10th July - Swan trainees reflect on Race 1

Some of the Sail Training Shetland trainees are nearing the end of their time on board Swan and reflected on the race leg from Waterford and Greenock.

The Swan trainees in GreenockThe trainees spent five days at sea – three of which were racing days.

Scott Sandison (17) of Nesting in Shetland commented: “The racing was great fun.  We worked really hard and it was quite competitive at times – especially when we were alongside Europa – who had a fellow Sail Training Shetland trainee on board.  Sadly, under full sail, they disappeared into the distance.  We also had a friendly rivalry with Provident, a similar vessel to Swan, and were pleased our hard work paid off when we beat them in the race.”

Another trainee, Connall Thomason (16) from Quarff in Shetland said: “I would have loved to have continued on Swan in the Cruise in Company leg, and had the chance to sail into Lerwick; it would have been a great experience sailing back into my home port.

“We stopped in Lamlash on Arran and in Campbeltown before arriving in Greenock.  Visiting the small harbours, particularly Campbeltown, was a highlight for me.”

The trainees have had an action-packed few days in Greenock.  On Saturday, they went straight back on to the water, spending the morning kayaking, canoeing and rowing in Lochwinnoch.

Sunday (today) was the crew parade through Greenock town centre, before the grand finale, which is a crew party before the trainees set off for home tomorrow (Monday).

A new set of trainees will join Swan tomorrow for the Cruise in Company leg.