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Gstaad Yacht Club postpones the 10th Centenary Trophy to 2021

by Gstaad Yacht Club 23 Sep 2020 10:52 PDT
Olympia Winning the 2019 Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy © Juerg Kaufmann / www.go4image.co

The Swiss Club has taken the tough decision to move forward the 10th edition of the Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy, the regatta dedicated to boats one hundred years and more of age that over the years has become a true tradition for the best centenarian sailing yachts in the Mediterranean.

The event, was originally scheduled for October 1st, on the "challenges day" at the Voiles de Saint-Tropez but after broad internal discussions with a heavy heart, the Club's Board came to the conclusion that the wisest option was to postpone to 2021 the 10th edition of the Centenary Trophy, and the big celebrations that were planned. The quarantine measures in place between France and Switzerland do not allow the organisers this year to ensure the smooth running of this race, which has had to be written out of the programme.

"We stand by the people who suffered for this pandemic, that has been affecting us all. Everyone at the Gstaad Yacht Club is saddened to make such an announcement. We have been working hard to make our event happen. But as it comes at sea, sometimes you have to reduce sail and wait for the storm to pass." Said GYC's Commodore Manrico Iachia.

"This would have been a major milestone for the Club and the Centenary Trophy, the tenth anniversary. A special edition to celebrate is style, yet priorities have changed, and we believe this is the most sensible and considerate decision we could take. Parties are meant to be happy, festive moments, and I am sure more untroubled times will come, enabling us to celebrate together with all our friends and supporters.

We'll start working straight away to make the 10th edition of the Centenary Trophy a very special race in 2021."

The Gstaad Yacht Club expresses its appreciation to everyone at the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez for all the support so far and wishes them a successful 2020 event.

More information and a gallery of stunning pictures from past editions can be found at the newly launched Centenary Trophy website: gyccentenarytrophy.com

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