Certificate no 2663
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Pilot Vessel
Location Hamble
Vessel type Pilot Cutter
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No
Web address www.joliebrise.com


Builder Paumelle, M, Le Havre
Built in 1913
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None


Length: Overall
56.00 feet (17.07 m)
Breadth: Beam
15.00 feet (4.57 m)
11.00 feet (3.35 m)
Air Draft
76.00 feet (23.16 m)
Tonnage: Gross



JOLIE BRISE was built and launched in 1913 in Le Havre, France and was the last sailing pilot cutter built by Le Havre.  She is also believed to have been the last sailing vessel to carry the Royal Mail under sail.

She was bought in 1924 by E G Martin (the founding member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, RORC).

As a competitor in the first ever Fastnet Race, JOLIE BRISE has won the Race on three occasions - one of them being in 1930 when she was under the ownership of Bobby Somerset.  During this period the vessel was also awarded the Blue Water Medal twice, including the historic rescue of American crew from the yacht ADRIANA during the Newport to Bermuda Race in 1932.  JOLIE BRISE has also been crowned overall winner of Tall Ships Races three times.

In 1945 she was sold to an unknown group to sail to New Zealand, but she only made it as far as Lisbon.  Sold again that year, she was bought by Senhor Lobato in Lisbon.  In 1977 she was acquired by the International Sailing Craft Association in association with Dauntsey's School Sailing Club and the Science Museum.

In 2003 Dauntsey's School bought the vessel outright.  She is currently in excellent condition, now sailing with Dacron sails and modern running rigging.


Classic Boat: How Jolie Brise won the first Fastnet, September 2015 
Classic Boat: Fastnet celebrity, January 2013  
Classic Boat: George Martin- founding father of restoration, June 2015

Key dates

  • 1913

    Vessel built in Le Havre, Normandy, France.  She was the last sailing Le Havre pilot cutter

  • 1924

    Bought by E G Martin, founding member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC)

  • 1930

    Won the 1930 Fastnet Race

  • 1977

    Acquired by the International Sailing Craft Association in association with Dauntsey's School Sailing Club and the Science Museum.

  • 2003

    Bought outright by Dauntsey's School.

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