Call for volunteers to support the 29th Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

The ORGANIZERS of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival have today (Tuesday 10th May 2022) launched a call for volunteers to help with the preparation and during the annual festival which returns as an in-person event on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2022.

The famous celebration of Portsoy’s rich maritime heritage is expected to attract thousands of visitors over the two days. Live music from Celtic rockers, Skerryvore, will kick off Friday, June 17 at Big Gig on the Back Green.

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Committee Chairman David Urquhart said: “Without the support of volunteers, we simply wouldn’t be able to deliver an event of this scale and quality. They play such an important role. We need their support with the huge amount of planning involved before the festival, but also on the ground, helping with set up, making sure everything runs smoothly over the weekend and with cleaning up , after the event. In return, the volunteers will receive a free entry for the day to enjoy the atmosphere and the activities of the festival.

“There is a fantastic line-up throughout the two days, alongside the best heritage boats the festival is renowned for. We look forward to bringing the entire community together to celebrate our wonderful region and restore that sense of civic pride, which we have not been able to do in the past two years. If anyone can spare some time then please contact us.

June Masson, who participated in the very first festival, commented: “My involvement in the festival started when I was treasurer of the very first event, organized to celebrate 300 years of the construction of the old port of Portsoy. This laid the foundation for what has now become the annual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. It’s always a highlight on the calendar and there’s great excitement to be back in port this year.

“There is a great community spirit that surrounds the festival and over the years I have volunteered in many different roles, from supporting the festival program, coordinating the food court and stalls, stewardship to support the administration and licensing associated with running an event of this size.”

“This year, we are looking for people to fulfill various roles such as ticketing support and stewarding during the event. There will be a 2km road race and a 10km road race and we also need people to organize the courses.

“It really gives a sense of pride and accomplishment to be part of such a fantastic event, seeing visitors enjoying the food, entertainment and having fun is worth it. I invite as many people as possible to s ‘involved, you can give as much or as little of your time as you want, you might even learn new skills or step out of your comfort zone.

To join the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival volunteer team, please email or call (01261) 842951.

Portsoy’s unique boat festival has been around since 1993 and has welcomed visitors from all over Scotland and far beyond, including yacht clubs from Germany, Norway and Sweden, cultural groups from the Baltic States and the Jarl Squad Vikings of Shetland. In 2019 it won Best Cultural Event/Festival at the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards.

Last year’s reformatted virtual festival was held as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters and can still be viewed via the boat festival website.

Find out more about the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival on social media at @STBFPortsoy #ahoyportsoy or at

Entrance to the festival is currently 20% off when buying tickets online – £12 for an adult, £8 concession and £4.80 for a child, alternatively a family day pass can be purchased for £28, or an adult weekend pass is £16. A family weekend pass, to access the festival on Saturday and Sunday, costs £36. Saturday Ceilidh is £10 per person.

This year’s festival is supported by EventScotland’s national events programme.

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