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All Aboard for Sail Trainees in Year of Young People

Sail Training Shetland is supporting twenty-four young adults from throughout Shetland to experience exciting adventures at sea as trainees onboard Swan and Statsraad Lehmkuhl taking part in The Tall Ships Races 2018, organised by Sail Training International.

Leaving Lerwick on Sunday 8 July onboard the Swan the first batch of ten trainees will set sail for Sunderland, UK to join the rest of the Tall Ships fleet before taking part in Race One to Esbjerg, Denmark starting on 14 July, arriving in Denmark on or around 18 July.

The second and third batches of trainees leave Lerwick by ferry on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 July to make onward air connections to Denmark, bound for Esbjerg, where ten trainees will join the Swan, with the other four joining the Norwegian three-masted barque Statsraad Lehmkuhl to take part in the Cruise-in-Company leg to Stavanger, Norway, setting sail on 21 July and arriving in Stavanger, Norway around 26 July.

All of the trainees will have time to join in the host port celebrations, mixing with other participants and forming new friendships.  

Under the guidance of their crews, the trainees will work closely with the crew of their allocated ships, learning a wide range of hands on skills such as watch-keeping, setting sails and other domestic duties which they will share during their time onboard.

Looking forward to her Tall Ships adventure, 18 year old Louise Cluness from Lerwick, commented “I love being at sea and travelling so the challenge of sailing onboard Swan as part of an international event is so exciting. Some of the highlights will be making new friends, taking part in crew activities in the host ports and sailing out from Esbjerg in the Parade of Sail which will be unforgettable.” 

Peter Campbell, Chairman of Sail Training Shetland said, “With the high rate of interest in this year’s placements, and with 2018 being the Year of Young People, our trustees were very keen to capture this enthusiasm and are delighted to have recruited a spirited group of young people from all around Shetland. We’re confident that all of the young people participating will take away something positive from their experiences and will be great ambassadors for our community.  

Sail Training Shetland wishes to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and supporters; Shetland Tall Ships 2011 Limited, Lerwick Port Authority, The Swan Trust, J. R. Hutton Consulting Ltd, Tulloch Developments Ltd, Mørenot Aquaculture, Serco NorthLink Ferries and Tay-CAD Ltd for their generous support in helping to make the trainee placements possible.” 

2018 ‘Swan’ trainees pictured L-R, Back Row; Louise Cluness, Reuben Robertson, Cormac Mathieson, Finn Rivett, Leighton Anderson, Dylan Black, Emma Sandison, Benjamin Hamer, Hal MacLennan, John Dally (Chaparone/Crew – Race One) and Shaye McLeod (Chaparone/Crew- Cruise-in-Company). Front Row; Elizabeth Tregonning, Zoe Rivett, Melody Goodlad, Abigail Howard, Rosalin Beattie, Lori Smith, Rachel Dorrat, Joe Wadley, Jay Milne, Leighton Sutherland, Thorben Reinhardt (Swan Skipper) and Maggie Adamson (Swan Mate).


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