The Lutine Lineslip Regatta has been held for the last 19 years and the 21st edition looks to be as popular as ever, with 20 or more entries expected to compete in this hotly contested event which is made up from teams from the insurance industry.
Given the array of brokers, underwriters and assessors competing here, you can bet your life this regatta will have plenty of clean starts with no bumps or dings! The event is run in conjunction with Lloyds of London, the oldest marine insurer in the world and whose Lutine Bell lends its name to this regatta. The Lutine Bell has hung for many years in the main Lloyds office and is used to herald news from afar. One ring for bad news, two rings for good. Hopefully you will end up with two rings at the end of this closely fought regatta.
There is a busy programme spread over two days of racing, but there is still ample time to chill out, network and bond with colleagues and rivals alike. The event kicks in Port Hamble, but following registration, competitors head straight for Cowes on the Isle of Wight, enjoying a bit of race training from the skipper along the way. Once off Cowes and suitably refreshed with a racing lunch, the serious action commences, with the fleet engaging for good humoured battle on the racecourse before all competitors head in to Cowes Yacht Haven for the evening.
All this racing is just the prelude to the serious action, which takes place in the evening at the Royal Yacht Squadron, which lays on an excellent spread, not to mention a pre dinner Pimms reception. This is the prime time to reflect on the days racing, discuss no claims bonuses and generally relax before really laying in to the excellent grub.
The following day sore heads are forgotten as the yachts head back out on to the race course to conclude hostilities. Expect some close racing, as the fleet of 10 identical Beneteaus are easily handled and rewarding to race. By 4pm, it’s all over and all that is left is to await the prize giving ceremony. The big question is, will your crew merit a single ring on the Lutine Bell or a double by the end of proceedings?