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Sail training vessel Swan heading for Orkney

There are opportunities to sail on the Swan which is heading for Stromness
(Richard Sibley)

The Shetland based sail training ship Swan set sail for Stromness from Scalloway today.

The vessel is expected to arrive over the Orkney Folk Festival weekend, and the crew will have the boat open to visitors this Sunday between 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-5pm, for people to come aboard and learn more about the historic vessel.

Sita Goudie from the Swan Trust, which operates the vessel said: “If you fancy getting to know the boat better, there are a couple of opportunities to get on the water and experience sailing this 119 year old vessel. This Monday you could take a Scapa Flow day sail or, if you fancy a longer trip, you can explore the Northern Isles as many people have not seen them, from the sea, with an 8 day ‘Jewels of Orkney & Shetland’ trip, departing Stromness June 15 and arriving Lerwick on June 23.

She added: “As Swan is a sail training vessel, you will be part of the crew and take part in all aspects of life at sea, from raising the sails, hauling out the bowsprit and taking a turn on the helm to keeping lookout and helping with domestic chores.

“Along the way you will discover spectacular views and get to know your crew mates. No previous experience is required, as you will be under the instruction of the experienced crew at all times.

“While a minimum level of fitness is required, if you can climb up and down a vertical ladder and pull on ropes you should manage all tasks. The main thing is that you are willing to muck in and have a go with the rest of your crew mates to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.”

For further information on trips visit: www.swantrust.com/upcoming-boat-trips-shetland and to book visit the boat at Stromness and speak to the crew, or call 01595 695193.

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