15th edition of the GYC Rally & Yachting

Tue, 21. Sep. 2021
Coffee and croissants before the start. Photograph: Sebastian Devenish/Gstaad Yacht Club

The 2021 edition of the GYC Rally & Yachting had it all, from sailing, to classic cars and exclusive venues.

The GYC Committee decided to stir up the waters and prepared a comprehensive twoday programme for the 25 entrants starting with the usual welcome in the premises of the GYC long-time partner, the Gstaad Automobile Club. This year’s programme was not without its changes, though. The nocturnal activities of Friday evening were moved to The Alpina Gstaad.

The fantastic outdoor swimming pool overlooking the mountains, the mild temperatures, the restaurant terrace and the Americas Cup model-boat replicas made for a perfect setting for the aperitif served to our pilots, sailors and their guests.

For some, this sailing in the pool was the the first time at the helm, and for others, marked the return of a friendly competition mode. Mostly, it was a great moment to catch up with acquaintances and to make new friends. Regarding the sailing, almost everyone was up for a regatta and competition was, at times, tough. The night ended with a delightful dinner.

“Change” was the word of this year. Chaletbau Matti is now associated with the GYC Rally & Yachting as the start of the engines reallocated to their doorstep. Fantastic conditions were offered to our pilots with coffee, croissants and time for a group picture.

It was, again, a true delight to automobile enthusiasts to watch these engineering beauties gather one by one in the parking of Chaletbau Matti. This year the “Queen” was a 300 HP Bentley Speed 6 from 1926. Many other historic automobiles in immaculate condition made their way to the start line.

In the modern category the rising stars were a Ferrari Roma and a 2007 Ford GT40. With one-minute intervals, all automobiles started their adventure at 9 o’clock through some of the most beautiful roads in Switzerland. Along the way to the mid-morning coffee stop at La Maison Blanche in Yvorne, some special stages were prepared to step up the difficulty level of the Rally and all vehicles passed them with distinction.

Through military roads, bucolic villages and wineries participants reached La Cergniaulaz Restaurant in Orgeveaux/Les Avants for the lunch break. From there, cars got back on the streets under heavy rain and fog to the finish line located in Rougemont.

In the evening all participants gathered at the GYC clubhouse for the prize giving ceremony. The winners of the 15th edition of the GYC Rally & Yachting are Beat Imwinkelried and Stephane Willi in a 2021 Ferrari Roma. Second place goes to Jesoen Van Heesewijk and Christian Frey with a 1980 Rolls Royce Corniche, and the third place goes to Hansueli and Beate Brand in a 1981 Range Rover.

GSTAAD YACHT CLUB

 

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