In her centenary year, Jolie Brise and crews of Dauntsey’s pupils have enjoyed an action-packed summer of sailing.
The fun began in Ireland at the Glandore Regatta where the crew and guests took over the Jolie Brise Restaurant for a night of centenary celebrations. Skipper and pupils were also delighted to rub shoulders with Jeremy Irons, himself a keen sailor, who enjoyed coffee with the crew.
Jolie Brise then made her way from Ireland to Cowes, via Plymouth and the Scilly Isles, to compete in the Fastnet Race. Having won the Fastnet three times, including the inaugural race in 1925, the team of Sixth Formers were delighted to break Jolie Brise’s previous record in the race, set over 75 years ago, by 24 hours.
Following her success in the Fastnet, Jolie Brise sailed up the Thames for a reception at St Katharine Docks with Tower Bridge opening twice to let her pass. The ASTO Hammond Innes Small Ships race followed, from Ipswich to Cowes. Pupils were delighted to win, both first in class and first overall taking home the very large Aurora Trophy.
Skipper Toby Marris is looking forward to welcoming a new generation of Dauntsey’s pupils when the Fourth Form have their first taste of life on board over the next two months.
‘For many Dauntseians this will be their first experience of sailing. Some may never wish to repeat the experience while for some it will be the start of a life-long passion for sailing. The important thing is that everyone will have had a go.’ Toby Marris, Head of Sailing.