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Richard Williamson.

THE CO-SKIPPER of the local boat Research has been elected as the new chair of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA).

Richard Williamson paid tribute to outgoing chair Alex Wiseman, who is retiring after 15 years of service.

He added: “I am honoured to have been elected as the new chair and will work hard to ensure that the interests of the Scottish pelagic industry are well-represented and protected.

“Our sector provides a sustainable, nutritious and low-carbon food resource, which plays an important role in ensuring national food security and economic benefit to Scotland and the UK.”


Pictured is the crew of the overall winner of leg one of the Bergen-Shetland race Amante, skippered by Terje Saetre (front), receiving their prize from James Leask of sponsor Peterson. Photo: Alexa Fitzgibbon

NORWEGIAN skipper Terje Saetre and his yacht Amante was named winner overall in the first leg of this year’s Bergen-Shetland Race.

It was the second time since 2022 that Saetre has won the popular midsummer race across the North Sea from Bergen to Lerwick.

First across the line however was Lolmao arriving at Lerwick on Thursday evening after almost 32 hours.

During the prizegiving on Friday evening Lupi from Baerum Sailing Club were name best newcomer.

Twenty four yachts started out from Bergen on Wednesday and met some challenging conditions in the North Sea. Four boats had to turn back. Full results can be found here.


AN EVENT was held on Sunday celebrating the 160th anniversary of the dedication of the St Magnus Episcopal Church in Lerwick.

The event also marked the ordination of the Rev Andy Elliott.

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Among those in attendance were Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart and Shetland’s lord lieutenant Lindsay Tulloch.

The bishop and clergy of the St Magnus Episcopal Church.

THE LERWICK RNLI crew has warned people not to touch the lifeboat’s mooring lines after two were found untied from their winches.

With the lines lying in the water, the crew took to social media to highlight that if they were called out, it could result in the team losing valuable time or being able to launch.

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