Gstaad Yacht Club’s Centenary Trophy 2017, only two weeks away
Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:43 AM
In two weeks' time, some of the most fascinating old ladies of the classic yachting circuit and a great line-up of experienced teams and sailors will reunite again on the Cote d'Azur for the 7th edition of the Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy.
Over the years some of the most gorgeous and best performing classic yachts from the past century lined up for the Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy, as they will do for this year's event with up to 15 yachts ready to fight for the prestigious award in the Bay of Saint-Tropez on Thursday, October 5th.
As usual there will be some "rookie" centenarians racing in Saint-Tropez to the likes of Chips, a P-Class Marconi sloop from 1913, built on a W. Starling Burgess' design in Marblehead that will be skippered by French America's Cup veteran Bruno Troublé.
Linked to the AC is also Linnet, a 1905 NYYC30 gaff sloop designed by Nathanael Herreshoff, with Italian classic yachts owner and lover Patrizio Bertelli on board.
Dating from 1912 and debuting in 2017 at the GYC Centenary Trophy is gaff sloop Tilly XV. The boat has a very interesting story: she was built in Germany for Prince Heinrich Von Preussen, the brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II, as a "Sonder class racer" and she won the Kiel Week in the very same year she was launched.
2016 winner of the GYC Centenary Trophy, USA's flagged NY50 Spartan (1912), will also be back to fight for her title, as will do some aficionados of the event like fore and aft cutter Eva(1906), owned by French woman sailor Charlotte Franquet; gaff cutter Kelpie (1903), Swedish built Marga (1910); Bermudan sloop Mignon (1905); the 8M I.R. Nin (1913); 2014 and 2015 winners Olympian (1913) and Oriole (1905) as well as the French flagged 3 tonner Phoebus (1903).