Pupils to join International Regatta

We are thrilled to announce that our world famous pilot cutter, the Jolie Brise will cross the Atlantic, for a third time with Dauntsey’s, as it joins the International Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta this summer – a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race visiting Portugal, Bermuda, America, Canada and France.

Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is a maritime celebration that offers all participants a unique chance to embark on an epic adventure, whilst commemorating the rich history of sailing in Canada and around the world. 

This year’s Regatta will be particularly special as it marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, the process by which the British Colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were united into one Dominion of Canada on 1 July 1867.

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 will offer an amazing experience in terms of sailing and exposure to rare and unusual sea-life but the thirty-day leg between Canada and France is a unique opportunity for some of our older pupils to experience a transatlantic crossing. We look forward to tracking their progress this summer.” - Head Master, Mark Lascelles.

The Route

The Regatta starts on April 13 in Greenwich with a fleet of more than 30 ships expected to join four days of festivities. Jolie Brise crewed by former pupils, parents and guests will leave London at the end of the weekend, setting sail for Portugal, Bermuda and Boston, before arriving in Quebec on 18 July.

Pupils from Dauntsey’s, will have the opportunity to participate in four different legs through the summer season:

Gaspé, Gulf of St Lawrence to Quebec City, Sunday 9 July – Saturday 22 July.

Jolie Brise will cruise with other vessels in the Tall Ships fleet to the outer reaches of the Gulf of St Lawrence, stopping at various ports and spotting different marine species such as Narwhals and Hump Back Whales. She will sail on to Quebec to gather with other Tall Ships from all over the world to participate in the festivities planned for Canada’s 150th birthday party.

Quebec City to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Friday 21 July – Tuesday 1 August

Jolie Brise will enjoy the final festivities in Quebec City before cruising with the rest of the Tall Ships fleet down the St Lawrence, visiting various ports en route, cutting inside Prince Edward Island and then between Cape Breton Island and Nova Scotia, via Port Hawkesbury and then into Halifax.

Halifax, Nova Scotia to Lé Havre, France, Monday 31 July – Saturday 2 September 

Setting off from Halifax, Jolie Brise will race across the north North Atlantic, cutting across the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current. Once across the Atlantic, crossing the race finish line south of the Isle of Wight, then cruising in the Solent, France and Channel Islands before going into Le Havre (where Jolie Brise was built) for the final Tall Ships in-port event to celebrate the Rendez-vous 2017 festivities.

Le Havre, France to Hamble, UK, Saturday 2 September – Thursday 7 September

Jolie Brise will join the in-port festivities in Le Havre before cruising to the Hamble along the Normandy coasts, sailing back across the Channel and returning to Hamble to complete the summer sailing season.

Some Background

In 2013 Jolie Brise 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. In 2016 she was the overall winner of the Tall Ships Races for a second year in a row. She last crossed the Atlantic in 2009 whilst participating in the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge, crewed by pupils from Dauntsey’s, visiting Bermuda, Charleston, Boston and Halifax.

To find out more please visit the Jolie Brise website