CAB - 7 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 - Advice

Sail training

SAIL Training Shetland is offering 16 young islanders the chance to go on one of three unique adventures this summer.

The charity invites applications from young people between the ages of 15 and 25 for placements either on Shetland’s own sail training vessel Swan, or on a Class A sailing ship as part of this year’s Tall Ships Races in the Bay of Biscay.

The Swan participates in the Nordic Sail event in the seas between Denmark, Sweden and Norway from 24 June to 9 July.

The placements in the Bay of Biscay are either for 14 days from 7 July, or for 12 days staring on 21 July.

Erin Simpson, a trainee who took part onboard Swan in last year’s Tall Ships Races thoroughly recommends the experience.

“Without hesitation, I would encourage anyone thinking about taking part to go for it!  I know that I would have regretted not applying.  I have heard so many people say ‘I wish I applied’,” she said.

Application forms can be downloaded from the organisation’s website at, and should be returned no later than 5pm on 30 March.

The selection process may involve a short sailing event onboard the Swan during the weekend of 5 and 6 May. 

Sail Training Shetland will meet the majority of costs for the participants, including race entry fees and return travel fares from Shetland to the points of embarkation and disembarkation.