Seven TF35s will hit the sparkling waters of Lake Geneva this weekend for two days of championship racing on either side of Saturday's Geneve-Rolle-Geneve long-distance race, the prologue to the famous Bol d'Or Mirabaud.
"It will be difficult for the crews to focus on the two racing styles," explained Billy Besson, who joins Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier as tactician this season. "I enjoy both. The close contact fleet racing at this level is fun and then the long distance, where you have to observe the weather situation's evolution, is really nice, especially on the Lake when everything can change in a moment".
On Friday 3 and Sunday 5 June, two days of action-packed racing for the TF35 Mies will form the second event of the 2022 season for the cutting-edge hydro-foiling catamarans. It's no surprise to see Jérôme Clerc and his form crew on Realteam for Leman hope at the top of the leaderboard again this season after their relentless performance in 2021, with longtime rivals Alinghi Red Bull Racing and Spindrift making up the dominant trio in the fleet.
However, the prospect of the 30 nautical mile long-distance race on Saturday against over 250 other boats offered a fresh challenge to the fleet. Last year's race started spectacularly with a massive broach for Alinghi Red Bull Racing 100m over the start line. The fickle breeze on the lake then allowed for almost every TF35 to lead the race at some point before French team Zoulou held off Alinghi Red Bull Racing and took the win at the finish line.
The early forecasts for this year's race weekend predict a tough day for the sailors and race committee alike, with sunshine, warm temperatures, and high humidity levels resulting in a light, unpredictable breeze and evening thunderstorms.
Live race tracking will be available on the TF35 website and updates from the racecourse via the Facebook page.