Boat Owner: Erik Maris (FRA)
Tactician: Thomas Le Breton (FRA)
Having set up team Zoulou (formerly Twins’) in 2003, Erik Maris, together with long time associates JSPonce and Thierry Fouchier, started out racing one-design monohulls. They won the Swan 45 European Championship (2003), Mumm 30 World Championship, raced for many years in the Farr 40 and Open 7.50.
They then moved across to catamarans. From 2009 to 2012 Zoulou competed on the Extreme Sailing Series and in 2010 joined the D35 catamaran circuit on Lake Geneva. The team have also competed on the Flying Phantom, F18 and most recently the GC32 Racing Tour in which they podiumed for the last two years.
"The thing that excites me most about the TF35 is the cutting-edge technology and efficiency in light wind. The flying upwind is going to open up new worlds. It will be great fun to compete in this exciting fleet," Maris explains.
After a week training in Mar Menor, Jean-Sebastien Ponce adds: "The team of designers, builders and class manager have done a great job by giving us such a weapon. The boat is very powerful, the mast is tall and the sails are enormous".
Helm: Erik Maris (FRA)
Tactician: Thomas le Breton (FRA)
Mainsail: Thierry Fouchier (FRA)
Mainsail traveller: Valentin Bellet (FRA)
Bowman: Nicolas Heintz (FRA)
Headsail trimmer: Bruno Mourniac (FRA)
Team manager: Jean-Sebastien Ponce (FRA)
Boat Captain: Olivier Mainguy (FRA)