It is the mythical regatta of Lake Geneva with 3,000 participants. The lake becomes a colourful veil and lives to the rhythm of the prestigious sailing boats.
It is the mythical regatta of Lake Geneva. Created in 1939 with 26 boats, it is today the most important European sailing regatta in closed basin. Organised by Cercle de la Voile de la Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), it is open to the general public. Each year, competitors from all over Europe meet on the starting line: 3,000 participants, around 500 monohull and multihull yachts are registered (350 at the finish line before the end of the race or much less depending on the years) for a 66.5 nautical miles (123 km) round trip from Geneva to Bouveret and back and a maximum of 30 hours of racing (between 5 hours 01 min and 19 hours 33 min for the fastest, depending on the year and wind). The winner in real time wins the Bol d' Or, which is put back into play each year, unless it is won 3 times in five years by the same owner. 3 boats have completed this challenge in more than 70 years! There are prestigious participants who are famous now in the history of regatta: Eric Tabarly in 1994 and more recently Russell Couts in 2006 (triple winner of America' s Cup), or even Alain Gauthier and Michel Desjoyaux in 2009. In 2018, the first place went to the Mobimo team with 14h14'02
Beyond the prowess of navigation and the performance of boats, the lake is also decorated with various colours. It is beautiful and impressive to watch!
Idea to follow the race: opt for a cruise with CGN from Geneva to Tour du Lac and you will be safe in the heart of the regatta and in the front row.
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