The ‘flying catamarans’ of the ETF26 class will compete from 4 to 7 October, in the waters of the Mar Menor, the fifth and final round of the international circuit of this modality, consolidating the image of the regional coastline as one of the best regatta courses in Europe, according to sources from the regional government in a statement.
All the details of the event have been announced this Monday in a presentation that took place at the Institute of Tourism of the Region of Murcia (Itrem) in which it was confirmed that eight boats will participate in the ETF26 class, representing France, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Finland.
The regattas will be held in the area of Los Alcázares on the 4th, 5th and 6th of October, reserving Saturday the 7th for the first ETF26 Tour of the Mar Menor, Gran Premio Gesa Sports.
The event will be attended by around 30 top-level sailors, some of them world champions in different dinghy sailing classes, as well as medal winners in Olympic Games and winners of the most famous cruising sailing regattas, both crewed and single-handed.
The competition, whose previous races have been held in La Trinité-sur-Mer (France); Quiberon (France); Lake Garda (Italy) and in La Rochelle (France), will have a great national and international media coverage including press, television and social networks, with special repercussion in France and England.
The ETF26 are catamarans inspired by the America’s Cup sailing boats, which are equipped with foils that allow them to reach speeds of 8 to 20 knots and exceed 2.5 times the wind speed, so the conditions of the Mar Menor are perfect to ensure the show.