As part of the Classic Boat Awards, the GYC has once again joined forces with the magazine for the Centenarian of the Year Trophy. The winner is announced at the awards ceremony in London, after having been selected by an international jury of experts.
The Classic Boat Awards, in association with Classic Marine, was held on Tuesday 3 April 2018 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, in Knightsbridge, London.
Guests included Royal Thames Vice Commodore George Ehlers and Gstaad Yacht Club Rear Commodore Manrico Iachia. Around 130 classic boat owners, designers, builders and other key individuals involved in the classic world travelled from Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, the Caribbean and the USA to join the ceremony.
Now in its 11th year, The Classic Boat Awards is a widely respected celebration of all that the magazine stands for and, voted for by the readers themselves, is the truest reflection of the classic industry.
The Classic Boater of the Year 2018 was Max Campbell, a 21-year-old who restored a wooden boat on his own and then sailed it solo across the Atlantic. Max sent a video message from his yacht, anchored in Grenada, thanking Classic Boat’s readers for their votes.
The Gstaad Yacht Club Centenarian of the Year went to Folly, a Charles Nicholson design from 1909 that is sailed in authentic period fashion on the Mediterranean classic circuit. The boat is owned by naval architect Germán Frers.
She was drawn by the English designer Charles Nicholson for himself, intending to take the fight to the Scottish design William Fife in the 8-Metre class in 1909. In 1910 she was moved to Argentina, where she remained until she was bought in the 1990s by naval architect Germán Frers. The restoration that he undertook, first in Buenos Aires and then in Argentario in Italy, was based on an original half model, one photo and the Ratsey & Lapthorn sail plan. The result, as anyone who’s seen her in the Med will attest, is a picture of sailing as it was. Sailed in authentic fashion, with no winches and period fittings, he is raced widely on the Med classic circuit, often winning against more modern boats, and often with Germán at the helm.
Read the full article on the Classic Boat Awards 2018 here