Bol d'Or Mirabaud 2023
The Sailing Squad is back with an exciting season 3 full of surprises. Get a sneak preview of the unprecedented collaboration between two experienced teams who will defend Christian Wahl's title won with his team during the 2022 Bol d'Or Mirabaud.
On the occasion of the 84th edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, the Sailing Squad is back with an exciting season 3.
Three young, international yachtswomen and Shirley Robertson, double-Olympic medallist coach, get to know one another and learn to perform as a team with a view to taking part in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud. This year, the Sailing Squad has teamed up with the highly experienced Christian Wahl and his legendary D35 catamaran – winner of the 2022 Bol d’Or Mirabaud.
The aim of the game is of course to win. Will the young Sailing Squad athletes, who are unfamiliar with both Lake Geneva and the boat, manage to convince their coaches to be selected on race day? Sailing Squad Season 3: an adventure full of twists and turns to be enjoyed in three thrilling episodes from 5 to 15 June.
The Sailing Squad
The team created by double Olympic champion Shirley Robertson meets in Verbier for a team building event and meets the "wizard of the lake".
After their mountain getaway, the Sailing Squad will get down to business. The girls will meet the Double You Team and will be tested on the mythical D35 by Christian Wahl. Who will he keep?
The training sessions are over, now it's time to deliver on the water. What will Christian Wahl's strategy be and how will the Sailing Squad perform during the dreaded Bol d'Or Mirabaud? Will they manage to win the trophy?
The Sailing Squad
Called the 'wizard of the lake' following his multiple victories in the Bol d'Or Mirabaud - including in 2022, for the 8th time - Christian Wahl, a fine strategist, is one of the undisputed experts in Decision 35. With more than 30 participations in the Bol d'Or Mirabaud and 15 podium finishes, he knows every corner of the lake and every wind of Lake Geneva. With his dual experience as a top-level sportsman and manager, Christian Wahl is also at the head of several companies, including BJ office & coffee, a family business founded over 110 years ago by his great-grandparents.
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.
470 World Champion
Multiple World Cup medals
2x World Cup final winner
Multiple European Championship medal winner
Hayling Island Sailing Club
I have always sailed and been forever obsessed with winning an Olympic Gold medal. In 1988, my father won Olympic gold and has been my greatest inspiration. When I was 18, I went full time sailing with the British Sailing Team and won my first European Championship medal. I have since completed 2 Olympic Campaigns, become 470 World Champion in 2019 and won my very own Olympic Gold in 2021. I am now hoping to compete in the first ever women’s America’s up, which will hopefully be a turning point for women in professional sailing.
"Be bold, Be brave"
2x silver ILCA 6 youth world championship 2021
ILCA 4 european champion 2020
ILCA 4 world champion 2019
bronze optimist world championship girls division 2018
Gstaad Yacht Club
I am 20 years old and live in Spiez, Switzerland. At 8 years old I visited an optimist summer sailing course and have been hooked ever since. I managed to win a total of 5 medals at youth world or european championships in the Opti, ILCA 4 and ILCA 6 and have now transitioned into the ILCA 6 elite fleet where I qualified for the Swiss Sailing Team b-cadre. My focus lies on the olympics with the dream of winning gold at LA 2028. Additionally I am a part time student in business administration and communication.
"Never give up"
Isaf World champion 420
2 times Junior World Champion 470
World Champion and World runner-up 470
7 Medals in World Cup 470
2021 olympic sailor in Tokyo
2021 69F helm Equal Sailing Team in Cagliari
Club Nautic S’arenal
I’m 26 years old, I live in Barcelona and I’m the only girl of 5 siblings. I come from a sailors family and very competitive. I love challenges and enjoying life. I want to see how far I am able to go in life, always surrounded by people with good hearts and very hard working.
"We are here just passing by, live to the fullest and make others happy"
This project was made possible thanks to the support of Hublot, InterContinental Geneva, Forward Wip, Verbier and la Société Nautique de Genève.