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Sailing Club History

The Dauntsey's School Sailing Club was founded in 1970, when the School acquired the use of 'Griffin II', a 50' Class 1 eight-berth ocean racer.

The owner, a Lt Commander K N Hoare, RN (Ret'd), offered the use of Griffin II to pupils in exchange for their services in fitting-out and maintenance. The next six years were spent either sailing or scrubbing bilges and pulverising barnacles, during which time membership of the Sailing Club grew until it became one of the most popular clubs at Dauntsey's.

Unfortunately, Griffin II was destroyed in October 1976, when her moorings failed during an autumn gale, and so the School began searching for a new vessel.

In 1977 Dauntsey's secured the use of Jolie Brise by arranging a long-term lease with Jolie Brise's owners, the Exeter Maritime Museum and the International Sailing Craft Association.

When the Exeter Maritime Museum moved its collection from Exeter to Lowestoft, Jolie Brise - based in the Hamble - was no longer an active part of the Museum. As Dauntsey's pupils had by then maintained and sailed Jolie Brise for 25 years, the ISCA offered to sell her to the School. Thus it was that Dauntsey's became the proud owner of Jolie Brise in 2003.

'Jolie Brise, is a fast, sailing legend, with many more great adventures to come.'