Every year in June the SNG in Geneva, that is also home to the current Americas Cup winner Alinghi, together with other sponsors, arranges Europe’s biggest lake regatta – the Bol d’Or. This year’s Bol d’Or Mirabaud was presented by Girard-Perregaux and attracted almost 600 boats from all over Europe.
What’s so great about this event – besides its sheer size – is that hobby sailors can compete with the top elite of the world.
Now in its 70th year, this year’s Bol d’Or was again plagued from very little wind like last year. While the fast racing Multihulls are less affected by these conditions and have already finished the 123km (66,5 nautical miles) race this evening, some of the slower boat have until now not even reached the half mark and – if the weather won’t change through the nights – a few might take almost until the tomorrow afternoon’s 16:00 time limit.
The fastest racing boats within the M2 and M1 class – both multihulls and extra light builds for lake racing are dominated by Swiss boat types – the 46 feet Decision D35 cats in the larger and normally much faster M1 class, and the 28 feet Ventilos in the M2 class.
But this year – not like 2007 when the super fast D35 swept the top three places in the race – one M2 boat managed to come in second just minutes after the first M1 catamaran (and also before the Alinghi team) – the M2 Team Parmigiani. Congratulations to this great success.
Below a snapshot of the runner up boat and – as you can see – there was very little wind this year. The max speed reported online for the fastest boats was only around 16knts today.
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- Images: Sign of the Time?
- Best HDR images on the web: (Introduction)
There was a lot of press coverage lately on the “Earthrace” attempt to break the world record of circumnavigation for power boats with a bio-diesel boat.
It happens to be that we have (together with another company) sponsored their last leg on their attempt to break the world record. And we have just learn that “Richard Branson” now is considering to “sponsor another attempt” for the world record next year, so we thought we might still share some of our impressions and images of our time on-board during the run from Egypt to Spain…
In September 1997, Handicap International unveiled the Broken Chair, a 12 meter high wooden sculpture in support of the global movement against land mines, outside of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. After a lengthy period of reconstruction during which the Chair was placed in storage, it will be reinstated as a reminder of the governments’ commitment to fully universalize and adhere to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty…
The picture below was taken at Colombia’s largest public university (Universidad Nacional “la Nacho”) in Bogotá. Every year after the university campus is painted white, the same graffiti reappear since the late 60′s showing heroes of the “revolution”. click on the image for the jump via Wooster Collective
We recently mentioned that one of us will soon be going on a long travel around this planet so we got a professional digital camera to capture some of the impressions and share them later.
During the research for the latest in Digital Photography we also came across what is now called High-Dynamic-Range (HDR or HDRI) photography and tone mapping.
There are a few pretty good tutorials on the web how to achieve these effects and software is now also available to substantially reduce the process steps required (If interested we can provide a list of the best links we found).
But we thought that it might be best to introduce this technique by pointing you to the best HDR images and their creators we found on the web.
So following this post we will put together a small series of articles for each of the web sites we found the most interesting…