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Generali Solo - La grande finale Méditerranéenne

by Marie Le Berrigaud Perochon on 8 May 2013
Generali Solo 2011 © Jean-Marie Liot
De la Côte d'Azur à l'Espagne en passant par les Baléares, le Cap Corse, la mer de Ligure, les îles d'Or et le Languedoc Roussillon… les figaristes vont croiser le fer une dernière fois du 18 septembre au 13 octobre, à l'occasion de la Generali Solo, épreuve finale du Championnat de France Elite de Course au Large en Solitaire. Trois grandes étapes, plus de 15 courses inshore et quatre villes à l'honneur : Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Barcelone, Beaulieu-sur-Mer et Sète. Un format complet qui demandera aux solitaires de dévoiler toute l'étendue de leurs talents.

La seule grande épreuve méditerranéenne du circuit Figaro Bénéteau, organisée pour la première fois cette année par Pen Duick, a vu le jour en 1990. Sa formule : un mariage de courses au large et de parcours en baie le long des rivages de la grande bleue. Pour sa 19e édition, la Generali Solo reste fidèle à sa marque de fabrique, à quelques nuances près. Cette année, les étapes seront encore plus hauturières (453 milles pour la plus longue entre Barcelone et Beaulieu-sur-Mer) et le rythme encore plus intense. La dernière confrontation de la saison sera chargée d'enjeux : mi-octobre à Sète, la fin de ce marathon sacrera le Champion de France Elite de Course au Large en Solitaire 2013.

Trois villes françaises - Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer et Sète - à la tradition maritime fortement ancrée. Une étape espagnole - Barcelone- définitivement considérée comme l'un des hauts lieux de la course au large en Europe. Le tracé de l'édition 2013 de la Generali Solo est exceptionnel. Au programme, trois grandes étapes (soit 1109 milles cumulés) et plus de 15 régates inshore. Deux types d'exercices chacun dotés d'un coefficient, de sorte qu'ils compteront pour moitié dans l'attribution des points. En clair, il faudra être bon partout : dans les départs, les manœuvres et la tactique entre trois bouées comme en météo et stratégie à long terme.


Autre variable : la résistance. Le rythme sera extrêmement soutenu pendant ces trois semaines de course. « J'ai le souvenir qu'on sort de là au moins aussi épuisé que sur la Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard cachemire ! » commente le Directeur de Course Gilles Chiorri qui a disputé la Generali Solo à sept reprises. A cette période de l'année, la Méditerranée est réputée pour son caractère difficile. Les solitaires devront composer avec ses calmes blancs, comme ses violents coups de mistral ou de vent d'Est. Du 19 septembre au 13 octobre, ils seront entre 20 et 25 solitaires à s'y frotter.

Retrouvez dès à présent toute l'actualité de la Generali Solo sur le site officiel : Generali Solo.

Programme sportif prévisionnel :

Cavalaire-sur-Mer

Jeudi 19 septembre : Prologue
Vendredi 20 et samedi 21 septembre : Courses inshore*
Dimanche 22 septembre : Départ
Etape 1- Cavalaire-sur-Mer / Barcelone via Minorque & Palamos = 427 milles**

Barcelone
Mercredi 25 septembre : Arrivées prévues de la première étape
Vendredi 27 et samedi 28 septembre : Courses inshore
Dimanche 29 septembre : Départ
Etape 2- Barcelone / Beaulieu-sur-Mer via la Giraglia = 453 milles

Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Mercredi 2 octobre : Arrivées prévues de la deuxième étape
Vendredi 4 et samedi 5 octobre : Courses inshore
Dimanche 6 octobre : Départ
Etape 3- Beaulieu-sur-Mer / Sète via Porquerolles et les Mèdes = 302 milles

Sète
Mercredi 9 octobre : Arrivées prévues
Vendredi 11 et samedi 12 octobre : Courses inshore

* Les courses inshore pourront s'apparenter à des parcours tactiques ou des côtiers

** Pour chacune des grandes étapes, un parcours raccourci « alternatif » a été envisagé afin de s'adapter aux conditions météo du moment.

Les précédents vainqueurs de la Generali Solo :

1990 : Jean-Paul Mouren ; 1991-92-93 : Dominic Vittet ; 1994-95 : Jean Le Cam ; 1996 : Éric Drouglazet ; 1997 : Jean Le Cam ; 1998 : Michel Desjoyeaux ; 1999 : Jean Le Cam ; 2000 : Gildas Morvan ; 2001 : Yann Eliès ; 2002 : Jérémie Beyou ; 2003 : Gildas Morvan
2004 : Yann Eliès ; 2005 : Jérémie Beyou ; 2006 : Kito de Pavant ; 2011 : Gildas Morvan

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