Project Description

Winner 2015

Oriole

The fifth edition of the Gstaad Yacht Club’s Centenary Trophy will be filed in the archives under a tag: challenging. The fifteen one hundred years and more old yachts that went go head-to-head in a pursuit race based on a special handicap system, were in fact faced with extremely challenging conditions, with an easterly wind well above 20 knots, gusting over 25 and an especially tough sea state. Not the easiest setting for the delicate centenarians that, nonetheless, proved to be strong, seaworthy and responsive in the hands of their experienced crews. At the end of a demanding and tough race, NYYC 30 Oriole (1905) crossed the line just off the St Tropez’s breakwater in first in her fourth attempt. “Since its inception, we always considered a great idea to gather the centenarians during the Voiles de Saint Tropez with the Centenary Trophy, offering them an original race format. I believe the pursuit race concept is interesting, motivating and enjoyable for the crew. Oriole has always taken part and, despite being in the top scorers, we have never been able to win it. A victory was among our goals for the 2015 season.” declared owner Jean-Pierre Lostis, adding: “But to win you need the right weather conditions, and this year they were just perfect for us, you need to avoid making too many mistakes but mostly to push hard from start to finish. We did not start that well; we had some issues hoisting the jib and we crossed the line 3 minutes late. Yet, we soon caught up with the boats in front. Upwind and in strong air Oriole is fast and does not beat too much in the big waves of the gulf of St Tropez. We were leading since the first mark but, as it goes, we noticed the faster boats approaching and namely Olympian, the 2014 winner. After the last upwind mark, a long downwind leg was waiting for us. We decided not to hoist the spinnaker, but we were fast, pointing right to the mark while the others had to do several gibes. On the last stretch to the fin-ish we realized that Olympian was not in a position to catch us, if we made no mistakes. The crew remained focussed and we made it! We are very proud to have won this prestigious trophy and we wish to thank the Gstaad Yacht Club for organizing the regatta with such energy and passion.” “What a joy! To win, yes, but mostly to have pushed Oriole at her maximum, this old American 110 year old lady we all are in love with! She sure deserved this victory, thank you Oriole.” added Fran-cis Van de Velde.

Community

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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Contact

Nina Onezhskaya

Club Administration & Communications

Administrative and membership matters, accounting, secretary, front and back office

centenarytrophy@gstaadyachtclub.com

Jürg Kaufmann

Image documentation & Film

GYC and Centenary Trophy Official photographer

www.juergkaufmann.com

Cindy Schönrich

Managing Director

Overall management & marketing – GYC and event related matters, clubs and partnerships, guest relation

manager@gstaadyachtclub.com