The group set off from the islands last week and travelled to Fredrikstaad, in Norway, to join their ship, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl.

The trainees’ participation in the Tall Ships event has been supported by Stornoway Port through the Sail Training Shetland charity, which provides opportunities for young people between the ages of 15 and 25 to undertake adventure challenges aboard sailing ships.

Alex MacLeod, chief executive of Stornoway Port Authority, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help provide this unique and exciting opportunity as part of our commitiment to supporting young people and communities throughout the Outer Hebrides

“The Tall Ships races are a fantastic event and I am sure the trainees are thoroughly enjoying the challenge and learning a great deal along the way.

“We have been following their progress since they set sail from Norway and look forward to hearing all about their experiences on their return.”

The Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a three-masted barque rigged sail training ship, is taking part in the “cruise in company” leg of the Tall Ships Race 2023, which gives crews the opportunity to take part in the adventure of cruising between two host ports.

The vessel, which visited Aberdeen over the weekend, is due to arrive at Lerwick, in Shetland, on Friday July 28, with the young crew members from the Outer Hebrides returning to Stornoway the following day.

The ship is owned and operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation and based at the Norwegian port of Bergen.

It’s voyage from to Shetland can be followed on