Also in the news / Maggie’s award, Nort Natters and more…

Maggie (in light t-shirt) and trainees collecting their trophy for coming 3rd in class B in 2022 Tall Ships Race one from Esbjerg to Harlingen.

THE SWAN Trust’s skipper Maggie Adamson has been named trainer of the year at the Sail Training International awards held in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

The award recognises a high performing professional sail trainer who delivers a sail training programme for young people at sea.  

A delighted Adamson said she wanted to recognise the hard work of all the Swan crew, volunteers and the trust itself.

“This has all culminated in this special end to a fantastic season,” she said.

Maggie became a member of the Swan crew in 2016 and with the help of the Swan Trust she qualified as a skipper in 2019.

With the skipper at the helm 2022 has been the most successful Tall Ships Races the historic vessel has ever had, with awards for most welcoming ship and best in crew parade. The boat also came third in Class B in race one from Esbjerg to Harlingen.


Trustee of the Swan Trust SCIO Peter Campbell said: “For a small sail training organisation, operating one of the smaller ships in the international tall ships fleet, our excellent youth sail training work has not gone unnoticed.  

“Maggie is very deserving of this accolade, and we could not be prouder of her, and her work.”

KEY insights and findings from the recent ‘Nort Natters’ community engagement will be presented next week.

Over the past few weeks, more than 500 people have engaged with Nort Natters, which aims to understand how local people feel about life in the North Mainland and what changes would make a positive difference to the area.  

Activity has included an online survey, community workshops and drop in events at locations across the north mainland.

Key insights and findings will be presented at an informal drop-in session in the Brae Hall on Tuesday 29 November, from 2.30pm – 6.30pm. 

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The event is open to all, and anyone who lives, works or studies in the North Mainland will have a chance to add to the emerging Nort Natters themes and ideas.

SHETLAND Islands Council is launching a new winter campaign in partnership with the ‘Love to Ride’ initiative to help more people enjoy cycling.

Running throughout December, Winter Wheelers is a “cold-conquering competition” aimed at getting more people riding bikes through winter.

The cold, wind and rain can deter people from riding a bike but this cold-busting campaign aims to show that with a little preparation every day is a biking day.

People can register for free at www.lovetoride.net/shetland and log any bike rides before midnight that day. Each rider will receive hints, tips and tailored emails to keep them cycling safely even as the weather takes a turn.

Folk only have to ride for ten minutes to be entered into the daily prize draw. There are rewards for encouraging others too, and one winner will receive a text on Christmas Day saying they have won a bike.

ABERDEEN FC’s Shetland Supporters Club will celebrate its 25h anniversary later this month in the company of ‘Gothenburg Great’ Neil Simpson.

He will be joined by Lynn Fiske, Aberdeen Football Club’s supporter liaison officer, at an event on 30 November at the Lerwick Legion.

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