Jolie Brise visits the West Country

On Sunday 22 May, Jolie Brise created quite a stir when she sailed into Teignmouth for the first time in 90 years. She last made an appearance here in 1926 after winning the Fastnet race that year.

As you can see from the film clip below a flotilla of boats greeted Jolie Brise as she sailed into port. The crew made up of Old Dauntseians and associate members of the School's sailing club were looking forward to a reception and lunch at the new JD Wetherspoon pub named in Jolie Brise's honour.

Jolie Brise is now heading towards Plymouth before joining a fleet of Pilot Cutters in Fowey Harbour to race to St Mawes in the St Mawes Pilot Cutter World Championships.

Summer Programme 2016

Later this summer, Jolie Brise will compete in the Tall Ships Races as part of her 2016 summer sailing programme. Racing with the Tall Ships fleet, she will leave Antwerp at the beginning of July, heading south across the Bay of Biscay down the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal to Lisbon. At Lisbon she will take part in the World Famous Parade of Sail out of the River Tagus and race again to Cadiz in Spain where she will take part in all the Tall Ships festivities.

In August, she will spend time ‘Cruising in Company’ with the Tall Ships Fleet, visiting La Coruna, before sailing across the Bay of Biscay and along the South Coast of England to Dartmouth for the Royal Regatta week. She will race again with the Tall Ships from Dartmouth to Portsmouth, followed by a cruise around the Channel Islands and France, ending the summer season in Weymouth for the Water Festival in the first week of September.

We have a very exciting summer sailing season lined up for Jolie Brise. Some 50 pupils aged between 15 and 18 will join us for different legs of the programme. We are in for some exciting and challenging sailing. The pupils can look forward to learning a lot about sailing but also about themselves and what they can achieve with a bit of grit and determination when we are out at sea.” Skipper Toby Marris