Bronze World Champions and Swiss Sailors of the year

Wed, 21. Aug. 2019
Swiss Sailor of the Year 2017/18: Mateo Sanz Lanz (Jürg Kaufmann)

All Gstaad Yacht Club Racing Team members continue successfully on their way towards qualifying for the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.


On 21 July, 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. He is currently the world no. 15 and is 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. Earlier this year he finished 8th at 2019 Final World Cup Series, Marseille, France.

Racing team member Eliot Merceron has been fighting hard this season. He just finished “his” world championship in the Laser Standard in 30th position. It’s his best result on a World Championship race so far but was not yet enough to qualify. 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 some rest before heading off to 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.

GYC Youth Team
The next generation was extremely successful in spring too. Gauthier Verhulst (Laser Radial) and Anja Von Allmen (Laser 4.7) won the Europa Cup on Lake Garda in the middle of May.

Gauthier, Anja and Emilie Tschanz succeeded in the Europa Cup in Hoorn, NL a month later. Anja von Allmen was first among girls and fourth overall, Emilie Tschanz second girl.

Honours at the SUI Sailing Awards
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 gold just a few days later at Enoshima Olympic Week.

Nils Theuninck was nominated in two categories and won the Sailing Team of the Year Award 2017/2018 together with the Team Tilt. The team took a third place in the Youth America’s Cup 2017 and the first World Championship title in the GC32 class in 2018, and silver in 2019.

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