Lake Geneva record

Alexandre Schneiter and his Pharos 40 Tilt set new time for Bol d'Or course

Wednesday September 5th 2007, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: France
Alexandre Schneiter and his Sebastien Schmidt designed Pharos 40 Tilt have broken the 13 year old Ruban Violet, a speed record for monohulls around Lake Geneva set on the Bol d’Or Mirabaud course. Established in 1994, the previous record was held by Corum and her owner Beat Siegfried with a time of 8 hours 45 minutes and 40 seconds.

Together with Jean Psarophagis’s Syz & co (another Psaros 40), Schneiter set sail early this morning in order to benefit from the strong northerly 'bise' wind. This attempt - his fourth, was going to be the right one! “This is the cleverest out of all the attempts we have made. The wind angles were particularly good; we took several risks but everything we tried proved to be right,” he commented.

After reaching the le Bouveret turning mark (at the eastern end of the lake) around lunch time, the canting keel monohull started the long return back towards Geneva under full spinnaker while Syz & co opted for a fractional kite. Fully powered, the 40 footer surfed its way towards the arrival line and a new, historic record.

Marcel Beauverd, the President of the Cercle de la Voile de la Société Nautique de Genève, the America’s Cup defending yacht club, said he was proud to witness such an achievement. “It is fantastic”, he said. “They have sailed superbly and chosen the perfect moment.”

Alexandre Schneiter now envisages challenging the multihulls record, held since 1994 by Peter Leuenberger’s trimaran Triga IV. He will build a multihull that will sail on hydrofoils and guarantee a fantastic show on Lake Geneva next year.

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