This weekend the fleet of seven TF35s met for the second time on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, for round two of training. Hosted by the Société Nautique de Genève three days of racing allowed the organisers, race committee and teams to settle on the final Championship format ready for TF35 Trophy to be launched in 2021.
Racing over the 9 - 11 October, the autumnal weather conditions on the lake enabled the race committee to run eight regattas. Three races on Friday in a 10-13 knot westerly wind, on Saturday a single race held in a light and shifting wind and finally on Sunday the weekend concluded with three races held in an unstable breeze of 4-11 knots.
Following the strict social distancing guidance set out by the local authorities and World Sailing, the September and October 2020 training weekends have acted as a dress rehearsal for the launch of the TF35 fleet in 2021.
Benoit Deutsch, head of the TF35 race committee, explains: "It was essential to be able to do these two training weekends with all the boats. It has allowed us to test different race formats, to validate the type of course and to identify all the needs for success in 2021".
The TF35 organisers and the race committee have also been able to validate the sizes of the gates and starting line and course sizes according to different wind conditions. The racing rules have also been clarified and the safety procedures on the water finalised.
From a technical point of view, these training sessions in real regatta conditions have also made it possible to test the latest developments in the flight assistance system and, for the seven competing crews, the opportunity to fly their TF35 in different configurations and master the technique of upwind foiling.
The TF35 class is now ready for the official launch of the Championship in spring 2021. The full TF35 Trophy calendar is to be announced in the coming weeks.