Jolie Brise is the truly world famous, 24 metre, Gaff Rigged Pilot Cutter. Built in 1913, some of her many claims to fame include: three times overall winner of the Fastnet Race; daring rescue of the crew of the Adriana in the 1932 Newport-Bermuda race; was the last sailing vessel to carry the Royal Mail under sail; overall winner of Tall Ships Races 1980; overall winner of Tall Ships 2000 Transatlantic Race programme; overall winner Tall Ships Races 2008; overall winner Tall Ships Races 2011, 2015 and 2016.
She has been operated, maintained and owned by Dauntsey's School since 1977. Over the last 49 years, with Dauntsey's students she has sailed 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle; has travelled as far East as St Petersburg in Russia; as far South as Western Sahara and as far West as South Carolina, and has covered in excess of 175,000 nautical miles.
Jolie Brise is a 56' gaff rigged pilot cutter that was built in Le Havre in 1913. In 1925, she was the first winner of the first Fastnet Race, repeating the success in 1929 and 1930 and is still the only vessel to have won the Fastnet three times. Her most noted achievement was her rescue of all but one of the crew of the schooner, Adriana, which caught fire during the 1932 Bermuda Race.
She is now owned by Dauntsey's School Sailing Club. The school started a sailing club in the 1970s when some pupils placed an advert in the Times saying:"slave gang from Wiltshire offers free labour to owner of embarrassingly large yacht in return for some free sailing". They gained the use of Griffin II which was rebuilt by the school, but was tragically wrecked when she broke free of her moorings in Portland Harbour.
In 1977, Jolie Brise was made available to the club on a long-term lease.
She is a regular competitor in The Tall Ships' Races and raced in every leg of the Tall Ships 2000 Race coming first overall on corrected time.
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