UHI Shetland - Open the door to your future
Tuesday 18 June 2024
 10.1°C   NNW Gentle Breeze
Ukraine fundraiser - 18 June 2024

Community / Sailing charity offers taster sessions for young people on board the Swan

Life on board the Swan. Photo: STI/Valerie Vasilevsky

SAIL Training Shetland is offering free taster sessions on board the Swan to all 13 to 23 year olds in preparation for the Tall Ships Races in 2022 and 2023.

The ‘sail training taster days’ will offer the opportunity for young people to experience a day on the restored sail fishing boat and hear more about the opportunities of taking part in the international sailing events which, in the summer of 2023, will come to Lerwick.

The day sails will take place on 28, 29 and 30 July with a new set of trainees each day. The organisation said it was particularly keen attract trainees who have not sailed with Sail Training Shetland before.

Chairman Peter Campbell said the Covid pandemic had cancelled all of the charity’s activities last year.

“However, with the Tall Ships Races coming back to Lerwick in 2023 we felt it was important to start building momentum for the event, as well as enabling young folk to get out on the water around our own shores following a very difficult year,” he said.

“We will also provide the taster experience free of charge, meaning the trainees do not need to provide any funds toward the trip.”

Absolutely no sailing experience is required to take part, just a willingness to pitch in and work as a team. While sail training includes instruction in all aspects of sailing, its purpose goes far beyond this.

It uses the experience of being at sea principally as a means to help young people learn about themselves and to discover hidden strengths and talents. It also builds self-confidence, independence, team working, communication skills and friendships, Sail Training Shetland said.

Trustee of The Swan Trust Tommy Allan said: “With the known mental and physical health benefits sail training brings, we were delighted when restrictions relaxed enough to allow trainees to come onboard again.

Become a supporter of Shetland News


“What is on offer this year will help build foundations for 2022 and 2023, and we hope to welcome onboard many of those who take part in the taster days for longer journey in years to come.”

Applications are now open for online submissions via Sail Training Shetland’s website www.sailtrainingshetland.com/

The closing date is Friday 9 July.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.