Jolie Brise 101
Last year Jolie Brise celebrated the centenary anniversary of her construction by the Paumelle yard in Le Havre in 1913. The world famous, gaff-rigged pilot cutter was the last boat to carry the royal mail under sail and has won the Fastnet Race three times, including the inaugural race in 1925.
Jolie Brise is owned, maintained and sailed by the pupils of Dauntsey's School.
In 2014, the sailing season starts at the end of March with pupils cruising along the south coast as well as visiting the Channel Islands and France. During the summer holidays, Jolie Brise will head south through the Channel Islands to Brittany and then across the Bay of Biscay to cruise along the north and west coasts of Atlantic Spain. She will then sail 800 miles out into the Atlantic to cruise around the sub-tropical islands of the Azores before returning to northern Spain and Brittany. At the end of August she will join the Tall Ships Fleet in Falmouth for two days of celebrations, followed by a Tall Ships Race finishing off in the Isle of Wight.
Dauntsey's is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school in the heart of Wiltshire. Unusually for a land-locked school, Dauntsey's has a long association and passion for sailing. The School Sailing Club was founded in 1970 and its association with the Jolie Brise began in 1977. Over the last 35 years thousands of boys and girls from Dauntsey's have enjoyed sailing on Jolie Brise participating in many Tall Ships races throughout Europe and beyond.