This trip has been amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.
The trip on the Swan...has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life
This opportunity has been a complete eye opener for me and I can only hope to do something like this again
It’s hard to think that 12 days ago we didn’t know each other at all but now were like a family sharing laughs and mischief
We have so many memories to share; the magic of the Mareel, the plunging waves and gales leaving us with salt swept hair
Sail Trainees ready to set Sail onboard the Swan in Small Ships Races Adventure
Tonight courtesy of NorthLink Ferries Ltd, trainees and crew are traveling to Orkney to join Shetland’s own sail training vessel, the “Swan”. Leaving Stromness, she will sail down the West Coast of Scotland to Greenock in time for the start of the Small Ships’ Races. The “Swan” is one of 18 entrants in the Small Ships’ Race. The Race to Belfast coincides with the arrival of the Tall Ships fleet as the final port in the 2009 Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge.
The successful trainees, ranging in ages between 15 to 18, are Emily Leask, Bixter; Barry Cranie, Ollaberry; Symone Duddy, Virkie; Nathan Bryant, Lerwick; Michael Thomson, Unst; Heather Gray, Unst; Jack Henderson, Lerwick, and Shona Duerden, Tingwall. They were selected following written applications and participation in practical selection events, involving sailing trips on the “Swan”.
Chairman of Sail Training Shetland, Peter Malcolmson said, “the level of interest in our first scheme has been excellent. We wish all our trainees the best of luck for a fantastic journey to Belfast and thank our sponsors; NorthLink Ferries Ltd, Shetland Islands Council, Lerwick Port Authority, Tay-CAD, Ocean Kinetics Ltd and Lerwick Community Council for making this scheme possible. We also look forward to inviting new local sponsors to support the aims of Sail Training Shetland in the years ahead.”