JOLIE BRISE 41
The 56ft gaff-rigged Jolie Brise was originally built to do a job of work. Designed to cross oceans rapidly, she was the last boat to carry the Royal Mail under sail. However, as steam replaced sail she suffered some ignominious years as a tuna fishing boat before being refitted for racing, taking part in the inaugural Fastnet Race in 1925, which she won. She went on to win the 600-mile Irish Sea epic twice more, a record which remains unbeaten. Although she appears to be a traditional pilot cutter, Jolie Brise was, unusually for the time, built to plans.