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Solitaire du Figaro - Adrien Hardy premier à Dieppe

by Marie Le Berrigaud Perochon on 23 Jun 2013
Adrien Hardy during La Solitaire du Figaro © Alexis Courcoux
Ce samedi 22 juin à 22 heures 02 minutes et 20 secondes, Adrien Hardy a franchi la ligne d'arrivée de la quatrième étape de La Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard cachemire (Roscoff - Dieppe) en première position.

Le skipper d'Agir Recouvrement a mis 2 jours, 9 heures, 2 minutes et 20 secondes pour parcourir les 520 milles (vitesse moyenne théorique de 9,12 noeuds) d'un parcours excessivement riche, marqué notamment par les dernières 24 heures de navigation au portant dans la forte brise et un ultime duel au couteau avec Yann Eliès. Le skipper de Groupe Queguiner-Leucémie Espoir termine deuxième, moins de 3 minutes après Adrien. Xavier Macaire devrait compléter ce podium dieppois.

A 28 ans, Adrien Hardy, dont c’est la 6e participation, signe ici la deuxième victoire d’étape de sa carrière de figariste (lors de l’édition 2010, il s’était imposé entre Brest et Kinsale).

Et quelle étape ! Ce dernier acte de La Solitaire 2013 a été le plus dur. Pour commencer, une grande boucle autour de la pointe bretonne (dont 50% au près) marquée par une navigation dans des airs légers, le courant et le brouillard.

Puis 24 heures furieuses au portant dans des vents moyens de 30 nœuds et une mer très formée sous les côtes anglaises. Beaucoup de barre, peu de sommeil et certainement quelques frayeurs dans les surfs. De la casse aussi et 6 abandons à déplorer (Vincent Biarnès, Joan Ahrweiller, Yannig Livory, Didier Bouillard, Damien Guillou et Paul Meilhat).

Dans ce contexte très rude, seule une poignée d’hommes a réussi à tenir la cadence tout le long et la dragée haute au reste de la flotte : Eliès, Hardy, Macaire, Lagravière et Richomme.

Auteur d’un excellent départ en baie de Morlaix, Adrien passe la toute première marque du parcours côtier de Roscoff en 5e position. Dès lors, il ne quittera pratiquement jamais le top 5 pendant les 520 milles de course jusqu’à Dieppe.

En tête, pourtant, ce sont Yann Eliès (dès la chaussée de Sein), Morgan Lagravière (du chenal du Four jusque peu après le passage de Wolf Rock) et Xavier Macaire (de Start Point au début de la transmanche retour) qui s’illustrent et se passent la main. Mais Adrien n’est jamais très loin. Lors de la chevauchée d’enfer sous les côtes anglaises, où les leaders ont engloutis 167 milles en l’espace de 12 heures (vitesse moyenne 13,9 nœuds), il est un des marins les plus offensifs et les plus rapides sous spi. Au petit matin ce samedi, il était même flashé à 18 nœuds de moyenne sur 6 minutes ! Profitant du petit handicap dont souffrait Xavier Macaire (ballast tribord endommagé), Adrien Hardy s’empare des commandes entre Fairway et Antifer, dans le long bord de reaching qui ramène les bateaux vers les côtes françaises. Dès lors, la grosse bagarre à trois entre Skipper Hérault, Groupe Queguiner-Leucémie Espoir et Agir Recouvrement se transforme en duel entre Yann et Adrien. Ce dernier ne relâchera jamais son La Solitaire
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