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The start of the world’s longest rowing regatta in a closed basin will be given on Saturday September 23 at 8.00 am sharp off the Société Nautique de Genève. This new edition will welcome 18 teams ready to take on the challenge of the 160-kilometer Tour du Léman. At the same time, the inter-company challenge will be launched at 10:00 am.

Geneva, September 20, 2023 – Next weekend will see the BCGE Tour du Léman à l’Aviron; an extreme endurance event, over a distance of 160 kilometers, which will bring together a total of 90 competitors divided into 18 teams.

The regatta will start at 8:00 am off the Société Nautique de Genève and will take the competitors around Lake Geneva without interruption and without outside help – a real challenge!

Among the rowers is the title-winning team of Christian Maus, Henning Osthoff, Markus Müller, Matthias Auer and Michael Ehrle, who will be aiming to repeat their feat. However, this will be the first round of the lake for several teams, including Juliette Kreda’s “Les Ravageuses”, who will be representing SNG and rowing for an association involved in the fight against cancer. Three people who have rowed across the Atlantic will also be on hand in their respective teams: Claudio Prante (Aviron Romand Zurich), Debbie Beadle (Putney Town RC) and Philippe Schucany (SN Neuchâtel).

In all, two 100% women’s teams, seven mixed teams, seven masters teams and nine novice teams, representing a total of six nationalities (SUI, GER, FRA, GBR, NED, ITA), will be present.

“I hope that the competition will be held in good conditions and that it will offer us a great show,” says Stéphane Trachsler, President of the Organizing Committee. “I wish all the rowers a great race and hope that new participants will get a taste for this extreme regatta and come back next year!”

Starting this year, the BCGE Tour du Léman has a new website on which all information relating to the event can be found.