Organized for the first time in 1939, the Bol d’Or has become the world’s most important inland lake regatta. A popular nautical festival, the Bol d’Or has become one of the great classics of the international regatta calendar. Each year, champions from all over Europe meet on the starting line, in the company of nearly five 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.
Since 1996, the Bol de Vermeil challenge rewards the first mono-hull to cross the finish line.
The ACVL-SRS challenge goes to the Bol winner in handicapped time.
Each of these challenges must be won three out of the five last years to be kept indefinitely. Only a few boats have accomplished this to date (see History of the regatta).
The racecourse is designed to be as simple as possible: there is only one rounding mark at the halfway point: Le Bouveret.
All boats will be equipped with electronic position beacons and their progress can be tracked in real time on the Bol d’Or Mirabaud website.