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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.

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