January 23, 2022

In Erquy, longevity has become a competitive sport – Lamballe-Armor



Cale de la Mascotte, near Caroual beach, this Saturday morning, 10 a.m. The outside temperature does not exceed 10 degrees; that of the sea hardly. On the water, the waves form rollers. Not enough to impress Françoise, Valérie, Joseph, Philippe, Sylviane and their comrades.

There are about twenty of them in the parking lot, all ready for this weekly meeting. Covered from head to toe by a balaclava, gloves, water shoes and their wetsuits. Their first name inlaid on the back, most of them also wear a pink orange T-shirt, in the colors of the Penthièvre Otaries club. For everyone, it’s warm-up time, led by one of the club’s coaches and co-presidents, Olivier Urvoy. “We are going to train on the 200m duet and the 1000m quartet,” announces the coach with a smile.

It is in Ploudalmézeau (29), then Sangatte (62), that the next Brittany and France championships will take place in May and June, for which the longeurs of the Otaries du Penthièvre club are preparing on Saturday morning. (The Telegram / Julien Vaillant)

From 33 years old to 77 years old

Here, the discipline of longe-coast remains a leisure activity, but it is also a competitive sport, placed under the aegis of the French Hiking Federation (FFR). This year, the club sent three longeurs to the French championships in Hyères. “And again, we could have been much more numerous. But it was complicated for many to go there, ”states the other vice-president, Olga Cornillet.

Since the start of the school year in September, they have never been so numerous to train on Saturday mornings. “We started with 22 licensees and we are now 40, aged 33 to 73, mostly active. It’s a sport in full development, ”observes Olga Cornillet, while the small group heads for the beach to continue stretching, before entering the water.

It is in Ploudalmézeau (29), then Sangatte (62), that the next Brittany and France championships will take place in May and June, for which the longeurs of the Ot club are preparing on Saturday morning.
It is in Ploudalmézeau (29), then Sangatte (62), that the next Brittany and France championships will take place in May and June, for which the longeurs of the Otaries du Penthièvre club are preparing on Saturday morning. (The Telegram / Julien Vaillant)

Balance, cardio, endurance… “The loin rib is hyper-complete. It makes all the members work. And the water resistance is 21 times greater than the air resistance “, details the co-president who adds enthusiastically:” We come here for the surpassing of oneself, the magnificent setting, the search for performance, but also the atmosphere of the 3rd half ”.

Age categories, mixed relay and arm chip

Five years ago, the Sea Lions hosted the second edition of the French championships in Erquy, on Caroual beach, approved by the federation. Because everything is regulated in competition. “There are age categories. And for a thousand meters, for example, the team is made up of two women and two men. We first cover 250 m in one direction, then 500 m in the other, and 250 meters to finish and return to the starting point. Time is taken on the team captain who starts in first position, but inevitably arrives in fourth, ”explains Olga Cornillet, while watching the rest of the group take the plunge.

It is in Ploudalmézeau (29), then Sangatte (62), that the next Brittany and France championships will take place in May and June, for which the longeurs of the Ot club are preparing on Saturday morning.
It is in Ploudalmézeau (29), then Sangatte (62), that the next Brittany and France championships will take place in May and June, for which the longeurs of the Otaries du Penthièvre club are preparing on Saturday morning. (The Telegram / Julien Vaillant)

Two or four, glued to each other to benefit from the suction as in cycling, winding the waves with their arms, the lengths must be perfectly synchronized. But also very attentive to their comrades: “When the sea is bad, it is very important to watch each other and watch for signs of fatigue. Go along alone, you have to avoid it, ”warns Olga Cornillet, before joining her comrades.