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Swan Trips 2010

Once again in 2010, the SWAN has had a busy and interesting season that started on Wednesday 21 April in Orkney waters.  She was there until Thursday 29 April, and took pupils from Stromness, Kirkwall, Eday and Sanday schools to sea during that time.

During the first two weeks in May, she remained in Shetland waters, making trips with pupils from Nesting, Uyeasound and Baltasound.  On Thursday 15 May, she embarked for Bergen, where she remained until Wednesday 19 May, with crew and passengers enjoying Norway's National Day on Monday 17 May.  On her return to Shetland, she made various trips with pupils from Sandwick and Lerwick schools and for the general public.  Photos from some of these trips are here on the website under 2010 School Trips.

On Friday 28 May she embarked from Baltasound and headed to Norway, with pupils from Unst aboard, where she cruised the fjords and visited the ports of Dirdal, Alverstraumen and Bergen, before returning to Baltasound on Monday 7 June with a happy complement aboard.  Photos from this trip are here on the website under 2010 Norway - June.

Between Tuesday 8 June and Wednesday 23 June, she remained in Shetland waters, making trips with pupils from Aith, Olnafirth, Cullivoe, Mid Yell and North Roe. A midsummer night cruise from Sellaness to Scalloway was a unique experience. She also took part in various Hamefarin sails, from Scalloway and from Mid Yell.  Photos from these trips are here on the website under 2010 Hamefarin.

On Thursday 24 June, she embarked for Portsoy, where she took part in the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.  The Festival was first held in 1993 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the creation of Portsoy harbour, which was one of the first on the Moray Firth.  Its vision is to encourage enjoyment of and participation in the maritime and cultural heritage of the North East.  The festival celebrates sailing, boat building, fishing, history, crafts, theatre, literature and language, music, dance and dancing and, perhaps the most enjoyable aspect for many participants, food, drink and the swapping of good yarns and tall tales!  The SWAN regularly participates in the Festival, and the reports from this event are invariably enthusiastic and positive.  Perhaps this could be a date for your diary in future years.  Photos from this trip are here on the website under 2010 Portsoy.

On Wednesday 30 June the SWAN took staff from Shetland Enterprise to sea for an awayday, which was greatly enjoyed by all.

On Thursday 1 July, the SWAN embarked from Lerwick with members of the general public aboard to cruise the fjords around Bergen, where she remained until Monday 12 July.  Again this trip was enjoyed by everyone aboard, and we look forward to seeing them again in the near future.

From Wednesday 14 July until Sunday 18 July the SWAN remained in Shetland waters, making trips from Scalloway and Lerwick and participating in the Baltasound Regatta (although not as a competitor!)

The big event of the year for many is the Tall Ships Race.  Sail Training International organise The Tall Ships Race annual competition, held every summer in European waters.  Each year between seventy and one hundred vessels from fifteen to twenty countries, crewed by a total of five to six thousand young people, participate in this event.  It combines four days of activities in each port with racing or cruising in company between ports.  The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for young people to develop their personal skills in a challenging environment, so at least half of a Tall Ship's crew must be aged between fifteen and twenty-five.

This year the first race leg ran from Antwerp to Aalborg, Denmark, then to Kristiansand, Norway.  The SWAN was not scheduled to participate in the first leg, but left Lerwick on Tuesday 27 July, bound for Kristiansand, where the second leg got underway between Thursday 29 July and Sunday 1 August. She embarked on the second race leg, in company with the other ships, bound for Hartlepool, England, but had to withdraw due to illness aboard requiring medical attention. She however completed the voyage to Hartlepool where she remained until Tuesday 10 August, when she departed on her return trip to Lerwick.

The Tall Ships Race experience is one that will remain with participants for many years, and the popularity of the event is always high.  Photos from the 2010 Race are here on the website under 2010 Tall Ships at Sea, 2010 Tall Ships Kristiansand, 2010 Tall Ships Parade of Sail at Kristiansand, and 2010 Tall Ships Hartlepool.  The photos clearly show the range of activities participated in, and the enjoyment derived from them.  Information on the 2011 Tall ships Race is on the news page of our website.

The SWAN arrived back in Lerwick on Friday 13 August, where she remained in Shetland waters until Monday 13 September.  During this time she was scheduled to make trips from Lerwick, Skerries and Ollaberry for different private groups and for the general public.  On Monday 23 August she spent the day at sea being filmed for the new DVD being produced for the SWAN Trust, and which should be ready early in 2011, so keep your eyes out for its release, news of which will be published on our website.  During this time she was also used for private in-dock hires to different groups, a relatively new departure for her, but one which we hope can be developed further in the future.

On Tuesday 14 September she set sail from Lerwick, bound for Aberdeen, where she was scheduled to take out pupils from Northfield Academy for three days, then to complete a private hire over the weekend. This included an overnight stop in Montrose.

On Monday 20 September she embarked from Aberdeen, bound for Macduff, where she is now in the boatyard for a major refit.  Information on the refit is available on the news page of our website.

It is clear from the programme undertaken by the SWAN throughout the 2010 season that she remains a popular choice for those who wish to experience time at sea in a traditional sailing boat.  Such a programme would not be possible without the hard work, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, experience and expertise of Matthew, our Skipper, Maho, our Bosun, and the many volunteers who give their time so willingly and freely each year, and without whom the SWAN could not put to sea. 

Many thanks to them all from the SWAN Trust.