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Xavier Macaire, Anthony Marchand et Fabien Delahaye ouvrent le bal


'1er Grand Prix de la ville de Cavalaire-sur-Mer lors de la Generali Solo 2013 - le 20/09/2013'    © Alexis Courcoux    Click Here to view large photo

Les deux manches du Grand Prix de Cavalaire-sur-Mer disputées dans des conditions typiquement méditerranéenne ont connu aujourd'hui de nombreux rebondissements. Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault) remporte la première ; Anthony Marchand (Bretagne - Crédit Mutuel Performance) s'impose sur la deuxième. Mais c'est Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012), le plus régulier, qui occupe ce soir la tête du classement général provisoire.

Un côtier rocambolesque et un parcours banane à suivre, c'était le menu de la journée pour les 17 marins engagés dans la Generali Solo. Côté météo, on a eu droit à la Méditerranée dans toute sa splendeur, version petits airs : une grosse bascule de vent pour commencer (du nord-est au sud-est), des zones de calmes à éviter, des redistributions de places, des regroupements aux bouées. Il n'est pas rare qu'un concurrent passé en tête à une marque ait rétrogradé dernier à la bouée suivante comme c'est arrivé à Claire Pruvot (Port de Caen Ouistreham) ou à Anthony Marchand (Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel Performance) dans le premier parcours de la journée.

Tout a commencé par deux rappels généraux avant qu'un départ ne soit donné enfin de matinée. Le troisième a finalement été le bon mais quatre concurrents se sont fait pénaliser pour départ prématuré (Nicolas Lunven, Yoann Richomme, Jean Paul Mouren et Corentin Horeau). A l'image de ces phases de départ, la journée a été très animée entre la baie de Cavalaire et le cap Nègre et plutôt éprouvante pour les marins. Il fallait rester stoïque dans les mauvais moments mais aussi se montrer opportuniste, car il y avait toujours de bonnes occasions pour renverser, en quelques minutes, une situation en sa faveur. C'est de cette façon que Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault) va s'imposer dans l'ultime bord du parcours côtier (14 milles) après avoir passé la moitié des marques en queue de peloton.

1er Grand Prix de la ville de Cavalaire-sur-Mer lors de la Generali Solo 2013 - le 20/09/2013 -  © Alexis Courcoux   Click Here to view large photo

La deuxième manche du jour (parcours banane), disputée dans un vent de sud-est mieux établi en direction, a été moins agitée côté redistribution de places. Un peu vexé par sa dernière place dans la régate précédente, Anthony Marchand (Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel Performance) va pendre sa revanche et remporter la mise grâce à son option au large dès le premier louvoyage.

Sous un soleil généreux, le spectacle de la flotte se bagarrant au contact était magique le long des baies de la côte d'Azur.

La moitié des manches du Grand Prix de Cavalaire-sur-Mer est dans les sillage et c'est Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012), le plus régulier aujourd'hui (3e,4e) qui prend l'avantage au classement général provisoire devant Nicolas Lunven (Generali) et Paul Meilhat (Skipper Macif 2011). A partir de Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault), 4e, les écarts sont très serrés avec neuf concurrents en 7 points. Ce qui promet encore de belles empoignades, demain samedi, pour la suite et fin de ce Grand Prix.

Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault): 'Il y avait des conditions compliquées aujourd'hui, avec des risées et des molles… Il fallait rester confiant et opportuniste et j'ai su saisir une bonne opportunité au passage du cap Nègre. J'étais troisième, et après j'ai fait le bon bord, c'était un beau match, une belle journée de navigation. Ca met en confiance cette première place dans la première manche. C'est une bonne note!'

Anthony Marchand (Bretagne - Crédit Mutuel Performance): 'La première manche a été chaotique pour tout le monde, les premiers sont passés derniers, les derniers sont passés premiers… Au cap Nègre, j'ai fait le mauvais choix de partir au large, et du coup je termine dernier. Je me suis offert une petite vengeance sur le parcours banane en terminant premier, alors je suis content. La lecture du plan d'eau et les choix stratégiques ont été payants.'

2eme Grand Prix de la ville de Cavalaire-sur-Mer lors de la Generali Solo 2013 - le 20/09/2013 -  © Alexis Courcoux   Click Here to view large photo

Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012): 'J'ai été régulier, c'est bien de commencer la Generali comme ça. La première manche, il y a eu beaucoup de cafouillages au départ, et puis il y a eu des regroupements notamment au cap Nègre où j'ai réussi à passer en tête. Quand le vent est monté, j'ai eu un déficit au près, car je n'avais pas de pompe de ballasts. Je suis content aussi de ma place de quatrième sur la deuxième manche. Il faut que je reste comme ça, toujours dans les cinq premiers, et ça sera parfait!'

Jean-Paul Mouren (MarseillEntreprise): 'J'ai pris un bon départ sur la deuxième manche, après j'ai cafouillé sur une manœuvre de débutant, mais c'était des conditions exceptionnelles. Et puis, les gens sont nombreux ici à Cavalaire, c'est super ! Je suis content, mais c'est serré. Dès qu'on éternue on perd trois places, ça va être chaud bouillant cette Generali Solo.'

Claire Pruvot (Port de Caen Ouistreham): 'Sur la première manche, ça a payé d'aller chercher la bonne risée, ce qui m'a permis de passer en tête à la bouée de dégagement. Ensuite, j'aurais pu rester devant, mais je n'avais pas bien mémorisé le parcours, donc je suis passée du mauvais côté de la bouée avec Fred Duthil. C'est une manche qui était un peu limite, mais au final je m'en sort bien. Ces petits parcours ne sont pas simples pour moi car je pêche encore sur les manœuvres, mais je suis contente de cette première journée.'

Generali Solo/Grand Prix de Cavalaire-sur-Mer - Classement général avant jury, à l'issue de deux courses

1 - Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012) : 7 pts (3-4)
2 - Nicolas Lunven (Generali) : 10 pts (7 ZFP - 3)
3 - Paul Meilhat (Skipper Macif 2011) : 11 pts (2-9)
4 - Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault) : 15 pts (1-14)
5 - David Kenefick (Full Irish) : 17 pts (12-5)
6 - Fred Duthil (Sepalumic) : 18pts (6-12)
7 - Anthony Marchand (Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel Performance) : 18 pts (17-1)
8 - Matthieu Girolet (Lafont Presse) : 18 pts (7-11)
9 - Gildas Mahé (Ports d'Azur - Interface Concept) : 18 pts (8-10)
10 -Yoann Richomme (DLBC) : 19 pts (17 ZFP - 2)
11 - Claire Pruvot (Port de Caen Ouistreham) : 20 pts (13-7)
12 - Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement) : 22 pts (5-17)
13 - Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert) : 24 pts (16-8)
14 - Thierry Chabagny (Gedimat) : 24 pts (11-13)
15 - Jean-Paul Mouren (MarseillEntreprise) : 24 pts (18ZFP-6)
16 - Gwen Gbick (Made in Midi) : 24 pts (9-15)
17 - Corentin Horeau (Bretagne - Crédit Mutuel Espoir) : 29pts (13 ZFP - 16)

Generali Solo


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