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Community / Boating club appoints new commodore

Lerwick Boating Club’s new commodore Frankie Valente.

LERWICK Boating Club has elected its first female commodore in its 140-year history.

Frankie Valente has agreed to take on the role after being the vice commodore for the previous two years.

During a recent socially distanced AGM at the boating club one of the main topics for discussion was how to move forward from the Covid-19 crisis.

The normally busy summer season of sailing, rowing and visiting yachts, not to mention the annual Bergen to Lerwick race, did not take place, and it is unclear when life will return to some kind of normality.

Valente said the boating club is open again on Friday and Saturday evenings and the opening hours may increase when there is demand.

She said that the club was particularly grateful for the support shown with over 120 members having paid their subscriptions this year, which was “very generous considering the circumstances”.

“Lerwick Harbour has been busy during the summer with paddle-boarders, wild-swimmers, sea anglers, and kayakers, and the club would welcome people with an interest in these kinds of activities to consider joining,” she said.

“Our members are not just born and bred Shetlanders, we have welcomed lots of new and temporary residents.

“The rowing team in particular has benefited from a number of NHS staff who have moved to Lerwick for work, and found a new sporting and social life.”