Born to a Spanish father and a Swiss mother, he decided in 2013 to represent the home country of his mother Barbara instead of Spain - a stroke of luck for Switzerland and for the GYC.
In 2016 he decided to join the club. One year later, in 2017, renown now as light and medium wind specialist, Mateo won the silver medal at the World Championships in Enoshima and at the World Cup opening in Gamagori he finished 3rd. Also in 2018, the 25-year-old SST national squad athlete took part regularly in the world competitions. At the start of the World Cup season, he was second on the podium in Enoshima, home of the 2020 Summer Olympics, won the Gold Medal just a few days later at Enoshima Olympic Week and was the first sailor qualifying Switzerland for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
25th at RS:X Windsurf World Championship (Qualified to the 2020 Olympic Games)
6th at 2019 Enoshima Olympic Test Event, Enoshima, Japan
6th 2019 Hempel World Cup Series, Miami,USA
10th 2019 Trofeo Pricesa Sofia, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
1st at 2018 Olympic Week, Enoshima, Japan
2nd at 2018 RS:X World Windsurfing Championshi, Enoshima, Japan
2nd at 2017 RS:X World Windsurfing Championship, Enoshima, Japan
14th at 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
GYC member Mateo Sanz Lanz qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games
GYC Racing Team member, windsurfer Mateo Sanz Lanz, has qualified Switzerland in the RS:X windsurfing class for the 2020 Tokyo sailing competitions. He will compete in the Olympic Games for the second time since Rio de Janeiro. Mateo is also the first sailor to have achieved all the qualifications for Switzerland. At the World Championships on Lake Garda, he finished fourth in the ranking of the unqualified nations, thus securing one of the still vacant starting places. After a week of the World Championships, which were largely marked by strong wind conditions, the 26-year-old's light and mid-winds specialist was not optimal, he has however achieved the goal of the season. Mateo has expressed his relief about his performance: "I knew that it would be difficult to deliver the necessary result on Lake Garda, because the wind conditions were almost always such, that sliding wind conditions prevailed and so the large and heavier athletes had ideal conditions. Luckily, we also had a light wind regatta, where I had ideal conditions for myself and was able to make everything clear with a 4th day". For Mateo and his coach, the 4 weeks of training on Lake Garda has paid off. At the Olympic precinct in Japan, Mateo expect mainly light to medium winds and so he can now confidently start his special preparation. All the more so because he has sailed a remarkable 6th place there at this year's test event. With these two results, nothing stands in the way of Swiss Olympic nomination. We congratulate Mateo and wish him all the best.
Gstaad Yacht Club member Mateo Sanz Lanz – Swiss Sailor of the year 2017/2018
Saturday, 23rd February 2019, at the sixth SUI Sailing Awards in Berne, the best Swiss sailors were honored for their achievements in 2017 and 2018. Swiss Sailing together with „Skippers Sailing and Ocean" nominated the awards for outstanding achievements in the categories Female Sailor, Male Sailor, Junior Sailor, Sailing Team, Sailing Project of the Year, Special Award and Public Award.