Yell launches fundraising effort for The Tall Ships Races 2011

As one of the participating ports in the Cruise in Company leg of The Tall Ships Races 2011 - presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International - Yell launches its fundraising effort with a variety concert in the Cullivoe Hall on Saturday (20 November).

During next year’s event, the ships will cruise north from Greenock to Lerwick between 12 and 21 July on the non-competitive leg of The Tall Ship Races and can choose to visit a number of locations, including Fair Isle, Scalloway, Yell, Unst and/or Whalsay.

The organising group, Sail Yell, want to make their stopover an attractive and memorable one for any ships choosing to visit and, of course, for any spectators. 

They also want to encourage their own young people to become involved by participating in the race itself.  Last year Sail Yell sponsored 16-year-old sail trainee, Daniel Aquilina, on the Kristiansand to Hartlepool leg of the race.  Daniel joined an international crew on the Dutch herring lugger, Tecla.

Speaking of his experience, Daniel said: “I strongly encourage anyone who is thinking of doing The Tall Ships Races, to apply for it. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I promise you will never forget it. I know for a fact I never will.”

Event organiser, Barry Nisbet, said: “We really want to support other youngsters like Daniel in next year’s races and, of course, make the event in Yell as big as possible.  We hope that through our fundraising efforts and local business sponsorship, we can make Yell’s participation in Cruise in Company a resounding success.

“Norma Farmer, Neil Scollay, the Cullivoe Fiddlers and Rack n Ruin are just some of the performers who will take to the stage on Saturday night.  We will also launch our raffle, which will not be drawn until July next year.  A number of fabulous prizes will include an iPad and a flat-screen TV.”