The Vevoe Trophy for Swan Sail Trainee of the Year has been presented to seventeen year old Cormac Mathieson, from Virkie, for his participation in Race One of The Tall Ships Races between Sunderland, UK and Esbjerg in Denmark this summer.
Aubrey Jamieson, in presenting the trophy, reflected on the tremendous contribution Cormac made to the voyage, particularly his teamwork, conscientiousness and willingness to help everyone onboard.
Operations Committee Chairman, Tommy Allan, said “Opportunities for young people to experience traditional sailing and Tall Ships Races are at the very heart of the Swan’s operations and we congratulate Cormac his outstanding participation this year.”
The Vevoe Trophy was commissioned by the Swan Trust and named after the home of the Simpson family from Whalsay, who were closely involved with owning and managing the Swan for over 50 years during her herring fishing career.
The trophy is a replica of the Swan‘s original wheel, beautifully and accurately made by the late Lowrie Robertson of Unst, who had assistance with some intricate details from Maurice Manson and Ian Smith of Lerwick and Peter Mouat of Unst.
Swan’s sailing diary for next year is now published, showing another exciting season with trips for all interests including day trips and crossings to St Kilda and Orkney. Highlights will include longer voyages to the Faroe Islands and sailing in The Tall Ships Races Cruise-in-Company leg between Fredrikstad and Bergen and the Parade of Sail leaving Bergen.