Shetland Fish Producers Organisation Ltd (SFPO) has provided financial support for the Shetland Boat Week festival to purchase of 29 new buoyancy aids.
These will replace the ageing equipment owned by Shetland Museum and ensure that more people can get out in the museum’s boats over the summer and, in particular, during the boat week in August.
SFPO office manager Una Simpson went down to Hay’s Dock recently to oversee the delivery of the new safety equipment and hear about plans for the maritime festival.
She said: “The SFPO are pleased to be helping the Shetland Boat Week with these buoyancy aids.
“It’s vital to have the correct safety equipment at sea and developing an awareness of this amongst all boat users is, of course, very important.”
Trevor Jamieson of Shetland Museum was also on hand to help unpack the new aids.
Boat week co-ordinator Emma Miller said: “We’re very grateful to the fish producers organisation and their members for supporting the event in this way.
“The buoyancy aids we had before were a fair age and the small numbers meant we were restricted in how many people we could offer boat trips to.
“This will make a big difference to Shetland Boat Week, and Shetland Museum and Archives maritime activities in years to come.”
Plans are under way to begin a series of training sessions in the Vaila Mae for experienced sailors to learn the Shetland square sail, also known in some areas as dipping lug sailing technique.
“Students” will take part in the August event as part of the vessels core crew in providing daily harbour trips.
Anyone who has sailing experience and would like to be considered for one of the very limited spaces should email firstname.lastname@example.org before 4pm on Friday, and be available on Tuesday evenings.