Emily will take part in Tall Ships

Emily Runciman on board the Haabet, moored in the Port of Blyth.
Emily Runciman on board the Haabet, moored in the Port of Blyth.

A college student from Northumberland is encouraging more young people to take part in the Tall Ships Regatta.

Northumberland College student Emily Runciman recently acted as an ambassador for Northumberland County Council (NCC) on board the Black Diamond, which sailed from Hartlepool to Belfast in July 2015. 

The month-long voyage was part of a training opportunity sponsored by NCC and saw Emily putting up sails, cooking, cleaning and dealing with severe weather at sea.

Emily, 17, from Ashington, will be taking part in the Tall Ships Regatta next summer when it sails from Blyth to Gothenburg, Sweden.

The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016, organised by Sail Training International, comes to Blyth between Friday 26 and Monday 29 August 2016. The 500 nautical mile-journey to Gothenburg is expected to take six days.

Andrew Tunnah from Northumberland Sport has been tasked to recruit 50 young people, like Emily, to take part in the regatta and sail from Blyth to Sweden. 

Northumberland College is helping to find volunteers to help at the event.

To take part in the Tall Ships’ Regatta visit www.tallshipsblyth2016.com