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

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We inviting young people between the ages of 15 – 25 years to take part in two unique sail training experiences.

No previous sailing experience is necessary but you must have a keen sense of adventure! Both opportunities are available by application only and dates listed are inclusive of travel.

Adventure Sail North (NEW FOR 2020)

Ship: Swan

Route: Ullapool, Scotland to Lerwick, Shetland

Starts: Monday 20 July

Ends: Sunday 2 August

Places: Ten

In 2020, Scotland celebrates its Coasts and Waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape.

As part of Shetland Boat Week, we are offering sailing placements onboard Swan exploring Scotland’s Coasts and Waters. The trip will 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 will 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 in Lerwick will include celebrations to kick of Shetland Boat Week.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s on offer:

  • 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.

Race 3, The Tall Ships Races 2020

Ship: Gulden Leeuw

Route: La Coruna, Spain to Dunkirk, France

Starts: Tuesday 24 July

Ends: Monday 10 August

places: Two

Join the Gulden Leeuw for the last race of The Tall Ships Races 2020. Sail across the Bay of Biscay, racing other vessels and doing your best to come first. Make friends from many different countries, supported by the mentors who will make sure there’s always something fun for everyone to do. Reach Dunkirk in the English Channel and spend the last 2 days of your adventure in port, enjoying the festival. These placements form part of an Erasmus + European exchange programme via Windseeker.

Trip highlights:

  • 14-night voyage, living and working onboard Dutch three masted schooner, Gulden Leeuw.
  • Language onboard is predominantly English.
  • International exchange opportunities.
  • Host port activities including Crew Parade, Crew Party, concerts, games and impressive fireworks.
  • Skill building, team working and personal development opportunities.


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

No previous sailing experience is necessary.

Please carefully read the following guidance notes and complete an application form:

GUIDANCE NOTES [PDF format, 90kb]

APPLICATION FORM [PDF format, 117kb]

APPLICATION FORM [Word document, 76kb]

Completed applications can be submitted in writing or by email. Alternatively you can drop your completed application form off to Lerwick Port Authority’s Reception at Albert Building, Lerwick.

Applicants under the age of 18 must submit their application form countersigned by a parent/guardian.

The deadline for applications is Friday 27 March 2020.

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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