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

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New summer sail training adventures now available.

Taster Day Sails, Shetland (open to ages 14 - 25)

15 - 19 April 2022

Back by popular demand! Try an experience of sailing on Shetland’s own tall ship, Swan to get a taster of adventure at sea and being onboard a working tall ship.

This is a selection event aimed at those considering taking part in the Tall Ship Races in 2022 or 2023. The day sails offer just a small taste of a longer passage at sea, enabling you to learn about working a boat, including working sails, watch systems, taking the helm, and basic navigation.

You will get to experience traditional sailing, meet others who have done it before, try a new challenge and learn more about taking part in The Tall Ships Races, as well as plans for the return of the Races to Lerwick in 2023.

We are happy to receive applications from those aged 14, who will be eligible to take part in The Tall Ships Races 2023 (although will not be put forward for 2022 placements).

There are no costs involved for taking part in the taster days. If you are selected for a Tall Ships placement a personal contribution, of £300, towards your voyage is needed. If the personal contribution is a barrier to your participation please still apply, if you are selected, we can explore options available.

The Tall Ships Races 2022

There is excitement building for The Tall Ships Races 2022 when the international fleet of Tall Ships and Small Ships will return to the North Sea. The legendary Tall Ships Races offers international fun and friendship, action packed racing and festival experiences. There are two adventures on offer, the first taking you from Shetland to take part in Race One, and the second undertaking the Tall Ships Cruise in Company adventure, rounded off by a Feeder Race through to Lowestoft, UK to join in with the Excelsior Trust's Centenary Smack Race.

Our placements are open to applicants who have taken part in our Taster Day Sails, who meet the qualifying age criteria of being 15 by the earliest date of departure, estimated 3 July 2022.

Sail Training Shetland will select a crew for each leg offered from those who take part in our Taster Day Sails. Those who took part in our Taster Day Sails in 2021 are welcome to apply.

Race One, Lerwick | Esbjerg, Denmark | Harlingen, The Netherlands

3 July to 16 July 2022

Cruise In Company, Harlingen, The Netherlands | Antwerp, Belgium | Lowestoft, UK

14 July 2022 to 2 August 2022

Dates are approximate and inclusive of travel estimated between embarkation and disembarkation ports. All placements offered are onboard Swan, Shetland's very own tall ship.

No previous experience is necessary and in recognition of what has been a difficult time for young people, the Taster Day Sails are offered free of charge. We are especially keen to attract trainees who have not sailed with us before.

Applications are open now for online submissions and the closing date is Friday 1 April 2022.

Please carefully read our guidance notes and supporting information before completing your application.


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Lerwick Port AuthorityJ.R. Hutton ConsultingTall Ships Races Lerwick
Associate Sponsors
The Swan Trust