Statement on COVID-19 coronavirus

From OYT South Chief Executive Mark Todd

Ocean Youth Trust South’s first priority has always been the safety and welfare of everyone involved with the charity. We have therefore taken the decision not to start our sailing season as planned on 23rd March 2020. This is in line with government guidance on avoiding unnecessary travel and social contact.

We have already emailed people who were scheduled to sail on the first few voyages of the season to confirm that their voyages cannot take place, and we will continue reviewing subsequent voyages based on the latest government guidance, and with the interests of the young people, staff and volunteers who sail with us foremost in our minds.

Ocean Youth Trust South is very proud of the reputation we have developed over the years and of the excellent relationships we have with clients, volunteers, sponsors, donors and others. Many people and organisations have given huge support, time or funds in order to develop our charitable work and ensure that we can operate to very high standards: we are tremendously grateful for all the support we receive. While safety is our number one priority, we also believe that honesty and fairness lie at the heart of all we do. We are currently in a very fast-moving situation but any decisions we make will always be guided by what we believe to be in the best interests of all our stakeholders, and we will endeavour to keep people informed as things change.

Sail training changes lives and we firmly believe that young people – including those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable – benefit enormously from the experience we can offer. We will therefore be doing everything possible to ensure that we are able to get our sailing programme up and running again as soon as it is safe to do so, while maintaining our commitment to quality and high standards.

There are difficult times ahead and we will be immensely grateful to those who are able to offer support to see us through.

In the meantime all at OYT South send very best wishes to everyone connected with the charity, and to all your families and friends.

Mark Todd
Chief Executive, Ocean Youth Trust South






































“I have learnt and seen loads of new things and I will remember for the rest of my life! ” Jemima, aged 12