Another top of the range day off Scarlino, Italy, for the TF35 season final saw Esteban Garcia's Realteam Sailing claim two bullets from three races, further extending their lead over the chasing pack.
"On the racetrack the fleet is regrouping," observed Principal Race Officer Benoit Deutsch. "The overall level is rising, there are the three stand out teams, but it is increasingly with less of a lead. Team Sailfever, Ylliam and Zoulou are coming back strong and hooking in the leaders."
As if easing the teams into the final decider of the inaugural TF35 season, Scarlino delivered a warm sea breeze between 6 - 11 knots, flat water and blue skies on the sparkling Tuscan coast for the opening day of racing.
"The conditions were perfect, good wind, great sun, fantastic racing", said Zoulou's owner Erik Marris on the dock. "The competition is intense; some of the teams seem to have found the grove better than others, I'm not sure we are in that category, but we are working hard and enjoying it."
After a week of training on the Bay of Scarlino in Tuscany, the seven TF35 teams are ready for the first official day of points scoring racing tomorrow, Thursday, 9 September.
Hosted by Yacht Club Isole di Toscana, the racecourse will be set directly in front of Marina di Scarlino offering a spectacle of foiling to the holidaymakers and residents on the coastal side of Mount Alma.
In sparkling conditions on Lake Geneva this morning, the seven high-performance TF35 hydro-foiling catamarans joined 440 other boats of all shapes and sizes for the 82nd edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud.
This weekend the seven cutting-edge TF35 hydro-foiling catamarans will compete in a bumper weekend of racing. The competition will start on Fridaywithwhat promises to be another round of hotly-contested one-design racing at the TF35 Mies, the third event of the inaugural TF35 Trophy.
Looking at the forecast overnight, Sunday was lining up to be another day of thrilling racing conditions for the final of the TF35 Nyon. With just two points between leaders Realteam and second-placed Alinghi there was the potential for an exciting showdown.
If there was going to be racing on the third and final day of the TF35 Opening Grand Prix, the teams needed to be ready to go at a moment's notice. The crews kept ashore; the race committee took to the lake to the south of Nyon to check out the conditions.
The TF35 Trophy is proud to celebrate the return to sailing and the sport that we love. As we deliver the opening event of the 2021 season at the Société Nautique de Nyon this weekend, we pledge that the health and safety of all our stakeholders – sailors, officials and partners – will be our priority.