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Shetland Boat Week

Description of event:

Exhibitions, talks, demonstrations, boat trips, tours and activities

Mon 05th Aug - Sun 11th Aug 2019

Starts 00:00 hrs


2019 programme now available – click on ‘Visit Event Website’ to download itinerary. Events available to book on-line or can be booked in person at the Shetland Museum and Archives, Shetland Amenity Trust office or by calling 01595 471562.

Shetland Amenity Trust is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 programme of events for Shetland Boat Week, to be held from 5th to 11th August.

Sponsored by Ocean Kinetics, So Much to Sea, Lerwick Port Authority and Serco NorthLink Ferries, the event includes a number of new activities this year to complement the return of firm favourites.

The public will, once again, have a chance to experience sailing in a sixareen in Lerwick harbour, and take a tour on board the NorthLink ship M.V Hjaltland and the Coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel, Ievoli Black. The Shetland Boat Week yoal race features again this year, and boat owners are invited to take part in their own small boats for an eela night, and the finale parade.

A Taste of Shetland are partnering with the Shetland Amenity Trust this year to trial a seafood based produce marketplace and will be co-ordinating seafood cookery demonstrations at Hay’s Dock. The Dock will also host a range of drop in activities including model boat sailing, face-painting, craft activities, rowing trips and demonstrations.

The impressive traditional boat display will feature a selection of Jimmy Smith boats alongside other local builders, and a special exhibition about Jimmy inside the Museum and Archives foyer. There is still time to submit a traditional Shetland boat for inclusion in the outdoor exhibition. To enquire, contact event co-ordinator, Emma Miller at emma@realtaevents.co.uk or call 07753 806095.

Shetland Amenity Trust Chairwoman, Ruth Mackenzie, said “This year’s programme looks fantastic. There is enough to keep even the keenest of boat enthusiasts busy all week and for those who just want to dip a toe in the water of our maritime heritage, it’s a perfect opportunity. There’s plenty to do on land and, more importantly on the sea, with lots of boat trips planned every day.

“It’s great to see the modern maritime elements included so naturally alongside the traditional, and our group of sponsors have been fantastic as always at assisting us to provide this programme for our local community and visitors to our islands.”

Shetland Boat Week is just one of the festivals organised by the Shetland Amenity Trust each year.  The Nature Festival (6th – 14th July) has also launched its programme this week and the 10th year of Wool Week (28th Sept – 6th Oct) looks set to be bigger than ever.

Many generations of Shetlanders have made their living on or around the sea and the links with maritime and related marine industries are as important today as they always have been. Shetland Boat Week is an opportunity to showcase this heritage and see how modern ships compare with those of a previous generation.

This family friendly event, inspired by Shetland’s rich maritime heritage, aims to encourage and promote a passion for traditional Shetland boats, and a growing participation in keeping the sailing, boat building and other historic skills alive.​



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