Created: 29 Sep 2013 22:05
Updated: 30 Sep 2013 12:58


In Association with the Frostbite Rally Solent and Fast Cruise Series


Saturday, 12/10/2013 - Sunday, 13/10/2013

Lloyd’s Yacht club has invited Little Ship Club members to sail on their yacht ‘Lutine’.

For those of you who want to experience sailing a powerful offshore cruiser / racer  and build up some miles, this is a fantastic opportunity. ‘Lutine’ is an elegant 53ft yacht built by Nautor Swan, and is very comfortable and spacious inside. She has a professional skipper and is equipped with powered winches, furling sails etc. ‘Lutine’ is registered to take up to 12 guests and 2 crew, but the usual number is between 8 and 10 guests. Places are therefore limited and will be allocated on a 'first come, first served basis' - so don't wait to secure your place!


If you would like to take part please contact Drummond Robson, who is coordinating the crew for the event. The cost is £60 per person, which includes the formal rally dinner and breakfast and should be paid directly to the office. 'Lutine' is moored in Haslar Marina, Gosport, Hampshire (PO12 1NU for SatNav coordinates) at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour. Gosport is approximately two hours by car from central London. A ferry can be taken from Gosport to Portsmouth Harbour, from where there is a direct train service from to London Waterloo.


Historical background: 'Lutine' was originally a French naval ship, launched at Toulon in 1779, with 32 guns. This was ten years before the French Revolution; on 18 December 1793, she became one of sixteen ships handed over to a British fleet under Vice Admiral Hood at Toulon by French royalists. In 1795, she was rebuilt as a fifth rate frigate with 38 guns. She served thereafter in the North Sea, blockading Amsterdam. She sank on 9 October 1799, carrying a large cargo of gold, the majority of which remains unsal