The first Shetland Boat Week, sponsored by Ocean Kinetics, was hailed as a success by organisers, after hundreds of people attended planned events and activities last week centered around the Shetland Museum and Archives.
“We were absolutely delighted to have Ocean Kinetics Ltd involved as sponsors, and event providers, with the first Shetland Boat Week. Our maritime industries continue on today with innovative marine engineering firms like Ocean Kinetics and without them we couldn’t have held this successful event. They were ideal partners, allowing us to celebrate the past with the present; involving many people within the community and visitors to our islands.” Emma Miller, Marketing Officer, Shetland Amenity Trust
Despite poor weather at the beginning of the week which forced the cancellation of several planned boat trips, all indoor events went ahead with good attendances at tours, lectures, demonstrations, family activities and music sessions. Ocean Kinetics Divers were on hand, providing ROV demonstrations to the public.
Over 440 people attended ticketed events, with another 430 attending non-bookable events including Marian Armitage cookery demos, Brilliant Boat Makers family session, ROV Demonstrations, Lifeboat tours, ShantYYellmen and daily showings of the Making of the Vaila Mae DVD.
“We couldn’t have done it this year without the financial assistance and support from our sponsors, Ocean Kinetics Ltd and NorthLink Ferries and I would like to extend a huge thanks to them and all the staff at Shetland Museum and Archives who have pulled out all the stops this past week to make everything run smoothly.” Emma Miller, Marketing Officer, Shetland Amenity Trust
Co-coordinator of the event, Emma Miller, said “We’re just delighted with how the first Shetland Boat Week has gone. There were lots of folk about who attended events and the feedback we’ve had has been excellent. Everyone I’ve spoken to is asking if we are going to do it again and the answer is definitely yes."