It's the start of an exciting new documentary series, which brings together some of the world's most talented young sailors for one big regatta - and even more than that: The Sailing Squad!
On the occasion of the 82nd edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, we decided to offer our followers a unique concept, a sort of "Master Chef" of sailing. This mini-series, divided into 4 video capsules, is called: "THE SAILING SQUAD".
The Sailing Squad tells the story of young international sailors who meet for the first time in Geneva during the mythical Bol d'or Mirabaud sailing race. The five young sailors are mentored by double Olympic champion and British TV presenter Shirley Robertson.
They have two days to get to know each other, set up a strategy, discover Lake Geneva and the boat that will take them on this adventure.
A lot of things will happen to them throughout this journey, surprises and above all a lot of emotion, for memories that will remain engraved in their minds forever.
2 Olympic gold medals
Shirley Robertson has been racing boats at an elite level since the early 1990’s. As an Olympic athlete, she was the first British woman to win consecutive Gold medals, and went on to compete in various international classes, campaigning in both TP52s and Extreme 40s to international success. Most recently Shirley has extensive experience as helm on various superyacht racing campaigns. Off the water, Shirley has for over a decade been the face of CNN Mainsail, hosting the prestigious sailing programme for well over one hundred editions.
Further media engagements have included three Summer Olympics, as the BBC's live on water reporter, and the on-course face of BTSport's Live coverage of the 35th America's Cup and recently at the 36th Cup in Auckland was co commentator for the official world feed. She hosts the renowned Shirley Robertsons’s Sailing podcast - worth a listen everyone! And for the last 2 seasons she’s campaigned a Sunfast 3300 alongside her team mate Henry Bomby in the mixed offshore category.
2021 World Cup Medembelik champion - Laser Radial
2019 #5 Senior World Championship - Laser Radial
2017 Europa Cup Champion - Laser Radial
2014 Youth World Vice Champion - Laser Radial
2012 Youth European Vice Champion - Laser Radial
Cercle d'Organisation du Yachting de Compétition Hyèrois
"Determined, passionate and particularly curious, since I was born my natural element has been on a boat! From the Optimist to Olympic ambition, including monohull or multihull crewed regattas, not to mention family cruises and even fishing, I only have one objective: to NAVIGATE! "
Youth Foiling World Cup finalist - 69F
#8 World Championship - Nacra 15
#2 RedBull Foiling Generation - Flying Phantom,
ISAF Youth World Champion - Nacra 15
Club Nautique de Versoix
Société Nautique de Genève
Growing up between the Lake Leman and the Baltic sea, this swiss swedish was destined to sail! Often the only girl on the team, Amanda takes the opportunity to get noticed. How you ask? Thanks to her strong character and determination! When she's not on, or in, the water, you'll find Amanda in the mountains or at school, working on her environmental science classes.
2021 Olympic Sailor in Tokyo 2020one - Laser Radial
5 times Spanish National Champion - Laser Radial
2 times Youth Spanish National Champion - Laser Radial
#3 Team Racing World Championship - Laser Radial
Club Nautic Port d'Aro
‘Hi! Cristina here, from the best place in the world : Barcelona of course! (Ha ha)
I have to warn you : I am quite the outdoor endurance sports freak! Maybe that’s why I am a Laser Radial sailor. I always like to work with big goals; the most recent one was going to the Olympics and I just qualified! What’s next? A medal? Of course, that’s my dream!’
2014 World Champion - Optimist
2013 & 2014 Swiss Champion - Optimist
2018 Swiss Champion - Laser Radial
2017 Europa Cup Champion - Laser Radial
2019 Top 15 World Championship - Laser Radial
Club Nautique Morgien
Gstaad Yacht Club
Société Nautique Rolloise
I started sailing in 2008 at the Société Nautique Rolloise, where I built my foundations on Optimist. After a few years, I got a taste for competition and work. In 2012, I was welcomed at the Club Nautique Morgiens where I strengthened my taste for effort. This allowed me to be part of the Talent Pool, which is the Swiss Optimist team. This enabled me to train even harder and participate in my first world championships in Riva del Garda in 2013, where I placed 39th/256th! For the World Championships, Argentina brought me luck and my mental preparation paid off! I won the World Champion title. I accomplished one of my dreams. My story continues in the double category where we made it into the top 20 in one year with my teammate, but a difference in our objectives separated us. I chose to continue solo, on the Laser. My project is the story of my youth, a long way towards a dream, the apotheosis of which would be a participation in the Olympic Games.
2020 Youth European Champion - 49er
2020 #10 European Championship - 49er
2019 European champion - Flying Phantom
2019 #3 Youth Europe Championship - 49er
3 times Swiss Champion - 420
Germany & France Vice Champion - 420
Club de Voile de Vidy
Maxime, from Maximus in Latin, means the tall one, but not in his case… from the top of his 1m77 (!) Maxime has been immersed in the sailing world since a young age, he emphasizes his perfectionism and his concentration. Soon graduating from nursing school, Maxime has a good sense of teamwork and tactics. He is a great lover of rösti which represents his Swiss nationality of which he is proud. Maxime sets big goals for himself, his ultimate goal is to wear his country's colors on the Olympic Games podium in 2024!
This project was made possible thanks to the support of Hublot, la Société Nautique de Genève, l'Hôtel des Bergues Four Seasons, Laurent Perrier and 727 Sailbags.