Jolie Brise approaches Lands End

Jolie Brise and her crew of Dauntsey’s pupils are competing in the final race of the RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta, sailing 2000 nautical miles across the North Atlantic. 

They left Halifax 17 days ago and are currently off the south coast of Ireland, lying in third position on corrected time. The first vessel in the tall ships fleet is expected to cross the finish line off Plymouth today.

“Oosterschelde remains first on corrected time at present but Blue Clipper and Jolie Brise are still in contention for this prestigious place. As predicted, the final race leg has shaped up to be an epic finish to the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.” - Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International

Jolie Brise is one of only four vessels to complete the whole RDV2017 event, joined by Rona II, Blue Clipper and Peter van Danzig. You can follow their progress over the final stages of the race using this fleet tracker -

The crew: a mid-atlantic update

One week into our North Atlantic crossing Halifax Nova Scotia to L' Havre. So far the weather Gods have been very kind to us with mainly favourable winds and calm seas. At the moment 08/08/17 19:30 UT we have almost no wind and fog. Had a visit from some Orcas (killer Whales), lots and lots of dolphins and some other species as yet unidentified! Crew in great shape, no sea sickness at all,baking bread and having a shower day as the fresh water maker is working well. Not sure how the race will pan out as we think the conditions further down the track will favour the bigger boats.