Centenary and Award

Gstaad Yacht Club joined forces with Classic Boat Magazine to elect best centenarian yacht of the year

The Swiss club and the world's leading classic yachting magazine selected and awarded the best centenarian sailing yacht of the year. The prestigious prize was awarded during a gala night in April in London. The finest centenarian selected by an international jury of experts - Jolie Brise

The world’s most famous pilot cutter has won the last two editions of the Tall Ships Race and this year takes a crew of young people transatlantic to North America, on the adventure of a lifetime. Un-der skipper Toby Marris, she is sailed traditionally and maintained by the pupils of Dauntsey’s School, which owns her. This is one centenarian, which just does not stop. Last year she even had a pub named after her, in Teignmouth. Designed Alexandre Pâris, built Albert Paumelle, 1913, LOD 56ft.

This new partnership has been established between Switzerland's yacht club and the leading media Classic Boats to create and support a new award for the best centenarian sailing yacht of the year.

Special care has been taken to select the members of the international jury, who every year will be given the hard task of choosing the best centenarian yacht, using special criteria, from a shortlist of six boats. The experts' panel includes George Nicholson, honorary President of the Gstaad Yacht Club; French sailor and AC's veteran Bruno Trouble; Italy's Gianbattista Borea d’Olmo, director of the Port of Monaco; Oliver Berking by Robbe & Berking and Rob Peake from Classic Boat.

The six shortlisted boats for the Centenarian of the Year 2017 trophy were:
Peggy Bawn, 1894
Marga, 1910
Jolie Brise, 1913
Bonita, 1888
Linnet, 1905
Olympian, 1913

The new prize for best centenarian, supported by the Gstaad Yacht Club, was added to the existing list of nominations, including among others best restoration and person of the year, and awarded during a special gala night at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London at the beginning of April.
The GYC's Commodore Peter Erzberger commented: “We are both proud and happy about this partnership with the leading media in classic yachting. Our club has always been very keen in celebrating the best centenarian sailing yachts on the water with the GYC Centenary Trophy, and this new event represents a new and exciting way of doing so onshore too.”

The Centenary Trophy

The regatta, unique in its genre, is reserved to boats that are one hundred or more years old. Over the years, the Centenary trophy has gathered some of the most gorgeous and best performing classic yachts from the past century. The event, raced in a pursuit format with staggered starts, has been created and organized by of the Gstaad Yacht Club since 2011. The Centenary Trophy features an especially created and constantly refined handicap system, allowing very different boats in size and rig to compete on equal terms, and its format has proved extremely attractive for the sailors and the public alike.

Past winners of the Centenary Trophy

2011: Bonafide (1899)
2012: Marigold (1892)
2013: due to adverse weather conditions the race could not be sailed and the title was not awarded
2014: Olympian (1913)
2015: Oriole (1905)
2016: Spartan (1913)