The cover shot and below shows the Goélette “BELLE POULE” in a North Atlantic race start 2015

BELLE POULE. North Atlantic race start. Position 55° 16’N 006° 48’W


Belle Poule is replica of a cod fishing vessel that was built in 1932 for use as a training ship by the students of the École navale, France. During the Second World War, Belle Poule sailed to the United Kingdom after the fall of France and was used by the “Free French Naval Forces”, returning to Brest in 1945. The schooner as well as her sister ship Étoile are still used today by the École Navaleas as training ships in European waters.

Rig:  Goélette (Topsail Schooner)
LOA: 37.5m
Beam: 7.4 m
Height: 29m
Depth: 3.7m



Richard Sibley

Photographer with a passion for photographing tall ships and traditional sailing boats

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