Special Guest for 2019 Boat Week

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July 30th 2019

Shetland Amenity Trust have announced that the Far Haaf will make a special appearance at this year’s Boat Week event, thanks to Unst Heritage Trust and the Shetland Ex-Whalers Association. Ocean Kinetics are proud to be sponsoring the event.

The full sized sixareen, or sixern, is based at the Unst Boat Haven and has a unique history in that she is actually a remake of the original Far Haaf which was destroyed in a storm in 1992. The current boat was built from the keel of the original boat and was reborn into the beauty that can be seen in Unst today.

The boat will be in the water in Haroldswick for the first time in many years from today ahead of her trip to Lerwick in August. There is sure to be a great deal of interest in seeing her sail alongside the Shetland Museum sixareen, Vaila Mae which is always hugely popular in offering harbour sails during the week.

Shetland Amenity Trust Chairwoman, Ruth Mackenzie, added “It’s an incredible honour that the Unst Heritage Trust have agreed to work with us to bring the Far Haaf and the Vaila Mae together for Shetland Boat Week. These are two iconic boats and there is much excitement all round that we will see them together on the water. We are very grateful to those in Unst, and to the Ex-Whalers Association for all coming together to make this happen.”

The Ex-Whalers group have agreed to donate the price for the insurance of the boat to make the trip. This will mean that the public will have an opportunity to sail in both vessels during the week. Sailing times are included in the published Boat Week programme, and Far Haaf times will be released nearer Boat Week when crew details are confirmed.

Shetland Boat Week takes place from 5th to 11th August and tickets for all events are now available online at www.thelittleboxoffice.com/sat. Programmes are available from local outlets or online at www.shetlandboatweek.com/events

Shetland Boat Week is sponsored by Ocean Kinetics, So Much to See Campaign, Lerwick Port Authority and Serco NorthLink Ferries.

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