I also clearly remember seeing Alinghi on the water back in 2003 and was overly fascinated along with everyone around me.
The famous Bol d’Or regatta was a bit slow this year to say the least. Lack of wind made this the slowest race in nearly 50 years. Just how slow is slow? It took the 1st place team 19 hours, 33 minutes and 26 seconds to finish the race.
I'm imagining the course to look a bit like the above spring shot I took in 2003.
June can bring rains and lots of winds but I'm fairly certain the summer suntanning weather wasn't exactly what the sailors had in mind for this race. You can read the entire story from Swisster, but in particular I loved this quote from the article.
“It was the slowest race since 1962,” Christophe Lamps, Bol d’Or spokesman, told Swisster. In that year the first boat across the line took 31 hours, 54 minutes and 49 seconds to complete the 123-kilometre course across the lake and back. “Of course at that time they didn’t have the multihull technology,” Lamps noted.
One might also note that Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi finished sixth, while Pascal Bidégorry, aboard Banque Populaire, ended up fifth. Yup it was a long, yet colorful and exciting race.