Over 300 boats expected for Eurocat

Catamaran circuit season opener starts on 30 April

Tuesday April 6th 2010, Author: Célia Mas-Delfault, Location: France

Eurocat, the giant catamaran festival will take place this year over 30 April-2 May at the Yacht Club de Carnac. As always this will be an ideal occasion for all catamaran enthusiasts to meet up in an exceptional location and to race against the best sailors in a friendly atmosphere. 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.

2009 EuroCat confirmed that catamarans cannot be ignored in the world of dinghy racing with competitor numbers increasing to more than 300 teams racing over the three days and the choice of divisions was correct. So, 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 prices for under 18s 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 watch carefully the performances of the brand new Capricorn steered by Australian legend Darren Bundock (read more here). 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 Caroline 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.

 

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