West Country frolics
Recent sailing action action started mid-May with a tough trip westwards from the Hamble to Fowey in Cornwall, battling against sustained westerly winds, with parents, Old Dauntseians and associate members on board.
At Fowey, Jolie Brise joined 14 other pilot cutters to race to St Mawes followed by two days exciting racing around the cans at St Mawes with staggered starts - the slowest boats starting first and the fastest boats starting last. Jolie Brise was given the latest start on every race which meant she had to overtake all the other boats before the finish line. Everyone on board had a brilliant time and JB crossed the line to win two out of the four races. However, after some very interesting West Country points scoring and handicapping Jolie Brise was placed seventh out of fourteen!
After a change of crew a group of Fourth Form pupils cruised from St Mawes eastwards, visiting the Helford River, Salcombe and Weymouth before heading to Yarmouth for the Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival, which was attended by approximately 15,000 people.
On the Saturday they raced against sixteen other boats in a Class 1 Old Gaffers Fleet. These included Mariquita and Kelpie, both of which are professionally crewed and seriously campaigned in the European classic regattas. Remarkably Jolie Brise, with the Dauntsey’s students, gained a very good first overall in the Class 1.