A GERMAN yacht has become the first to arrive in Lerwick in the annual Bergen-Shetland race
The Haspa Hamburg arrived at Lerwick Harbour shortly before midday today (Thursday) after crossing the northern North Sea in just over 23 hours.
It is the first time the race has been held since the Covid pandemic.
The bulk of the fleet are set to arrive this afternoon and evening.
Skipper of the winning yacht, Fabian Bläsi, said he and the crew had enjoyed the trip from Bergen although the weather had been challenging at times.
Crew member Wibke Borrman added: “It wasn’t that bad; it was wet and freezing cold.”
The young crew are part of a Hamburg based sailing club that owns three offshore sailing boats.
A total of 38 boats are racing. An additional one had a delayed departure so she is not racing but will arrive on Friday.
Another Scottish yacht will join at Lerwick for the second leg of the race back to Norway.
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 540 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.Support Shetland News