Salmon farming sponsorship puts wind in the sails of Tall Ships Shetland
Shetland salmon farmers Cooke Aquaculture Scotland and Scottish Sea Farms have joined together with sector trade body Salmon Scotland to support Tall Ships Shetland 2023.
The financial support will enable the fleet of sailing vessels to return to Shetland’s capital – Lerwick – in just over a year’s time, for the first time since 2011, Salmon Scotland said in a press release.
The four-day event from July 26-29 next year will allow free access to view the ships with many welcoming the public aboard.
In addition, hundreds of young people aged 15 to 25 will have the opportunity to sail aboard as the fleet sails between Den Helder (Netherlands), Hartlepool (England), Fredrickstad (Norway), Lerwick and Arendal (Norway).
Connections to the sea
Salmon Scotland chief executive Tavish Scott said: “Salmon Scotland, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland and Scottish Sea Farms are delighted to contribute to a wonderful event next year in Shetland which celebrates the islands’ geographic importance and all our connections to the sea.
“Aquaculture is a major employer across Shetland and our families look forward to enjoying the spectacle of the world’s tall ships around the Shetland coastline and in Lerwick next July.
“Previous Tall Ships events in Shetland have been a fantastic experience for all – we know 2023 will be even better.”
Shetland Tall Ships chairman Malcolm Bell said: “We are very pleased to have the support of the salmon industry as Host Port Associates for the return of the Tall Ships Races.
“The local aquaculture industry is important to our local community and economy and their involvement in this significant maritime event is very welcome. I’d like to thank Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, Salmon Scotland and Scottish Sea Farms very much for their generous contribution.”
Emma Miller, project manager for Shetland Tall Ships, said: “We have been speaking with a number of local and national companies in regard to sponsorship and have had a very positive response.
“We have several different sponsorship packages available, and I would welcome anyone to get in touch who might be interested in being involved in this fantastic event.”