On Tuesday, 20 August, the next generation of high performance foiling catamaran was unveiled as the TF35 splashed on Lake Geneva for its first test sail.
Compared to its predecessors, the TF35 has been designed with the ambitious brief to offer top level foiling to a wider audience of sailors. With earlier take-off speeds, guaranteed foiling upwind and down and a fully automatic flight control system, the TF35 uses the latest in foiling technology, both to improve performance and simplify high speed foiling while making it easier to race.
"The last few weeks have been intense with the assembly of boat zero. Our first day of sailing went far beyond our expectation, in only nine knots of breeze we were comfortably foiling reaching 17 knots boat speed upwind and 23 knots downwind with a very stable flight," TF35 class manager Bertrand Favre explains.
The TF35 will now undertake a period of on water testing before the boat is officially launched in September. From there the eight boats, currently in production, will be completed and launched over the winter period allowing the teams to train ahead of the 2020 season.