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Morvan remporte l'étape, Hardy se hisse en tête du classement général


'Gildas Morvan, skipper du Figaro Cercle Vert, vainqueur de la 2eme etape de la Generali Solo 2013 entre Barcelone et Bealieu sur Mer'    © Alexis Courcoux    Click Here to view large photo

Ce mardi 1er octobre à 19 heures 02 minutes et 23 secondes, Gildas Morvan a franchi la ligne d'arrivée de la deuxième étape de La Generali Solo 2013 entre Barcelone et Beaulieu sur Mer (parcours réduit à la marque « Les Moines ») en première position.

Le skipper de Cercle Vert a mis 2 jours, 6 heures, 2 minutes et 23 secondes pour parcourir les 363 milles d'une course riche mais épuisante où ont alterné longs bords de reaching sous spi et navigation dans les calmes. Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012) prend la deuxième place. Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement), troisième, complète le podium et prend la tête du classement général provisoire de La Generali Solo.

Tous les coureurs redoutaient « la foire ». Autrement dit, une fin de parcours qui se solde en grande loterie dans les petits airs. Finalement, le résultat est le reflet de l'équité sportive et non le fruit d'une « mistoufle », les trois hommes du podium ayant toujours figuré aux avant-postes. Gildas Morvan, triple vainqueur de La Generali Solo, a mené cette deuxième étape de bout en bout. Fabien Delahaye lui a bien volé la vedette à quelques occasions, mais sans parvenir à concrétiser. Toujours collé aux basques de Cercle Vert, le Skipper Macif 2012 s'est battu jusqu'au bout pour tenter de remporter la mise. Sur la troisième marche du podium, Adrien Hardy a animé tout le début de course, connu une baisse de régime lundi soir, avant de revenir brillamment dans le match ce matin. Adrien est pour l'instant le marin le plus régulier de cette Generali Solo. Une constance récompensée au classement général provisoire après 8 courses. Ce soir, Agir Recouvrement y figure en tête, un point seulement devant Skipper Macif 2012.

Fabien Delahaye, skipper du Figaro Skipper Macif 2012, 2eme de la 2eme etape de la Generali Solo 2013 entre Barcelone et Bealieu sur Mer -  © Alexis Courcoux   Click Here to view large photo

Derrière ces trois larrons, les arrivées ont suivi en rafale avec un tir groupé composé d'Anthony Marchand (Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel Performance), Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault), Paul Meilhat (Skipper Macif 2011), Gildas Mahé (Ports d'Azur-Interface Concept), Corentin Horeau (Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel Espoir), David Kenefick (Full Irish), et Fred Duthil (Sepalumic). Dans ce groupe, il y eut des hauts et des bas. Quelques solitaires ont profité des zones de transition pour se refaire une santé, à l'image de David Kenefick (parti chercher du vent frais près de l'île du Levant) ou de Paul Meilhat (dans un petit contrebord à proximité de l'arrivée). D'autres, comme Frédéric Duthil ou Thierry Chabagny (Gedimat), ont perdu de nombreuses places dans le petit temps.

Pour briller dans cette étape, il fallait être un bon technicien du largue serré sous spi. Il fallait aussi conserver son calme et saisir les bonnes occasions dans les deux zones de vent faible (au niveau de Minorque et à partir de Port Cros) qui ont donné lieu à de nouveaux départs. Le reaching et la pétole : deux situations qui nécessitent une attention extrême de la part des marins, à la barre, aux réglages. Sans compter les nombreux changements de voile d'avant et les dizaines d'empannages en fin de parcours. En clair, il fallait résister à l'épuisement et conserver assez de fraîcheur pour le final le long de la côte d'Azur. A la tombée du jour, ce sont des marins fatigués qui ont coupé la ligne d'arrivée de ce parcours réduit au sud des îles de Lérins. A 21 heures, il ne restait qu'un solitaire en course : Jean-Paul Mouren (MarseillEntreprise).

Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert), premier à Beaulieu sur Mer : 'J'ai déchiré mon spi en affalant avec Fabien (Delahaye), on était bord à bord et il a claqué une fois de trop. Il a explosé en mille morceaux. Il y avait trop de boulot pour le réparer, je l'ai mis dans son sac et j'ai mis le génois. Je me suis dit 'on va finir toute la régate avec le petit spi et on va faire avec'. Ca ne s'est pas mal passé. Il y avait constamment de la bagarre, au départ avec Anthony Marchand, après Adrien Hardy en passant Minorque, ensuite c'est Fabien Delahaye qui arrive sur moi et me double. Il a fallu se bagarrer pour revenir à la première place. Ce n'était pas facile mais j'ai eu aussi un peu de réussite à droite à gauche, ce qui me fait être devant sur la fin. C'était une belle étape parce qu'il y a eu un peu de brise au départ, du reaching avec du vent, du spi, un peu de pétole en arrivant. C'était assez varié'.

Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012), deuxième à Beaulieu sur Mer : 'Ça fait du bien quand ça s'arrête, beaucoup de navigation, beaucoup de technique et beaucoup de transitions à gérer et donc pas beaucoup de temps pour se reposer et s'alimenter. Une étape difficile, je suis content car ça s'est bien passé. Il (Gildas Morvan) a peut-être trouvé une arme fatale car il allait plus vite que nous avec son petit spi. C'est étonnant mais on l'a déjà constaté. Il a super bien navigué, c'est bien mérité qu'il la gagne. Il a mené une bonne partie de l'étape. La nuit dernière il y a eu des chassés-croisés avec lui, on s'est relayé plusieurs fois mais il a super bien navigué, du coup il le mérite amplement '.

Adrien Hardy, skipper du Figaro Agir Recouvrement, 3eme de la 2eme etape de la Generali Solo 2013 entre Barcelone et Bealieu sur Mer -  © Alexis Courcoux   Click Here to view large photo

Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement), troisième à Beaulieu sur Mer : 'Je suis content du résultat parce que des étapes comme ça, c'est vraiment compliqué. J'ai fait un très bon début de course, j'ai fait une traversée entre Minorque et la France un peu plus difficile où je me suis arrêté dans la pétole au début et ensuite j'ai vraiment réussi à revenir. J'ai fait les bons choix ce matin, j'étais bien reposé, j'avais quand même pas mal d'énergie et après c'est vrai que ça fait la différence sur les fins d'étape. Je suis vraiment content de réussir les fins d'étape parce que c'est vraiment important d'être tout le temps à bloc.

C'était un très bon souvenir la bagarre avec Fabien, une très grosse intensité, pendant plusieurs heures depuis ce matin, ce midi exactement. Dans ces conditions-là c'est vraiment très difficile. Fabien a été très fort parce que contrôler un adversaire qui est quelques longueurs derrière au portant c'est quand même assez dur. A l'avant-dernière bouée avant l'arrivée, il a un petit peu loupé son empannage donc je pensais que j'allais pouvoir le rattraper et puis il a été très bon donc j'ai vraiment un très bon souvenir de cette bagarre'.

Ordre d'arrivée étape 2

1 Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert)
2 Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012)
3 Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement)
4 Anthony Marchand (Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel Performance)
5 Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault)
6 Paul Meilhat (Skipper Macif 2011)
7 Gildas Mahé (Ports d'Azur-Interface Concept)
8 Corentin Horeau (Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel Espoir)
9 Thierry Chabagny (Gedimat)
10 David Kenefick (Full Irish)
11 Frédéric Duthil (Sepalumic)
12 Matthieu Girolet (Lafont Presse)
13 Claire Pruvot (Port de Caen Ouistreham)
14 Gwenael Gbick (Made in Midi)
Encore en course : Jean Paul Mouren (MarseillEntreprise)


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