A crew of young sailors are back on dry land after a tall ship adventure around the coast of Britain.

Twelve students from Emmanuel College, in Gateshead, arrived into the port of Blyth, in Northumberland, after sailing from Southampton aboard Stavros S Niarchos, which is operated by the Tall Ships YouthTrust.

The annual expedition brings together groups of Year 9 students from all the schools in the Emmanuel Schools Foundation – Emmanuel College, Bede Academy, Blyth, The King’s Academy, Middlesbrough, and Trinity Academy, Thorne, near Doncaster – for a ten-night experience.

This year’s crew unusually included three sets of twins including Louise and Ian Griffiths, form Gateshead.

Louise, 14, said: “It’s been really, really good, although quite hard. Some people were affected by sea sickness but we all helped each other.”

Ian added: “For me, it was a really special experience. I climbed up to the topsails and did other things I never though I’d have the chance to do.”

The students, who lived eight to a cabin, had various duties on board including scaling the 40 metre masts to set and stow sails, navigating, cleaning the ship, taking turns in the galley and performing night duties starting at 4am.

The tall ship expedition is one of a number of personal development and leadership opportunities available to Emmanuel College students that are designed to challenge them, encourage them to try new experiences, learn new skills and work together as a team.