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Little Ship Club heads Round Scotland for RNLI Lifeboat Funds
Into Wick On Thursday 4 May

Members of The Little Ship club left Ardrossan on 22 April bound for Banff to celebrate the Club’s 80th anniversary this year and raise money for a new RNLI lifeboat.

A specially made teak baton is being carried on board a chartered Beneteau 38, “Christina”, by Raymond Gregory and his crew. The baton set off from The Little Ship Club on the Thames in London on Tuesday 19 April 2005 and is being carried in 48 relay legs clockwise around the coast of Britain and Ireland – arriving back in London in time for the anniversary celebrations of the Club in November, a total of 2,500 nautical miles.

The crew will cover more than 750 miles heading north from Ardrossan to Banff taking in the Western Isles and Orkney before leaving the baton for its onward journey and returning through the Caledonian Canal. The “Christina” will be leaving Stromness on Thursday 4 May, heading for Wick, weather permitting. The date is also dependent on how long the first two legs from Ardrossan take.

The Club aims to raise £80,000 - £1,000 for every year in the life of the Little Ship Club – which will contribute towards the cost of buying a new Tamar class all weather lifeboat for the RNLI to be based at Sennen cove in Cornwall.

Club President, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail around the world, non-stop, single-handed said: “This even marks the Club’s 80th anniversary in the spirit of the Club’s founding fathers: “to sail in good company, while raising money for the RNLI – the organisation which protects the lives of all those who use the sea, whether for work or pleasure.”

Note: The Little Ship Club was founded in 1926 and is the only yacht club in the City of London with its clubhouse at Bell Wharf Lane. The Club attracts cruising yachtsmen and is still true to its founders aims of providing a London forum for yachtsmen to meet and exchange ideas and knowledge in the winter months and “sail in good company” during the summer. It is now an established RYA training centre delivering a complete range of RYA shore based training courses. The Club has 1500 members and the majority of its sailing takes place on the East and South coasts of England. It also has reciprocal arrangements with a number of yacht clubs both in the UK and abroad.”

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