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Route des Princes - L'implacable loi de la course au large

by François Quiviger on 14 Jun 2013
FenêtréA - Cardinal à Valence - 2013 Route des Princes © Marcel Mochet
Forcément déçu. Il n'est jamais agréable de suivre une étape en ayant perdu le contact avec les deux bateaux de tête. Alors que tout avait bien commencé, c'est une décision stratégique sur un empannage qui a enclenché la spirale infernale. Entretien avec Erwan Le Roux au lendemain de l'arrivée à Lisbonne. Tu peux revenir sur cette première étape et ce qui s'est passé? 'En fait tout s'est joué à la hauteur du cap Nao. On était bord à bord avec Actual en train de batailler pour la tête de course. On est tombé dans une zone de calmes juste derrière le cap, comme souvent en Méditerranée. On a voulu s'en extirper en tentant un empannage quand nos deux adversaires sont restés sur le même bord. Au final, ce sont eux qui touchent le vent en premier et on les voit partir alors qu'on est scotché… La course est jouée pour nous.' C'était difficile de revenir sur eux? 'Oui, pour plusieurs raisons. Si tu fais la même route que les gars de devant, tu sais que tu ne reviendras pas. Donc, on a tenté des coups en mer d'Alboran en prenant le contrepied des deux leaders. Mais, pas de chance pour nous, ils ont extrêmement bien navigué. C'était eux qui tiraient les bons bords. Du coup, les décalages nous ont plutôt enfoncés. Mais c'est le jeu de la régate. Si tu ne tentes rien, il ne se passe rien.' Il y a quand même des points positifs sur cette première étape… 'Sans conteste. Le premier, c'est que malgré la déception, l'équipage ne s'est jamais désuni. C'est difficile mentalement, mais tout le monde est resté concentré. Autres points rassurants : on n‘a pas de problèmes de vitesse, ni de manœuvre et nous sommes bien en symbiose avec Didier Le Vourc'h sur tous les aspects stratégiques. Ça n'a pas voulu sourire, mais on n'a pas de gros chantiers à résoudre. Autre point positif : le travail de Martin Kéruzoré. On a régulièrement alimenté les médias avec des images du bord, alors qu'on est sûrement un des plus petits budgets de la course. Ça prouve qu'on peut faire des choses proprement sans forcément de très gros moyens…' Un mot sur la suite du programme? 'Aujourd'hui, jeudi, c'est repos pour tout le monde. Demain, on recommence avec des parcours inshore, de même que samedi avant la grande étape vers l'Irlande dimanche. En attendant, on va essayer de profiter un peu de Lisbonne qui est en plein dans la fête des Saints.' Le programme de la Route des Princes Valence : du 5 au 9 juin Valence – Lisbonne : 9 au 13 juin Lisbonne : du 13 au 16 juin Lisbonne – Dublin : 16 au 20 juin Dublin : du 20 au 24 juin Dublin – Plymouth : 24 au 26 juin Plymouth : du 26 au 29 juin Plymouth – Morlaix : 29 au 30 juin Fenetrea Cardinal
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