Despite the unseasonal weather so far the various isles rowing teams have begun preparing for the first regatta next weekend.
The clubs have launched their yoals in all weathers, practising for the Bigton event on Saturday 1st June, held at the St Ninian’s Isle sands.
The following week Nesting are the hosts on Saturday 8th June, with the races taking place at the old wartime base at Catfirth.
The Nesting regatta is followed by two long-distance races, the Round Trondra race on 21st June, which raises money for charity, and the Brae to Aith event on 3rd July.
July sees two regattas, Yell on the 20th and Skeld on the 26th, while August has four events: Trondra at Scalloway on the 4th, the championships in Unst on the 10th, the inter-club races on the 16th and the Lerwick regatta on the 25th.
A spokeswoman said: “Last season saw the successful introduction of short fun races for the under-12s which, as well as helping build clubs from the bottom, capitalises on the enthusiasm and interest to be found at this level.
“There are 10 active clubs at present and a few which need just a little interest to revive them. There is virtually no age limit to participation, as long as people can manage an oar, and all clubs welcome new members.
“Rowing is a great workout and a very social exercise. Do check out what is available in your area.”