Bol d’Or Mirabaud: Winds favor beautiful sailing competition over Lake Geneva

GENEVA – After a little over eight hours of sailing—and a few hundred thousand francs in training, salaries and equipment—the catamaran Ladycat has won the Lake Geneva Bol d’Or Mirabaud.

Ernesto Bertarelli and his Alinghi1 clinched the second position just as he did un 2015. Last year though, he was beaten by only a few seconds, this year however, he lost by more than three minutes.

TeamTilt which won in 2015 was delayed over 20 minutes securing the fourth place.

As I write this story from the French side of the lake, a few dozen sailing boats are still making their way back to Geneva (click on the video below to see the lovely rainbow of sails).

The last boat should be arriving  by early Sunday morning. That, is infinitely better than in 2015, when the lack of winds made it painfully slow for small sailing boats with two-person crews (read here about the 2015 competition).

Last year, it took the winner 14 hours to reach the finish line and almost 40 hours for small boats to get back to Geneva (many more abandoned the race out of sheer exhaustion). That sure won’t be the case in 2016.

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