Last night, Thursday 20 February, the TF35 was presented with the coveted Innovation Award at the Foiling Awards ceremony in Milan, Italy.
Receiving the award for the ground-breaking design of the TF35’s fully automatic flight control system. Special recognition and thanks go to TF35 design team member Luc Dubois, who lead the flight assistance project, and Pixel sur Mer who developed the system of hardware and software together with Dubois.
Over February and March 2020 each of the TF35 teams can get their hands on Boat Zero for a week of winter training in Mar Menor, Murcia, Spain.
After a week on the water, Jean-Sebastien Ponce gives us his first impressions of the boat: "The team of designers, builders and class manager have done a great job by giving us such a weapon. The boat is very powerful, the mast is tall and the sails are enormous.
"For our first time, the foiling take-off speed was around 12/13 knots but achieved very quickly because of the sail area and the surface of the foils and rudders. As soon as the boat is foiling, the flight assistance takes his role and the flight is very stable."