Les surveillants de baignade sont en place ! Des volontaires pour un plongeon dans le Léman ?💦
Bravo à @alibao pour la photo !
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Strawberry moon the last part of it. Yesterday I was observing this full moon at sunset with beautiful pastel colours and this morning I was lucky enough to see it again at sunrise with others pastel colours. This gives me the good energies to go through another beautiful day that I will live in positiveness and happiness. Hope you do too. Wish you all a beautiful day. #sunrise#Lakegeneva#lacleman#Vaud#lavaux#planetearth
Last weekend I went through one of the most challenging situations I’ve ever faced. 7 hours into the #boldormirabaud we were caught by a freak storm with an intensity that is unheard of in Lake Geneva, with gusts reaching speeds of 60 knots (110 km/h). Despite taking the appropriate safety measures, the wind hit us wish such violence that our mast broke in a matter of minutes. After a distress call to the Société Nautique de Genève and an endless half hour adrift, a rescue team reached us and took us to safety. Fortunately, none of us sustained any injuries.
The Monoceros is now in Yvoire, with her horn torn an unable to sail.
212 boats had to abandon the race, dozens lost their masts, several capsized and three sank. As the rescuers said, the Lake looked like a fireworks party with all the flares that were being lit.
Having had some time to digest things, my feelings are mixed. On the one hand I’m still quite shaken, having never experienced a remotely similar storm before (the irony of this happening in “quiet” inland waters is not lost). On the other hand, this being my first Bol d’Or, I enjoyed every minute of it, including the storm…at least in retrospective!
This was another epic Bol d’Or. I feel proud of having been part of it. I’m equally honoured of having witnessed the Lake’s might in all its glory and escaping without a scratch.
I think the Lake sent a message to remind us “arrogant” sailors who is King. I got the message. I hope to make it back to the start line next year, as a more experienced sailor and a humbler man.
I want to thank @puldi and Samuel for enduring this incredible experience with me. We spent truly memorable moments together and we kept our cool in the wake of the emergency.
As for the Monoceros, she will she will sail the Lake, hopefully soon…
As they say, calm seas (lakes!) don’t make sailors.