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Helen Needham | 05:00 UK time, Saturday, 23 July 2011

Out of Doors: Helen Needham

Out of Doors: Helen Needham

Shetland is the place to be right now. 53 tall ships berthed in the two harbours at Lerwick with around 2000 crew from all over the world. Shetland fiddlers providing non stop entertainment for the international crowds. And the changeable weather isn't dampening the spirits of everyone who has come here to enjoy the spectacle of the Tall Ships Race. My colleagues here at Radio Shetland have been putting on extra shows to capture the atmosphere, broadcasting from a modest marquee on the pier and featuring live music and interviews with folks from the Race - you can listen to them online.

I joined Radio Shetland's Mike Grundon to climb the mast of the beautiful Christian Radich tall ship from Norway. Although the ship was docked, it was still pretty hairy climbing up the ropes - unattached, I may add - as a howling gale swept around the bay at Lerwick. But we laid our fears aside after crew members described what it's like being up there on the high seas, and trying to unfurl flapping sails whilst balancing on the booms. We made it to the top, feeling very pleased with ourselves...but the elation soon faded when we realised we had to get down again - a much more tricky task.

Tune into Out of Doors on Saturday morning from 06.30 or on Sunday from 11.00 to hear Mark Stephen and Helen Needham from the Tall Ships Race in Shetland.

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