The Tall Ships Races 2011 welcomes support from Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage has become the latest sponsor to lend its support with £2,000 sponsorship contribution towards Lerwick leg.

It’s expected over 2,500 crew and 10,000 visitors will dock in Shetland when The Tall Ships Races 2011, presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International, hits Lerwick on Thursday 21st July till Sunday 24th July.

Some 50 ships have already signed up to take part, among them the Cisne Branco a naval Tall Ship which will be sailing all the way from Brazil as well as the STS Mir from Russia, one of the world’s largest Tall Ships.

Scottish Natural Heritage area manager, John Uttley said:  “Shetland is surrounded by a fantastic range of sea-life which attracts visitors and makes the islands a great place to live. This iconic event is a great chance to showcase the Shetland and Scottish marine environments.

“The sea is a major economic asset too, and by being part of The Tall Ships Races 2011 - Lerwick we can help the Scottish Government promote our shared priorities, including marine planning and marine protected areas."

Fiona Dally, project manager for The Tall Ships Races 2011 – Lerwick, said: “We’re delighted to receive this support from Scottish Natural Heritage towards delivering a fantastic event for the people of Shetland and beyond.  With this latest sponsorship, we can continue to develop an excellent programme of activity over the course of the four days when we host The Tall Ships Races.”

For more information on becoming a sponsor click here.