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Student is enjoying a life on the open seas.

A NORTHUMBERLAND student has embarked on the trip of a lifetime on board a Tall Ships yacht. Emily Runciman, 17, from Ashington, answered an advert for a bursary giving a young person a chance to join the crew of the Black Diamond of Durham as a volunteer sailing to the Tall Ships Belfast 2015 event.

Emily, a student and member of the Northumberland Sport coaching academy at Northumberland College, joined the ship in Hartlepool on Sunday, June 21 and set sail under the command of Captain Calvyn Whitehand and crew plus fellow trainees in heavy seas.

The bursary, sponsored by Active Northumberland and the Port of Blyth, provides a 14-day taste of maritime adventure with the yacht calling in at Belfast on July 1 and flying back on July 5. Emily is spending 10 days at sea on board the Class 'C' Tall Ship yacht, sailing from Hartlepool to Belfast via the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness.

She said: "I am having a brilliant time on board the Black Diamond. It can be challenging at times but it's very rewarding in the end and has given me a real sense of achievement.

"I would highly recommend taking part in the Tall Ships training programme to anyone."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 3, 2015
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