The perfect way to see Shetland! Board the Swan on Saturday afternoon, and after a safety briefing hoist the sails in Lerwick’s sheltered harbour. Get to know your crewmates during the day at sea, and you will see how the chat improves over dinner and perhaps an anchor dram before turning in for a good night’s sleep.
Sail north and make your voyage into a week adventure; of explore the coastline of Shetland's mainland as well as investigating what the islands of Skerries, Whalsay, Fetlar, Yell and Unst have to offer. This area is the UK's most northerly point and you will find some fascinating sights.
The Swan is a sail training vessel, and as such, you will take your turn on the helm, stand watch with the rest of your watch-mates, adjusting sails and doing safety checks, usually on a 4 hour on – 8 hour off watch system, and you will help out with domestic tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Everyone mucks in, from skipper to first-timer, and from the most to the least experienced. This is what will give you a strong sense of accomplishment and achievement – you are part of what makes your voyage happen, and your efforts will have a positive effect on the rest of the crew onboard.
Included in voyage
• Lunch and dinner on day one, then full board for the week, and breakfast and lunch on the final day, as well as snacks. You will be well fed!
• Life jacket and safety line.
• There are basic waterproofs onboard, however you may feel more comfortable in your own wet weather gear.
• Mattress covers are provided, bring with you a sleeping bag, pillow or alternative bedding.