this remarkable feat. If I have the chance to win again I will be very proud.' There are many difficulties on a course such as the Bol d’Or. It is important to stay focused to keep making good decisions, as Bertarelli explained: 'Everyone has a chance to win on a course like the Bol d’Or. It is obvious that this is a race and some teams are very fast, but it’s not only about speed, the tactics and how to manage the many transitions are equally important. I will focus on getting a good start and stay in contact with the fleet. Then you have to seize your opportunities when they arise.' Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing’s crew: Dona Bertarelli (skipper) Yann Guichard Emmanuelle Rol Billy Besson Antoine Carraz Devan Le Bihan Spindrift Racing website
PredictWind.comNorth Technology - Southern SparsWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

11 boats to race the first ever GC32 Championship
Paul Kohlhoff, who represented Germany in the Nacra 17 catamaran at Rio 2016, is skippering SVB Team Germany Land Rover BAR Academy announced its squad for the 2017 season today. Like last year, the crew here is unusually being led by its bowman, in this case with former shorthanded offshore sailor, Rob Bunce, taking over from Neil Hunter, who has graduated up to the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup sailing team.
Posted on 27 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – A totally unique race
Close to 900 sailors from 30 different nations competed in the ninth edition of the RORC's classic offshore race. The 2017 edition will be remembered for highly competitive racing throughout the fleet, with American yachts winning the major prizes. The race was affected by unusual weather conditions, with a low pressure system sending the wind direction spinning through 360º of the compass.
Posted on 27 Feb
Land Rover BAR Academy with big ambitions in Extreme Sailing Series
Land Rover BAR Academy today becomes the final team to join the line-up for the season opener in Muscat Land Rover BAR Academy today becomes the final team to join the line-up for the season opener in Muscat, as it launches its second campaign in the world's leading global Stadium Racing circuit.
Posted on 27 Feb
2017 RORC Caribbean 600 – More start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600. Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.
Posted on 26 Feb
2017 RORC Caribbean 600 start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600. Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.
Posted on 26 Feb
49th Transpac early entry deadline approaches on March 1st
Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race is well underway Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race presented by the Los Angeles Times and organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club is well underway, with 52 monohull and multihull entries from nine nations already signed up for this biennial 2225-mile ocean race, one of the world's oldest having first been sailed in 1905.
Posted on 25 Feb
More winners announced in RORC Caribbean 600
As dawn broke on day five, crews who had finished the race were beginning to arrive back in Antigua. At Dawn on the fifth day, the leading Class40s were approaching the finish. Throughout the race, the battle in the class had been intense, with three yachts taking the lead at various points along the course.
Posted on 24 Feb
Tawera Racing joins Extreme Sailing Series line-up in Muscat
Team has been formed to give New Zealand's sailors a launch pad into the cutting-edge world of foiling multihull racing. The seventh challenger for Act one is announced today in the form of New Zealand-flagged Tawera Racing, which will compete as a full season entry.
Posted on 24 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – Epic win for Bella Mente
Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots The lead in the Maxi72s changed hands on seven occasions during the race. Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots in a gigantic squall.
Posted on 23 Feb
Spectacular new self-catering villas in Vassiliki
Now Wildwind not only provide top spec equipment but can also offer luxury villa accommodation. Now Wildwind not only provide top spec equipment, highly experienced RYA qualified instructors and a location with one of the most reliable wind patterns in the sailing world, but can also offer luxury villa accommodation.
Posted on 23 Feb