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Route des Princes - Fastnet rocks… pour toute la flotte!


'Yves Le Blevec (FRA), skipper Trimaran Open 50’ 'Actual''    Thierry Martinez ©    Click Here to view large photo

La direction de course l'a annoncé ce matin aux Multi 50, l'étape se fera finalement par le Fastnet. Les neuf bateaux de la Route des Princes vont donc devoir enrouler le célèbre rocher avant de faire route vers Dun Laoghaire. Il faut dire que ces bolides de multicoques n'ont fait qu'une bouchée de la première partie du parcours. Les multi 50, pourtant empétolés depuis quelques heures, sont déjà à l'approche de la chaussée de Sein. Les MOD 70, avec leur vitesse moyenne de 30 noeuds, rattrapent leur petits-frères à vitesse grand V. Il va y avoir des retrouvailles en mer d'Irlande!

A Dun Laoghaire, c'est le rush. On ne s'attendait pas les voir de si tôt. La dernière ETA indique des arrivées dès mercredi matin à 5 heures (heure irlandaise), autant dire que le National Yacht Club fourmille d'activités, les irlandais trépignent d'impatience de voir les neuf bolides embouquer l'entrée de leur joli port.

Maxi 80 Prince de Bretagne -  Marcel Mochet / Route des Princes   Click Here to view large photo
En mer, ça ne chôme pas non plus. Pour les uns (Multi 50), c'est séance de sport au moulin à café, pour les autres (MOD 70 et Ultime) c'est programme machine à laver sans essorage. « On est face à la mer sous gennaker, on fait des sauts, c'est sportif et très humide, c'est ambiance machine à laver » racontait ce midi à la vacation Yann Guichard sur Edmond de Rothschild. Avec Actual d'Yves Le Blevec aux commandes, la flotte des Multi 50 a bataillé dans les petits airs, à l'affût de la moindre risée, du plus petit changement de direction du vent. « Un coup on avance, un coup on recule. C'est sûr qu'on manœuvre beaucoup, on se chauffe les bras sur les colonnes ! » expliquait Erwan Le Roux, skipper de FenêtréA-Cardinal, à moins d'un mille de son rival Actual.

Route plein nord pour les MOD 70, qui naviguent actuellement très groupé, Prince de Bretagne situé en plein milieu du paquet. D'ici quelques heures, le vent va tourner au nord-nord-ouest, les obligeant à tirer des bords jusqu'au Fastnet à 260 milles devant leurs étraves. « Le but c'est de se décaler à l'est de la dépression, ensuite on sera au près pour monter au Fastnet, avec un vent soutenu de 20 nœuds. Puis le vent deviendra plus faible, il y aura sans doute un nouveau départ en mer d'Irlande » expliquait clairement Yann Guichard (Edmond de Rothschild) ce midi.

En Multi 50, la latitude de marque obligatoire « Occidentale de Sein » a été doublée en premier par Actual (qui gagne ainsi un point de bonus), suivi moins de 5 minutes derrière par FenêtréA-Cardinale. Les deux bateaux se livrent à un duel sans merci. Lalou Roucayrol sur Arkéma- Région Aquitaine, distant de plus de 30 milles, n'a pas pour autant dit son dernier mot et espère bien se refaire une santé en mer d'Irlande. Tous les Multi50 vont maintenant mettre cap au nord-ouest vers le rocher mythique, poussés par un léger vent de nord-est.
Une manche off shore qui devrait se montrer passionnante et probablement relancer les dés pour toute la flotte. Les marins doivent tenir ce rythme intense pendant encore 36 heures.

Classement de 16 TU

Multi50 :

1 : Actual (Yves Le Blevec) à 464,70 milles de l'arrivée
2 : FenêtréA-Cardinal (Erwan Le Roux) à 1,75 mn
3 : Arkéma – Région Aquitaine (Lalou Roucayrol) à 32,94 milles
4 : Rennes Métropole – Saint-Malo Agglomératio (Gilles Lamiré) à 141,76 milles

MOD 70 :
1 : Spindrift (Yann Guichard) à 458,33 milles
2 : Oman Air-Musandam (Sidney Gavignet) à 3,28 milles
3 : Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse) à 5,14 milles
4 : Virbac-Paprec 70 (Jean-Pierre Dick) à 7,80 milles

Ultime :
1 : Prince de Bretagne (Lionel Lemonchois) à 466,19 milles.

Charles Caudrelier, Edmond de Rothschild: 'Maintenant on est au portant, il y a 20-25 nœuds de vent. Le problème, c'est la mer, il y a une houle de nord-ouest, pas simple à gérer, ce n'est pas très agréable, mais on a réussi à revenir dans le paquet, on est content. Le problème, c'est que les bateaux souffrent pas mal, parce qu'il y a une mauvaise mer, et malheureusement comme on est en régate, on pousse un peu… On va à 28-30 nœuds dans une mer de face, il y a des beaux sauts de vague, ça passe, mais c'est vrai que ça craque un peu de partout. On va chercher le vent sous la dépression, le jeu c'est de s'en approcher mais pas trop quand même pour garder du vent. On va chercher une rotation de vent autour du centre de la dépression, d'ici deux ou trois heures, on va empanner. Après, ce ne sera pas simple, il y aura des bords à tirer jusqu'au Fastnet.'

Spindrift Racing -  Chris Schmid  
Gilles Lamiré (Rennes Métropole – Saint-Malo Agglomération): 'Là, depuis ce matin, on est sous gennaker, on est en train de s'éloigner de la dépression, c'est en train de mollir, le vent est d'environ 13 nœuds. Le but du jeu, c'est qu'en face de nous, il y a une petite bulle et il faut essayer de profiter de la rotation du vent qui est en train de passer de la gauche au nord-nord-est, et puis après à l'est. Donc on profite pour remonter le plus possible et essayer de couper cette bulle à l'endroit où il y aurait plus de vent possible, sachant qu'il n'y en aura pas beaucoup.'

Yann Guichard (Spindrift): 'En ce moment, c'est plus compliqué, on se rapproche du centre de la dépression pour aller chercher la bascule, et là le vent adonne, on est face à la mer sous gennaker, on fait des sauts, c'est sportif et très humide. A la barre, aux réglages, cela demande de la concentration, même par rapport aux adversaires. Un coup, il y en a un qui se fait décrocher, ensuite il revient, on est tous à vue, avec des vitesses similaires, à la barre, ça fait la différence. Il ne faut pas trop prendre de risque, car la route est longue, rien n'est encore fait. Il y a ce petit passage délicat à bien négocier, il ne faut tomber dans la molle. On est sous gennaker avec un ris, et derrière ils sont grand-voile haute et gennaker. On a fait le pari de moins solliciter le bateau, il n'y a que 20 nœuds, mais à cause de la mer, j'ai préféré prendre un ris. C'est ambiance machine à laver, on est en combinaison sèche, ça va vite, on va arriver vite au Fastnet. Dans quelques heures, il va y avoir un empannage pour toute la flotte. Le but c'est de se décaler à l'est de la dépression, ensuite on sera au près pour monter au Fastnet, avec un vent soutenu de 20 nœuds. Puis le vent deviendra plus faible, il y aura sans doute un nouveau départ en mer d'Irlande.'

Erwan Leroux (FenêtréA-Cardinal): 'C'est un peu compliqué parce qu'il y a des nuages, il y a des zones avec du vent, des zones sans vent, un coup on avance, un coup on recule. C'est sûr qu'on manœuvre beaucoup, on se chauffe les bras sur les colonnes, donc c'est bien ! Les écarts devraient grandir un peu, on va à aller jusqu'à la marque occidentale de Sein sur un bord et puis après il y aurait une mini-dépression qui est en train de dégager de la Bretagne vers l'ouest et du coup l'idée c'est de passer avant cette dépression et devant cette dépression, il y a du vent nord-est … Ca va nous amener jusqu'au Fastnet.

L'ETA je ne sais pas. Vu qu'on va au Fastnet, ça rallonge donc, pile-poil mercredi a priori!'

Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema – Région Aquitaine): 'Ça s'est déchiré au niveau du marquage, donc est-ce qu'il y a un problème avec le marquage ? Je ne sais pas. Le gennaker avait un mois et demi, il s'est déchiré en deux, du guindant jusqu'à la chute, donc du coup ça nous handicap pas mal. On est sous code zéro, on est en train de batailler … tout le monde est sur le pont, on bataille pour sortir de la pétole. Hier, le fait de ne pas avoir le grand gennaker, ça nous a fortement handicapé, cette nuit on aurait aimé pourvoir glisser mais malheureusement on n'a pas pu le faire, parce qu'on est code zéro, on n'arrive pas a glisser. Il reste encore des milles devant nous. Ça, c'est plutôt pas mal, le fait d'aller virer le Fastnet, ça rallonge le parcours, donc on va essayer de ne pas trop perdre et puis on reste quand même motivé parce que la fin du parcours ça risque de se faire au près, donc il y aura moyen de jouer après la chaussée de sein!'

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