Tall Ships alongside at Lerwick

Lerwick, the capital city of the Shetland Islands, has been selected for the third time to be a host port for the spectacular Tall Ships Races.

Sail Training International has today (Tuesday 11 May) announced the selected host ports for the 2023 series, with the Races expected to visit Lerwick, the only Scottish location, from 26-29 July.  The isles previously hosted the event in 1999 and 2011.

Shetland Islands Council has led the isles’ successful bid, in partnership with Lerwick Port Authority and Shetland Tall Ships Limited, which will undertake delivery of the event locally.  Many other organisations are supporting the event, including EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, and Sail Training Shetland.

Steven Coutts, Leader of Shetland Islands Council: “It is tremendous to get a final confirmation of this news.  We have a strong history of delivering memorable Tall Ships Races here in Shetland; they really 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.”

Sandra Laurenson is Interim Chairman of Shetland Tall Ships Limited: “It is very exciting to have the opportunity to bring the spectacular Tall Ships Races back to Lerwick.  With just over two years to go, there is plenty to do, and, building on our experience of the two previous visits, we’ll now be establishing organising committees, appointing a project manager, fund-raising and developing a programme of events and entertainment for islanders, ships’ crews and visitors.

“The event is a great opportunity to rebuild and we very much look forward to working with the community on the broad appeal of the Tall Ships Races event.”

The other host ports for 2023 have been confirmed as Hartlepool (UK), Den Helder (Netherlands) and Fredrikstad (Norway).