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

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We are currently working on future placements.

Across six days in July/August 2021, over 50 young people experienced sailing on Shetland’s own tall ship Swan. This was a chance for the participants, all aged between 13 – 23, to have a taster of what it is like to sail a working tall ship in the lead up to The Tall Ships Races 2023 return to Lerwick. The success and popularity of these trips mean that we will be looking to offer similar experiences in future years.

The day sails are aimed at young people who are considering taking part in the Tall Ship Races in 2022 or 2023, to give an experience of traditional sailing and an opportunity to meet former trainees.

The trips offer just a small taste of a longer passage at sea, enabling trainees to learn about working a boat, including working sails, watch systems, taking the helm, and basic navigation, as well as learn more about the Tall Ships Races and the role of Sail Training Shetland.

No previous experience is necessary for any of the experiences we offer.

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