Potted History of Jolie Brise
The Dauntsey's Sailing Club was started back in 1971 by pupils, helped by a housemaster. They put an ad in The Times looking for work in exchange for sailing and this led to the use, and then the gift, of Griffin II. Brought back to school and refurbished, she later broke free from her moorings in a winter storm and was a total loss – but well insured.
At the time, Jolie Brise was owned by a Portuguese family, the Labatos, and moored at Lisbon. During the Portuguese revolution in 1975, Luis Lobato gained permission to take her out for a day sail – and kept going until he reached London. For the next few years she was moored in St Katherine Docks, where Lobato’s children lived on board while at school and then university.
He was then keen to sell the boat to someone who would teach young kids to sail, which was how Jolie Brise had been used in Lisbon. Labato approached Exeter Maritime Museum, who knew Dauntsey’s were looking for a boat. The museum put up half the money and Griffin II’s insurance paid the rest. A 20-year lease was agreed but the museum went bankrupt in 1997 and Daunstey’s bought their share from the receivers.
At much the same time, I was appointed full-time head of sailing and it was decided that the boat would be used commercially when students were not being taught on it, to help cover costs. Today, Jolie Brise is still used to teach sailing and is regularly chartered out.
Jolie Brise over time
Built in Le Havre by Paumelle as a pilot cutter, racing pilots to incoming ships so they could be paid for bringing them into harbour.
Winner of the 1st Fastnet Race - from the Isle of Wight to the Solent via the Fastnet Rock.
Rescues the crew from the burning Adriana
Bought by Senhor Lobato in Lisbon
Association with Dauntsey's begins, the Sailing Club acquires use of Jolie Brise.
Refit and competes in Fastnet again
Journey to the Arctic, going 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle
Crosses the Atlantic and wins Tall Ship Races
Jolie Brise leads flotilla past Her Majesty The Queen and also leads the re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar on the 200th Anniversary of the death of Lord Horation Nelson.
Jolie Brise wins the 50th Anniversary Tall Ships' Race.
Once more is overall winner of Tall Ships races
Jolie Brise takes part in the Tall Ships Transatlantic Challenge even though she lost her top mast in a storm off Irish coast, she goes on to win the second leg from Tenerife to Bermuda, and is placed 1st in class and 1st overall.
Overall winner of Tall Ships Series
The school celebrates Jolie Brise’s 100th birthday and she competes in the Fastnet Race; the team of Sixth Formers were delighted to break Jolie Brise’s previous record in the race, set over 75 years ago, by 24 hours. Jolie Brise also sailed up the Thames for a reception at St Katharine Docks with Tower Bridge opening twice to let her pass. The ASTO Hammond Innes Small Ships race followed, from Ipswich to Cowes.
Jolie Brise is overall winner of Tall Ships Races 2015 - race through the Outer Hebrides and Shetland Islands to Ålesund in Norway, 60 nautical miles south of the Arctic Circle.
Sails over 1,900 nautical miles over 38 days, visiting ports in Belgium, Portugal and Spain. Jolie Brise powered to victory in the ASTO small ships race taking not only her class but also the Aurora Trophy as over all winner on corrected time.
Takes part in the International Rendez-vous Tall Ships Regatta – a 10,000 nautical mile transatlantic race visiting Portugal, Bermuda, America, Canada and France.
Competed in the Tall Ships Races; from the UK to Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands.
Taking part in the Tall Ships Festival in Bergen, followed by the Norwegian Fjords and the Shetland Islands. Sailing on to the Faroe Islands, and then on to Iceland. And back.