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Young sailor scoops international award

A sailor who takes young people from across the north of England on a sailing experience has won an international award.

Grace Metcalfe from Garsdale, Cumbria is the skipper of The James Cook.

It is her commitment to helping those young people that has won her the award.

She is the skipper of the James Cook - a Tyneside build boat and was named the "Young Sail Trainer of the Year" by organisers of the Tall ships race.

Tall Ships names "Young Sailor of the Year"

A young sailor from Cumbria has become only the second ever Brit to be given the "Young Sail Trainer of the Year" award - an international award given to her for her dedication to training young people.

Grace Metcalfe from Garston is the skipper of the James Cook- a Tyneside build boat - and was named the "Young Sail Trainer of the Year" by organisers of the Tall ships race.

Despite not having been to sea before the age of seventeen, Grace is now an inspirational role model for young people around the world through her work as a skipper on the James Cook vessel.

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Hartlepool scoops tourism award

Hartlepool wins tourism award for Tall Ships Credit: ITV

Hartlepool has won a prestigious award for it's Tall Ships Races in 2010.

The four-day weekend, which attracted an estimated 900,000 people, was named as the Best Event of the Year at the Visit England Awards for Excellence last night.

The Tall Ships Race happens every summer in European waters.

Hartlepool's Tall Ships in line for national award

59 tall ships took part in the race to Hartlepool Credit: ITV

The Tall Ships races in Hartlepool have been nominated for a national tourism award. Nearly one million people visited the town over the weekend of the race in 2010. The event has been nominated for "Best Event of the Year" in the Visit England Awards.

970,000 people visited Hartlepool Marina for the event Credit: ITV