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Sail Training Shetland is now inviting applications for sponsored Tall Ships placements this summer. Photo: STI – Valery Vasilevskiy.

YOUNG people aged between 15 and 25 keen to embark on a unique sailing experience are being asked to put their names forward for a number of sponsored Tall Ships placements.

The fully funded voyages promise inspiring and action-packed days at sea, the opportunity for travel, international friendships, and festivals in host ports.

Lerwick hosts the Tall Ships Races between 26 and 29 July this year.

Trainees will take part in the Cruise in Company, onboard three very different ships Eendracht, Christian Radich and Shetland’s very own tall ship Swan.

Joining the ships at Fredrikstad, Norway, the trainees will enjoy an adventure sail across the Norwegian and Scottish coastline, stopping in at various guest harbours along the route, including in Shetland, before arriving at Lerwick.

A second group will join the fleet at Lerwick to race to Arendal in Norway onboard the Swan.

Absolutely no sailing experience is needed to take part, just a keen sense of adventure and a willingness to try something new.

Trainees will work under the guidance of the ship’s crew to learn a wide range of hands-on skills, such as watch-keeping, setting sails and other domestic duties which they will share during their time onboard.

With the charity keen to hear from young people it has not previously supported, Sail Training Shetland is also supporting four ambassadors from last year’s scheme to help promote sail training to new applicants.

Chair of Sail Training Shetland Peter Campbell said: “We are so excited for the return of the Tall Ships Races to our home shores and the opportunity to welcome the fleet here for a third time.

“Having Shetland trainees take part with their peers on these magnificent ships will provide a lifetime of memories and valuable life skills, reaping the benefits of increased self-confidence, independence, team working, communication skills and testing their personal and physical boundaries.”

More information and a link to the application form can be found at the charity’s website here. Closing date for applications is of 31 March.

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