Please select your home edition
Ocean Safety 2023 - New Identity - LEADERBOARD

TF35 Malcesine Cup 2 at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Italy - Day 1

by TF35 Trophy 14 Sep 23:40 BST 14-17 September 2023
TF35 Malcesine Cup 2 © Loris Von Siebenthal

The final event of the 2023 TF35 season opened today in Malcesnie, Italy, with two practice races and one official race, sailed in a modest 6 - 10 knot Ora breeze.

Going into this regatta the points are close, with Relateam Sailing already having secured the season win. Spindrift and Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier are tied on points and competing for second place. However, ZEN Too and Alinghi Red Bull Racing are pushing hard behind them, tied on points, with Ylliam 17, a further point back, and looking jump onto the podium.

"We're going to try and get off to a good start and finish this championship on a high", Spindrift's helm Yann Guichard explained optimistically on the dock before racing. "We came second ten days ago, not far from victory, so we'll be playing for the podium again in this regatta and see what happens in the overall standings"

In the single point-scoring race sailed today before the breeze died and the thunder started to rumble, it was Guy de Picciotto's ZEN Too who had the best start at the right end of the line and sailed smoothly and confidently to lead the first race down to the leeward gate, chased by Alinghi Red Bull Racing and Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier.

"We had a great start, but the conditions weren't easy," admitted tactician Grégoire Siegwart. "Today's race showed we're capable of being fast upwind, fast downwind, and we're starting to do some nice manoeuvres."

But on the second beat, Picciotto's team tried to repeat their tactic of banging the left-hand corner and fell into a wind hole at the closest point to shore. "We did the best we could from where we were. We lost the lead, but for us the positive thing, above all, was the starts. The aim is to get closer to the podium."

Seeing the leaders stall, Bertrand Demole on the helm of Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier widened his angle, kept his speed, and just about made it into more breeze closer to the middle of the lake. This move gave Demole the edge rounding the second windward gate to take the lead, which they held until the finish line.

Crew Billy Besson said: "As we knew these were unusual conditions for Lake Garda, our tactic was to always tack into the wind. And it paid off because we could quickly get back into the breeze, whilst ZEN and the others had to wait to get the boat back under way. We took advantage of this. It was tactical and technical to get to the windward mark on that second beat, and we made the most of it; we played the card to the maximum, and it paid off"

Their closest rival, Spindrift, edged ahead to take second, and ZEN Too finished third. Realteam Sailing crossed ahead of Alinghi Red Bull Racing on the line to take fourth and fifth respectively, with Ylliam 17 in sixth.

"It was all down to the wire, it's very twisted conditions, tough for everyone, and you have to hang on right to the end. As long as you haven't crossed the finish line, nothing can be taken for granted. After that, it's only the first day, we've only done one round, we've still got three days to go, so the match has only just begun", Besson concluded.

Tomorrow four races are planned starting at 13:00CET follow live at

TF35 Malcesine Cup 2 Results after Day 1: (one race)

1. Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier - 1pt
2. Spindrift - 2pts
3. ZEN Too - 3pts
4. Realteam Sailing - 4pts
5. Alinghi Red Bull Racing - 5pts
6. Ylliam 17 - 6pts

TF35 Trophy Overall Ranking 2023
(After 5 events with 1 discard)

1. Realteam Sailing - 1 1 1 1 1 - 4pts
2. Spindrift - 2 3 4 3 2 - 10pts
3. Ylliam XII - Comptoir Immobilier - 3 2 3 2 3 - 10pts
4. ZEN Too - 5 4 6 5 4 - 18pts
5. Alinghi Red Bull Racing - 4 5 5 4 6 - 18pts
6. Ylliam 17 - 6 6 2 6 5 -19pts

Related Articles

TF35 Malcesine Cup 2 overall
Realteam Sailing wins every event of the season to be crowned 2023 TF35 champions In an impressive show of skill, skipper Jérôme Clerc, tactician Sébastien Col and the crew of Realteam Sailing have clinched the sixth and final event victory of the 2023 TF35 season and the overall season title. Posted on 17 Sep
TF35 Malcesine Cup 2 Day 3
Battle lines drawn ahead of the final day After a day in which Lake Garda offered up a strengthening Ora breeze and beautiful autumn sunshine, the battle lines have been drawn for tomorrow's final day of racing for 2023 TF35 Trophy season. With four teams tied on points, it couldn't be closer. Posted on 16 Sep
TF35 Malcesine Cup 2 Day 2
Spindrift rises to the top After a slow start yesterday, Lake Garda delivered an afternoon of technical racing for the six TF35 teams in a southerly Ora breeze ranging from 7 - 14 knots. Posted on 15 Sep
TF35 Malcesine Cup overall
Realteam Sailing's flawless performance With only two races sailed due to light winds on the final day of the TF35 Malcesine Cup 1, Realteam Sailing, skippered by Jérôme Clerc, who have clinched the victory at every event of the 2023 season, claim the annual TF35 Trophy with one event remaining Posted on 4 Sep
TF35 Malcesine Cup Day 3
Realteam secures a narrow lead going into the final Day three of the TF35 Malcesine Cup 1 saw an intensifying rivalry between Yann Guichard's Spindrift and Jérôme Clerc's Realteam Sailing, as both teams claimed two victories each in a full-on, four-heat afternoon. Posted on 2 Sep
TF35 Malcesine Cup Day 2
Spindrift on the rise After conceding two race wins to Realteam Sailing yesterday, Yann Guichard and the young crew on Spindrift, headed up by tactician Yann Jauvin, bounced back with full force today, winning three out of a possible four races sailed. Posted on 1 Sep
TF35 Malcesine Cup Day 1
Double Race win for Realteam on opening day It was classic Lake Garda racing for the opening of the TF35 Malcesine Cup today, featuring two practice races followed by two official points-scoring races sailed in a 15-knot Ora breeze. Posted on 31 Aug
TF35 fleet sets up in Malcesine
For second half of 2023 season After a summer break since late June, the 2023 season for the TF35 high-performance one-design foiling catamaran resumes next week with the first of two events hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine on the beautiful shores of Lake Garda, Italy Posted on 25 Aug
TF35 Nyon Cup overall
Realteam Sailing claims its fourth victory in a row Esteban Garcia's Realteam Sailing, led by helmsman Jérôme Clerc, emerged triumphant at the thrilling final day of the TF35 Nyon Cup. Impressively, this marks their fourth consecutive event win, for the seemingly unstoppable Swiss team. Posted on 26 Jun
TF35 Nyon Cup Day 2
A cracking day of light-airs racing in the sunshine Day two of the TF35 Nyon Cup, and in contrast to racing being cancelled at the morning briefing yesterday due to thunderstorms, today the TF35s enjoyed a cracking day of light-airs racing in the sunshine, with Realteam Sailing emerging as top boat. Posted on 23 Jun