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Midsummer yacht races pack Lerwick Harbour


Around the time of the longest day, Lerwick is the target for yachts taking part in the North Sea races that have become a fixture in the isles" summer calendar.

Between 21 and 24 June, the port played host to two major yachting events, the Bergen-Shetland Race and the 1000-mile Double Handed Race which starts from Ijmuiden in the Netherlands.

Both races are for yachts of at least 27 feet in length with a crew of up to four for the Bergen event and two for the 1000-mile race. These are large yachts and they always make a really impressive sight as they arrive and depart. The North Sea can offer very challenging sailing, and this year was no exception, particularly on the return leg from Lerwick to Bergen.

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