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

PEOPLE aged between 15 and 25 are being invited to part take in the Tall Ships Races this year on board the Swan.

Sail Training Shetland will support twenty young adults to have an “inspiring, action-packed voyage at sea, offering a once in a lifetime experience, the opportunity for travel, international friendships, and festivals in host ports”.

One group of ten trainees will take part in Race One, boarding the Swan at Lerwick to sail across to the start the race in Esbjerg, Denmark. From there, the fleet will race to Harlingen in The Netherlands and take part in host port festivities.

The second group will join the fleet for a Cruise in Company between Harlingen and Antwerp, Belgium, before heading back to the UK in a feeder race to Lowestoft, for the Excelsior Trust’s Centenary Smack Race celebrations.

No sailing experience is needed to take part, just a “keen sense of adventure and a willingness to try something new”. People can apply here.

There are also taster days planned on board the Swan in April.

Shetland meanwhile will act as a host port for the 2023 races.


AN EQUESTRIAN group will use £100,000 of new funding to appoint local engineering and architectural firm Arch Henderson to undertake a feasibility study for an indoor riding facility.

Shetland Indoor Arena Ltd was awarded the money from the Shetland Coastal Communities Fund this week.

It aims to create a safe, modern space which will allow the growth of equestrian sports in Shetland, providing riders with year round access to training facilities, and enable groups to bring up world class trainers and experts to develop the sport.

The facility would be located at the Cunningsburgh Show grounds.

Shetland Indoor Arena Ltd chair Carina McLatchie said: “The equestrian community have worked so hard to fundraise for this project over the last few years, and the Coastal Communities Fund award will finally allow us to start making our dreams a reality.”


UNST man Duncan Gray has been elected as Shetland’s new representative on the Crofting Commission.

He narrowly defeated Lauraine Manson in the election after current commissioner Andy Holt was eliminated at the first stage.

The results of the vote were announced today (Friday).


LERWICK Town Hall will light up purple to help raise awareness of epilepsy for Purple Day next weekend (26 March).

Several local councils and public bodies are proudly supporting Epilepsy Scotland’s awareness campaign.

The Town Hall will be among the 46 buildings and landmarks which will be lit up purple.

Every year Epilepsy Scotland works to get politicians, business leaders, schools, health professionals and members of the public to think and talk about epilepsy and help raise money for those living with the condition.


A SOCIAL enterprise support agency is due to visit Shetland later this month for free workshops and one-to-one meetings.

Julie Smith from Firstport will hold sessions on 28 and 29 March at Voluntary Action Shetland in Lerwick, and she is keen to hear from prospective social entrepreneurs.

The events are as follows:

  • Monday 28 March, 12pm – 2pm, conference room, Voluntary Action Shetland
  • Monday 28 March, 2pm – 5pm, shalder meeting room, Voluntary Action Shetland
  • Tuesday 29 March, 6pm – 9pm, training room, Voluntary Action Shetland