The TF35s met for a final test event of the year at the Société Nautique de Genève from October 9 to 11. The fleet enjoyed ideal conditions for this instructive confrontation. Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier had the luxury of winning the last regatta.
The crew of Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier did not hide their satisfaction at the end of the last TF35 regatta held on Sunday 11 October. Bertrand Demole’s foiling catamaran did indeed claim victory in the last race of the test event of the SNG.
During the September showdown, all crews took their marks to sail in a fleet. This final meeting of 2020 was to allow everyone to validate a certain number of skills. And the exercise was largely successful.
The crew, was composed for the occasion of Bertrand Demole, Thierry Briend, Alexis Rochat, Hervé Cunningham and Pierre Pennec. It was able to give its best during the three days of the event. As for Pierre Leclainche and Gautier Germain (reserve crew), they were on board the tender (motor boat) to ensure assistance, stewardship as well as the safety of all.
Although intended for training, the regatta was run in a classic format, in order to break in the crews, but also the organizers. The first races were held on Friday afternoon. Three races were run in fairly steady airs oscillating between 10-13 knots (18 to 25 km/h), which is the ideal range for flying the TF35s. This first afternoon was conclusive. The gaps were much tighter than during the training races in September. It was more like a D35 race,” said Bertrand Demole, the boat’s helmsman. He continued. We feel that everyone has progressed, the fleet is more compact, it’s becoming more and more interesting, even if there are still some technical points to sort out. “
On Saturday, the crews spent quite a bit of time waiting for the wind to stabilize. The race committee finally launched only one race in unstable airs both in strength and direction.
Sunday, the weather forecast called for a settled Bise by mid-day. The planned 10am outing on the water was delayed, and it was finally around 1pm that the first start could be launched in fairly settled 8-10 knot airs. Three races were sailed during this half day.
No rankings were published during the regatta weekend. As these were training races, the crews agreed on this point, so as not to set sporting objectives that would have influenced the way they sailed. The purpose of these regattas was above all to be able to test the race format, the equipment, and the cohesion of the crews.
Spindrift, Alinghi and Realteam Sailing logically stood out in the bulk of the races. An obvious situation, being three professional teams. Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier, meanwhile, sailed rather ahead of the second group, with, like everyone else, good and not-so-good moments.
Friday and Saturday, each competitor encountered at least one technical problem that did not allow them to finish a race. On Sunday, however, all boats finished all three races, which showed the progress that has been made. “The computer part of the flight management has really evolved and it shows in sailing,” confirmed Bertrand Demole, delighted to finish with a regatta victory.
After this test event, the Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier team continued with a final week of training, to continue to validate all the knowledge gained, and especially to sail all the team members in various configurations. The boat will then be stored in its container for the winter. Training will resume a little before spring to prepare for the 2021 season, which should take place normally as long as COVID is no longer a bad memory.
“Several teams will go down to Cannes to train during the winter,” explained Bertrand Demole again. We decided not to go. It is a heavy trip in time and also financially. We will resume a little before the others to be ready for the first regattas which should start in May next year. “
Photo credit: Loris von Siebenthal