Urgent refit help needed
Some of this weekend’s refit helpers have had to drop out for unavoidable reasons, so Wolf and Gizmo really need some help! If you can come along tomorrow or Sunday (or both), please call Wolf on 07771 771864.
We may have encountered a problem with the provisional booking for the first voyage of the season, 20-24 March, Southampton, £230. Anyone else who might be able to book this voyage, please contact the office (0870 241 2252) as quickly as possible.
Other early season voyages still looking for extra bookings are listed in the crew bookings section below.
OYT South email address
Most of you will have the current email address for the OYT South office and David Salmon: firstname.lastname@example.org. But if anyone is still using the old address (email@example.com) please note that it will cease to work at some point in the next three weeks – make sure you have the new address in your records and on any mailing lists and distribution lists.
Training / AGM weekend 18th/19th February
I now have three spaces on the radar course on Saturday 18th February (£40), and up to 13 places still available on the First Aid course (£30) – please keep sending in your bookings! Anyone hoping to sail as relief bosun this year should certainly be considering the First Aid course.
All these courses (plus the GMDSS course, which is full) will take place from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 18th February at TS Hornet Sea Cadet Unit, Royal Clarence Yard, Weevil Lane, Gosport. There can also be a fundraising workshop from 2pm to 5pm if there is sufficient interest – please let me know if you want to come along.
The OYT South AGM will take place at 2pm on the Sunday, in the same location – all welcome.
I still need to hear from several of the people who have booked on courses about whether you will be coming to the meal on Saturday night in Gosport; and also whether you will want a light lunch provided by the Sea Cadets on Saturday and / or Sunday.
Welcome to Joanne Rule, who has joined OYT South as a part-time fundraising assistant following interviews last week. If anyone wants to contact her, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her arrival has coincided with plenty of activity on the fundraising front. Many thanks to Nick Bonham, who organised an appeal which resulted in a number of substantial donations. John Boldero has been working hard on applications to trusts and grant-giving bodies and has had a couple of good successes. The TMI Trust has approved a significant refit donation once more. And Dave Heffer has donated a bosun’s treasure trove of goodies: wet and dry vacuum cleaners, power sanders, bags of sandpaper, boxes of disposable gloves, disposable overalls a and enough electrical tape to last the whole season.
Many thanks to everyone involved but, of course, the fundraising work is never finished. Once we have paid for the 2005-6 refit we can also be looking at bursary funding for exceptionally deserving young people for this season; and we are already doing the advance work to ensure that we go into the next refit in a stronger position. You can imagine the stress involved in planning and budgeting for a refit when we are raising the funds as we go along, and we want to make a real effort to do more refit fundraising in advance for future years.
The hull below the waterline has now been filled, sanded and primed twice over. The cockpit locker is well under way and has had 1½ coats of primer. The deck bitts have had 3 coats of paint; the forehatch has been primed and the mid-hatch fertanned. Both diesel tanks have been cleaned. The mid bilge, heads bilges and port mates’ cabin bilge have all been cleaned, sanded and fertanned. The portholes have been painted. The dorade vents have been painted and more tank lids are being done. Gizmo is currently engaged in the mammoth task of cleaning the engine room, which has to be finished by Monday so that Chris from Contact Marine can come and do the fireproofing.
Wolf and Dings have spent the week discovering yet another facet of Boat Ying and Yang: for every bit of filler they put in, a bit of old filler comes out somewhere else. They have also divided the work of the refit into two departments, to be known as “Right” and “Wrong”. I leave you to guess which one the skipper runs.
Refit heroes this week were Wolf, Dings, Giz, Alex “Leek” Evans, Laura “Bat Girl” (so named for her ability to hang upside down while working in inaccessible holes), Rob Harwood, Annant Shah, Andy Shuttleworth, Mike Makepeace, Fraser Old and Emma Burrows.
Lots more helpers are still needed (urgently this weekend!) so give Wolf a call on 07771 771864 if you can come along. Just avoid the following dates: 4/5 Feb and 19/20 Feb, when the refit is closed, and 11/12 Feb when we have as many volunteers as we can fit in.
Don’t stop sending donations! Send cheques payable to OYT South to David Salmon, or phone him with a credit card donation (OYT South, Spur House, 1 The Spur, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hants PO12 2NA, tel 0870 241 2252 ).
Sea staff bookings
Thanks to all those who have emailed volunteering to help fill some of the early season vacancies. I hope to be in touch next week to confirm some bookings.
For early season voyages (March and April), we still need:
20-24 March – second mate (preferably female)
1-6 April OR 7-12 April – first mate (we have someone who can do either voyage, but probably not both)
13-19 April – first mate
24-29 April – first mate
We still have lots of spaces from May onwards, so keep sending in your preferences.
The mates training weekend 21-23 April is now FULL so we are starting to take bookings for the next one: 22-24 September (£150).
However, we still have plenty of spaces on the longer adult voyage 30 April to 5 May (£275) – suitable for training, new prospective sea staff, group leaders, parents or anyone else who wants a first hand look at how we work at sea.
The prices for these adult voyages include £30 annual membership and £70 annual mates sailing fee, so once sea staff and prospective sea staff have paid this you can sail as often as you can manage in 2006 at no further cost.
Please email me for sea staff bookings and adult voyages.
Early season vacancies for young people aged 12-25:
JL06-01 20-24 March £230 Possibly 12 places left
JL06-03 1-6 April £320 May be a few places left
JL06-04 7-12 April £320 8 spaces
JL06-05 13-19 April £375 4 spaces (Easter)
JL06-11 13-19 May £375 12 spaces (full boat)
JL06-12 19-21 May £150 11 spaces (age 16-25)
JL06-14 22-26 May £250 4 spaces
Call 0870 241 2252 for up-to-date availability and to make a booking – you can pay your deposit by credit card over the phone to secure your place.
Anyone looking for something a bit more adventurous over the summer should consider one of the legs of the Tall Ships Race series:
Tall Ships rules allow us to take a maximum of four 15-year olds on each leg for these five voyage; all other crew members must be aged 16-25. As ever, most of our other voyages are open to people aged 12-25.
For bookings, call the office on 0870 241 2252 or email email@example.com.
Marketing day sails
We are still seeking bookings for marketing day sails, on Sat 6th and Sun 7th May this year. If you know anyone who would like to see the boat in action, with a view to booking a new group for a voyage, donating some money, or supporting us in other ways, please spread the word and make sure any new contacts know they would be welcome on one of those days (and either keep me or David Salmon informed). These days are also open to existing OYT South supporters who prefer not to come on full voyages but would like a short taste of life at sea in John Laing.
Dates for your diaries
18-19 February: Training weekend and OYT South AGM
17 March: shakedown weekend – make sure you have done your stint at the refit before this date!
20 March: first proper voyage begins.
20 April: maintenance day, Southampton.
Don’t forget the OYT South link to Amazon – click on the Amazon logo at the bottom of the OYT South home page (www.oytsouth.org) and a proportion of any money you spend will be donated to us – at no extra cost to you!