A Jolie day for Dauntsey’€™s

Pupils at Dauntsey’€™s School are celebrating the School’s Tall Ship, Jolie Brise, winning the annual Cowes Small Ships’€™ Race

Ten pupils from the Lower Sixth and the Fifth Form joined Jolie Brise in the Solent to take part in this popular event with a large diversity of vessels participating. It is considered one of the highlights of the autumn sailing programme. This year, 27 boats competed, under a handicap system devised by Sail Training International, in a youth-orientated race in which half of each boat’s crew had to be aged between 12 and 25 years. 

Jolie Brise was placed first overall on corrected time by ten minutes. 

Skipper on the day, Adam Seager from Dauntsey’s, said:“This is a tough race and although it was cold and wet, spirits were high. The race started just as a cold front came through, making for wet and windy conditions and poor visibility. But the Dauntsey’s crew sailed the boat fantastically and we were thrilled to be in a winning position when we completed the race five hours later.” 

Jolie Brise is owned, maintained and sailed by the pupils of Dauntsey’s School. Last year she celebrated the centenary anniversary of her construction by the Paumelle yard in Le Havre in 1913. The world famous, gaff-rigged pilot cutter was the last boat to carry the royal mail under sail and has won the Fastnet Race three times, including the inaugural race in 1925.


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