The Jolie Brise is owned, maintained and sailed by the pupils of Dauntsey's School.
Dauntsey's is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school in the heart of Wiltshire. Unusually for a land-locked school, Dauntsey's has a long association and passion for sailing. The School Sailing Club was founded in 1970 and its association with the Jolie Brise began in 1977.
The world famous gaff pilot cutter was the last boat to carry the Royal Mail under sail and has won the Fastnet Race three times, including the first race in 1925. She has been the overall winner of Tall Ships Races three times, including the Transatlantic Races to the USA and Canada in 2000 and most recently in 2011.
In 2013, Jolie Brise will celebrate the centenary anniversary of her construction, by Paumelle, in Le Havre in 1913. The School plans to hold an number of celebratory events throughout the spring and summer of 2013, including centenary cruises, dinners and receptions. Highlights of the season will see Jolie Brise taking part in the Channel Classics Regatta in July and the Fastnet Race in August.