A high point for the classics

A word now about the 10th Centenary Trophy at Les Voiles, organised by the Gstaad Yacht Club that has become a major event not to be missed for the centenarian yachts (25 entrants). They enjoy a pursuit race on the Thursday. The boats cross the start line according to their an especially created handicap system, allowing very different boats in size and rig to compete on equal terms, with the first boat to cross the line off the breakwater to be declared the winner.

Over the years, the Centenary Trophy has become a high point for the classics. Several newcomers registered for the 2019 event, like the 8M IR Apache (1917) designed by Norwegian naval architect Johan Anker, renowned throughout the world as father of the Dragon. Also new to the race was the 1901 gaff sloop, Ester, designed by Gunnar Mellgren, which has a truly unusual renaissance story. In 2019 , after a real sailing duel, Olympian that year skippered by Guillaume Fetas, managed to take over Viola just five hundred metres from the finish, by hoisting the big spinnaker, getting the necessary extra speed to cross the line in first . Olympian thus became the second boat to have won the Centenary Trophy twice after the success in 2014, together with Tilly XV . “It was a super exciting race, one of the closest finishes in the history of the Centenary Trophy. Watching from close such an incredible display of racing skills and boat handling on these old yachts was just fantastic.” Declared the Gstaad Yacht Club’s Commodore, Manrico G. Iachia, looking forward to this year, as it will be an important milestone with the regatta celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Past winners
2011: Bonafide (1899) 2012: Marigold (1892) 2013: due to adverse weather conditions the title was not awarded 2014: Olympian (1913) 2015: Oriole (1905) 2016: Spartan (1913) 2017: Tilly XV (1912) 2019: Olympian (1913)

The next 10th edition will be Thursday, 1st October 2020.

Point d’orgue pour les classiques

Un mot pour cette 10ème édition du Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy, rendez-vous incontournable pour les voiliers centenaires (25 concurrents) qui se déroule le jeudi selon le format de la « pursuit race » avec un système spécial de rating, les concurrents ont franchi la ligne départ en fonction de leur handicap, le premier bateau à franchir la ligne d’arrivée devant Saint Tropez est déclaré vainqueur.

Au fil des années, le GYC Centenary Trophy est devenu le point d’orgue pour les classiques pendant cette semaine tropézienne. Plusieurs nouveaux s’étaient inscrits l’année passée comme le 8 m 1917 Apache conçu par l’architecte norvégien Johan Anker, connu dans le monde entier comme étant le père du Dragon. Newcomer également, Ester, le sloop aurique de 1901 conçu par Gunnar Mellgren, avec une histoire de renaissance unique. Olympian devenait ainsi le deuxième bateau a remporté deux fois le Centenary Trophy, tout comme Tilly XV. « Cette édition a été passionnante avec un final historique.

Ce final restera graver dans ma mémoire, c était incroyable. Confie Manrico Ia chia, Commodore du yacht club de Gstaad Nous vous donnons rendez vous c et an pour une édition anniversaire les 10 ans du Ce ntenary Trophy. Nous allons tout mettre en oeuvre pour faire un événement exceptionnel. » déclare le Commodore du Gstaad Yacht Club Manrico G. Iachia.

Précédents lauréats 
2011: Bonafide (1899) 2012: Marigold (1892) 2013: due to adverse weather conditions the title was not awarded 2014: Olympian (1913) 2015: Oriole (1905) 2016: Spartan (1913) 2017: Tilly XV (1912) 2019: Olympian (1913)

The next 10th edition will be Thursday, 1st October 2020.

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A high point for the classics

A high point for the classicsA word now about the 10th Centenary Trophy at Les Voiles, organised by the Gstaad Yacht Club that has become a major event not to be missed for the centenarian yachts (25 entrants). They enjoy a pursuit race on the Thursday. The boats cross

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