In Pictures

Yachts leave Lerwick on second leg of Shetland Race

THE VISIT of the yachts participating in the Shetland Race has come to an end this morning (Sunday) when most of the visiting yachts lined up for the start of the second leg back to Bergen.

They all left through the south entrance of Lerwick harbour into a fresh south easterly wind, and are expected to arrive  back in Norway on Monday.

The crews have enjoyed their time in Lerwick and appreciated the warm welcome they received

Leg one of the race to Lerwick was tightly competed with all the yachts making good time.  For the first time in many years, all the yachts reached Lerwick on the same day on Thursday.

The first arrival Haspa Hamburg took 23 hours 23 minutes to reach Lerwick – but such is her size that for this race she carries a handicap of 1.23 meaning that on corrected time, she finished mid-table.

The prizegiving at Mareel saw a number of prizes presented and winners in each class on corrected time are:

  • Double handed-class (two crew) – won by Eureka.
  • Class 2 (smaller boats) won by Amante
  • Class 3 (medium boats) won by Levens
  • Class 4 (larger boats) won by Serenity.
  • The winner overall was Amante.

A spokesperson for the race committee said: “The Amante victory was particularly appreciated as she frequently takes part in the race and has on many occasions won the wooden spoon as the last arrival.

“Carrying a handicap of 0.84, her corrected time put her an impressive 50 minutes ahead.   The tight competition meant that many in the fleet ended up seconds away from their competitors on corrected time – the narrowest gap being two seconds.”

Local trophies were presented to the first across the line – Haspa Hamburg;  best newcomer – Haspa Hamburg; winner overall – Amante; wooden spoon – Cecilie II.

All photos by Malcolm Younger of Millgeat Media.