One of the attractions of living here on one of the hills of Lausanne is that come mid June, we get the opportunity to see the sailboats competing in the Bol d’Or regatta, first on their way to Le Bouveret and then as they race back to Geneva. All this, of course, from the comfort of our balcony.

DSCN743715 June 2013

On a nice day, this trail of coloured sails moving slowly across ‘our’ stretch of the lake is a pleasure to the eye.

Bol d'Or_14 juin 2015_vu depuis Lausanne-VennesFor the 77th edition of this famous regatta, there were fewer sailboats. Was it because of the weather (the forecasts were for some bad weather during the latter part of the race) or because of the strong Swiss franc (which may have dissuaded competitors from Europe to come)?

DSCN9200Whatever the reason, this year our view was seriously obstructed by the many cranes just below our balcony [the crane on the first picture was from a former construction site, almost 2 kilometres away from us].  Although I have to admit that this may sound a little trivial in comparison with what the competitors must have felt when their sailboats were caught in the storm later on in the evening…