The 2021 edition of the Classic Boat Awards, the 5th consecutive year in partnership with the Gstaad Yacht Club, will be presented by the Classic Boat group editor Rob Peake, with special guest Harold Cudmore.
The evening will also be enriched with Barney Sandeman of the Sandeman Yacht Company as the guest speaker. Steffan Meyric Hughes and Tom Cunliffe, also from Classic Boat, will announce awards.
The ceremony will welcome as well the MD of Classic Marine and Suffolk Yacht Harbour Jonathan Dyke, the Commodore of the Gstaad Yacht Club, Manrico Iachia, restoration expert and historian Enrico Zaccagni of Zacboats, naval architect Jack Gifford and the skipper of the US schooner When and If, Seth Salzmann.
This year's ceremony will be held online and will reveal the year's best yacht and motor yacht restorations, the best boats built in a traditional style, the best modern classics, as well as the recipients of the Classic Boater of the Year Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Classic Boat Awards will be broadcast at 4pm UK time on Thursday, 15 April.
This invitation is extended to all sailing aficionados that may wish to be part of the audience.
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The Gstaad Yacht Club announces postponement of the 10th Centenary Trophy to 2021
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.
More information and a gallery of stunning pictures from past editions can be found at the newly launched Centenary Trophy website
Built in 1892 at Brightlingsea, Greta, a fascinating Thames Sailing Barge became the Centenarian of the Year winner of the 2020 Classic Boat Awards edition.
The larger versions of Thames Sailing barges proved to be excellent vessels sailing in river waters and seawaters by delivering goods throughout the ports of England and Europe.
Once served as a commercial cargo barges, Greta was chartered in the World War II by the English Ministry of Supply in order to carry ammunition to naval vessels anchored at the Nore on the Thames estuary. Nowadays, Greta is a charter vessel, exhibiting her extremely versatile sprit sail as a unique and stylish trademark of her own.
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Olympian, the William Gardner’s gaff cutter from 1913 skippered by Guillaume Fetas has won the 9th edition of the Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy in a nail-biting photo-finish with Viola.
On Thursday, the day traditionally dedicated to the Défis (the challenges), over 20 of the most handsome boats from the classic yachting circuit gathered on the waters of Saint Tropez to fight for the 9h edition of the Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy, the only sailing trophy reserved to one hundred years or older boats.