First place for ‘Jolie Brise’

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Over the weekend, ten pupils from the Lower Sixth and the Fifth Form joined Jolie Brise in the Solent to take part in the annual Cowes Small Ships’ Race; one of the highlights of the School's autumn sailing programme.

This is a popular event with a large diversity of vessels participating. This year, 27 boats competed, under a handicap system devised by Sail Training International, in a truly youth-orientated race in which half of each boat's crew must be aged between 12 and 25 years.

The race was preceeded by a Parade of Sail in which the ships came close up to the shore to wave at the supporters. Even though it was cold and wet, spirits were high and there were plenty of mexican waves and cheers. The race started at 10.30 just as a cold front came through, making for wet and windy conditions and poor visibility. Dauntsey’s crew sailed the boat fantastically and by the time they crossed the line after 5 hours of racing the weather had brightened considerably.

Everyone was delighted to hear that Jolie Brise was placed first overall on corrected time by ten minutes.

Crew: Ollie Barnes, Meirian Evans, Grace Keppel, Jasmine Boote, Torran Green, Millie Prichard, Phoebe Giraudeau, Ed McCormick, David Bennett, Alice Walton-Knight.