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Dauntsey's Pupils: Bound for the Baltic

Published Wednesday 9th of March 2011 02:51:02 PM

This Summer, Dauntsey's pupils are looking forward to an action-packed sailing season on board the School's own Tall Ship the Jolie Brise. Groups of pupils will join Jolie Brise at various locations as she sails with the Tall Ships fleet around the west coast of Scotland, visiting the Western Isles, Orkney and the Shetlands before the first Tall Ships Race leg from Lerwick to Stavanger in Norway. Jolie Brise will then take part in the Scandanavian Race from Stavanger to Halmstad in Sweden followed by an extensive cruise of the Baltic visiting Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Poland before the long journey home to the Hamble in Southampton.

Built in 1913, Jolie Brise is a 56-foot gaff cutter and was the last boat to carry the Royal Mail under sail. She has won the Fastnet Race three times, including the first race in 1925 and has twice been the overall winner of Tall Ships Races, including the Transatlantic Races to the USA and Canada in 2000.

The Dauntsey's Sailing Club is open to all pupils from the Fourth Form (Year 10) upwards and is run by Toby Marris, the School's full-time sailing master. Whilst pupils are fortunate to have the opportunity to sail in this famous ship, they earn that right only through their own efforts and involvement.
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