Thecatamarans withfoils competed in two events this weekend. The TF35 Mies on Friday and Sunday, and the Geneva – Rolle – Geneva on Saturday. Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier, who led much of the Geneva Yacht Club Classic, ultimately finished fifth in both placings.
Credits: Loris von Siebenthal
The weekend will have been rich in emotion and physical expenditure for the crew of Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier. With two events on the programme, including the first major race of the calendar, the racers have not really been idle. In addition to Thursday’s training day, five races were sailed on Friday, and two Sundays to close the TF35 Mies.
As with every meet, the day before the first official races is devoted to training. The members of the Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier team therefore took the opportunity to brush up on their skills with the rest of the fleet on this occasion. The crew sailed in an unusual configuration: Bertrand Demole, helmsman, owner but above all an amateur in the noble sense of the term, was unable to free himself from his professional obligations, and Thierry Briend, mainsail trimmer, a victim of tendonitis, also gave up sailing so as not to put too much strain on his joint. As a result, Gaulthier Germain, the reserve crew member, came aboard, and Lucien Cujean, a Genevan sailor competing in the Tokyo Olympics in the 49er class, came on board as a back-up. Pierre Pennec said he was very satisfied with this session, which allowed him to “make progress in close-hauled speed and validate several technical changes. ”
Friday, the crews were welcomed by Tanguy Cariou of Nautic Concept, organizer of this TF35 Mies, with the support of the Club Nautique de Versoix. The two international juries Maria Torrijo and Marco Mercuriali present for the occasion took the opportunity to remind everyone of a few fundamental points about the course of the events.
On Saturday, the Geneva – Rolle – Geneva, classic organized by the Geneva Yacht Club was on the program, with a start time of 13:00. The event, the first long race on the calendar, was eagerly awaited. Erwan Israel checked in with the crew at the end of the morning, to explain the different weather scenarios that could arise.
Sunday, the fleet met mid-morning for the second day of the TF35 Mies. The very optimistic weather suggested that five races would once again be contested. But the pattern changed during the morning, and the committee had to resign itself to ending the day after only two races. Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier finished in a nice 3rd place, showing its potential. In spite of this one-off result, the boat remains 5th in the general ranking of the event, and of the championship. We’re still making progress, ” said Pierre Pennec. But so are the others, and that’s why we’re still in fifth place for the moment. It means we’re evolving, but we need to move up a notch to go and fight us a bit higher up the rankings.”
Thierry Briend, too bothered by his tendonitis gave up sailing on Sunday, and stayed aboard the tender (motorboat). He took advantage of the day to watch the crew evolve from the outside. “It’s good to be outside the boat sometimes. It allows you to have a double vision, to step back and confirm or deny a feeling. When you’re manoeuvring, there are lots of things you don’t see. Here I can observe the boat and the crew as a whole. I share my observations with them live, via the radio, but we’ll also debrief on what I’ve seen, and look for improvements. ”
Next week, Ylliam XII – Comptoir Immobilier will participate in the Bol d’or Mirabaud. This is the first time that the TF35s will be present at this cult event on Lake Geneva. The crew had won the 2019 edition in D35. They are all looking forward to returning to this race, which as always promises to be exciting.