With the entire sporting world having been brought to a temporary standstill this year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The new TF35 Class, due to start racing in the summer of 2020, has revised its schedule.
With the production of boats slowed, but never stopped over the last few months, the teams are currently working on finalising the assemble of seven TF35s with the planned launch set to begin on the 8 June and take place over the following two weeks. Six teams will take to the water on Lake Geneva with Spindrift racing making their first flight on Breton waters from their base in southern Brittany, France.
Bertrand Favre, TF35 Class Manager, explains: "After the delay, we are tackling this final stage of launching the fleet with real enthusiasm. The objective, once all the boats are on the water, is to test the flight control system, check there has been no errors in assembly and that every boat is perfect".
We have done more than 70 days of sailing with boat zero without any significant problems, so we are confident. But as with any new boat, you never know until it is in the water."
Favre adds: "Regarding the Championship, we had initially planned for two regattas at open water sea venues this autumn. However, due to the unprecedented circumstances of the last few months, the decision has been made to hold the two autumn events in Switzerland on Lake Geneva".
The seven TF35 teams will now have three months of training with their new machines before the official fleet racing is due to take place in September 2020. An announcement on this will be made in early July.