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Students set sail on voyage of achievement

10 August 2010

Pictured before setting sail from Newcastle on Tyne on Monday 5 July are Hennah Akhtar and Abdel Rahman, who took part in a 10-night sea going adventure to London on board the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos.
They were among a crew of 45 students aged from 16 to 17 - from nineteen schools from across the UK taking part in the 10th anniversary Tall Ships Youth Trust Voyage of Achievement funded by The HSBC Global Education Trust.
With their fellow students they developed life skills and learnt firsthand about geography and weather systems as they sailed the Stavros S Niarchos from Newcastle to London, via Holland and Ipswich.
More than 400 young people have taken part in the Tall Ships HSBC Voyage of Achievement over the past ten years and a number have returned to work as volunteers for the Tall Ships Youth Trust charity.Somehave gone on to develop a career within the marine Industry or taken up sailing as a lifelong interest.
On joining the ship in Newcastle, the students were assigned to one of three teams called watches. Having just met for the first time, each watch spent the whole of the 10-night voyage working together, living eight to a cabin and even rising at 4am for night watch duties.
While onboard, students took part in every aspect of sailing the Tall Ship, including helming, scaling the 45-metre masts to set and stow sails and navigating.
The voyage finished when the brig sailed up the Thames and under Tower Bridge in London, before mooring alongside HMS Belfast, on Wednesday 14 July 2010.