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TF35 Trophy: Seven teams confirmed for 2021 inaugural season

TF35 Trophy

After postponing the launch of the TF35 Trophy in 2020, the next-generation high-performance foiling catamaran will now make its official debut in 2021 with a seven-event circuit starting in April at the prestigious Société Nautique de Genève on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

Designed to offer top-level foiling to a broader audience of sailors, with earlier take-off speeds, guaranteed foiling upwind and downwind with a fully automatic flight control system, the TF35 uses the latest technology to simplify high-speed sailing. “We are excited to compete in this new form of professional racing. From what we have seen flying upwind is the new frontier for these boats, it’s fantastic”, explains Erik Maris owner and helm of Zoulou.

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After the inaugural 2021 event held over 30 April – 2 May at the Société Nautique de Genève, the TF35 Trophy plans for two additional regattas on the Swiss lake. The first hosted at the Société Nautique de Nyon over 14 – 16 May and the second hosted by the Club Nautique de Versoix in Mies over 4 & 6 June.

Event four and five of the circuit will showcase the eight-strong TF35 fleet at Switzerland’s most prestigious sailing regattas, Genève – Rolle – Genève hosted by Yacht Club de Genève on the 5 June and the iconic Bol d’Or Mirabaud on the 12 June.

For the second half of the season, the TF35 Trophy will go international, as Scarlino in Tuscany, Italy, welcomes the teams for two events in September. “Our goal is to develop a class with owners who are passionate about foiling and we very much hope to be able to evolve the TF35 and grow its presence internationally in the near future”, said Ernesto Bertarelli, President of the TF35 class, owner and helmsman of Alinghi.

After an intense design and development process throughout 2018-19, the innovative TF35’s journey slowed in 2020, as events across the world were postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional time has been put to good use as the confirmed seven crews got to grips with their new racing machines.

Following training on Boat Zero in Mar Manor, Spain, in February 2020, two test events on Lake Geneva took place in the early autumn before the lockdown restrictions tightened. This allowed the organisers, race committee and teams to settle on the final Championship format ready for TF35 Trophy to be launched in 2021.

“We’ve created a lot of growth and momentum from our first year on the water despite the pandemic,” explained class manager Bertrand Favre. “As a class during this interim period, we have prioritised the innovative improvements that will ensure we deliver the best racing experience to our teams when the TF35 Trophy kicks off in 2021.

“We have seven dedicated owners who have embraced the new foiling concept and with an eighth team set to join in the New Year we look forward to showing the sailing community what these boats can do.”

TF35 Trophy – 2021 event schedule

30 April – 2 May TF35 Geneva
Société Nautique de Genève, Switzerland

14 – 16 May TF35 Nyon
Société Nautique de Nyon, Switzerland

4 & 6 June TF35 Mies
Club Nautique de Versoix, Switzerland

5 June Genève – Rolle – Genève
Yacht Club de Genève, Switzerland

12 June Bol d’Or Mirabaud
Société Nautique de Genève, Switzerland

9 – 12 September TF35 Scarlino 1
Club Nautico Scarlino, Italy

23 – 26 September TF35 Scarlino 2
Club Nautico Scarlino, Italy

TF35 Trophy – 2021 entry list:

Alinghi (SUI 100)
Owner: Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI)

Realteam (SUI 7)
Owner: Esteban Garcia (SUI)

Spindrift racing (SUI 10)
Owners: Dona Bertarelli (SUI) / Yann Guichard (FRA)

Team SAILFEVER (FRA 009)
Owner: Frédéric Jousset (FRA)

Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier (SUI XII)
Owner: Bertrand Demole (SUI)

Zen Too (SUI 4)
Owner: Guy de Picciotto (SUI)

Zoulou (FRA 007)
Owner: Erik Maris (FRA)

An eighth TF35 team will be announced in the coming months.

For the full crew lists visit www.TF35.org/teams

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