Sections which have changed since last time marked *
Loads of work over the last two weeks (we missed a bulletin because I was ill last Friday)….The galley has been painted; the nav area and the skipper’s cabin have been painted and varnished; the antifouling has been finished (thanks to the team from International Paint who turned up to do this as we are testing their products). The hull is painted and the boot top and rubbing strake have been done. The deck has been painted. The cockpit is just being painted. The gear box, propeller shaft, propeller, rope cutter and rudder have all been fitted. The head-lining has been finished except for one last bit around the mast which is still to be done. The mates’ cabins are finished and the stern platform is back on.
Many thanks to everyone who has been helping – especially those who responded to this week’s urgent appeal for more people. On the boat over the last couple of weeks we’ve had Liz, James, Ben, Tom, Zoe, Wolf, Ellis and Reggie; the last few days of Matt before he went back to New Zealand; Chris and Tristan from Contact Marine; John Snowden and Lisa Davis; Andy Royse, Anthony Fawcett, Yvonne Shaw and Jon Gillain.
We’ve got teams booked to work over the weekend now – the one extra thing we could use over the next couple of days is someone wriggly and flexible as we have a few jobs needing to be done in small and awkward corners! Call Liz on 07990 518915 if you think you are suitably wriggly.
After that, one of the main tasks will be loading everything back on the boat – which means helpers who know the boat and know where things go – plus moving out of the refit house on Thursday and Friday 19-20 March. Cleaning the house is not the most glamorous job but any help will be very much appreciated – if we leave the house sparkling then we get our deposit back and will have a good reputation with the letting agents when we need a place next year. Again, call Liz if you can help, on 07990 51915.
* Annual Report
OYT South’s 2008 Annual Report has just been published – packed full of examples of all the great things we did last year. You can read it on this website as a pdf file here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a printed copy. The Annual Report also contains our accounts for the last financial year.
* New volunteer watch leaders
Just one place left on our training voyage for potential new volunteers, 19-24 April, starting and finishing in Southampton, £300 – email me now if you would like to come!
If you want to join our volunteer watch leader team for 2009, this is definitely the best way to get involved. The training week will get you thoroughly familiar with sailing in John Laing, and help you practise techniques for teaching, leading and motivating young people. At the end of the voyage, the skipper will be able to tell you whether you have been approved to go forward to sail on a voyage with young people and complete a formal mates' qualification.
If it is absolutely impossible for you to come on this voyage but you are still really keen to join our volunteer team this season, one other option might be the mates' training weekend, 24-26 April, which may have one last place left. It's not ideal for new volunteers because the weekend assumes a basic familiarity with John Laing and her routines, and a weekend isn't always long enough to earn your skipper's recommendation; but it's definitely better than nothing. Again, email me to apply.
If you haven't already done so, you'll need a Criminal Records Bureau check before you can sail on a voyage with young people. It's worth starting the process now as it can take a while - then you will be clear to sail as soon as the skipper recommends you. Just complete this form and return it to the address shown, to get things under way.
For more information on qualifying as a watch leader, see here.
Second mate needed for April weekend - URGENT
Any qualified second mates interested in a weekend voyage at the start of the season - 3-5 April, starts Friday afternoon and ends Sunday evening in Southampton, crew from the Senior Section Girl Guides? Email me now if you want to come.
First mates – more voyages available
I still have quite a number of first mate vacancies – any qualified volunteer first mates who could do an extra trip or two would be very much appreciated – email me if you can help.
Amazing special adult voyage - Tall Ships festival!
Over-25s normally don’t have a chance to sail to a Tall Ships festival, but this year we are offering a very rare voyage for crew aged 18+, with no upper age limit: 28 June - 4 July, Kiel to Gdynia, to see start of the Tall Ships series and enjoy the Gdynia festival, at the end of some beautiful Baltic sailing. £490 plus travel (adult price). Contact the office to book.
28 - 30 April, Southampton, £190 per person, crew aged 12-25 - 12 places available for group booking.
25-29 May, Southampton, £280 per person, crew aged 12-25 – 1 last place left.
21-28 June, Ipswich to Kiel, £450 plus travel, crew aged 12-25 – 4 places left.
4-13 July, Gdynia to St Petersburg, £650 plus travel. Tall Ships Race 1. Crew aged 15-25. Only 2 places left! See here for details.
13-25 July, St Petersburg to Turku, £720 plus travel. Tall Ships cruise in company. Crew aged 15-25. 6 places left. See here for details.
25 July-2 Aug, Turku to Klaipeda, £575 plus travel. Tall Ships Race 2. Crew aged 15-25. 8 places left. See here for details.
2-9 Aug, Klaipeda to Kiel, £490 plus travel. Crew aged 15-25. – 4 places left.
1-4 Oct, Southampton, £210 per person, crew aged 12-25 – 10 places left. ASTO Small Ships race. See here for details.
See here for a full list of available voyages.
Want to sail but can’t afford it?
For Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential projects, see here
Special funding for crew members from outside the UK.
Full 2009 voyage programme.
Do talk to us about your requirements even if you can't find a voyage to suit you. People do drop out, so we can keep you on a reserve list; or give you priority booking for 2010; or even help to recommend an alternative way of getting you afloat this year.
Contact the office for enquiries or bookings.
* Financial appeal
Huge thanks this week to the TMI Trust for a very generous donation covering bursaries for three specific group voyages plus a sum towards general funding. Thanks also to Upham Church for a very kind donation; and to Colin Campbell of Harold Hayles Ltd. (Yarmouth IOW) and Richard Jerram of International Paint for the donation of a rope cutter for our propeller shaft.
We are currently running appeals for refit and bursaries - please donate something if you possibly can.
You can find details of the refit appeal here - all the essential work which allows John Laing to keep sailing. We are drawing to the end of the current refit but the bills still keep coming in – and once the 2008-9 refit is fully-funded, we all need to take a deep breath and start raising money for next winter!
Bursaries: we have several groups and individuals needing additional funding in order to be able to take part in a voyage in 2009. If you would like to help some specific young people to pay for their voyages - perhaps children with physical and learning difficulties, or homeless teenagers, or young people growing up amidst poverty and even violence, or brothers and sisters of children being cared for by a children's hospice, please email me to discuss it. We also want to open up the most exciting voyages of 2009 - the Tall Ships series - to young people from a wide range of backgrounds, including some of those who cannot afford the full price.
See here for how to make a donation - you can contribute by cheque, phone or PayPal, but please do something if you possibly can. Don't forget that if you complete and return a Gift Aid form we can claim back tax on your donation.
* New grant-giving foundation
We’ve been contacted by the organiser of a potential new grant-giving foundation which he hopes to set up to support organisations which are doing their best to give less fortunate people new chances in life through sailing – he’s looking for opinions and feedback here. There’s a slight connection with us as the yacht “Sir Thomas Lipton” which won the Observer Single-handed race in the late 60s was later loaned to the Ocean Youth Club for sail training, and her designer, Robert Clark, also designed the 72’ OYC ketch class which formed the OYC fleet until the 1990s. Anyway, we would hope to be in line for grants from this new foundation if they succeed in setting it up, so please do visit the website and give your feedback on the questionnaire there.
Hard though it is to believe, I know there are some people out there who don’t want to read this bulletin in full every week. You may not be one of them - since you are reading this now! - but you may have friends, family or colleagues who would like to know a bit about OYT South without getting the full details every week. We have therefore introduced a new Supporters’ Newsletter as a summary of our news, activities and plans, designed to come out just three or four times a year. You can find a pdf version here - please email the link or print it out and give it to anyone you think might be interested!
Passwords to members-only website section
Anyone who hasn't received a password to the members-only section of this website and would like one should email me and I can give access to anyone eligible.
New readers' welcome and introduction
If you have recently registered your interest in OYT South, welcome to our e-newsletter, which is sent out almost every week, normally on a Friday. It includes a wide range of news from the boat and from the charity, including details of voyages available for young people; adult voyages; opportunities for adult volunteers both ashore and afloat, and much more. We find that while some people read the bulletin almost every week, many others dip in and out, and read it when it's convenient - which is why some items are repeated. The new items are marked with an asterisk * so that if you did read it last week, you can see which sections you can safely skip.
Please feel free to join in any OYT South activities - nothing here is restricted to long-standing members or people who already know one another. New people are always very welcome!
If you need an introduction to the work of OYT South, you should find a lot of useful information on our website. But essentially, we are a registered charity (no. 1079959) which exists to offer adventure under sail as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, from the widest possible range of backgrounds. A high proportion of our young crew members are disadvantaged or deserving in some way: many of these sail in groups organised by other charities, youth clubs, special schools and so on, and will fill the bulk of our term-time voyages. But those from more fortunate backgrounds are also welcome to sail, either in groups or by coming as individuals on a mixed voyage. Every year we run a variety of shorter local voyages plus longer adventure trips – including Tall Ships races during the summer holidays. If you are aged 12-25 and hoping to sail as a crew member, take a look here - and this section is also useful for adults who are thinking of organising a voyage for a young person. Adults planning to organise a full group voyage should also see here. Adults who want to sail themselves should see here.
We have a professional staff skipper and bosun, but our watch leaders are normally all volunteers, who combine sailing skills with an interest in working with young people. You can find more information here - how the system works, how to join, and profiles of existing staff and volunteers.
To volunteer for OYT South ashore, please see here. To help with the vessel's annual refit, or with maintenance days spread throughout the year, see here.
It is a very expensive business maintaining a boat, running an office and employing staff. If you want to help us, please become a member of OYT South. Or see here for information on making a donation.