A fleet of 58 Dutch racing yachts has arrived on the River Tyne as part of a friendly race around the North Sea.
The yachts and their crewmen set sail from Ijmuiden in the Netherlands last weekend and have already visited Hartlepool Marina. They will be moored in Newcastle until Saturday.
The first man to sail solo around the world in both directions is to host a talk in Gateshead to raise money for a youth development charity.
David Scott Cowper will share stories of his adventures in a fundraising event in aid of Tyneside-based charity Ocean Youth Trust North.
70-year-old David has successfully circumnavigated the world seven times and is regarded as the greatest living single handed navigator by many in the yachting world.
In 1990, he became the first man to sail solo around the world via the Northwest Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The journey took him four years and two months.
He will deliver an illustrated talk at HMS Calliope, on South Shore Road at 7pm on April 18.
Cold, windy conditions haven't deterred sailors in Sunderland taking to the water.
Rough seas caused by the wintry weather has meant the River Wear is a more inviting place to sail.
A new simulator has opened at a Maritime School on South Tyneside which gives you the experience of sailing any ship, anywhere in the world.
However, this is no game - and could even save lives, as Derek Proud reports.
Watch his full report below.
Sailors from across the country are gathering in the North East to compete. It is the first time in more than a decade that the region will host the Phantom National Championships. Fifty dinghies will be taking to the North Sea over the next three days.
The races are being held from Sunderland Yacht Club, which is home to Paralympian John Robertson. His team's final race in the Sonar Class at the Paralympics was cancelled because of a lack of wind off the south coast but strong winds have been causing problems for competitors on Wearside.
John Robertson from Sunderland and his team go into today's races in joint fourth place, in the Sonar sailing class.
The teams all compete eleven times in total over six days and discard the points from their worst race. They are now more than half way through them.
Robertson told the Royal Yachting Association the team is still feeling confident.