After 16 years of racing the D35 on Lake Geneva it is time for an upgrade and for the 2020 season the new foiling TF35 will race both on the lake and at open water venues across Europe introducing the next generation of foiling to the world.
Having lead the process of development to create the D35, Ernesto Bertarelli is once again one of the committed group of owners involved in the development of the TF35.
Bertarelli explains: "My hope for the new design is that it is not only as successful as the D35, but that it also becomes a competitive class internationally on open waters. The TF35 is a one-design, very high performance and, most excitingly, is designed to foil upwind in light conditions.
"I love racing on the lake and the camaraderie of the owners we have involved in the project. Once all the boats are up and running successfully then racing on open water will bring a fresh challenge to the competition," he adds.
The TF35 Trophy will be a strictly one design racing tour offering a level playing field for professional teams and owner driver teams.
The five-stop 2020 season will start on Lake Geneva for three events before moving to open water venues across Europe that have been specifically chosen to offer the best sailing for the ultra high performance foiling cats.
The plan is for four to six races per day on a windward leeward course with upwind starts and downwind finishes. Each race will take approximately 20 minutes.
Points are allocated on the standard World Sailing ‘low point system’, so the boat that comes first in a race gets one point, second gets two points etc. The team with the fewest points at the end of each event is the winner.
The TF35 also has the option to compete in long distance races on Lake Geneva. These races are often two-to-three hours long, with teams looking to break course records on the new design of boat.