Providing annual sail training opportunities to young people aged between 15 and 25 years from all over Shetland.

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Sadly due to Covid-19 our 2020 placements had to be cancelled. We continue to monitor Government guidance closely for any opportunity to resume our planned sailing programme in 2021.

For 2020, we had an exciting opportunity lined up to mark the Year of Coasts and Waters, you can read more about this below. When restrictions are lifted to permit group sailing trips again, it is our intention to go ahead with this experience if possible.

Adventure Sail North onboard Swan

Route: Ullapool, Scotland to Lerwick, Shetland

Ten sail training placements will be offered onboard Swan, to explore Scotland’s Coasts and Waters and shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. The trip would start in Ullapool, sailing up the west coast of Scotland on the way to Shetland, calling in at Orkney and/or Fair Isle (weather permitting). Swan would berth or anchor at locations in Shetland for adventure activities, such as canoeing, coasteering, dinghy sailing and a special crew mixer social event for all participants. The final day at Lerwick is where trainees will disembark.

Here’s a quick rundown of what is proposed:

  • An 11-night voyage, living and working onboard Shetland’s own tall ship Swan.
  • Onshore adventure days, including canoeing, coasteering, dinghy sailing.
  • Crew mixer event and barbecue.
  • Skill building, team working and personal development opportunities.
  • The trip may include a digital project to promote Sail Training in future years.

Next steps

When the time comes, we will advertise for applications for any future sail training placements, so please check back often for updates. We cannot accept applications or expressions of interest at this stage, but will post updates on this page as soon as they become available.

Placements will be open to young people from Shetland and elsewhere aged 15 – 25 years.

No previous sailing experience is necessary but you must have a keen sense of adventure!

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Lerwick Port AuthorityJ.R. Hutton ConsultingTall Ships Races LerwickTulloch Developments LtdMorenot
Associate Sponsors
The Swan TrustNorthLink Ferries LimitedSullom Voe Owners
Grant Funders
Bell's Nautical Trust