Tall Ship Jolie Brise and her crew of Dauntsey’s pupils are celebrating winning the Tall Ships Races for the second year in a row. The vessel joined the Tall Ships fleet this summer, sailing more than 1,900 nautical miles over 38 days, visiting ports in Belgium, Portugal and Spain.
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 winner in Class B and overall winner. She also picked up the award for the youngest crew in the fleet.
“This was an amazing achievement by all 30 pupils who took part. There was some very rough weather and plenty of hard work needing a lot of grit and determination. It is no small achievement to win the series whilst being the youngest crew” – Toby Maris, Skipper, Dauntsey’s School
Jolie Brise Results:
· 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
About Dauntsey’s Jolie Brise
Jolie Brise has been owned, maintained and sailed by the pupils of Dauntsey’s for the last 38 years. In 2013 she 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.
Dauntsey’s Sailing Club is open to all pupils at the School from Year 10 upwards.
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Photographs show: Dauntsey’s pupils and Jolie Brise Skipper, Toby Maris, receive the trophy for winning the Tall Ships Series