Ocean Youth Trust North celebrates James Cook's 30th birthday

Ocean Youth Trust North has heritage dating back to the very start of the Sail Training movement and was first known as Ocean Youth Club in the 1960s. James Cook, affectionately known as ‘the big yellow boat’, is a purpose-built Sail Training Vessel; and was launched in 1987.  Since her launch, James Cook has been captivating young people through ‘Adventure under Sail’ and during her lifetime she has taken over 9000 young people out to sea.

OYT North will be celebrating her birthday by opening James Cook to the public during the Heritage Open Days 2017.  Managing Director Steve Lennon, said “We’ve taken James Cook out of her usual schedule so that she can be boarded by the public.  Anyone is welcome to come along and explore James Cook, learn more about her through our family friendly activities and demonstrations, and gets a chance to talk to our valued staff and volunteers about what we do and what life is like at sea aboard James Cook”

This year’s Heritage Open Days take place between the 7th and 10th of September.  During the 9th (10:00 to 17:00) and 10th (09:00 to 17:00) of September, James Cook, will be based at Newcastle City Marina along the Quayside.

Visit to find out how to get involved.

If you have any questions, contact Charlotte on 0191 257 1212 or


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