Each year the unpredictable conditions on Lake Geneva deliver different challenges to sailors, and the 80th anniversary edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, sailing’s biggest enclosed water regatta, was no different. After a 2017 edition raced at record-breaking speeds, the 2018 event was sailed in light airs that tested both the nerves and concentration of all the 543 competing boats, with Mobimo emerging as the eventual winner in the M1 class.. After a good start, Ladycat quickly settled themselves at the head of the fleet, and by the time the team left the small lake, Dona Bertarelli and her crew had eeked out a good lead in their fleet, a lead that they maintained for the first third of the course. But the lightening winds soon compressed the fleet, and by the time the boats reached the level of Lausanne, the chasing boats had caught back up. Ladycat then sought to find the shortest course to the mark at Bouveret, the halfway point of the race, but she found herself caught in the light, glass-like conditions and struggled to get back to the front of the M1 pack. After more than 8 hours of racing Ladycat managed to regain some of the miles lost at Bouveret and, on the return leg to Geneva, closed the gap with the rest of fleet, only to be thwarted again as the winds lightened in the closing stages of the race. The black and gold catamaran crossed the finish line in sixth position after 14 hours 37 minutes and 43 seconds of racing.
"The Bol d'Or has delivered its verdict and I congratulate Mobimo on their win. The race was difficult for the nerves and although we did not get the result we wanted, we are happy to have shared this edition with our whole team. In this event overall victory is never certain, and anyone can win. There are always opportunities from the start through to the finish, and it is a constant challenge, particularly in windy editions - this is the beauty of the Bol d’Or.We had a great start and kept our lead for the first part of the race, but that was not enough and the cards were reshuffled. But this race is like that, and it is part of the sport and there will be other opportunities to win the Bold d’Or,” commented Dona Bertarelli, skipper of Ladycat, after crossing the line.
LADYCAT CREW FOR THE BOL D'OR MIRABAUD 2018:
Dona Bertarelli (skipper)
Boat Captain : Philippe Echassoux