Lerwick has been selected to be a host port for the spectacular Tall Ships Races for the third time.
The Races are expected to visit Lerwick, the only Scottish location, from 26 – 29 July, 2023. The isles previously hosted the event in 1999 and 2011.
Steven Coutts, leader of Shetland Islands Council, said: “We have a strong history of delivering memorable Tall Ships Races here in Shetland; they hold a special place in the memories of so many in our community.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Shetland’s rich maritime heritage and promote Shetland internationally. It will provide a valuable boost to our economy and community as we move into recovery and renewal.”
Captain Calum Grains, Port Authority chief executive, said: “The announcement of the Tall Ships’ return would be great news at any time, but particularly so during the gradual recovery from the pandemic, and it gives Shetland something exciting and positive to look forward to, and contributes to the promise of better times ahead.
“The colourful visit will provide a major event for the community, a showcase for island products and culture, a boost for the economy and enhance Lerwick’s international reputation as a tall ships-friendly port.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s director of events, added: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and Lerwick’s selection as a host port for the race will provide us with a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region’s amazing scenery and culture to an avid audience of sailing enthusiasts.”