Waving off for a week on the ocean

Staff and pupils from Seaham school before setting off on a week long journey aboard the sailing boat James Cook at Seaham Docks.

Staff and pupils from Seaham school before setting off on a week long journey aboard the sailing boat James Cook at Seaham Docks.

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STUDENTS have set sail on the adventure of a lifetime in charge of a tall ship.

A dozen Year 9 pupils from Seaham School of Technology joined the crew of the James Cook after successfully applying for a place on the five-day voyage.

They boarded the 21 metre ketch in the town’s dock and have been following the coast south to Flamborough Head, in Yorkshire. They are due back tomorrow.

The week was set up by the Ocean Trust with funds from the Sir John Priestman Charity Trust, The Hospital of God at Greatham, Durham Masons Benevolent Fund and Cumbrian Seafoods.

The pupils will be trying to gain their competent crew qualification

The boat’s skipper Grace Metcalfe said: “For the first couple of days we will show them how it’s done and after that they’ll be sailing us. They will be living in the same space and they’re going to have to start thinking about each other.”

Crew member Natalie Bowmaker, 14, said: “I’ve never been to sea before and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Beth Ritchie, 14, added: “It’s going to be different to see things from a different perspective out at sea.”

Others on board are Rebekah Baker, Adam Bulmer, Adam Dean, Bradley Dean, Lee Horner, Sarah Jobling, Alexander Macieira, Morgan Rooney, Toni Sinclair and Samantha Walker.

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