Key Dates in the History of the Bol d'Or

2013
This time, a westerly wind blew sharply at 10:00, just in time for the start, giving the fleet a downwind run under spinnaker to Evian. Small breezes then allowed the Ventillo, Zenith Fresh, to be first around the mark at Le Bouveret, from where she brilliantly defended her position during the return, in spite of pressure from the D35 armada, which finally had to admit defeat during this 75th edition. Enough breeze continued Sunday to allow most of the competitors to finish in time.

2012
A slow start... very slow. The expected westerly wind was late to the show. From the beginning, D35 Realstone broke away along the Swiss shore. Only De Rahm was aboard the same train, but the CER youngsters, brilliantly led by Jérôme Clerc, controlled the situation from end to end and prevailed over the favorites. A similar scenario to 2010!

2011
The race started with spinnakers flying under strong rain. Conditions were generally windy thanks to a weather front, with very windy conditions for the first boats to round the Bouveret mark. Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi won, following his sister's victory last year, and claiming his first D35 victory in record time of 6:25.50. Antonio Palma's Mirabaud 1, with Cyrus Golchan at the helm, won the most contended Surprise class.

2010
Hardly windy, but slightly better than 2009. First victory of a mostly feminine crew with its woman skipper: Dona Bertarelli. D35 Ladycat crossed the finish at 2:49 Sunday morning. M2 Safram, after a long reign on top of the podium, finished third. 183 boats arrived before the close.

2009
A new record… for slowness.  The first M1, D35 Foncia helmed by Alain Gautier and Michel Desjoyeaux clocked in at the finish line at 5:33 Sunday morning at dawn.  The winners weren’t used to spending the night on their boats!  Only 64 boats crossed the finish at the SNG and 62 were ranked based on their time rounding the mark at Le Bouveret.

2008
In the absence of the Syz & Co. Catamaran, not finished in time for this 70th edition, victory of "Zebra 7 - Girard-Perregaux", a D35 with Frank Cammas at the helm, followed by a surprising M2, "Parmagiani", with Michel Vaucher at the helm.  The winds were not steady enough for Mirabaud LX to repeat its exploit of the Bol d'Or of Neuchatel 2008.

2007
Inauguration of a separate starting line for multi-hulls with an offset buoy ensuring a racecourse of equal distance to the mono-hulls.

2006
Three-time America’s Cup winner, Russell Coutts wins the Bol d’Or at the helm of “Banque Gonet”.  Tilt, owned by A. Schneiter and P. Firmenich, win the Bol de Vermeil challenge following his 2002, 2004 and 2006 victories.

2001
Alinghi, owned by Ernesto Bertarelli, wins the third Bol d’Or challenge following his 1997 and 2000 victories.

1998
Raffica, owned by M. Valerio, wins the Bol de Vermeil challenge following his 1996 and 1997 victories.

1996
First awarding of the “Bol de Vermeil” to the first mono-hull to cross the finish line. As with the Bol d’Or challenge, it must be won three times in five years to be kept indefinitely.

1994
“Bise” windstorm. Multi-hull record beat by Triga IV, owned by P.M. Leuenberger, in 5:01’51”. Mono-hull record beat by Corum Modulo 108, owned by B. Siegfried, in 8:45’40”.

1994
Eric Tabarly participates.

1990
Record participation with 684 boats.

1989
Dennis Conner and his revolutionary catamaran Stars and Stripes – with which he just won the America’s Cup - establish a new time record of 6:57’33”.

1987
The threshold of 500 registered boats is passed.

1986
New speed record of under eight hours set by Altaïr X, owned by Ph. Stern, in 7:20’55”.

1985
Altaïr XI, owned by Ph. Stern, improves her race time, finishing in 8:37’14”.

1984
Altaïr XI, owned by Ph. Stern, wins the second Bol d’Or challenge with a new victory in 9:24’20”.

1983

First victory by a flying boat!!!  The Super Tornado Holy Smoke of A. Schiess wins thanks to its hydro foils, allowing the boat to set sail and fly in the "Morget" wind.

1982
New speed record of under ten hours set by Altaïr X, owned by Ph. Stern, in 8:40’01”.
 
1980
First victory by a multi-hull, Altaïr IX, owned by Ph. Stern, in 15:27’06”.

1979
Participation of the first racing multi-hull, the Oiseau Roc owned by Pierre Muskens

1976
First participation by a Surprise one-design, currently the largest and most competitive class (more than 100 boats starting).

1971
200 boats registered. First victory by a Toucan, Toucan XI, owned by M. Stern.

1963
H. Julliard wins the first Bol d’Or challenge with Marie-José II.
 
1956
First race in less than twelve hours, by lliam IX, owned by A. Firmenich, helmed by Louis Noverraz, in 11:04’57”.

 
1950
50 participants entered, 1st completion in under 20 hours achieved by Glana, 8mJI, owned by H. Guisan, in 16:25’45”.

1949
First victory of an 8mJI, Glana, owned by H. Guisan, son of General Guisan, in 21:17’30”.
 
1939
First edition, 26 participants, Ylliam IV, owned by F. Firmenich, won in 23:08’34”.