Sections which have changed since last time marked *
* Maintenance and Tall Ships preparation, Ipswich, 4-6 July
Loads to do before we set off for Tall Ships - we need as much help as possible. Call the boat on 07990 518915 if you can come and give us a hand. The boat will be in Woolverstone marina near Ipswich. 4th and 5th July are official maintenance days; but the crew aren’t arriving till later on Tuesday 6th so people are welcome to stay on and help then too.
Other maintenance days this year:
Tues 10 August - Hartlepool
Mon 27 Sept - Southampton
However, there is just a chance that someone will have to drop out of the voyage 11-16 August, Hartlepool - Ipswich, £365. We are trying to sort this out but let me know if you want to be first reserve.
We have also started putting together a reserve list in case anyone else drops out this year. Just send me an email if you would like to be alerted to any short-notice vacancies or discounted places.
Apart from that, we are now taking bookings for 2011 - do have a look at our plans, dates and details - including Tall Ships 2011 (Waterford - Greenock - Lerwick - Stavanger - Halmstad). Lots of great voyages available but parts of the programme are already selling fast. Contact the office to discuss sailing next year.
Southampton Boat Show - under 25s needed, 18 Sept
John Laing is going to spend a day at the Southampton Boat Show on Saturday 18th September, open to the public and trying to get people enthused about sail training for young people. One suggestion is that we have a team of young crew members aged 12-25, taking part in typical OYT activities (who wants to start the After Eight game and invite members of the public to join in?). We want to make it fun and lively. Free tickets to the show for anyone who volunteers, and we will give people time off during the day to see the other attractions. Ben Martin is in charge of fun and games and generally creating a lively atmosphere. Email me if you might be interested in taking part.
OYT/OYC 50th anniversary celebrations
Although we are still over-subscribed for our celebration event on 16th October , we have had some tickets back and have been allocating them to people on the waiting list. If you still want to come and don’t have a ticket, do please email me as the waiting list is now short enough that it could be worth adding more names - you just might get a ticket.
13-17 Sept: bosun
18-19 Sept, marketing day sails: 3M or bosun
24-26 Sept: bosun
28 Sept - 3 Oct: experienced 2M for Small Ships race
4-8 Oct: 1M and 3M or trainee mate
18-22 Oct: one more qualified watchleader for OYT South voyage using Thermopylae Clipper
25-31 Oct: bosun
Email me if you are interested.
For those of you who are new to OYT South and not yet qualified mates with us, please feel free to apply for anything listed as suitable for a trainee mate.
Please note that you cannot sail until you have completed a mates' application and done a CRB check (see here for details) - and EITHER paid for a mates' training / familiarisation voyage, OR paid your annual membership and sailing donation.
NB mates are allowed to apply for bosun berths - it's good for all mates to have a grasp of some of the technical and maintenance stuff!
* Voyage news
John Laing has left the Solent and won’t be back till late August! This week’s voyage is setting us on the way for the Tall Ships voyages to Belgium, Denmark and Norway. If you want to track our progress, see here. We have adjusted the map to show the whole area we’ll be sailing in this summer, but you can zoom in on the boat icon and see exactly where we are, with details of course, speed and more.
This week’s crew has been a mixed group - three from Devon & Cornwall Foyer, several from Hampshire, and other assorted individual bookings. They have had a week of amazing weather - hot sun, flat seas, downwind sailing, light winds but enough to get the boat going. They went to Gosport last Saturday night, with some tacking practice in minimal winds just to get used to things. On Sunday they set off for Dieppe, with an amazing sail - cruising chute up for 24 hours, the mizzen staysail all through the daylight, and speeds of 7 knots or so despite the light winds. The night sail was excellent. Arriving in Dieppe on Monday morning, they had the rest of the day free - quite an experience as several of the crew had never been abroad before. On Tuesday they had another downwind sail to Boulogne and had more shore leave. On Wednesday they enjoyed a traditional French lunch of baguettes and cheese before sailing to Ramsgate - a bit of fog at the start but luckily it cleared. Arriving late, they didn’t have much time in Ramsgate as they had an early start yesterday. They sailed to Walton backwaters last night and anchored before going for a beach BBQ and games of Frisbee. Now they are sitting on the anchorage doing RYA training, planning to leave for Ipswich later today. The voyage ends tomorrow. Many thanks to skipper Nic, Ben , Phoebe, Andy and David.
* Thank you!
Various people to thank this week. Jenny Hayward has been volunteering regularly in our office, which has made a huge difference, so thank you very much to her! Thanks also to Lynne who donated a big supply of chandlery, and to Geoff Eddy who had a day out in the van with Wolf to pick it all up. Finally thanks to Makro cash and carry, who have taken our Tall Ships shopping list (the equivalent of feeding one person for 650 days) and packed up our order ready for delivery on Monday.
* 41 Club fundraising efforts
You might know that the Ocean Youth Trust (including ourselves plus the other OYT charities) is the 41 Club National President’s Charity this year. Malcolm Lockey, the President, is currently doing a tremendous fundraising walk for us - which he has described as not unlike the longest pub crawl in the world. Many thanks to Malcolm – you can read his blog here.
* Free next winter? Taking a gap year, or not working for other reasons?
As in previous years, we are looking to recruit a small number of full-time volunteers to work on our winter refit between November and March. We hope all sea staff will turn up for a weekend or a few days, as normal; but it really helps our professional staff to have a small number of long-term helpers who are there for periods ranging from a month to four months, developing real experience and skills (which can often lead to careers in the marine industry, for those who want). See here for more information. Volunteers receive food and accommodation as well as valuable experience. If you would be interested, please email me.
Mates' training voyage
New potential volunteers, or existing mates who want more practice: book now for the September training weekend 10-12 Sept, £160 (1 or 2 places left). Email me to book.
We need a regular flow of funds to cover at least three major areas: bursaries for young people who could not otherwise afford to sail; vessel maintenance and equipment; and staff salaries - please help, or pass on our details to anyone you come across who might make a grant, large or small.
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.
Kirsty and Jez - sponsorship and event updates!
Kirsty Keith is doing a half-ironman in July to raise money for us - she has already run a marathon and raised 93% of her target of £1,000 for OYT South - please go to her web page and support her - she is so close to her target now!
Jez Snead’s fundraising for his half-ironman earlier this month has now gone up to £3,108.50: see his website here. Huge thanks to him.
You too can use Justgiving to raise money for a sponsored activity or an event; to make regular donations, or set up a page in memory of someone and invite donations to the charity. Have a look here.
OYT South AGM date 2010
The 2010 OYT South AGM will be held on Saturday 16th October at 1.30pm in Portsmouth. It is open to all members and shouldn’t take very long, so people can attend before joining in our 50th anniversary celebrations that afternoon and evening.
Keep in touch with other John Laing people
We use a number of social networking websites to allow crew members to keep in touch with the boat and with each other. People can swap stories, post photos and more. For some overseas voyages, we will even set up online groups well in advance, restricted only to people who will actually be sailing on that particular voyage, so that people can compare travel plans and arrange to travel together. See here for how to join.
Please note that OYT South has a policy that our adult staff and volunteers should not make or accept individual online friend requests with crew members aged under 18. Young crew members can use the sites to stay in touch with the boat and with each other, but not with individual adults.
Survey - tell us what you think
If you have recently completed a voyage, please help us by filling in our web-based survey. It really helps - we use the data to keep improving our voyages, and to help us raise funds!
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.