Sail Training

Jolie Brise

(Small Ship) Class B

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.


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 5 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.


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!

What shall I bring with me?

Bring practical clothing and lots of ‘layers’. Wearing layers just means that you’re ready for all conditions and you’ll (hopefully) never get cold. Walking boots, welly’s or sailing boots/shoes are recommended. A sun hat and warm hat are helpful, as is sun cream and waterproof trousers and jackets – you never know what the weather will do. Bring a swimming costume/shorts. Don’t forget your sunglasses! Gloves will be needed for sailing and handling ropes. A note book, sketchbook and novel will keep you busy in between watches. A head torch is handy for night and evening watches. There is bedding however an all-season sleeping is a good idea and an extra warm fleece even if it is the summer.

Oh – don’t forget your camera, you’re going to see some amazing sights!


Shipping type: Gaff Cutter
Homeport: Southampton (UK)
Date built: 1913
Restored: 2004
Capacity: 12
Length: 22.5m
Beam: 4,63m
Draught: 3,1m
Sail: 350 sq Ft
Height of mast: 24m
Engine capacity: 135 hp

Sail Training

Sail training takes place all over the world and in many different types of vessel. Voyages on small vessels benefit from the intimacy of working on board within a small team. Different challenges confront those who undertake sail training on the huge and glamorous square-rigged ships, with much demanding work aloft as well as on deck. Sail training is an adventure activity for the young and old everywhere, with a record of considerable success in developing men and women of character and ability for the challenges of life.

The cost of sail training differs from one organisation or ship or country to another. Many ships take all nationalities so it is worth trying ships based in different countries from your own. Bursaries and funding may be available through Sail Training International or one of the National Sail Training Organisations so contact them to find out if you are eligible.

Jolie Brise Voyages 2018


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