Volunteers and Events Sought for 2017

Organisers of Shetland Boat Week are appealing for volunteers to assist at various events in the lead up to, and during this year’s event, which will run from 7th to 13th August.

Many events will again be based in and around Hay’s Dock in Lerwick, but favourites from last year such as the ship bridge simulator experience at NAFC Marine Centre and NorthLink ship tours will also remain in the programme. There are a number of new events also planned for this year’s event with plans underway for crossover activities with the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy.

Event Co-ordinator, Emma Miller, said “Last year was a great start to establish Shetland Boat Week, and now we want to grow the festival with more activities and reach out into other areas with additional events, both during the week and throughout the year. In order to do this, we would like to recruit volunteers to help out and would appeal to those who are interested in boats, or anyone who would like to spend more time outdoors and on the water to get in touch.”

Plans for this year include a programme of training for dipping lug sailing in the Vaila Mae and introduction to rowing for beginner and intermediate levels. Experienced sailors are sought to assist with this, and providing boat trips during the week of the festival.

Emma added “We are also keen to hear from anyone who would like to run their own maritime themed event during Shetland Boat Week. This could be in any area of Shetland and cover traditional boats or skills; or include more contemporary shipping or maritime aspects.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering, or running an event for Shetland Boat Week should contact Emma Miller or Davy Cooper at Shetland Amenity Trust on 01595 694688 or email emma@shetlandamenity.org.

Details of the training programme will be released in March or April for people to sign up. Sessions will begin in May for around 6 weeks and if successful, will be repeated.

The programme of events for Shetland Boat Week 2017 will be released in April.