17th November 2018
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Norwegian sea cadets visit isles on sail training venture

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A group of Norwegian sea cadets have been visiting the isles as part of a tour onboard the sail-training vessel, Statsraad Lehmkuhl.

The class of 77 from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy today paid tribute to those lost in the in Second World War with a ceremony at the Lerwick War Memorial.

During its tour the group has taken the name Uredd, after the Norwegian submarine crew of P41 Uredd, which was believed to have been sunk in a German minefield in February 1943.

Crew-member Renate Back Brandvik said the cadets were eager to honour the memory of the submarine’s crew after hearing her last port was Lerwick.

Prior to their arrival in the isles the crew were on a traditional cadet’s leadership course which saw them sail from Norfolk, USA, across the Atlantic.

Their stop-off in Lerwick comes ahead of their return to Bergen.

But they have made it this far in record time.

“On our way over here from Norfolk we participated in the Boston Tea Pot Challenge, where we were supposed to go by sail as far as possible within 124 hours.

“The old record was 1,462 nautical miles in 2013. This year we broke that record with no less than 1,555 nautical miles in the same amount of time, which we are extremely proud of.”

• Photo courtesy of Shetland Islands Council.

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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