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Route des Princes - Les cinq dernières minutes

by François Quiviger on 20 Jun 2013
FenêtréA - Cardinal - Sailing Team - 2013 Route des Princes © Marcel Mochet
Ce fut une course comme ils les aiment. Tous les coureurs du large rêvent de ces batailles à coup de dixièmes de milles, de cette exigence incessante qui oblige à repousser toujours plus ses limites. A l'instar de l'équipage d'Yves Le Blévec, Erwan Le Roux et son équipe n'ont cessé de pousser l'adversaire dans ses derniers retranchements. Au final, la course se joue sur un décalage après le passage du phare du Fastnet, mais la régate fut somptueuse.

Forcément un peu déçu du résultat, mais tellement satisfait d'avoir pu régater à si haut niveau, Erwan le Roux oscillait entre plaisir d'avoir été tout le temps dans le bon tempo et frustration de voir un concurrent s'échapper au classement aux points. Interview au petit matin, à chaud, peu après l'arrivée au ponton de Dun Laoghaire.

'C'est clair, des courses comme ça, on en redemande tous les jours. On n'a pas eu une minute à nous, on est bien rincé, mais c'était vraiment fantastique. Sinon, la course se joue à pas grand-chose. Après le Fastnet, on a choisi de repartir au large parce qu'on avait peur de rester englué dans des calmes à la côte. Ils ont fait le choix inverse, ça a payé pour eux, c'est le jeu. Ensuite, on a cravaché pour revenir.'

'Juste avant Dun Laoghaire, on est même revenu à cinquante mètres d'eux. C'est pour dire à quel point c'était serré. Maintenant Yves et son équipage méritent leur victoire, ils ont vraiment très bien navigué et sur l'ensemble de l'étape, ils ont plus souvent mené la course que nous. Ça va devenir difficile d'aller les chercher au classement général, mais on va tout faire pour….'

'Des tas. On a tenté des choses qui nous ont plutôt réussi. Je pense à notre retour en mer d'Iroise ou notre petit décalage avant le phare du Fastnet qui nous a permis de virer le caillou en tête. Pousser le bateau comme on l'a fait, c'est aussi un excellent moyen de continuer à progresser. L'équipage fonctionne bien, l'entente à bord est parfaite et on arrive avec un voilier en excellent état. On a juste quelques bricoles à faire, mais c'est de l'usure normale, rien de grave…'

'Sans aucun doute, le passage du Fastnet. Déjà, ce rocher est mythique. En plus, on est arrivé en tête, sous le soleil. Tu vires le caillou, tu déroules le gennaker et tu commences à débouler au portant avec en toile de fond les collines irlandaises, la vraie carte postale…'

Régates inshore, samedi et dimanche, avant un nouveau départ lundi. D'ici là, on a un peu de travail d'entretien à faire à bord ; mais avant tout, on va aller dormir…

Le programme de la Route des Princes

Valence : du 5 au 9 juin
Valence – Lisbonne : 9 au 13 juin
Lisbonne : du 13 au 16 juin
Lisbonne – Dublin : 16 au 20 juin
Dublin : du 20 au 24 juin
Dublin – Plymouth : 24 au 26 juin
Plymouth : du 26 au 29 juin
Plymouth – Morlaix : 29 au 30 juin


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