Sailing and Sunshine: Lake Geneva’s Bol d’Or Mirabaud
One of the most popular events in Geneva’s calendar is the Bol d’Or Mirabaud regatta in June. Make it your excuse to explore the lakeside city this summer.
Join the crowds of cheering spectators who line the shores of lake Geneva every summer to cheer on the competing sailing teams in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud Regatta. The party atmosphere along the lake is a great reason to explore the Swiss city in June.
Of all the events in Geneva’s busy annual calendar, the Bol d’Or Mirabaud holds a special place in the heart of the city’s population. The race is the world’s largest lake regatta, attracting up to 500 yachts to compete along its 123km route from Geneva to Le Bouveret and back.
Groups of families, friends and neighbours set up along the length of the course and enjoy barbecues, picnics and parties as they watch the yachts race by in this annual sailing event.
This year the regatta will take place from the 16-18 June; the party atmosphere which accompanies it makes it the perfect time of year to take a city break to Geneva and discover its many charms.
History of the Sailing Event
Set up in 1939 under the name Tour du Lac des Faces Pâles, the Bol d’Or Mirabaud is one of the oldest regattas in Europe. But while it may have begun life as the preserve of wealthy yacht owners and great families who wanted to play on the lake, it has, over the last 79 years, developed into one of the most open and international events in Geneva. Today teams come from across the globe to compete in the annual summer event.
Where to Watch
Like many events in Geneva, the regatta is very well organised with special consideration given to spectators keen to join in the excitement of the race. Organisers have set out key spectator positions along the race’s course so that you can be sure to feel right at the heart of the action.
How to Get to Geneva
It’s quick and easy to get a direct flight from the UK to Geneva on a range of premium airlines including British Airways, Swiss, KLM and Lufthansa. The flight takes around an hour and a half.
For a comfortable, convenient way to get from the airport to your accommodation for the regatta or any of the other summer events in Geneva, book a transfer with Shuttle Direct before you set off and your driver will be waiting for you when you touch down.
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