Jolie Brise is a 56′ gaff rigged pilot cutter that was built in La 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.
Country of Registration UK
Year built 1913
Rig Gaff Cutter