Created: 26 Sep 2021 17:03
Updated: 27 Jan 2022 16:45

Unusually for a land-locked school, Dauntsey’s has a long association with, and passion for, sailing; the School’s Sailing club was founded in 1971 and the association with Jolie Brise began in 1977.  She is a Category 0 vessel – allowed to go anywhere in the world, at any time – and Dauntsey’s pupils have sailed her across the Atlantic six times, crossed the Bay of Biscay 10 times, and navigated up to 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle.

Named after France’s equivalent of the Beaufort scale force five wind, Jolie Brise was designed by Paumelle and launched at Le Havre in 1913.  She was the penultimate Gaff Cutter in the Pilot Service before the change from sail to steam and the last boat to carry the Royal Mail under sail.  She has won the Fastnet Race three times, including the first race in 1925 and more recently with Dauntsey’s pupils on board she has been overall winner of the Tall Ships Races four times.

Speaker Toby Marris started sailing at the age of 6 on the River Yar on the Isle of Wight.  His father lived on the Island, being a descendant of the Nicholson family of boat builders on the South Coast of England.  At 15 he, along with two school friends, jumped on a Hurley 20, which they sailed from the Isle of Wight to Northern Spain during their summer holidays.  He gained his RYA Yachtmaster qualification at 18 and went on to work on  square riggers and then following a path in training on smaller boats.  In 1995 he became Head of Sailing at Dauntsey’s School running and skippering Jolie Brise.  In 1996 he was invited to become an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Examiner and in 1998 to become RYA Yachtmaster / Instructor / Trainer/ Examiner.  He holds a Master 3,000 ton unlimited ticket.  He was Chairman of Sail Training International Tall Ships Council for five year up until 2020 and still sits on the Council to this day.  He is also a patron of Oarsome Chance charity in Portsmouth and sits as a Trustee on the board of the Boleh Trust.  He has sailed Jolie Brise, with Dauntsey’s students, 250 miles inside the Arctic Circle; as far South as Western Sahara; as far East as St Petersburgh in Russia and as far West as Quebec, Canada.   Jolie Brise has been a regular competitor and winner in STI Races over the last twenty-six years, which included six Transatlantic races.  He lives in Hamble near Southampton on the South Coast of United Kingdom, and is married with three young daughters.  He has lived and breathed Sail Training for the last 26 years.

This talk will be streamed live on our Little Ship Club YouTube channel:

Discounted Members' Cost for supper (until 12 noon on Fri 28 Jan 2022) - £17.00
Cost for non-members for supper (and for members after discounted booking ends) - £19.50

Booking closes 12 noon on Sun 30 Jan 2022.


Main course:  Coq au vin, ratatouille vegetables, dauphinoise potatoes

Vegetarian option:  Roasted aubergine, stuffed with ratatouille and cheese, salad

Dessert:  Lemon posset with berries and shortbread crumb


Date and time

Tue, 01 Feb 2022 18:30 to
Tue, 01 Feb 2022 23:00
 Non-members welcome