After a day in which Lake Garda offered up a strengthening Ora breeze and beautiful autumn sunshine, the battle lines have been drawn for tomorrow's final day of racing for the 2023 TF35 Trophy season. With four teams tied on points, it couldn't be closer.
In the overnight ranking, Jérôme Clerc's Realteam Sailing has taken the lead on countback ahead of Yann Guichard's almost equally consistent Spindrift. Alinghi Red Bull Racing are up to third by a single point over Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier and ZEN Too, tied on points behind.
After a slow start yesterday, Lake Garda delivered an afternoon of technical racing for the six TF35 teams in a southerly Ora breeze ranging from 7 - 14 knots. On a day where it seemed all too easy to pair a good result to a bad one, it is Yann Guichard's Spindrift who has risen to the top of the overnight leaderboard by a single point from Realteam Sailing at this midpoint of the regatta.
"It was pretty heavy on crew work and decision-making today," explained Ylliam 17 tactician Torvar Mirsky. "Eight knots is the tipping-point for if we foil upwind or not. Because the wind was stronger on the left side of the course by the time we had decided, or by the time the wind had changed on the lake, we were on the back foot."
The final event of the 2023 TF35 season opened today in Malcesnie, Italy, with two practice races and one official race, sailed in a modest 6 - 10 knot Ora breeze.
In the single point-scoring race sailed today before the breeze died and the thunder started to rumble, it was Guy de Picciotto's ZEN Too who had the best start at the right end of the line and sailed smoothly and confidently to lead the first race down to the leeward gate, chased by Alinghi Red Bull Racing and Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier.
Tomorrow, the TF35 high-performance one-design foiling catamaranswill go head-to-head for the final event of the 2023 season.
Hosted once again by the excellent team at Fraglia Vela Malcesine and racing against the stunning backdrop of the Mount Baldo mountain range on Lake Garda, the six teams will pick up where they left off just two weeks ago for the seventh and final event of the season.
With only two races sailed due to light winds on the final day of the TF35 Malcesine Cup 1, Realteam Sailing, skippered by Jérôme Clerc, who have been victorious every regatta of the 2023 season, claim the annual TF35 Trophy with one event remaining.
"It's been an incredible four days of Grand Prix racing. I think we've done a total of 12 races, going head-to-head with Spindrift until the last race. It was like a cat-and-mouse game; the lead kept shifting between us. But we managed to make the difference on the final run thanks to our great team. We didn't give up, even though the first race of the day was difficult. I'm really proud of what we have achieved", said a thrilled Clerc on the dock.
Day three of the TF35 Malcesine Cup 1 saw an intensifying rivalry between Yann Guichard's Spindrift and Jérôme Clerc's Realteam Sailing, as both teams claimed two victories each in a full-on, four-heat afternoon.
Following a brief delay ashore, waiting for the southerly Ora breeze to strengthen, the TF35 racing got underway at 1400CET with wind speeds ranging from 10 to 14 knots.
After conceding two race wins to Realteam Sailing yesterday, Yann Guichard and the young crew on Spindrift, headed up by tactician Yann Jauvin, bounced back with full force today, winning three out of a possible four races sailed.
In each, the fleet was compact on the race course, with the top four boats all coming into the mark roundings within seconds of each other: "We had some battles with Spindrift," explained Realteam Sailing's tactician Sébastien Col. "I think we can be a little bit faster upwind. We've seen a few things from the others like Spindrift and Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier, who appear to have better speed than us and seem more stable. That's our focus for tomorrow."
It was a classic day of Lake Garda racing for the opening of the TF35 Malcesine Cup today, featuring two practice races followed by two official points-scoring races sailed in a 15-knot Ora breeze.
In Race 1, the current tour leaders, Realteam Sailing, executed a textbook start crossing the line in clean air and on foils as the horn sounded. Up the first beat, their speed was matched perfectly by closest rivals, Spindrift, allowing Yann Guichard and his crew to secure the inside track and nose ahead of Realteam. In the chasing fleet, the new team Ylliam 17 emerged early to round the gate in third. After recovering from a poor start by going port off the line, ZEN Too managed to cross ahead of the fleet and rounded the first gate in fourth.
The TF35 high-performance one-design foiling catamaran racing will resume this week in one of the circuit’s favourite venues. Malcesine, on the beautiful shores of Lake Garda, in northern Italy, will host the final two TF35 events of the 2023 season.
Returning for a second year thanks to the support of the local team at Fraglia Vela Malcesine the venue is perfect for the TF35 as it offers flat water with the moderate to strong “Ora” breeze that blows from the south in the afternoon – the ideal scenario for racing foiling catamarans at top speed.
After a summer break since late June, the 2023 season for the TF35 high-performance one-design foiling catamaran resumes next week with the first of two events hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine on the beautiful shores of Lake Garda, Italy, from 31 August - 1 September.
A revered venue for all high-performance yachts, Lake Garda, is one of the world's best venues for high-speed foiling catamaran action, offering the opportunity to sail in perfect 15-20 knots – flat water, ideal for exhilarating TF35 competition against the spectacular mountainous backdrop
Esteban Garcia's Realteam Sailing, led by helmsman Jérôme Clerc, emerged triumphant at the thrilling final day of the TF35 Nyon Cup. Impressively, this marks their fourth consecutive event win, for the seemingly unstoppable Swiss team.
"What's great is that the level of the fleet is really increasing," explained Clerc on the dock after racing. "All the teams are making progress, and even if we look dominant, it's really tight. All the boats can perform, it's great fun to play, and it pushes us to keep improving to keep up. This Grand Prix was particularly tactical, not just technical; you had to play the pressure game, it was quite open."
Lake Geneva turned up the volume for day three of the TF35 Nyon Cup with 100 km/h gusts recorded at La Dôle, in the Jura mountain range overlooking the lake, by the time of the 10.00CET skippers briefing.
At lake level, the wind was hitting 22 knots, and the waves were beginning to build, so the teams were held ashore whilst the race committee monitored the situation incase things improved for the afternoon.
Day two of the TF35 Nyon Cup, and in contrast to racing being cancelled at the morning briefing yesterday due to thunderstorms, today the TF35s enjoyed a cracking day of light-airs racing in the sunshine, with Realteam Sailing emerging as top boat.
With the breeze between seven and ten knots, this was a day when good starts and the strategic decision of whether to foil was key to success in the cutting-edge catamarans.
The TF35 Nyon Cup was due to get underway today under overcast and stormy skies. However at the 11:30 skippers briefing at the Société Nautique de Nyon it was announced that a weather waning was in place and the day would have to be cancelled.
"We're expecting an turbulent storm situation according to Météo Suisse," explains Erwan Israel, tactician on board Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier. "We already saw a few storms yesterday. Today, we've got warm air coming in from the south. Thunderstorms are already brewing in France at the moment and they're going to arrive here with potentially very violent squalls. There are strong winds aloft, with gusts of up to 100km/h expected. The police are warning people to be careful and recommending that they do not take part in any outdoor activities, so cancelling the day is the only possible solution for today.
The fifth stop of the TF35 2023 season is about to get underway in Nyon from 22 to 25 June hosted by the the Société Nautique de Nyon.
Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Swiss town, with its castle overlooking the lake and mountains in the distance, six TF35 teams will compete over four days for the TF35 Nyon Cup.
After 17h 34m 28s of racing in an almost non-existent breeze, the TF35 race within the 84th edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud came down to an intense duel at 3 am between Alinghi Red Bull Racing and Realteam Sailing, with Esteban Garcia's Realteam Sailing, with Jérôme Clerc at the helm, emerging triumphant.
From the outset, the forecast was marginal, with the best-case scenario predicting 8 knots of wind and the worst-case scenario indicating just 2 knots. So when the TF35 fleet lined up alongside the 421 other crews to drift across the startline in a meagre 2-knot breeze, it set the tone for the day.
Tomorrow (Saturday, June 10) morning at 10 am, the starting gun will sound from Société Nautique de Genève for the 84th edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, the world's largest inland lake regatta.
Participating alongside the 421 other registered crews will be the TF35 fleet on the 123-kilometre (66.5 nautical miles) course from Geneva to Le Bouveret and back.
After two days of good racing, Lake Geneva was in a lighter mode for today's final, with the temperamental southwesterly Joran wind failing to reach more than 5 knots all morning due to an impending storm forming.
When the wind finally reached a relatively stable 10-knots at 15:00 CET, the race committee was able to squeeze in two solid races: the first won by Bertrand Demole's Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier and the second won by Realteam Sailing, putting them on tied points.
After 4h 38m of racing, the 2023 Geneve-Rolle-Geneve came down to a high-speed sprint to the finish line, with Bertrand Demole at the helm of Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier, taking the win.
The long-distance race, a prologue to the renowned Bol d'Or Mirabaud, started at 13:00CET with over 200 other boats on the line. Among the TF35 fleet, ZEN Too had the best start at the pin end of the line and took an early lead. In 7-8 knots of northeasterly breeze, Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier and Ylliam 17 started on foils but quickly dropped into low mode to gain better pointing ability and match the rest of the fleet as they made their way upwind.
Despite the light and shifty breeze forecast this morning for the opening day of the Realstone Cup for Leman hope, three, far from straightforward, races were sailed, resulting in three different race winners.
During this morning's skippers briefing, the TF35 teamsprepared themselves for a long day under brilliant sunshine on Lake Geneva. "The lake is the lake, so we knew what to expect," explained Billy Besson from Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier. "The TF35 is specifically designed for these conditions, so there is a lot of sail onboard, allowing us to race when most other boats wouldn't be able to".
For the second event of the 2023 TF35 Trophy, the fleet of cutting-edge hydro-foiling catamarans will mix up their standard windward-leeward championship racing by taking part in Saturday's Geneve-Rolle-Geneve long-distance race, the prologue to the renowned Bol d'Or Mirabaud.
Hosted by Realstone to raise awareness for sailing cancer charity Léman hope, the championship racing will be held on Friday, 2 June and Sunday, 4 June, with five windward-leeward races scheduled per day. However, the fickle winds on the lake at this time of the year may complicate matters.
In stark contrast to the last three days when Lake Geneva delivered a brisk 10-15 knot breeze and a solid 5-race per day program, the final day of the TF35 Geneva Cup, hosted by Société Nautique de Genève, had to be put on hold due to a lack of wind.
Winner of the TF35 Geneva Cup, Esteban Garcia's Realteam Sailing co-skippered by Jérôme Clerc, had an excellent week, winning over half of the races sailed. The highlight was six consecutive victories over Friday and Saturday.
At the morning briefing for day three of the TF35 Geneva Cup, there was uncertainty as to whether the forecasted wind would hold on long enough to allow for a full racing schedule. However, with 10- 15 knots on the racecourse as the boats hit the water and the sun never quite managing to burn through the cloud cover during the afternoon, the breeze held on to allow five spectacular races.
Jérôme Clerc and his crew onboard Realteam Sailing were the top-scoring boat for the second day running. They continued their winning streak from yesterday by securing victory in the first race (race 8 in the series) with a clear five-boat-length lead over rivals Alinghi Red Bull Racing in second and Spindrift in third. Clerc repeated his success in the second race, leading the fleet from start to finish but this time with Nathalie Brugger, at the helm of Alinghi Red Bull Racing, consistently within touching distance in second place, while Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier pursued them closely in third.
Day 2 of the TF35 Geneva Cup was marked by an exceptional performance from Jérôme Clerc and his crew on Realteam Sailing, as they claimed victory in four out of five races sailing an almost perfect day.
The only team to consistently challenge Clerc's dominance matching their speed, boat handling, and often finishing within seconds of them, was Spindrift, with Yann Guichard at the helm and Yann Jauvin calling tactics. Spindrift finished second in all races today except for the fifth, in which Alinghi Red Bull Racing fought their way through the fleet from an average start to take second and bump Spindrift into third.
A superb opening day for the 2023 TF35 season, hosted this week by the esteemed Société Nautique de Genève, saw different teams come to the fore, with Bertrand Demole's Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier winning the day with an impressive 1-3 scoreline, and Nathalie Brugger at the helm of the all-new youth crew onboard Alinghi Red Bull Racing paving their way to potentially becoming this year's underdogs.
The conditions on Lake Geneva today were typical for spring, with a shifty 7-knot La Bise (north wind) building to 13 knots over the afternoon. Yesterday's high winds left a leftover chop, providing a biting spray for the crews onboard the hydro-foiling TF35s.
The TF35 high-performance one-design foiling catamaran is set to launch its third season this week on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, with new crews turning up the heat for the 2023.
New to the fleet for the start of the year will be Swiss businessman Julien Firmenich leading Ylliam 17, which boasts an all-star international crew featuring Australian Match Racing star Torvar Mirsky, 470 Olympic Champion Will Ryan, Kiwi multihull sailor Stuart Dodson, two-time Olympian Jason Saunders, and Swiss SSL sailor Nelson Mettraux.
Esteban Garcia's TF35 Realteam for Léman hope today broke the Blue Ribbon Lake Geneva record, which has been held since 2014, by an impressive 46 minutes and 48 seconds.
The prestigious speed record covering the length of Lake Geneva between Port-Noir (GE ) and Le Bouveret (VS) had been held by Hydros.ch since 2014, but today, at 15.27, flying over the virtual finish line near Port Noir the Lausanne team of Esteban Garcia and Jerome Clerc has set a new record of 3 hours, 43 minutes and 27 seconds as certified by the Cercle de la Voile of the Société Nautique de Genève (CVSNG), in the sailing category (Leman Sailing Speed Records).
The 2023 TF35 Trophy season has been announced, with seven events scheduled, starting on Lake Geneva in Switzerland in May and finishing in foiling paradise on Lake Garda, Italy, in mid-September.
New to the circuit for 2023 will be the TF35 Geneva Cup hosted by the prestigious Société Nautique de Genève over the 18-21 May. This will be the first time the fleet will have raced together after the long winter period, so the results for the Geneva Cup will be all to play for as the fleet gets back into TF35 mode.
After yesterday's five-race spectacular, today, the TF35 2022 season sadly finished with no wind on the Gulf of Follonica in Scarlino, Italy.
Winner of the TF35 Trophy overall is Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi Red Bull Racing, whose victories at the Swiss events in Mies and at the Genève-Rolle-Genève, followed by a second place last month in Malcesine northern Italy gave them the points gap needed to win the 2022 season with an event to spare.
Scarlino Italy delivered big on the penultimate day of the 2022 TF35 season, with five races sailed in the conditions that the cutting-edge catamarans were designed for; flat water and 9 - 12 knots resulting in four hours of high-performance foiling.
"It's perfect here for us," enthused Alinghi Red Bull Racing sailor Lucien Cujean on the dock. "The race committee did an excellent job getting a full program of five races in. It was a long day but a good day."
Day two of racing at the TF35 Scarlino, the final regatta of the 2022 season, and Jérôme Clerc at the helm of Realteam for Leman hope once again sailed a perfect day, adding two more bullets to his team's impeccable score line.
After a two-hour delay ashore this morning, the sea breeze eventually filled to a stable 6-8 knots allowing racing to get underway off the Tuscan coastline at 1400.
"Today was a very light wind, which was challenging for everybody," explained Duncan Späth, mainsail trimmer for Spindrift. "It's a different mode of sailing with different strategies, and you never know who will be ahead at the up or downwind mark."
Scarlino Italy delivered a perfect opening day to the final event of the 2022 TF35 Trophy with one round of practice racing followed by two official points-scoring races on the sparkling Gulf of Follonica against the hazy silhouette of the island of Elba.
Race 1 started with a modest six-knot westerly breeze in which Realteam for Leman hope and Team Sailfever were the quickest onto their foils upwind, with clean starts flying on port off the start line. With an even split up the first beat, Spindrift and Alinghi Red Bull Racing ducked the transom of second-placed Team Sailfever and slotted into third and four at the first gate.
The final event of the 2022 TF35 season will take place this week with the fleet of cutting-edge hydro-foiling catamarans racing out of the prestigious Mediterranean port of Scarlino in the heart of Tuscan Italy, over the 6 – 9 of October.
With light winds and flat water in the forecast, the competition will kick off on Thursday 6th October with two practice rounds followed by two points-scoring races.
Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard's Spindrift wins the TF35 Malcesine Cup after a beautiful four-race day on Lake Garda. For the young crew onboard, this is their first win in the TF35 fleet, and helm Guichard couldn't have been prouder of his team's performance after the prizegiving: "We took the lead on the first day and kept it until the last day - that's an achievement", he enthused.
"We were very fast with good starts and competitive with the best teams in the fleet. Yann (Jauvin) made excellent tactical calls, the team has done a great job on the performance side and some days it all just works. It was a perfect event for Spindrift".
Day three of the TF35 Malcesine Cup and the young crew onboard Spindrift continued to be the standout team winning both races in the unusually light, fickle breeze on the lake.
The day started promising classic Lake Garda conditions, but again, the southerly Ora wind failed to fill in as expected for the third day in a row. "A long day", explained Yann Guichard helm of Spindrift on the dock after racing. "We were not expecting the irregular wind, so it was not easy for the Race Committee to start races."
Storm clouds continued to postpone racing on day two of the TF35 Malcesine Cup. At the morning skipper's briefing, the seven TF35s were instructed to stay tied up at the dock to wait for the forecasted strong northerly Pelèr wind to abate in the afternoon, allowing the southerly Ora wind to kick in. At 1300 the teams headed out hoping to get some classic Lake Garda racing in, but this didn't happen as the northerly, boosted by the morning storm, continued to blow at 20knots and the teams returned to the safety of Fraglia Vela Malcesine.
"Lake Garda is a beautiful place, Lake Garda is sublime, and it is theoretically a paradise for sailing. For the past two or three days, there has finally been a bit of rain in Europe, we won't complain about it, but it's upset the regularity of the wind," explained Team Sailfever helm Loïck Peyron on the dock as the team waited for the wind to settle.
It was a moody start to the TF35 Malcesine Cup as the bright, brisk, flat water conditions for which Lake Garda is famous were interrupted by the tail-end of a storm that rumbled over the Italian lake.
"This morning there were thunderstorms, it was quite special, and we didn't know what the day would be like," explained Spindrift's tactician Yann Jauvin. "We had to be open-minded and stay focused because the day promised to be long."
The hotly anticipated TF35 Malcesine Cup sets sail tomorrow (Thursday, 8 September) with the seven high-performance hydro foiling catamarans racing against one another for the first time since the prestigious Bol D'Or Mirabaud long-distance race on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, back in June.
While this is the first time the TF35 fleet has competed on Lake Garda inthe shadow of the Dolomite Mountains, the sailors know it well. The home team for the Italian event, Vitamina Sailing, headed up by kiwi tactician Adam Minoprio, arrives fresh from last week's M32 European Championship in Riva del Garda, where they finished in second place.
With the Swiss half of the TF35 season complete, the cutting-edge hydro-foiling catamarans now move on to Italy for the final two events of the 2022 season; the TF35 Malcesine Cup over the 8 - 11 September and the TF35 Scarlino over 6 - 9 October.
It’s only the second year of racing for the newly designed fleet, but already during the first four regattas of this season, compressed into May and June, a dramatic improvement has been seen across the fleet as the teams have got to grips with their new racing machines.
After 14h 22m 19s of racing on Lake Geneva, Frédéric Jousset's Team Sailfever is the first TF35 to finish the 83rd Bol d'Or Mirabaud and second boat overall to cross the finish line at 00:20 this morning.
Leading the fleet off the Société Nautique de Genève start line at 10:00 CET yesterday morning, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard's Spindrift had the early lead with a good distance between them and the chasing pack. Guichard's team worked well in the light breeze to keep ahead and seemed to be fully recovered from their dramatic capsize last weekend in Mies until just before the Bouveret turning point when a technical problem with the flight system meant, disappointingly, they had to abandon the race.
Tomorrow (Saturday 11 June), the starting gun for the 83rd edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud will sound from Société Nautique de Genève at 10:00 CET, and the TF35s will join more than 2,500 competitors in the world's largest lake regatta.
The record for the 123 kilometer (66.5 nautical mile) course has been held since 1994 by the trimaran Triga IV in 5h01m. The TF35s took part in the prestigious Swiss race for the first time last year, but with the breeze barely reaching six knots all day, it was slow progress. Thirteen hours later, as darkness fell, the wind finally kicked in for a 25-knot sprint between five TF35s to the finish line in which Bertrand Demole's Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier took the win.
Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi Red Bull Racing triumphed at the end of a thrilling final day of the TF35 Mies Grand Prix, which came down to a match racing battle with closest rivals Realteam for Léman hope over the last three races of the series.
Bertarelli's Swiss America's Cup challenger team went into the day ahead, tied on points with Realteam for Léman hope, but with the confidence of having won the Genève-Rolle-Genève long-distance race yesterday.
Alinghi Red Bull Racing wins the Genève-Rolle-Genève in 3h2m after fighting hard to stay ahead of old rivals Realteam for Léman hope and Spindrift on a perfect day of racing on Lake Geneva.
The long-distance race started lightly under brilliant sunshine with the fleet of 220 boats drifting over the start line in three knots of breeze. Of the TF35s, Spindrift had the best start and took an early lead, in contrast, form team Alinghi Red Bull Racing struggled: "We got a little covered, so we weren't in a better position for the start of the race," explained Arnaud Psarofaghis. "Just after the start Nico (Charbonnier) managed to find us a good line to successfully cross the fleet of multihulls and monohulls and reach the French coast at Collonge-Bellerive, which put us in the leading group."
The opening day of the TF35 Mies event was slow to get going as thunderstorms rumbled over Lake Geneva. When racing finally got underway, it was in the late afternoon with a modest seven-knots of Seabreeze, which built to a stable 12-knots allowing fourclosely-fought races to be held.
The afternoon's standout performers were Alinghi Red Bull Racing and Realteam for Lèman hope, who finish the day tied on points at the top of the leaderboard.
After four days of racing on Lake Geneva in light conditions under sunny skies but with a far from straightforward meteorological picture to contend with Realteam, co-skippered by Jérôme Clerc, has claimed the opening event win of 2022 season after scoring two bullets over the first two days.
After finishing at the bottom of the raking on day one, Frédéric Jousset's golden hulled TF35, Team SAILFEVER, helmed by Frenchman Loïck Peyron, turned their fortunes around on the second day of the Realstone Cup for Léman hope taking place this weekend in Nyon.
After an hour of practice racing under brilliant sunshine on the sparkling waters of Lake Geneve, the seven TF35 teams had shaken off any winter dust that might have accumulated. They were ready for the Realstone Cup for Léman hope, the opening event of the TF35's 2022 season.
After a short break under AP, as the wind kicked up to 21 knots and then settled down again, Lake Geneva's notoriously fickle breeze allowed just one race to take place in a comfortable 15 knots from the southwest.
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.