Sur la route du Rhum, Eric Jail en bave mais garde le moral

Par Camille Magnard, France Bleu Roussillon vendredi 21 novembre 2014 à 10:31

Eric Jail sur son voilier Jolokia, avant le départ de la Route du Rhum
Eric Jail sur son voilier Jolokia, avant le départ de la Route du Rhum © Radio France

Il n'y a désormais plus qu'un seul bateau derrière lui, en queue de peloton de cette Route du Rhum : seul, mouillé, fatigué, le skipper cérétan Eric Jail s'est fêlé une côte en tombant sur le pont de son voilier Jolokia/Défi Cat. Mais il s'accroche à son objectif : le port de Pointe-à-Pitre en Guadeloupe, qu'il devrait atteindre dans huit à dix jours.

Il est seul, blessé, mouillé, fatigué, au beau milieu de l'Atlantique, mais quand on lui demande ce qui lui manque le plus, après 19 jours de course , Eric Jail a cette réponse :

"Je n'ai plus de madeleines et de lait pour le matin... Sinon, les gens sur terre, de plus en plus je commence à penser à eux."

Le Cérétan s'était préparé à la solitude, mais côté conditions de navigation, l'océan Atlantique lui a réservé pas mal de mauvaises surprises : des premiers jours très remuants dans le Golfe de Gascogne, une quille à réparer lors d'une escale forcée au Portugal...

Notre skipper catalan a perdu de précisieuses journées et après 18 jours en mer, il pointe en dernière position de sa catégorie, celle des voiliers les moins rapides.

Au rythme où va son voilier, Eric Jail le sait, il en a encore pour huit à dix jours en mer. Mais il garde le moral.

Eric Jail s'accroche, après 19 jours sur la Route du Rhum

Derrière le Cérétan et Jolokia, il n'y a plus désormais qu'un seul bateau : Vanétys-le Slip Français, barré par Vincent Lantin.

Le vainqueur de la Route du Rhum 2014, Loic Peyron, est arrivé à Pointe-à-Pitre le 10 novembre... et dans la catégorie d'Eric Jail, la course a été remportée mardi par Anne Caseneuve sur ANEO.

> A lire aussi : dossier spécial Route du Rhum

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