Gstaad Yacht Club goes forward the Centenary Trophy

Further to the huge success of the debut in 2011, the Gstaad Yacht Club is proud to announce the second edition of the GYC Centenary Trophy that will take place during this year’s “Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez” on Thursday, October 4th. In order to have a fair and exciting competition among boats different in size and rig, the race format is that of a pursuit race, where the slowest yacht will be the first to set off and the fastest will take the last start. Created by the Gstaad Yacht Club in full co-operation with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez the Centenary Trophy debuted last year and is open to all classic yachts aged 100 years and more.

Organizers have now decided to turn it into a yearly rendez-vous of the classic yachts calendar.
With a record-breaking number of at least 21 centenaries registered for Les Voiles, the provisional entry list has gone up by 6 units and last year’s trophy winner, the 44′ gaff cutter “Bona Fide” (dating back to 1899) will have to fight against an even more competitive lineup. With the oldest challenger from 1885 and the ‘youngest’ from 1912 the regatta promises to be as exciting as ever.

The Gstaad Yacht Club, in an event that will unite sports and conviviality, has scheduled the prize-giving ceremony for the same evening of October 4th in a prestigious venue especially transformed to resemble the Gstaad Yacht Club. Having its clubhouse in the Swiss Alps with no access to a lake or the sea, the race and the ceremony will represent a further step to take the club’s members, their guests and the wider world of yachting closer to the unique atmosphere of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.

The Gstaad Yacht Club and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, are delighted to welcome all classic yachts from 1912 and older for the Centenary Trophy 2012.