Small Ships

Jolie Brise


Built in 1913 in Le Havre, this beautiful Gaff Cutter was originally used in the pilot service, before the changeover from sail to steam. Between 1925-1930 she participated in the Fastnet race 4 times, winning 3 races and securing 1 second place. Since 1977 she has been sailed and maintained by the pupils of Dauntsey's school in the UK. They sail her around the UK, participate in the Tall Ships Races (winning many races on their path) and take on any big challenge that comes their way. They have crossed the ocean over 4 times, participating in the Trans Atlantic Challenge and are always looking for more adventure.
Jolie Brise, is a fast sailing legend with many more great adventures to come.


Fast and educational sailing. On Jolie Brise the crew are highly professional sailors and dedicated instructors. In the Tall Ships Races they sail the boat competitively. As a trainee, you will be involved in all aspects of running the vessel from steering, standing watches, trimming sails, navigation, to cooking and cleaning. There are no winches on board, no auto pilot and a huge sail area for the size of the boat. As a result she normally does well in the Tall Ships Races, winning not only in her class, but Overall as well.


The Jolie Brise is sailed with a Skipper and First Mate, who are both full time professional sailors, and up to 10 trainees. Accommodation for the trainees consists of 8 bunks forwards and 2 berths in the saloon (not used on long passages) with the Skipper and Mate's cabin/navigational area at the stern. The saloon and galley area are in one. Jolie Brise was built for speed, not comfort, so space is limited but the sailing is fantastic!


Shipping type: Gaff Cutter
Homeport: Southampton (UK)
Date built: 1913
Restored: 2004
Capacity: 12
Length: 24m
Beam: 4,63m
Draught: 3,3m
Sail: 350 sq Ft
Height of mast: 24m
Engine capacity: 135 hp