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Gildas Morvan Champion de France Elite de Course au Large en Solitaire


'Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert), Champion de France Elite de Course au Large en Solitaire 2013'    © Alexis Courcoux    Click Here to view large photo

Cet après-midi à Sète, Gildas Morvan vient d'être sacré Champion de France Elite de Course au Large en Solitaire pour la quatrième fois de sa carrière. Ce titre récompense les résultats très réguliers du skipper de Cercle Vert sur les trois épreuves comptant au championnat 2013 : 2e de la Transat Bretagne-Martinique, 14e de La Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard cachemire et 2e de la Generali Solo. Le marin de Landeda devient par la même occasion le détenteur d'un nouveau record : c'est la première fois qu'un figariste est couronné à quatre reprises.

Ancien coureur olympique (Soling), match racer, équipier sur France 2-3 pour la Coupe de l'America en 1995, Gildas Morvan a fait ses débuts en Figaro Bénéteau en 1993. Vingt ans qu'il écume le circuit où il a moissonné de nombreux titres et victoires, grâce à sa double compétence de marin et fin régatier. Il avait déjà remporté trois fois le Championnat de France Elite de Course au Large en Solitaire, en 2000, 2008 et 2009. A 45 ans, le voici avec en main un joli carré d'as. Performance jusque-là inégalée.

Pour la médaille 2013, tout s'est joué sur La Generali Solo, dernière des trois épreuves du championnat, toutes organisées par la Société Pen Duick. Au départ de Cavalaire-sur-Mer le 19 septembre, trois garçons sont en lice pour le podium. Yoann Richomme (DLBC - 5e de la Transat et 4e de La Solitaire) partait grand favori pour le titre, avec un épais matelas de 31 points d'avance sur ses rivaux directs Gildas Morvan et Fabien Delahaye (déjà champion en 2011). Il suffisait au skipper de DLBC de terminer dans le top 10 pour pouvoir l'emporter. Mais son abandon dans la deuxième grande étape peu après le départ de Barcelone (barre de flèche cassée) va tout remettre en question. Une fois Yoann mis hors d'état de gagner, la mission de Fabien Delahaye, pour décrocher la timbale, était de devancer Gildas Morvan sur la Generali Solo. Très bien parti à Cavalaire-sur-Mer, où il remporte le Grand Prix, le Skipper Macif 2012 se retrouve peu à peu en perte de vitesse alors que Cercle Vert termine l'épreuve méditerranéenne à pas de géant…

Le top 10 du Championnat de France de Course au Large en Solitaire

1- Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert): 2e Transat Bretagne Martinique, 14e de la Solitaire, 2e de la Generali Solo, 96 pts
2- Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012) : 3e Transat, 12e Solitaire, 3e de la Generali Solo, 101 pts
3- Yoann Richomme (DLBC) : 5e Transat, 4e Solitaire, 11e Generali Solo, 101 pts
4- Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement), 112 pts
5- Anthony Marchand (Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Performance), 127 pts
6- Frédéric Duthil (Sepalumic), 130 pts
7- Skipper Herault (Xavier Macaire), 167 pts
8- Thierry Chabagny (Gedimat), 194 pts
9- Corentin Horeau (Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Espoir), 197 pts
10- Yann Eliès (Groupe Quéguiner-Leucémie Espoir), 203 pts

Les trois épreuves 2013 prises en compte pour le titre

- La Transat Bretagne Martinique (coefficient 4)
- La Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard cachemire (coefficient 1 par étape et coefficient 2 au général)
- La Generali Solo (coefficient 4)

Non participation à une épreuve du Championnat = nombre d'inscrits à la course + 10 multiplié par le coefficient.

Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert), Champion de France Elite de Course au Large en Solitaire -  © Alexis Courcoux   Click Here to view large photo

Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert), Champion de France de Course au Large en Solitaire: 'Je suis Champion de France de Course au Large pour la 4e fois. On va pouvoir faire la fête à Paris et c'est une bonne chose pour mon sponsor. La Generali Solo était une belle course, je me suis bien régalé, bien éclaté. Je n'ai pas de regret. J'ai perdu quelques points au début, je suis bien revenu sur la fin mais pas assez par rapport à un super Adrien Hardy.'

Yoann Richomme (DLBC), 2e du Championnat de France: 'Il a quatre ans, quand j'ai commencé le Figaro, je ne pensais même pas faire plusieurs saisons. Cette année, je n'avais pas de sponsor pour faire la Transat Bretagne Martinique, donc je ne pensais pas une seule seconde jouer le Championnat de France. Je suis absolument ravi de toutes mes courses. Faire 4e à La Solitaire, c'était dans mes objectifs les plus élevés. C'est génial, ça laisse présager de bons résultats pour la suite. Et puis deuxième, intercalé entre deux anciens Champion de France, c'est bien. Donc belle saison, belle progression depuis 2/3 ans. Je suis ravi d'en être là.'

Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012), 3e du Championnat de France: 'Sur l'ensemble de la saison, je n'ai que des podiums sauf sur la Solitaire ; donc je suis satisfait. Avec en plus une victoire sur le Tour de Bretagne avec Paul Meilhat. Ça fait une belle année et une 3e place au Championnat de France. C'est un bilan plutôt positif. Sur cette course, Adrien et Gildas étaient intouchables, ils ont très bien navigué, en tout cas moi, je n'étais pas capable d'aller les chercher. Donc pas de regret.'

Les Champions de France depuis 1991
1991 Yves Parlier
1992 Dominic Vittet
1993, 1994 et 1995 Jean Le Cam
1996 et 1998 Michel Desjoyeaux
1997 Franck Cammas
1999 et 2001 Éric Drouglazet
2000, 2008, 2009 et 2013 Gildas Morvan
2002 et 2005 Jérémie Beyou
2003 Armel Le Cléac'h
2004 et 2006 Yann Eliès
2007 Nicolas Troussel
2010 François Gabart
2011 Fabien Delahaye
2012 Morgan Lagravière


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