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L’équipe Realteam a confirmé sa forme ascendante à Cardiff

by MaxComm Communication on 28 Aug 2013
Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff - Realteam in action © Mark Lloyd http://www.lloyd-images.com
Le jeune équipage professionnel de Realteam, skippé par Jérôme Clerc, s’est classé cinquième de l’Acte 6 des Extreme Sailing Series, disputé à Cardiff, au Pays de Galles. Faisant suite à la très belle troisième place acquise lors de l’étape précédente, à Porto, ce résultat permet à l’équipage suisse de conforter sa cinquième place au classement général de ce circuit international exigeant.

« C’est un résultat très positif, que nous avons obtenu en naviguant dans toutes les conditions imaginables », a précisé le skipper Jérôme Clerc au terme de la compétition. « Il y avait du vent très faible en début de compétition, et nous avons alors brièvement occupé la tête du classement. Puis la brise s’est renforcée, et nous avons cédé le pas face aux quatre équipes plus expérimentées que nous, ce qui est assez logique. Mais je constate que nous avons beaucoup progressé, et que les écarts se réduisent. »

Les régates de Cardiff se sont disputées devant pas moins de 120'000 spectateurs. Les huit équipages inscrits ont disputé pas moins de vingt-huit régates en quatre jours. L’équipe de Leigh McMillan, à bord de The Wave, Muscat, s’est finalement imposée devant Alinghi, SAP Extreme Sailing Team et Red Bull Sailing Team ; quatre équipes très expérimentées, et considérées comme les « big four » de ces Extreme Sailing Series.

Après avoir confié la barre au français Pierre Pennec lors des régates de Porto, Jérôme Clerc a donc repris sa place pour cette étape galloise. Le français Tanguy Cariou, domicilié en Suisse depuis de nombreuses années, a quant à lui rejoint l’équipe, et occupé le poste de régleur de grand-voile. « Tanguy nous a beaucoup apportés », se réjouit le skipper de Realteam. « Car il est toujours très calme et rationnel, même dans les situations les plus tendues. Il parvient naturellement à transmettre ce calme au reste de l’équipe, ce qui est très important car la succession de manches et de situations stressantes est l’une des particularités de ce circuit ; c’est d’ailleurs ce qui le rend si difficile, mais aussi passionnant. »

La prochaine étape des Extreme Sailing Series se déroulera à Nice, en France, du 3 au 6 octobre prochain. Il s’agira de l’avant-dernier Acte de la saison 2013 avant la grande finale, disputée à Rio de Janeiro.

Classement final de l’Act 6 des Extreme Sailing Series 2013 à Cardiff après 28 manches :

Position / Team / Points

1er The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 239 points.
2e Alinghi (SUI) 225 points.
3e SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 223 points.
4e Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 212 points.
5e Realteam (SUI) 180 points.
6e ChinaSpirit (CHN) 162 points.
?7e GAC Pindar (NZL) 135 points.
8e Team Wales Land Rover (GBR) 125 points.

Classement Général des Extreme Sailing Series 2013 après l’Act 6 :

Position / Team / Points

1er The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 46 points.
2e Alinghi (SUI) 45 points.?
3e Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 37 points.
4e SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 35 points.
5e Realteam (SUI) 28 points.
?6e GAC Pindar (NZL) 26 points.
7e Team X Invitational 21 points.
8e Team Korea (KOR) 16 RealTeam Facebook Page

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