Organised for the first time in 1939, the Bol d’Or has become the most important World regatta on an inland lake. A large and popular nautical festival, the Bol d’Or has become one of the great classics of the international regatta agenda. Each year, champions from all over Europe meet on the starting line, in the company of nearly six hundred sailboats.
The real time winner of the Geneva – Le Bouveret – Geneva course wins the Bol d’Or challenge, which is in, play each year – unless it was won three out of five of the last years by the same owner or owners’ association. Only three boats have achieved this challenge to date (see “History of the Bol d’Or").
The Bol de Vermeil trophy rewards the first mono-hull to cross the finish line. As with the Bol d’Or challenge, it must be won three out of the last five years to be kept indefinitely.
The racecourse is designed to be as simple as possible: there is only one rounding mark at the halfway point, Le Bouveret (except the new offset mark for multi-hulls).
For the second year in a row, one hundred boats will be equipped with electronic position beacons and their progress can be tracked in real time on the Bol d’Or Mirabaud website.