We were berthed nearby to her in Weymouth. She cast off about half an hour before we did, bound for Hamble 52 miles away.
We caught her near St. Alban's head
, then sailed together from there around Anvil Point, through the Needles, up the Solent, to the Hamble.
What a ravishingly beautiful boat
, and nearly 100 years old. Sailed very well, astonishingly close to the wind
, and very fast (not faster than us, however
-- we did get into the Hamble first, despite having left half an hour earlier
). And we were in pretty tough conditions with gusts over 30. I was really surprised at how much sail she could carry in those conditions -- she had her full mainsail
up, a jib
and a staysail
For those who haven't heard of Jolie Brise, she is the yacht which won the very first Fastnet race
way back in 1925, and won the legendary race
several times afterwards. She is still raced to this day, and has been the overall winner of the Tall Ships Transatlactic Race a couple of times last decade.
Ah, what a great day at sea today. Just far too cold for this time of year
We did the 52 miles in six and a half hours