I have not sailed one yet, but I do not think the new 2010 Carves are really all that similar to the older 02-07 Carves.
The Futura is almost as forgiving as an older Carve (they were derived to replace the
Carve line) so progression (for an advancing beginner) would not be an issue.
True the Futura line is performance oriented, but not particularly tricky to sail.
Hope this helps,