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To end this race start serie, I have kept the picture I prefer, of one of the oldest ship engaged in the race. This is Jolie Brise, built in 1913 in Le Havre (France) as a pilot-cutter, the ship used to transfer the pilot on board bigger ships. Jolie Brise was purchased by an Englisman in 1923 and converted into a sailing yacht. She became the first winner of the Fastnet race in 1925, and won the same race twice again, the only ship to do so. She is now belongs to an English school, still sailing, and still winning in her class. Jolie Brise is to take part to the Atlantic Challenge in 2009.
I have taken 5 shots of Jolie Brise: two were complete misses, the three correct ones I am posting tonight:
- workhop 1 shows the ship approaching from the rear,
- in workshop 2 she comes near our side,
- and the last in the main post here, will Sorlandet in the background.
I like this one, although the sky was losing its pastel colors (it is now nearly 1 hour after the race start, but all the pictures have been taken over a period of less than 45 mn). But you can see part of the hull below the waterline, because she is inclined to port, and there is the much bigger tall ship in the background.
I just hope you will like her too, because she is a monument still alive. And a very nice week end to all.

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Jolie Brise has a very extended notioe on Wikipedia, which I copy here:
Jolie Brise is a gaff-rigged pilot cutter built and launched by the Albert Paumelle Yard in Le Havre in 1913 to a design by Alexandre Paris. After a short career as a pilot boat, owing to steam replacing sail, she became a fishing boat.

Purchased by E. G. Martin (Commander Evelyn George Martin RNR OBE) in 1923 she was refitted and won the first Fastnet race from seven starters in August 1925. In 1927 Martin sold Jolie Brise, through an advertisement in Yachting World to Captain Warren Ferrier and his partner Dr Brownlow Smith. An engine and an additional cabin were fitted at Morgan Giles's yard at Teignmouth. Bobby Somerset, a founder member of the Ocean Racing Club - as was Martin, purchased her in 1928. After competing in the Fastnet, Bermuda and Santander races he sold her four years later to Lt. John Gage RNR. His ownership was only for a year and it seems that in 1934 she was purchased by an American, Mr Stanley Mortimer. Alterations, mostly to the living accommodation were made at a yard in Palma, Majorca and a Gardner diesel was fitted in Marseilles. After cruising the Mediterranean Sea, and with war in the offing Jolie Brise returned to Southampton and was put up for sale. She was bought by William Stannard but requisitioned by the Royal Navy who laid her up on a mud berth at Shoreham for the duration of the war. In 1945 she was bought by a consortium headed by Lillian and Jim Worsdell and her name was changed to Pleasant Breeze. A voyage to New Zealand was aborted and when she put in to Lisbon she was acquired by a Portuguese consortium headed by Luis Lobato. Repaired and refitted, she was once again listed as Jolie Brise. For nearly 30 years her home port remained Lisbon but in 1975, partly because of the political situation in Portugal, she returned to the Solent, 50 years after her first Fastnet win.

In 1977 she was bought for Dauntsey's School Sailing Club.

Specifications
Length overall: 56 ft
Waterline length: 48 ft
Beam: 15 ft 9"
Draught: 10 ft 2"

Chronology
1913 Built in Le Havre by Albert Paumelle
1923 New owner, E G Martin
1925 Winner of the first Fastnet Race
1926 5th in the Bermuda race and awarded Blue Water Medal.
1926 Finished 3rd in Fastnet
1927 New owners, W Ferrier & WB Smith
1927 Retired from Fastnet after reaching The Lizard
1928 2nd in the Fastnet Race
1928 New owner, H R S F de V Somerset
1929 Winner of the Fastnet Race
1929 Winner of the Queen of Spain's Cup (the first Santander)
1930 Winner of the Fastnet Race
1930 First across line in Santander but 2nd to Ilex on corrected time
1931 Competed Fastnet
1932 Competed Bermuda - retired after rescuing crew, save one, of Adriana who abandoned because of fire
1932 New owner J F B Gage
1934 New owner S Mortimer
1938 New owner W Stannard
1945 New owners Consortium led by L and J Worsdell
1946 New owner L Lobato and partners (Vaz Pinto - principal owner)
1955 New owner L Lobato - sole owner
1977 New owners The International Sailing Craft Association in association with Dauntsey's School Sailing Club and the Science Museum
1980 Winner Tall Ships Race
1986 Winner Tall Ships Race Newcastle to Bremerhaven
1993 Refit complete - Jolie Brise's first Fastnet since 1931
1994 Circumnavigation of UK.
1999 Second in Tall Ships Race
2000 Overall winner of the Tall Ships 2000 Transatlantic Race
2002 Overall winner of the Tall Ships 2002 Transatlantic Race
2005 Participated in the Trafalgar 200 celebration
2008 First in Class and Fleet in Tall Ships Race Liverpool, UK to Maloy, Norway

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