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  • In the 2024 Round Britain and Ireland Race, four yachts are left in the race after one retired. The leader the Sailescapade is continuing southwards after its stay in Lerwick harbour, followed in Lerwick by the Polish Manx and then the Arcsine, after rounding Muckle Fugga.

  • Meanwhile 24 vessels have now registered for the 38th Shetland Race from off Bergen to Lerwick and back. That compares with a final total of 43 last year and 40 the year before.

  • The coastguard assisted when a fourteen metre yacht with two people on board fouled its propellor 8 nautical miles off Tongue Bay.

  • The National Farmers Union Scotland has launched a research project to explore ways in which all diversities can become more involved in agriculture related work. The project will be centred around a “Diversity Discussion”, involving a series of interviews, an online survey and a 10 date roadshow, which is due to be in Lerwick on the evening of Thursday the 11th of July.

  • The five Dutch and Belgian navy ships, that arrived in Lerwick harbour on Friday while on NATO duties, are due to sail tomorrow.

  • The investment management firm Baillie Gifford has long had a close, and profitable, association with the Shetland Islands Council and the Shetland Charitable Trust as adviser, consultant and fund manager. But now the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts has suspended its sponsorship with Baillie Gifford over alleged links to fossil fuel and Israeli defence industries.

  • For the quarter from July to September, electricity bills will fall by about 7 per cent, but they will rise again for the six months from October to March. This means that, for an all-electric home in Shetland, that would be expected to use about 3,000 units over the summer months, the savings across the quarter, compared to the same July to September quarter last year, will be about £190.

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