Old Dauntseians take the helm on Jolie Brise in second Race Leg of Rendez-vous

17 May 2017

Dauntsey’s Tall Ship, Jolie Brise, is leading the field as she races south and west from Portugal, heading for Bermuda, in the second Race Leg of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

She was the overall winner and first in her class on the first Race Leg.

Jolie Brise is being skippered on this challenging transatlantic leg by Old Dauntseian Luke Duckworth, with First Mate Simon Pearson and Bosun Ollie Barnes, also Old Dauntseians, lending a hand. 

Luke and Simon have extensive experience on Jolie Brise and both participated in the 2009 Transatlantic Challenge whilst they were at Dauntsey’s.  Bosun Ollie Barnes, who left Dauntsey’s last summer, crewed Jolie Brise in 2015 when she raced from Belfast through the Outer Hebrides and Shetland Islands to Ålesund in Norway, 60 nautical miles south of the Arctic Circle.

The second Leg Race lasts one month and covers a distance of 2,500 nautical miles.  It includes a compulsory 48 hour stop-over in the Canary Islands followed by three weeks at sea en route to Bermuda where they will arrive in time to enjoy some of the prestigious America’s Cup action.  

Jolie Brise is now heading to the amended start line 200 miles south of Gran Canaria.  This change has been made due to the lack of wind forecast in the area for the next three to five days.  By putting the start line 200 miles to the south, it is hoped that the Tall Ships fleet will take advantage of being towards the edge of the Trade Winds, which will help them on their course to Bermuda. Jolie Brise is currently in first place on corrected time.

Toby Marris, Dauntsey’s Head of Sailing, said: “Jolie Brise is in very safe hands on this transatlantic leg.  Luke had the toughest of initiations in the 2009 crossing when Jolie Brise lost her top mast in gale force eight winds and 50-60 foot waves.  He coped with the worst that the Atlantic could throw at him; gales, storms, thunder and lightning, thick fog, violent and sudden changes in wind direction, together with the occasional shark keeping a watchful eye on him.  By contrast, Simon experienced light airs and days becalmed on his leg to Bermuda which presented its own challenges as the crew had to hunt around for wind.  Clearly none of this put them off sailing Tall Ships!"

“Bosun Ollie has also had some challenging experiences on board Jolie Brise.  His 2015 trip proved to be a very challenging race with spells of gale force winds and mountainous seas of over five metres high. Thankfully, Ollie has never been troubled by sea sickness!"

“We wish them brisk winds and fair weather on this critical leg and will be watching their progress closely.”

You can follow Jolie Brise on her journey using this fleet tracker 

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