Team Gstaad Yacht Club Qualifies for the “Small” Final at Littlecup 2015
Team Gstaad Yacht Club members Billy Besson and Matthieu Vandame.
Photo: Juerg Kaufmann/Gstaad Yacht Club
Text: Gstaad Yacht Club
The Littlecup 2015, held for the first time on Lake Geneva from 12-20 September, provided a welcome challenge for Team Gstaad Yacht Club. Paired with Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, and Hydros, whose technical team designed the vessel itself, it was the first race representing this important new partnership for the Gstaad Yacht Club.
With sailors Billy Besson and Matthieu Vandame at the helm, Team Gstaad Yacht Club weathered some difficult challenges during the Geneva-based Littlecup.
Unfortunately, due to a technical defect immediately after the start of the first two races, neither race was completed, resulting in a negative score. Despite the two sailors’ competence, the unfavourable weather conditions prevente.d participation in nine qualification regattas, and reduced the team’s chances to qualify for the Littlecup final
However, Team Gstaad Yacht Club managed to win the last race on 18 September. The team expressed gratitude to have been able to participate in its first large test of an international challenge on home waters.
The combination of Hydros’ technical knowledge, the Gstaad Yacht Club’s sailing skills, and Saint-Gobain’s sponsorship, made for a strong, confident team. Lead sailors Besson and Vandame were sure that with some additional work, the partnership would succeed at an even higher level.
"For any upcoming projects the GYC, spending the necessary time in the fine tuning of the boat’s development, could leverage their skills to take off," commented Billy Besson and Matthieu Vandame, looking cheerfully toward the future.
Peter Erzberger, Commodore, Gstaad Yacht Club, who led the team during the weeklong Cup, agreed.
"More time for technical tests and a longer training period would have to be planned for the next challenge," said Erzberger.