Hydros.ch déploie ses ailes au Bol d'Or

HYDROS.ch once again graces the Bol d’Or and finishes 9th overall! A nice performance after its Blue Ribbon record, which was beaten a few weeks ago.

The excitement was high Saturday on Geneva Lake at the 76th Bol d’Or, where HYDROS.ch was one of the most closely-watched competitors. As the most important inland regatta in the world, the Bol d'Or is the premiere Geneva Lake sailing event. Over 500 participants experienced windy but tricky conditions.

HYDROS.ch rose to the challenge posed by the D35s and other M1s. Leaning on a single hull, as if it had wind beneath her wings, this flying catamaran, which is a triple Geneva Lake record holder, demonstrated its grace, power and speed, but this wasn’t enough as the wind played with the sailors nerves as they passed Lausanne on their way up.

On board, HYDROS.ch skipper Daniel Schmäh focused on sailing his hydrofoil. Providing tactical support, Jérémie Lagarrigue needed to deploy a continually-mutating strategy to adapt to the wind and local conditions.

« Racing the Bol d’Or was really a great pleasure, it’s a fabulous event ! Of course, we are a bit disappointed, we made a strategic mistake upwind in Lausanne area, and we paid for it. Though, there a lot of positive points: we were able to follow the D35 upwind, the boat is fast, and the downwind was fantastic, maybe just missing a few knots of wind. » explained Jérémie Lagarrigue, strategist onboard.

After Le Bouveret, which marked the halfway point of the race, HYDROS.ch was 40 minutes behind the leader. The wind struggled to reach the entire lake, and the sailboat struggled to catch up with the amazing first D35 catamarans, already sailing downwind. On its way back, HYDROS.ch managed to make a difference with its incredible foils, and to gain on the leaders. The team congratulates Ladycat for their incredible victory in 5 hours and 38 minutes.

« There’s some frustration, we were really in the match during the upwind and I was really looking forward to the fight downwind with the D35. Unfortunately, we made this mistake in Lausanne and let the competitors go. I really think, more than ever, that HYDROS.ch is a very competitive boat in the multihulls series, and we’ll have to come again to confirm that! » Said Daniel Schmäh, HYDROS.ch skipper.

The HYDROS.ch team is especially proud to have taken part in this competition, which represents the enthusiasm for sailing in Switzerland. Designed for technological development and data acquisition, HYDROS.ch is at its best when facing the challenges of the fiercest competitors, both technically and strategically. This experience was very interesting and quite rewarding for the team who will surely come back next year.

After this exciting regatta, HYDROS.ch is off to Lake Zurich, where it will sail from August 21st to September 9th.

Photo: Loris Von Siebenthal

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