SHETLAND Boat Week’s organisers have announced the programme of events for the 2017 festival.
Firm favourites from last year remain in the schedule, such as tours of NorthLink vessel MV Hrossey and pelagic fishing boat Adenia. Cookery demonstrations with Marian Armitage and fancy knot-work demonstrations with John Jamieson also make a return.
New for the year are several additional boat trips including: three location options for cruises on the Swan; three different trips on the Mousa boat; daily cruses of St Magnus Bay with Shetland Marine Charters; daily traditional fishing trips aboard the Utilise with Heritage Fishing Shetland, and Lerwick Harbour Cruises aboard the Wootton Lass.
This year’s lecture programme includes Charlie Simpson’s illustrated tour of Shetland’s coastline; Dr Ian Napier of the NAFC Marine Centre UHI on the story of how Shetland fishermen progressed from small open boats to large modern vessels, and Charles Grant on the story of the Fairmile D-Class MTB.
The keynote speaker for 2017 is Dr Matthew Tanner, ss Great Britain Trust chairman, who will discuss the incredible journey of this ship, and the Shetland-born captain who disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
There are 55 different events in this year’s programme ranging from exhibitions, talks, demonstrations and boat trips to tours and activities. Shetland Boat Week is sponsored by Ocean Kinetics, Serco NorthLink Ferries and Lerwick Port Authority.
Events are suitable for all ages, with many on a drop-in basis with no booking required. For events which do need to be booked, tickets can be reserved online at www.thelittleboxoffice.com/sat and details are available at www.shetlandboatweek.com/events.
Event coordinator Emma Miller said: “I’m really pleased with how the programme has grown this year. The key aim of Shetland Boat Week is to get as many people as we can out on the water, and have the opportunity to take part in maritime-related activities.
“The events on offer this year certainly do that, and all of us involved with the organisation of the event are very grateful to the sponsors, other groups who are delivering events, and the great group of volunteers who will be helping out during the week.”
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