It was a great pleasure to welcome yachting journalist, author and broadcaster, Tom Cunliffe, as our Sailing Club Dinner guest speaker.
Tom regaled us with some wonderful tales from the high seas, including the history of our own Tall Ship, Jolie Brise, who Tom calls “one of the great racing yachts of all time.”
Back in the 1970s, Tom skippered Jolie Brise on a trip to Spain to source and import a boat-load of wine which the school sold to raise money to fund the ship. A legendary story in the history of Jolie Brise and Dauntsey’s.
According to Tom, “Jolie Brise changed my life. A year after I skippered her, I sold up and bought a cutter and sailed away to a new life. It all started with Jolie Brise, as it has for so many others. There is nothing quite like her.”
Our thanks to Tom for providing such an entertaining talk.
View the film Tom made about life on-board Jolie Brise below.