'Jolie Brise' wins this year’s series

This summer, Jolie Brise and her crew of Dauntsey’s students joined the Tall Ships fleet that sailed over 1,900 nautical miles over 38 days, visiting ports in Belgium, Portugal and Spain.

On Friday 12 August, Dauntsey’s pupils joined the energetic crew parade at A Coruña in Spain for the prestigious final prize-giving ceremony of the 60th anniversary year of the Tall Ships Races and were delighted to collect the trophy for overall winner for the second year in a row.

Dauntsey’s students and Jolie Brise results in Tallships 2016

  • Race leg 1: Antwerp – Lisbon. 1st in class and 1st overall
  • Race leg 2: Lisbon – Cadiz. 1st in class and 1st overall
  • Race leg 3: Cadiz – Pon a de Sagres. 1st in class and 4th overall

Jolie Brise is the overall winner of class B and overall winner of Tall ships 2016 and she also picked up with the award for the youngest crew in the fleet.

Amazing! Well done to all the Dauntsey’s pupils who took part. There was some very rough weather and lots of hard work needing a lot of grit and determination by the 30 plus pupils involved.

Skipper Toby Maris kept followers up to date via the Jolie Brise Facebook page with exciting updates such as these:

After 7 days of fantastic sailing, beautiful sunsets, amazing weather and multiple sightings of dolphins, sharks, flying fish and even whales, we are fast approaching the finish line off the coast of Lisbon! “

The last few days have been tense as we have been trading first and second place with Statsraad Lehmkuhl so its all hands on deck as we enter the last crucial hours of the race.”

Very exciting second race leg. JB currently is 2nd in class and 2nd overall. About 10 miles to go to the finish line and she's going much faster than the race leader! They need to beat Straatsd Lemechel to get the overall win for Tall Ships 2016 and she is just behind them!”

A huge well done to the skipper and Dauntsey’s crew for this amazing result.