The Lerwick Boating Club

Organises junior, race and adult sail training, dinghy / Shetland model races and yoal rowing training sessions as well as sailing / rowing regattas.

With the races, training and International yacht races – including the famous Shetland-Bergen yacht race – we are very busy during the short summer season, especially as we also welcome visiting yachts, whose crews use our shower, laundry and bar facilities.

On the social side we organise quiz nights, men’s nights, regular musical evenings and special functions throughout the year. We can also show big football and rugby matches on our large screen. During the winter months pool and darts teams use the club on a weekly basis. To find out about the club facilities and to make a booking click here.

Membership of the club is open to anybody interested in water based activities – you don’t even have to own a boat – or have set foot in one. We will soon get you started! To join the club all you need to do is complete an LBC Membership Application Form, which is also available from the clubhouse. There’s an annual membership fee, but we have discounted rates for families, retired, junior and disabled persons. We also offer a discounted associate membership rate to club members of other water based activities, such as sea anglers, sailboarders, kayakers and divers. To view the club constitution and rules click here.

We are always looking to welcome new members to the club, and we hope this site gives you some idea of the variety of water-based activities and social events the club organises.

Happy boating!

John Manson


What’s been on?

Lerwick Boating Club are providing bar facilities for the Folk Festival at Islesburgh this weekend. We still need some folk for a few shifts, as follows:

Friday 7pm - 11pm: 1 person
Saturday 3pm - 7pm: 1 person
Saturday 7pm - 11pm: 1 person
Saturday 11pm - 2am: 5 persons
Sunday 11pm - 2am: 1 person
Monday 11pm - 2am: 1 person

This weekend really benefits the Club, so if you can help, please call John Manson on 07901 792228 as soon as possible.

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Over the weekend, a very large high performance RIB is arriving in Lerwick from Iceland. They are having an open day on Monday from 4pm to 6pm, and are inviting interested persons from LBC to come along for a look. Details are attached.

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Evening all,

We met RYA reps last night. We discussed training for new and lapsed instructors. The RYA is keen to help and it has been decided that joining with Orkney for a course probably won't work logistically. We do have some interest in getting dinghy instructors qualified in Shetland. We could do with more. Anybody who has held a certificate in the past could possibly revalidate with this round without doing a full course, but we need names before this can be finalised.

We really need some new qualified instructors to come forward if we want to continue with the RYA syllabus. Please let John Manson or me know if you would be interested. Currently it looks like a course would take place over two weekends which is not a lot to give up. John does have some names and we hope Brae may have some people interested too.

We do need some of our current trainers to train up to Senior Instructor too. We only have 1 in Lerwick which is unsustainable in the long term.

Also we need people interested to coordinate training too. It looks like training will be Monday's and Tuesday's again, as they have been for some years, with level 1 being undertaken over one week of nights early in the Summer hols. Trust me, the current group will not carry on running training forever and as always everyone is welcome. The system is set up, numbers are high so all we need is people to build on this and hopefully improve sail training in Lerwick. Coordinators do not need to be instructors but we do need training carried out by certified trainers. Every help will be given to anyone willing to step forward.

We do have a further reason to improve the training this year. We have been asked to host the Scottish Mirror regatta this year. As with all the other big regatta hosted in Shetland, it helps our sailors and keeps Shetland on the map. I would like to see the offer accepted but again we need more help.

For the sake of our sport at grass roots, please come forward and help out. It is really satisfying and you learn as much as the bairns.

Enjoy your weekend and speak soon.

Neil Fraser

There is funding available from.the Rya for race coach training, also there is funding available from the mirror. Class association for junior training. If you are interested in any of the above then please contact ally on 07990585798