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Tue 11-07-2023, 16:00Lerwick, Shetland Tue 18-07-2023, 10:00Lerwick, Shetland Trinovante 7 NightsTR110723

Enjoy long days island hopping…

The best way to see Shetland is by sail and it has to be one of the best island adventures you can think of this summer.

With 7 days to play with, the Skipper and Crew will plan the itinerary to make the most of the conditions, and with the long summer days you’ll have plenty of daylight for exploring. This trip will be a lovely balance of shoreside adventures and some of the best island-hopping sailing the UK has to offer.

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Highlights ….

  • Island hopping
  • Bird watching
  • Cetacean spotting
  • Unspoilt islands
  • Remote places
  • A real tapestry of history
  • Friendly and welcoming crew


Vessel type / Rig 3 Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner
Guest Berths 8
Beam 4.4m 14ft 6ins
Draft 2.1m
Deck Length 21m 70ft
Overall Length 23.9m 80ft
Year Built 1994
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Voyage Description

Day Sailing and Exploring Ashore

Trinovante with Classic Sailing
Trinovante with Classic Sailing


Lerwick is the main town in Shetland with a population of 7000. It’s a famous old herring port and used to be filled with herring drifters and fishing vessels of all sorts. Sites like Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlements are a must see. Unst with Hermaness Nature Reserve has a fantastic variety of wildlife (if you’re lucky you might spot an otter!).

Shetland has wildlife in wild open places, pristine beaches, high cliffs, sheltered bays and a rich tapestry of 4000 years of history. Plenty to keep you busy and interested during your 7 nights aboard!

The Best of Both Worlds

The flexibility of a round trip is that the Skipper and crew can plan the best route to make the most of the weather at the time. This trip is designed to give a really good balance between fantastic sailing and plenty of time exploring ashore: you should have two full days on the islands, getting a real feel for the remote communities.

You’ll also enjoy remote anchorages and fantastic sailing, as well as a night or two in the lively hub of Lerwick itself.

Broch on Shetland
Broch on Shetland

Start & End Port

Lerwick, Shetland

Kit List

Equipment Trinovante Provides

Foul Weather Waterproofs

Life Jackets

Very warm insulated water-proof flotation suits suitable for colder conditions. These will keep you toasty warm on  Offshore Night Watches  and sailing in Norway


  • Sleeping bag
  • Clean pillow case. We provide a pillow.
  • Pair of wellies. Any wellies will do. We might be able to lend you a pair – email us with your size. If you are buying some yacht wellies tend to be a bit lighter
  • Passport This is needed if your sailing holiday starts and/or finishes in a non UK port and we will be in more than one country during the voyage.
    No passport, no sailing holiday.
  • Non slip footwear – any non slip footwear will do, we are not a yacht so there is no need to buy expensive deck shoes.
  • Warm hat and clothing. Layers work best. Thick fleece, thin fleece, shirt, tshirt is a good layer set up. Thermal underwear is a great idea and doesn’t take up much room in your bag.
  • Gloves. Most people don’t bother with gloves, but if you do want to wear some, leather sailing  gloves with no fingers may be best. It can be difficult to handle ropes in full gloves.
  • Towel and toiletries. Most people bring travel towels.
  • Strap to hold your sunglasses/glasses on with. Essential if you wear glasses.
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and loose clothing to cover up from the sun. Trinovante sails in Northern Europe so you are not going to roast but sometimes it can get surprisingly hot even in Norway.
  • Any medication that you need.
    If you think you may need sea sickness medication Stugeron seems to be the one most people take. The active ingredient is Cinnarzine. We do have Stugeron onboard.
  • Travel insurance for sailing. For some of our holidays this means ‘offshore insurance’.
    We do not require that you have travel insurance for our sailing weekends in the UK.
    SchoonerSail’s  Buying Travel Insurance For Sailing Holidays has more information about travel insurance.
    One specialist sailing holiday insurer is Topsail Insurance. There are lots of other insurers and you do not have to use Topsail Insurance when you sail with us. They may or may not be the most suitable for you.

  • No valid travel insurance when you arrive onboard, no sailing holiday.

Pack everything for your sailing holiday in a squashable bag, not a large suitcase. Remember space onboard is limited.


Fantastic scenery Shetland and Orkney Fair Isle Westray good weather and fair winds. Instructions very clear safety in mind at all times. Food cooked by Sue was wonderful we had crab and fresh fish as a treat. Crew were also very friendly and helpful. Would love another voyage !


I have spent most of my sailing time in modern yachts of various sizes but having the helm of a 3 masted schooner under full sail is an experience like no other.


Thanks for a truly memorable weekend! The sailing experience and tuition were first class: I enjoyed the companionship very much: all that under the leadership of two people talented and thoroughly pleasant in equal measure. It was a privilege. Thank you again. And the megastar was Trinovante – what a ship!


“Food, laughter and space were all in generous supply,
as were the opportunities to learn as much or as little as you chose.
Thanks Su and John the tapestry of life is richer for having sailed with you.”


We have loved it all from being at the helm, hoisting sail, fixing fenders and weighing the anchor.


Just a note of thanks for the fabulous time I had aboard Trinovante across the North Sea. I think it mended something in me I hadn’t realised was broken. Of course the reason it’s so good is the way you make us incompetent crew able to share a part of your life.


The scenery was stunning. We moored or anchored in a series of small harbours and bays keeping our eyes open for wildlife. Sharing a beer on deck as the sun slowly sank over the silent scene will be an enduring memory.

Stuart & Sara

What a great time I had with you and my fellow crew members last weekend.
I really enjoyed being part of a small and friendly group and being hands-on with the sailing manoeuvres.


Thanks for a fantastic week..
It is the skill of a successful host to take a gang of disparate (desperate?) folk and turn them into a group of friends – Well done!
We are thoroughly bitten by the bug and would like to have another go next year

Chris & Alastair

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