Swan sets sail with next generation

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13 May 2019

Demonstrating the Swan Trust’s strong connection with young people, Swan is currently hosting a number of youth sails.

The boat recently welcomed both the Sail Training Shetland trainees and One Step Beyond group members for taster sessions, in preparation for their voyages later in the year. Also, over the next two weeks the boat will welcome pupils from six local schools: Sandness, Happyhansel, Skeld, Tingwall, Whiteness and Brae High for half day sails to explore their local area by boat.

Thorben Reinhardt, Swan Skipper, said: “Swan has so much to offer to the younger members of our community. A trip on Swan is not just a sailing experience it’s an adventure which builds life experience and memories which will last a lifetime. The taster trips taken recently have given those young people a chance to get familiar with the boat and its operations before their longer trips later in the year.”

Maggie Adamson, Swan Mate, added: “Taking the school kids out sailing is always good fun and very rewarding. It’s a great experience for them and something they remember for many years.”

These trips are made possible through funding from Zetland Educational Trust, sponsorship for Sail Training Shetland and group fundraising.

Peter Campbell, Trustee of Swan Trust, said: “Youth engagement and development has always been at the heart of the Swan Trust. We are grateful to the Zetland Educational Trust for financial support in our school activities and Sail Training Shetland for their continued support of the Swan through their sail trainee programme. It is especially heartening to work with the One Step Beyond group, where the young people themselves work hard throughout the year before their trip, holding fundraising events to charter the boat, which shows just how much they value a trip on Swan.”

You don’t have to be aged below 25 to take a trip on Swan. There is still opportunity for those of any age to take a Swan trip this year:


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