Stop-over in Las Palmas

Jolie Brise and her crew are currently in Las Palmas in the Canaries for a compulsory 48 hour stop-over, enjoying a well-earned rest and re-stocking provisions before setting off for their next 2,500-nautical-mile leg to Bermuda.

They are expected to depart shortly, heading to the amended start line 200 miles south of Gran Canaria. This change has been made due to the lack of wind forecast in the area for the next three to five days. By putting the start line 200 miles to the south, it’s hoped that the Tall Ships fleet will be able to take advantage of being towards the edge of the Trade Winds, which will help them on their course to Bermuda.

The second race lasts several weeks with the Tall Ships fleet expected to arrive in Bermuda at the end of May in time to enjoy some of the prestigious America’s Cup action. Having been the overall winner and first in her class in race 1 from Torbay to Sines in Portugal, Jolie Brise and her crew are currently in first place on corrected time in race 2.

Old Dauntseians take the helm

Simon, Luke and Ollie

Fittingly, Jolie Brise is being skippered on this challenging transatlantic leg by Old Dauntseian Luke Duckworth, with First Mate Simon Pearson and Bosun Ollie Barnes, also Old Dauntseians, lending a hand.

Luke and Simon have extensive experience on Jolie Brise and both participated in the 2009 Transatlantic Challenge whilst they were at Dauntsey’s School. Bosun Ollie Barnes, who left Dauntsey’s last summer, crewed Jolie Brise in 2015 when she raced from Belfast through the Outer Hebrides and Shetland Islands to Ålesund in Norway, 60 nautical miles south of the Arctic Circle.

Toby Marris, Dauntsey’s Head of Sailing, said:

“Jolie Brise is in safe hands on this transatlantic leg. Luke had the toughest of initiations in the 2009 transatlantic crossing when Jolie Brise lost her top mast in gale force eight winds and 50-60 foot waves. He coped with the worst that the Atlantic could throw at him; gales, storms, thunder and lightning, thick fog, violent and sudden changes in wind direction, together with the occasional shark keeping a watchful eye on him. By contrast, Simon experienced light airs and days becalmed on his leg to Bermuda which presented its own challenges as the crew had to hunt around for wind. Clearly none of this put them off sailing Tall Ships!

“Bosun Ollie has also had some challenging experiences on board Jolie Brise. His 2015 trip proved to be a very challenging race with spells of gale force winds and mountainous seas of over five metres high.

“We wish them brisk winds and fair weather on this critical leg and will be watching their progress closely.”

You can follow Jolie Brise on her journey using this fleet tracker