Centenarian Award

As part of the Classic Boat Awards, the GYC has joined forces with the magazine since 2017 for Centenarian of the Year Trophy. The winner will be announced each year at the awards ceremony in London, after having been selected by an international jury of experts.



Built in 1888 at the yards of George Wanhill in Poole, Doorset, Thalia, a seductive Gaff Cutter is GYC Centenarian of the Year winner of the 2021 Classic Boat Awards edition.
With her age, Thalia has a long history of captivating the hearts of true sailing devotees, such the one of her actual owner David Aisher since 2010.

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The 2021 Classic Boat Award Ceremony



Built in 1892 at Brightlingsea, Greta, a fascinating Thames Sailing Barge became the Centenarian of the Year winner of the 2020 Classic Boat Awards edition.
The larger versions of Thames Sailing barges proved to be excellent vessels sailing in river waters and seawaters by delivering goods throughout the ports of England and Europe.
Once served as a commercial cargo barges, Greta was chartered in the World War II by the English Ministry of Supply in order to carry ammunition to naval vessels anchored at the Nore on the Thames estuary. Nowadays, Greta is a charter vessel, exhibiting her extremely versatile sprit sail as a unique and stylish trademark of her own.

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From 2017 the Gstaad Yacht Club’s Award ties in with the centenarian theme and seeks to recognise yachts of this vintage that have achieved something special. Past winners are:

2020 – Greta, owned by Steve Norris

2019 – Carlotta, CAN/UK owned by Michael P. Wright

2018 – Folly, ARG owned by German Frers

2017 – Jolie Brise, UK

Shortlist 2020

10th GYC Centenary Trophy

Trophy Giving Ceremony and dinner.



The Gstaad Yacht Club was founded in 1998 by a group of sailor enthusiasts with the vision to “create a unique global yacht club away from the waters, instead of another local club by the waters”. The GYC was regarded with astonishment in the beginning as a club in the mountains without water and meanwhile developed to a club with about 400 members from over 30 different countries. With sailing projects on all levels from juniors to professional sailors and the launch of the Centenary Trophy regatta in 2011 it has become a solid force on the Swiss sailing scene and for classic boats.

Manrico G. Iachia, GYC Commodore, Gstaad Yacht Club

With more than 600 members and organizing fifteen events including the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez is one of the oldest clubs in France, its origins date back to 1862. Since 2015, the merger of sailing clubs of Saint-Tropez (formerly UST Sailing and SNST) helped to broaden the horizons. Located in two beautiful places, the Club includes several centers of nautical activities: Sailing competition, sailing school and Motor Yachting.

Pierre Roinson - Président, Société Nautique Saint Tropez

The mix of classic yachts with ultra-modern boats is the main feature of the “Les Voiles” and  its true “brand” as are the festival and the many activities on land, wide open to the Tropezians and the public.
Since 2011 during “Les Voiles de Saint Tropez “ a new special challenge has been organized, on Thursday – Jour des Defis. Initiated by the GYC in cooperation with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez the Centenary Trophy has been launched as a race for traditional boats aged 100 years and older.

The Centenary Trophy at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez each year is a celebration of yachting history that lives long in the memory for spectators and participants. To sail on these great old boats is a privilege, to watch them is unforgettable. With the Centenary Trophy, the Gstaad Yacht Club has created a showcase of some of the most important boats afloat.
 “Tying in with the race, Classic Boat magazine is delighted to be partnering with the Gstaad Yacht Club for our Centenarian of the Year trophy, which we award annually to a boat that is now enjoying her second century under sail.”

Rob Peake, group editor, Classic Boat



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