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News round-up / Swan Sail trainee of the year, Shetland Boat Week, Inksters Solicitors expand

Aubrey Jamieson (right) is presenting the Vevoe trophy to Cormac Mathieson. The trophy is a replica the Swan’s original wheel. Photo: Swan Trust

SEVENTEEN year old Cormac Mathieson has been named Swan Sail trainee of the year during a presentation ceremony at the weekend.

The teenager from Virkie was chosen for his contribution in the Swan’s voyage between Sunderland and the Danish port of Esbjerg as part of this summer’s Tall Ships Races.

Congratulating Cormac on his achievements, operations committee chairman Tommy Allan, said opportunities for young people to experience traditional sailing was at the heart of the Swan Trust.

The restored fishing vessel’s sailing diary for next year has just been published; highlights include longer voyages to the Faroe Islands and again participating in the Tall Ships Races.

PREPARATIONS for next year’s Shetland Boat Week are already under way.

The event, to be held from 5 to 11 August 2019, will return to the full-week long maritime experience after having been cut short due to budget restraints this year.

Former Shetland Amenity Trust employee Emma Miller has again been commissioned to co-ordinate the event alongside trust staff.

Initially, organisers are keen to hear from anyone who has a traditional Shetland model boat they would like to display at Hay’s Dock during the event.

In addition to a range of general interest boats, there is a particular appeal for boats built by Jimmy Smith, and boats which have been self-restored by their owners in the last 10 years.

Anyone who would like to include an event in the programme, volunteer during the week, or offer a boat for display should get in touch with Emma Miller at emma@realtaevents.co.uk or call 07753 806095.

A LAW firm with a strong Shetland link is expanding its operation in Caithness by setting up an office in Thurso.

This latest venture adds to Inksters Solicitors expansion from their initial base in Glasgow to opening offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Forfar, Portree and Wick and establishing visiting bases in Inverness and Lerwick.

Owner Brian Inkster said: “Charlotte Platt joining us in Thurso to cover domestic conveyancing and private client work extends our Caithness offering and compliments well the court practice we already have with Sylvia Maclennan in Wick.”