Eurocat, the giant catamaran festival will take place this year from 30 April-2 May at the Yacht Club de Carnac in France.
More than 300 boats are expected for this 24th running of the event, which marks the start of the festivities of the 50th anniversary of the Yacht Club de Carnac.
For the 2010 Eurocat, a new class, the C4, will be created for the Tyka, Dragoon and KL 13.5 alongside the existing C1, C3 and F18 classes. The organisers have set up this new class along with special prizes for under 18's to give youngsters a taste for competition.
From a cat sailing point of view, Eurocat is the first major event of the season and is always the occasion builders can display their latest gear. Thus last year the Hobie Cat Wild Cat and the Loday Shockwave, were launched but weren't able to dethrone the Nacra. After a year of improvement, no doubt they will come to Carnac once again to win.
Competitors will also carefully watch the performances of the brand new Capricorn steered by Australian legend Darren Bundock
. Regulars at Eurocat, Glenn Ashby
and Mitch Booth
have already confirmed their participation as well as the flagship team of the Yacht Club de Carnac: Moana Vaireaux
and Romain Petit
, runner-up at the 2009 French F18 Championship, ready to fight in the Baie de Quiberon and consolidate their leadership. As for the C1, it is worth noting Carolijn Brouwer
will race on a Viper.
Registration will take place on Thursday evening and races will start on Friday. The Voiles et Voiliers Long Distance Race on Saturday will celebrate the Carnac YC anniversary and a special prize will reward the line honours winner.