Preparing for Transatlantic Race

Eight Sixth Form pupils have been in training recently for their forthcoming transatlantic adventure on Jolie Brise this summer. They will join Jolie Brise in Halifax, Nova Scotia to race her across the Atlantic to Le Havre in the final Leg of the Rendez Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

Sea Survival Course

Their day-long Royal Yachting Association course included both classroom and practical sessions. The pupils learnt how to summon help, use VHF radio, handle distress flares and make a Mayday call. The practical session in the pool included experiencing the problems of entering an uncooperative life raft and assisting others while fully kitted out in wet weather gear and a life-jacket.

This crew will join Jolie Brise on 31st July for the end of the in-port festivities in Halifax. They will then race across the North Atlantic, cutting across the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current. It is as this point, where these two currents meet, that large marine species are invariably encountered. Once across the Atlantic, they will complete the race at the finish line south of the Isle of Wight, and then cruise in the Solent, France and Channel Islands, before heading to Le Havre.

An update from Bermuda

Jolie Brise is currently in Bermuda having completed the Sines, Portugal to Bermuda Leg in which she came first in class and first overall on corrected time. At the prize-giving ceremony this weekend skipper and OD Luke Duckworth also picked up the award for youngest captain.

Luke - Youngest Captain

A total of 18 ships, representing 10 different nations, are in Bermuda, with crews from all over the world. 

On Monday 5th June the fleet will participate in the parade of sail from Hamilton to St Georges. It is anticipated that they will the shelter in St Georges for the next 48 hours or so, as bad weather is expected, before setting sail in Race Leg 3 to Boston mid-week.

You can follow Jolie Brise on her journey using this fleet tracker http://yb.tl/rdv2017