Pupils from Oakbank School in Keighley have learned the ropes aboard a sailing ship.

They took part in a trip on “Maybe”, a vessel built in 1929.

The youngsters gained experience of the many tasks performed by crews of traditional sailing boats, from hoisting sails to cleaning the decks.

Two 10-strong groups of students each spent three nights aboard Maybe, which is currently based in Hull.

One pupil said: “From the trip I gained more confidence, I learned that there is more to life than boring office jobs and I now believe I am able to communicate with new people more easily.”

Maybe has undergone a refit at Goole over the winter and will be operating out of the Humber estuary until June, when it will depart to take part in this year’s series of Tall Ship Races – visiting France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.

The vessel is managed by non-profit organisation Maybe Sailing, which offers on-board training experiences to all age groups but focuses on youth development.

A spokesman said: “Sail training is a challenging and fun way to develop self-confidence and change lives. It provides an intense, structured environment with defined boundaries and a clear purpose – the completion of a voyage.

“Maybe is continually improved every year, trying to recapture the classic sailing styles of earlier years including changing it back to the original ‘gaff’ sails with which it sailed across the world during the 1930s.”

Skipper Steve Swallow said: “We are very proud to be based in the Hull and Goole areas.” For details, phone 0113 2501133, e-mail info@maybe-sailing.com or visit maybe-sailing.com.