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Spindrift wins the TF35 Malcesine Cup

First time racing on Lake Garda for the fast t-foil catamarans

Intense week at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, with the new TF35 flying catamarans. Seven European teams battled in order to win the first TF35 Malcesine Cup, which was finally won by Spindrift (SUI 10), before Alinghi Red Bull Racing (SUI 100) and Realteam for Leman hope (SUI 7).

First day characterized by bad weather, with morning thunderstorms that altered the regular alternation between Ora and Peler, forcing the Race Committee to postpone the warning signal.
Therefore, the first start was delayed and only one race was completed, in difficult conditions, with light winds from south and several changes of direction. Partial victory of the Franco – Swiss Spindrift Team (Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard), come-from-behind on Alinghi Red Bull Racing and Team Sailfever. Second partial place for the Italian Vitamina team (Andrea Lacorte), making his debut in the Tf35 Trophy.

Second day still characterized by rain in the early hours of the day, which forced all the teams to wait ashore for the sky to open. At 13.00 the sun finally comes out, bringing with it 20 knots of Peler, far too many for this kind of flying catamarans, thus forcing the Committee to give up and end the day with no races at all.

The 7 TF35 teams faced unusual conditions at Lake Garda, managing to get the better of the instability protagonist even on the third day.
Spindrift, winner of both races today, maintains the provisional leadership. Excellent performances also for Realteam for Léman hope which is positioned in second place in the general ranking.

Adrenalinic challenge on the fourth day of racing, with the fight for the first place still open. Finally the regular Ora comes back with peaks up to 13 knots. Flat lake and sunshine ensure perfect conditions for the class.

Spindrift defends the first position from opponent attacks, with the partial results of 4-1-DNS. Other victories of the day for Alinghi Red Bull Racing and Realteam for Léman hope, respectively second and third classified. Difficult afternoon for Vitamina Sailing forced to retire in the seventh race.