Bol d'Or Mirabaud - Patience and tactical finesse were key

The 80th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2018 was run with evasive winds, testing the nerves of participants.

The Décision 35 Mobimo, helmed by Christian Wahl, brilliantly won this 80th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud after more than 14 hours of sailing.

The “Léman Sorcerer” executed a perfect outbound leg, ahead of the entire fleet starting from the central lake sector, to end in a neck-in-neck fight by sneaking by Okalys Youth Project at the line.

An unbelievable finish in the Geneva night, reinforced by dramatic suspense.

The first monohull to cross the line at 3:30 Sunday morning after 17 hours, 30 minutes and 57 seconds of struggle between dead calm and light breezes was TBS.

With its 121 competitors at the start, the Surprise one-design was once again the largest class in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud.

G. Hominal et Fils won after 26 hours 24 minutes and 15 seconds of racing.

Black Swan, the Luthi 36 Classic helmed by Alain Hofer, won the elapsed ranking ahead of Chez Pierrette & Gaston, a Melges 32 helmed by Jean-Luc Lévêque.

Of 559 registrants, there were around 301 retirements. In the end, it’s not all that many for such a light winded edition.

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