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GYC support for the Olympics

The GYC boasted three members who aimed for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020; a Swiss- Belgian, a Swiss-French and a Swiss-Spanish and the athlete’s backgrounds are as international as the entire GYC membership. From the three athletes, Mateo Sanz Lanz (Swiss-Spanish) qualified and won an Olympic Diploma for Switzerland in the Windsurf. The other two athletes, Nils Theunink and Eliot Merceron, regrettably were not able to qualify despite all their sacrifices.

The GYC will continue supporting other talented athletes with Olympic ambitions.  Further information to be released soon!

Bellow an overview of the three athletes that sailed with GYC support to achieve qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


Mateo Sanz Lanz | Windsurf


Swiss Sailor of the year 2017/2018

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.

  • 8th overall at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Enoshima, Japan
  • 42nd at 2020 Windsurfing World Championship, Sorrento, Australia
  • 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.


Eliot Merceron | Laser Standard

Eliot Merceron spent his first years growing up on the sea, and settling in school in Martinique. Racing in the Laser class, he achieved a Vice-World Champion and three times French champion title. During the last years training in France he followed his studies as an engineer. Going back to his roots in Switzerland he joined the GYC Racing Team in 2017 and was 8th in the 2018 Olympic week in Enoshima and Silver Medal at the Laser Radial World Cup.

  • 25th at 2021 ILCA Vilamoura European Continental Qualification, Vilamoura, Portugal
  • 1st  at 2021 4th Portugal Grand Prix Round 2, Vilamoura, Portugal
  • 7th  at 2021 Lanzarote Winter Series Act 1, Lanzarote, Spain
  • 4th  at Vilamoura Grand Prix, Vilamoura, Portugal
  • 39th  at 2020 Standard Men’s World Championship, Melbourne, Australia
  • 15th  at 2019 Enoshima Olympic Test Event, Enoshima, Japan 
  • 30th  at 2019 Laser Standard Men's World Championship
  • 16th  at 2019 Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyérres, France
  • 24th  at 2019 Trofeo Princesa Sofia, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 8th  at 2018 Enoshima Olympic Week, Enoshima, Japan
  • 24th  at 2018 World Cup Series, Enoshima, Japan
  • 5th  at 2018 Kieler Woche, Kieal, Germany
  • 2nd  at 2018 Andalusian Olympic Week, Cadiz, Spain
  • 2nd  at 2017 Laser Radial World Championship, Medemblik, Netherlands
  • 15th  at 2017 Sailing World Cup, Miami, USA
  • 3rd  2011 U19 Junior World Cup 2011 La Rochelle, France


Nils Theuninck | Finn


European Champion U23

He joined the GYC in 2014. Racing in the Finn class he had already big successes on the Laser Standard before. His most recent success in 2018 were a first place on the Podium of the Swiss National Championship and 3rd in the Finn Silver Cup - U23 World Championship. He is Switzerland’s serious hope in the Finn class for Tokyo 2020.

  • 11th at 2021 Finn Gold Cup, Porto, Portugal
  • 3rd at 2021Finn European Championship, Vilamoura, Portugal
  • 1st  at 2020 Championat Swisse International Finn, Grandson, Switzerland
  • 10th  at Finn Open European Championship, Gdynia, Poland
  • 20th at 2020 Sail Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • 14th  at 2019 Finn Gold Cup, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1st at 2019 International Swiss Championship of the Finn class
  • 16th at 2019 Enoshima Olympic Test Event, Enoshima, Japan
  • 3rd  at 2019 Finn Silver Cup - U23 World Championship, Anzio, Italy
  • 8th  at 2019 Final World Cup Series, Marseille, France
  • 1st  at 2018 Swiss Finn Champion, Morges, Switzerland
  • 6th  at 2018 Enoshima Olympic Week, Enoshima, Japan
  • 1st Overall at 2018 U23 European Champion, Bahia de Cadiz, Spain

Fantastic and encouraging news! Nils Theuninck, competing with 27 other top athletes, sailed magnificently claiming bronze medal at the U23 World Championship 2019, the Finn Silver Cup in Anzio, IT. 

Full PR Article (German)

Great success – Junior European Champion U23

GYC Racing Team member Nils Theuninck wins the Finn Junior European Champion title for which 91 athletes competed in Cádiz (ESP) from 9th to 17th March 2018.

With winds up to 30 knots the final race on Saturday could not take place. With just one point ahead of Henry Wetherell (GBR), last year’s winner, Nils took the victory after eight races. The third place went to Ondrej Teply representing Czech Republic.

« I am totally exhausted after one week of racing and long days on the water. I gave everything, and it fortunately paid off in the end. », states the 21 year old racing team member. 
Read the full article here.