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Bol d’Or Mirabaud - 500+ battle on Lake Geneva


'2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud - The sunset after the storm, most of us are on the way back to Geneva'    Jean Philippe Jobé    Click Here to view large photo

The 75th anniversary of the legendary Bol d’Or Mirabaud, one if the biggest inland regattas in the world - which takes place every year on Lake Geneva, was a special one. There were some 500 boats from the fast Decision 35 to the weird and not so fast Puissance 4. With more than a 100 boats taking part, it was quite a showing of the most popular boat on the lake, the Archambault Surprise.

Weather was as predicted, SW filling from the start transitioning to a south wind coming from the Alps, which turned into a fast and freak storm with gusts close to 40 knots and heavy rain for 15 minutes. Some did get soaked but not the fastest boats that where already on the way back. Then it was the long wait in the night with no wind until some thermal breeze filled the spinnakers on the way south back to Geneva for those still in the race.

2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud - The decision 35 Alinghi of Ernesto Bertarelli, winner in 2011 and third this year -  Jean Philippe Jobé   Click Here to view large photo

Alinghi form Ernesto Bertarelli of America’s Cup fame took a good start and led at the only mark going towards the other end of the lake. The wind coming from behind led to several restarts with a lot of boats in the same area, but later the new Ventilo M1 Zenith Fresh took the lead at the turning point not to be rejoined until it got in Geneva in 12h28 minutes.

So, it is the first time since the beginning of the Decision 35 era in 2004 that a different boat has claimed the race.

This only Ventilo M1 is a grownup Ventilo M2 of which there are some twenty boats built already. It was launched last year and now after some adjustments seems to be in top form. The main differences between the Ventilo M1 and the Decision 35 are the weight, 750kg vs 1200 and the hull shapes. That weight difference was probably the deciding factor in a race where the wind was light for most of the time.

For the monohulls it’s the libera Raffica from Hungary that wins a second time in just over 15 hours. These guys do deserve our respect, there were sixteen of them, of which more than a dozen dangled on trapeze lines to maintain the giant dinghy from capsizing. They come from far away in two buses, one trailing the hull and the other their support rib and the mast, quite an expedition, cook included! We do hope they have the means to show up next year.

And for those who wonder, we took part for the fifth or sixth time on our faithful trimaran, a Dragonfly 800 SW that is 23 years of age. We got back to Geneva in over 25 hours obtaining a better result than last year, so our contract was met, for which I do thank my crew.

2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud - Dominique Wavre and Michel Glaus, godfather and president of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud respectively -  Jean Philippe Jobé   Click Here to view large photo

2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud - An ancestor: Glana, one of the few yacht that has won the Bol D’Or trophy (3 times in a 5 years period) -  Jean Philippe Jobé   Click Here to view large photo

2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud - Zenith Fresh, the new Ventilo M1, this year’s winner in 12h28 minutes -  Jean Philippe Jobé   Click Here to view large photo

2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud - The 75th anniversary cake! -  Jean Philippe Jobé   Click Here to view large photo

2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud - The organizing committee -  Jean Philippe Jobé   Click Here to view large photo

The Zenith Fresh team, this years winner - 2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud -  Jean Philippe Jobé   Click Here to view large photo

2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud - Ernesto Bertarelli, third this year at the prize ceremony -  Jean Philippe Jobé   Click Here to view large photo

2013 Bol d’Or Mirabaud - Some pomp for the 75th anniversary, the Geneva Grenadier -  Jean Philippe Jobé   Click Here to view large photo


by Jean Philippe Jobé

  

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