All Gstaad Yacht Club Racing Team members continue successfully on their way towards qualifying for the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
Nils Theuninck won the Bronze Medal in the U23 Finn World Championship, for the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup. Competing with 27 other top athletes, he finished third after Oskari Muhonen, from Finland, and Joan Cardona, of Spain.
Nils, currently the world No 15 is still positive to qualify for Tokyo. He has been in the class just under two years and still has 10 months to go to the final qualification event. He scored a 3, 2, 4 in the beginning to lead “Glamorous sailing conditions in Anzio, and we did three races in big winds. It was a lot of fun. I am happy with the day but still a lot to improve.” were his words after the opening day.
Earlier this year he finished 8th at 2019 Final World Cup Series, Marseille, France.
Racing team member Eliot Merceron has been fighting hard so far this season. He just finished “his” world championship in the Laser Standard in 30th position. It’s his best result on a world championship so far but was not yet enough to qualify the country this time. His next chance will be the World cup in Genoa in 2020 same as for Nils. “I’m really motivated for the next season and for this big challenge!” were his words when leaving for a bit of rest before going again in Japan for the Olympic Test Event and the World Cup.
In springtime he finished 24 at 2019 Trofeo Princesa Sofia, Palma de Mallorca, Spain and 16th at 2019 Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyéres, France.
Finally yet important GYC Racing team member Mateo Sanz Lanz - currently in fourth place in the World Sailing ranking – was crowned Swiss Sailor of the year 2017/2018 in late February at the sixth SUI Sailing Awards in Berne. The best Swiss sailors were honoured in seven categories for their achievements in 2017 and 2018. 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, at the start of the World Cup, he was second on the podium in Enoshima, and won the Gold Medal just a few days later at Enoshima Olympic Week.
Amongst his results up to now in 2019 count a 6th at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series, Miami, USA and a 10th at the 2019 Trofeo Pricesa Sofia, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Three for the Games - The GYC Racing Team heading for Japan 2020
International and competition – two parts that go together for eight years, since the GYC launched its Racing Team. With the aim to support young sailors on their way to regatta sailing on international level the club united again three sport members who started campaigning for the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
Swiss – Belgium in the Finn Swiss – French in the Laser and Swiss-Spanish for the Windsurfing
Nils Theuninck is racing in the Finn class under the flag of the GYC, and had already big successes on the laser before. The class in which the GYC is currently supporting four sailors, Vice-World Champion and three times French champion Eliot Merceron, who aims to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Japan, Nicolas Rolaz – Laser Standard and Optimist World Champion 2014, as well as Swiss National team members Joshua Richner and Gauthier Verhulst. the GYC is represented by the Swiss/Spanish sailor Mateo Sanz Lanz who recently won the silver medal at the World Cup in Enoshima.
The GYC racing team has been a great reason of cheerful joy, as it allows the Club to actively support young promising athletes and take part in their remarkable sport results which have contributed to increase the club visibility in the highly demanding competition grounds.
The Club and its members have the pleasure to share our Sport Members ambition which is qualify to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and compete with world class elite athletes.
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