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Class D
Nationality United Kingdom
Year Built 1986


  • Name: JAMES COOK
  • Class: D
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Year built: 1986
  • Home port: Newcastle, UK
  • Height: 25.9811519605086 m
  • Length of hull: 22.5491039657254 m
  • Entered by: Ocean Youth Trust North East Ltd


  • Number of trainees: 12
  • Number of permanent crew: 6
  • Special diets catered for: Yes

Tall ship races and regattas


The James Cook is named after Captain James Cook, RN, FRS, probably one of the greatest sailors, explorers and navigators ever to go to sea, and our boat spends much of her time sailing the North Sea waters where the young Cook learned his sailing skills.

A regular in The Tall and Small Ships’ Races with her distinctive yellow hull, and proud winner of the ASTO Langhorn Trophy in 2003. James Cook’s second sailing home is the Baltic and over the years we have struck up great and lasting friendships with many boats and crews.

A tough 22 meter steel ketch, James Cook has the accolade of circumnavigating the globe under sail. In addition to her annual appearance in The Tall Ships’ Races, James Cook provides sailing opportunities for young people that include weekend taster trips, week-long RYA Competent Crew qualifying passages and cross-North Sea trips to the Baltic Sea and the Netherlands.

On the James Cook we hope to inspire young people the way the sea did our namesake James Cook, and always mention Cook’s personal motto, awarded by King George after one of Cook’s great voyages of discovery: ‘Nil Intentatum Reliquit’. Leave nothing unattempted!