Jolie Brise update

This summer, Jolie Brise our world famous pilot cutter has competed in the International Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta – a 10,000 nautical mile transatlantic race visiting Portugal, Bermuda, America, Canada and France.

One of the highlights for the pupils on board was the five days of celebrations in Québec City in July, alongside a fleet of over 40 vessels from all over the world. Over two million people joined in, filling the harbour and surrounding streets.

Most recently, eight Sixth Form pupils spent 30 days at sea for a challenging North Atlantic race sailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia to the finish line at the Eddystone Lighthouse off Plymouth, before making their way to Le Havre for the final celebrations and award ceremony.

We are serious about adventure here at Dauntsey’s and it doesn’t get much more adventurous than crewing a Tall Ship in the Rendez-vous Regatta. Each leg offered an amazing experience in terms of sailing and exposure to rare and unusual sea-life but the thirty-day leg between Canada and France was a unique opportunity for some of our older pupils to experience a transatlantic crossing. They all worked together brilliantly as a crew and we are very proud of them all.” - Head Master, Mark Lascelles.

Awards in Le Havre

"This summer, our amazing crews from Dauntsey's have all achieved so much in this very brave little boat. Whilst in Le Havre they received quite a collection of awards - Overall Winners in our class (B) for the whole RDV 2017 Regatta and Second In Class for the North Atlantic race, plus an award for completing the whole 10,000 nautical miles (one of only four vessels to do so) and very proudly an award for the youngest crew to race across the Atlantic.” - Toby Marris, Head of Sailing

All pupils at Dauntsey’s spend 24 hours on board Jolie Brise: in their Fourth Form or Lower Sixth (if new to the school). Whist some may never wish to repeat the experience; for others it is the start of a lifelong passion.

“From the moment I first stepped on board Jolie Brise in the Fourth Form, I was hooked. You quickly learn to work together – it takes at least 6 crew to pull up the main sail – so you make friends fast! I have sailed to France, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Bermuda, but the highlight for me was sailing across the North Atlantic for 19 days this summer. I have seen incredible things that I could not have experienced anywhere else. It has been life-changing.” says Former pupil Ollie Barnes 

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