Community / Preparations move up a gear for Tall Ships

Emma Miller. Photo: Shetland News

A TALL Ships 2023 project office is set to be established in the coming weeks after Emma Miller was appointed to manage the four-day event.

Miller, who also leads Living Lerwick and runs her own events management company, said she was “very proud and excited” to have been chosen to deliver the event.


The Tall Ships Races will come to Lerwick between 26 and 29 July 2023. The event last visited Shetland a decade ago.

Miller said: “After the last 18 months we all need something to look forward to and this will undoubtedly be a positive and much anticipated event in our community which will be remembered for many years to come.”

Chairman of Shetland Tall Ships Limited Malcolm Bell said: “We are delighted to welcome Emma to the role which is a key step in delivery of the plans for the Tall Ships event.

“Although we have the experience of having hosted the Races twice before, this time around there is less than two years to prepare following 18 months of uncertainty.

“As we move through recovery and renewal, the event will be a positive focus which we very much look forward to working on with Emma.”

The Tall Ships Races, organised by Sail Training International, provides sail training opportunities for young people aged 15-25 on a fleet of grand vessels.