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OYT South bulletin 28th July 2017

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* Skipper news

Our staff skipper, Andy Viney, is currently in his fifth season with us (on top of several years before that as a volunteer watchleader), during which he has skippered John Laing at the same time as managing a huge refit for Prolific; and he is currently skippering Prolific through her first season with us and undertaking the immense task of establishing and refining all the systems and procedures required with a new boat. Andy has now decided that the end of the current sailing season will be the right time for him to move on. We’ll have a lot more to say before he leaves about how much Andy has contributed to the charity - we don’t want to say it all now for fear of over-inflating his ego! As with previous staff skippers, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him back for the occasional guest appearance as relief skipper - he will undoubtedly remain very much a friend to OYT South and in due course we will be wishing him all the very best for the next stage in his career.

However, we obviously now need to recruit a successor for Andy. We are currently reviewing the Staff Skipper’s job description and planning a recruitment timetable. Full details will be published very shortly on OYT South’s website, in future editions of this bulletin, and on the websites of the Association of Sail Training Organisations and Sail Training International. However, anyone who might be interested in applying for the job is invited to email caroline.white@oytsouth.org now, and we will make sure that details are sent to you as soon as the formal job advertisement is ready.

We will be looking for the following as a minimum:

RYA Cruising Instructor with commercial endorsement and ENG1 medical
Experience in sail training with young people
Experience in vessels over 20 metres
Experience in vessel maintenance

There will be more detailed requirements in the full job description but if you meet these minimum requirements, you have a commitment to excellence and to delivering high-quality, safe sail training voyages for OYT South, and you are excited by the idea of becoming Prolific’s next staff skipper, we would love to hear from you.

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* Voyage news

The last newsletter left Prolific approaching Copenhagen three weeks ago, so there is plenty to say! The crew who sailed from Denmark to Germany left us on Saturday 8th July after a great voyage during which seven people earned RYA Start Yachting certificates and four got the more advanced RYA Competent Crew qualification. Several of the older ones were given recommendations to join our volunteer sea staff, and all would be welcome back again. Big thanks to sea staff Andy, Emma, Josh, Amanda, Stuart, Dom, Martin and Halima.

That evening we were joined by a crew from New Beacon School. They had some time ashore in Copenhagen on the Sunday before returning on board for safety briefings and vessel familiarisation and a passage to Turborg where they were given a berth outside the Royal Danish Yacht Club. It is well worth checking out the pictures of Tuborg’s highly distinctive harbour entrance markers!



Next stop was Simrishamn in southern Sweden where they arrived very early in the morning and then had time ashore and ice cream. This was followed by the long passage up the Swedish coast and into the archipelago where they spent some time exploring before finding an overnight berth in Vaxholm. Next day was Thursday 13th July and they found a beautiful anchorage for lunch where they had some free time. That evening they made their way into Stockholm where Prolific had been given a great berth in Nybrokajen in the centre of the city.



The school group very kindly took all the sea staff out for dinner that night, and on Saturday the New Beacon crew voyage ended with seven RYA Start Yachting certificates (the others already had the qualification). Big thanks to sea staff Andy V, Graeme, Josh, Nick, Andy K, Harry and special thanks to teacher Mark O’Prey who organised the group.

That night the sea staff and friends had a party on board where we were very lucky to have live music from Ray Cooper, an old friend of the charity from the days when he was a member of Oysterband. He now lives in Sweden with his family and he played a great show in two halves - the first half on deck with the sun setting over Stockholm, and a second set in the saloon.



On Sunday a new crew arrived, from Ardingly College - all but two had sailed with us in John Laing last year and it was great to see them back again. We set off that afternoon and made our way through the beautiful Swedish archipelago. This was to be very much a navigators’ voyage with full-time concentration required to help us weave a safe path through thousands of islands, and from the first moment we set the pattern for the coming days by having two of the girls in charge of pilotage. We looked for a berth that night in Sandhamn but the marina was full and we found a small anchorage just a short distance away - space was too tight so rather than having Prolific swinging at anchor, we took a stern line ashore and had a fun time scrambling around an uninhabited island in the dark tying a rope to a tree.

Monday was set to be the best sailing day of the trip with a good stretch of clear water between the Stockholm archipelago and the Aland Islands and we made the most of it despite variable and light winds. Highlights included Will’s 15th birthday, celebrated with homemade chocolate brownies straight from the oven, and some of the most spectacular skies ever seen.



We anchored late that night in Rodhamn in the south of the Aland Islands and woke next morning to the bluest of seas and skies. That day saw more intricate navigation - the image here shows how complex the local charts look:



Teams of crew members successfully guided us all the way to Nagu, an island we had visited twice before in John Laing. This time we didn’t fit in the marina but the tone of hospitality was set when the harbourmaster’s boat came out to welcome us to the anchorage and then stopped to take photos of Prolific with Nagu in the background. This was the first opportunity for shore leave in the voyage and we made the most of it, spending Tuesday evening and most of Wednesday ashore where there were saunas, showers, shops, beaches, volleyball and more. The school group also very kindly took the sea staff for lunch in a waterside restaurant. We were asked to decorate a board for display on the island alongside those of other notable visiting vessels: crew member Henry (holding the board) did the artwork:



We set off again that night for a short passage to another beautiful anchorage in Kramppi, in order to give ourselves an easy day on Thursday when we were due to arrive at the Tall Ships festival in Turku. This was an entertaining morning with plenty to see as the approaches were filled with endless sail training vessels of all shapes and sizes. Once securely alongside at the festival, there was a huge amount to do and see, and we spent the next few days engaged in crew sports, parties, time ashore, catching up with old friends and making new ones. Tall Ships festival ports always provide a local liaison officer for each boat to look after us and answer questions, and our LO in Turku, Sanni, did a fantastic job for us. The Ardingly crew threw themselves into everything with great enthusiasm: there is a video here on Facebook showing their preparation for crew sports. We were sorry to say goodbye to the Ardingly crew on Saturday - they had to leave the boat incredibly early in the morning to get their flight, but all the sea staff wanted to get up and see them off (before returning to bed again!). The two who hadn’t sailed before got their RYA Start Yachting certificates, and all would be welcome back. Big thanks to sea staff Andy V, Andy R, Jack, Matt, Colin, Frederik, Caz and to Tim Sayers who combined the role of third mate with being the teacher who organised the group.

On Sunday, we had a very special and most unexpected visit to the boat. A local Turku resident, Hans Andersson, was passing and noticed the name on the boat. At home he had a painting which had been passed down through his family of a boat named Prolific, and there was a family story that his grandfather had skippered her across the Atlantic, but Hans knew nothing more about the story than that. With our own knowledge of the history of the original Prolific, of which our boat is a modified replica, we were able to fill in the gaps in Hans’s family story and establish that his grandfather had in fact skippered the epic Atlantic crossing described here.. Hans brought his grandfather’s painting to show us, and we were able to show him our book on Prolific;s history - the first time Hans had ever seen a picture of his grandfather. Thanks to Saara Malila, Director of Communications and Marketing for the City of Turku, whom we had met at dinner a couple of days earlier, this all became a significant news story and both Hans and ourselves were interviewed for an article that appeared in the press next day.



Meanwhile, we had been joined by the crew for the next voyage – a mixed group of individual bookings, some of whom were new to us and some who had sailed with us before. They left Turku in a grand parade of sail on Sunday, with crowds lining the river banks and went out to Noto at the edge of the Finnish archipelago, where they spent the night along with lots of other boats. On Monday they headed for the start line of the Tall Ships race and had some practice tacks and gybes on the way before making an excellent start. Skipper Andy says this was a cracking race with an outstanding crew: mainly downwind in Force 4-6 with the young people working exceptionally hard, trimming the sails in 15-minute cycles and also completing all other tasks to the highest standards - Andy says he has rarely seen the logbook filled in so impeccably, and says that really it was an honour to sail with this group. At one stage they were sailing at well over 12 knots. They crossed the finish line off the Lithuanian coast around breakfast time on Wednesday, having made excellent time on the water. But the vessels competing in this race are all so different that the real results depend on handicap calculations and the final figures haven’t yet been made public - we’ll know after the prize-giving in Klaipeda.

Having finished the race so quickly, they could have gone into Klaipeda but the main festival hadn’t yet begun so the team decided there was time for another adventure first, and headed north for the port of Liepaja in Latvia, which made us tremendously welcome. The harbourmaster said “I’ve worked here for 10 years and never failed to find space for a boat that wants to come in” - and there was no charge! The harbour has no showers of their own but instead has an arrangement that crews can use a local hotel … which has a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna as well as the showers! However, this crew was so enthusiastic that it wasn’t all about time ashore - they also chose to spend time whipping lines and learning about the daily engine checks. Special mention to bosun Ollie who cleaned the engine bilge and even gave up a trip to the beach because he wanted to finish the job once he’d started it.

Last night the team were planning a movie night on board before heading down to Klaipeda festival today. Big thanks to all the sea staff: Andy, Peta, Lee, Adam, Louise, Jack, Nic and Rosalie.  

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* Extreme washing up
If any readers have ever encountered reluctance on the part of teenagers to get involved with domestic chores such as washing up, Ocean Youth Trust South would like to recommend the following video. This was shot at anchor in Kramppi, in the Finnish islands, and as well as providing a useful How To… guide, anyone with experience of sail training will recognise the two contrasting aspects of our voyages: plenty of fun combined with a chance to experience some of the glories of the world around us!

 

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Vessel tracking in the Baltic

Prolific will be in some interesting cruising grounds over the next few weejks. Don’t forget you can always see where Prolific is sailing by using the vessel tracking page on our website, generously sponsored by the Graham High Charity. This updates every few hours. If you are really keen and want up-to-the-minute vessel positions and more information, there are various apps for smartphone users (not always free) - MarineTraffic is a good option.

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ONE LAST chance to join Prolific at a Tall Ships festival this year - funding help available!
There is just ONE place left on a voyage from 7 to 14 August this summer from Szczecin in Poland to Cuxhaven in Germany, starting with a day at the fabulous Szczecin Tall Ships festival. Age range 12-25. The full price is £625pp and the place would be open to anyone who can afford this BUT we have some bursary funding available which could allow us to offer a very substantial discount to anyone who is disadvantaged and genuinely unable to afford the full price. If you are interested, or you know anyone who might be eligible, please email caroline.white@oytsouth.org. Please note that bursary funding can only be used towards voyage fees – crew members will still need to arrange their own travel to and from the boat. If you are applying for funding, please tell us how much you can afford towards the voyage after paying for travel, and give us some information on why you think you might be eligible for financial help.

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* 2017 voyage programme - berths available

The current vacancies list is as follows but where anything is marked on this list as "tbc" it means that someone has asked for that berth but their booking is not yet formally confirmed - please ask us now if you would be interested in taking a "tbc" berth if the other booking is not confirmed:

7-14 Aug: Szczecin (Poland) to Cuxhaven (Germany) - 7 nights - 1 berth available - age 12-25 - £625pp - starts with a day at a Tall Ships festival (see above).
15-22 Aug: Cuxhaven (Germany) to Ipswich - 7 nights - age 12-25 - £470pp - 1 berth available.
16-20 Oct - Southampton - 4 nights - 12 berths available tbc (full-boat booking) - age 12-25 - £285pp. This voyage has had an unavoidable cancellation by a group which had already paid a non-refundable 25% deposit, so the price has now been reduced from £375 per person. We have had one possible enquiry from a new group booking but there is no guarantee this will be confirmed so we would be pleased to hear from anyone else who might be interested.

The full sailing programme for 2017 is available here, including latest availability for our Baltic Adventure. If you would like to sail in 2017 as a young crew member, please do think about it NOW and contact webmaster1@oytsouth.org.

Fourteen out of 17 remaining voyages are already fully-booked or at least reserved this year (though there are still some voyages which have been provisionally reserved subject to funding or to a group getting enough people - any spare places will be released as soon as we know that anything can't be confirmed).

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* Volunteer sea staff needed

The following dates have not yet been confirmed as bookings for anyone so please let us know if you can help to fill any of the gaps. Although we are running with extra sea staff this year, we definitely want to fill any spaces - please don't think we might not really need you if we already have a good team on board, because we definitely do need you!

Dates marked tbc have been offered to someone but not confirmed (e.g. they may not have got permission from employers to take leave for the voyage) so please bid for them if you wish and we will let you know as soon as possible if there is space for you or not.

4-8 Sept - 3M or trainee mate tbc
24-29 Sept
- 2M
30 Sept - 3 Oct - additional 3M - preferably someone with experience in Prolific
4-8 Oct - 3M or additional 2M - this voyage includes the ASTO Small Ships Race so we want a strong team!
9-13 Oct - bosun, mate or trainee mate tbc
16-20 Oct - 3M
25-29 Oct - additional 3M
30 Oct - experienced watchleaders for day sail

NB dates given are when young people are on board - we generally need sea staff the day before (except for weekend voyages). All voyages start and finish in Southampton unless otherwise stated.

Bear in mind that we are carrying extra sea staff in Prolific's first season so if we appear to be advertising for someone in your role on dates you have already accepted, don't worry - it's unlikely we have forgotten you; but there is space for someone else as well.

If you can help with any of these, please email webmaster1@oytsouth.org.

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Day sails 16th and 17th September - would anyone like to sail?
We will be running a couple of day sails in Prolific on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September.0930-1700 from Ocean Village. These day sails are primarily for adults though we can potentially include a few young people aged 11+ if they are coming with an accompanying adult. But primarily these days are for supporters, donors, current and potential clients, teachers, youth workers, perhaps former crew members, staff and volunteers who haven’t yet had a chance to sail in Prolific, families of young people who have sailed with us … basically any adults who wouldn’t normally have a chance of doing a full voyage but who would like to come and see the boat and perhaps find out more about what the charity can offer. To apply for a place, or to suggest anyone else we ought to invite, please contact caroline.white@oytsouth.org.

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Winter refit core team needed
We haven’t yet finalised plans for Prolific’s winter refit 2017-18, but if you are planning a gap year, or you are between jobs or for any other reason potentially available for several weeks or months this winter, might you be interest in joining our full-time refit team? More details here, including an initial expression of interest form. Plenty of our previous refit volunteers have gone on to great jobs in the marine industry - it really helps to have maintenance experience as well as good sailing skills when applying for sailing jobs! And any refit volunteers who want to sail in Prolific can be offered berths as watchleaders, bosuns, or relief engineers. So it’s a great way of developing useful experience, contributing to a good cause, securing free food and accommodation for a few months, and having a positive experience with a fun group of people! If you fill in the online form we can keep in touch with you as plans for the winter become clearer.

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Prolific
maintenance days 2017 - help needed
The remaining list of 2017 maintenance days is as follows - please put these dates in your diary and come and help on any of them if you possibly can:

Wednesday 23rd August - Ipswich
Sunday 24th September - Southampton

Email refit@oytsouth.org to let us know you are coming so we can plan jobs and make sure there is food on board for all helpers!

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DRAFT 2018 sailing programme
As you may have read in previous issues of this newsletter, we had drafted a 2018 sailing programme and spent a month consulting all our regular clients plus a number of new groups which had expressed an interest in sailing in 2018, as well as several people who contacted us as a result of reading about this in the bulletin. The upshot of all this is we have ended up with an overwhelming majority of clients asking us NOT to do the Tall Ships race series in summer 2018, but to offer more affordable UK-based voyages instead. Some groups would have been excluded by Tall Ships age restrictions affecting all the dates when they could have sailed; some simply can’t afford longer voyages and flights to overseas ports; and some would like to do Tall Ships perhaps every other year but with simpler voyages in the years in between. We have therefore re-drafted a 2018 programme based on spending the summer in the west country (specific ports yet to be decided). We are just finalising things with a large number of clients who have already asked to book a voyage (several are changing their plans based on the new draft, and sometimes we have two clients asking for the same dates so we are in the process of shuffling things around to see if we can accommodate everyone who has asked). This means that dates, ports and durations are not yet set in stone, but if you are interested in a group or individual voyage in 2018, do please email webmaster1@oytsouth.org and let us know what you want, so that we can see what might be fitted around clients who have already put in their voyage requests.

Please note that we are NOT looking for volunteer sea staff bids yet!

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Southampton Boat Show 2017 - special offer
The Southampton Boat Show will run from 15th to 24th September 2017. John Goode has again kindly arranged for discounted Boat Show tickets for OYT South members, families and friends. If you receive the email version of this newsletter, you can see the discount details, which we can't put on a public website.

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* OYT South AGM 4th November– save the date!
OYT South’s AGM will be held on 4th November at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, 1730 onwards. We will aim to follow it with the usual curry night. All welcome = more details to come in due course but for now, please put the date in your diaries!

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Annual Report
OYT South’s Annual Report for the last financial year has now been published - do have a look. It includes much more than just the financial statements and official accounts - there are plenty of tales from last season and enough quotes from clients and young people to warm the hearts of anyone who has supported us in the last year. We have also included tributes to John Laing at the end of her time with OYT South. The printed edition is available from the office shortly - do contact office@oytsouth.org if you would like copies to give to anyone, especially new potential clients and donors. And certainly feel free to email the link to anyone you think might be interested. OYT South and our staff, volunteers, members and supporters have achieved some fantastic successes in the last year and we rely on everyone who reads this to help us spread the word!

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* VHF channel changes
Sea staff please note these changes to the VHF channels used by HM Coastguard to broadcast Maritime Safety Information (MSI) and conduct radio medical advice: .

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* Financial appeal

Some fantastic donations in the last couple of weeks. Big thanks to Helena and Ben Martin for a donation collected at their wedding. The Whirlwind Charitable Trust has made an incredibly generous donation to buy a cruising chute for Prolific. And perhaps most impressively of all, one of our junior trainee volunteers, Niamh Lamin, who first came to us through the MACS charity for visually impaired young people, was recently doing a skills development week with Santander and discovered that there was an opportunity to submit a grant application while she was there. She completed all the forms – and managed to secure £5,000 towards bursary funding for disadvantaged young people to sail next year!

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.

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Chris Ellis Award - win £££s off sailing
If you enjoy a voyage with OYT South and want to come again next year (and are aged 12-25), please think about entering for this award. You can win up to £200 off the price of another voyage, by sending in an account of a voyage you have already done with us. It can be a logbook, diary, story, pictures, video - anything which gives the judges an idea of why you had a good time and would like to come again. The prize is judged at the end of each season and the award can be spent on a voyage the following year. Entries should be emailed to webmaster1@oytsouth.org or posted to the office to arrive by Christmas. See here for more details of this award, which was set up in memory of the charity's founder.

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OYT South branded clothing - temporary website problem

T-shirts, hoodies and more are normally available here: http://www.spyprints.com/shop/oyt-south.html - but the company involved (which is not part of OYT South) has encountered a major problem with their web hosting and it may take a few weeks to fix it. Do try the link but if it’s not working, you can call Spyprints on 01983 299314 and they can still take an order over the phone.

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Small boat training opportunities for sea staff
A while ago we consulted sea staff about the need for a small boat so that people can practise skills which aren’t easily learned in Prolific. While we have concluded, that - for the time being - the cost and workload of having a training boat of our own didn’t make that a good option, there was nevertheless a clear demand for access to a small boat. We have therefore made an arrangement with our good friends at the Discovery Sailing Project for the occasional use of their 34-foot Alexander Fairey. The yacht is currently having work done and will be lifted at the end of January and back in service around mid February. She can be chartered by OYT South sea staff on the following conditions:

The person in charge must have a full Day Skipper qualification and a recommendation from Mark Todd or Andy Viney confirming that you are an active member of OYT South sea staff with an appropriate level of competence; and there must be a second person on board with Day Skipper or suitable experience in case the skipper is incapacitated. Additionally someone must have RYA First Aid (or equivalent) and hold a valid VHF Radio Licence. At the moment the price is £250 for a weekend (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) and £100 per day mid-week. This cost is ‘bare boat’. Cost for gas is included and diesel is charged at an hourly rate, deducted from a £20 cash deposit paid before takeover. The balance will be fully refunded if the vessel is left clean - if not, a deduction will be made for cleaning. Cleaning materials are provided.

Alexander Fairey sleeps a maximum of 8 people so might be suitable for a group of OYT South sea staff to get together and develop boat handling skills and command experience. Anyone interested should contact Clive Fisher at dsp_office@btconnect.com with preferred dates - obviously the boat is used for their own sea staff so the issue will always be about making sure they can fit everyone in.

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Youth Trustee - speaking up for young people

OYT South has a rule that at least one member of the Board of Trustees - which runs the charity - should be in the same age range as the young people who sail with us. The current Youth Trustee is 19-year old student Jack Dignan, who did his first voyage with us a couple of years ago. Jack is in a position to speak up for young crew members, suggest changes in the way the charity operates or to do anything else which will improve the experience of the young people who sail with us. If you are a young person and you have ideas or suggestions for how we can do better, and you want to talk to someone close to your own age, you can contact Jack. If you’re not happy with something and want to know what to do about it, you might want to start by talking to Jack. If you want to get more involved - whether by just doing another voyage, or by training as a volunteer - Jack can point you in the right direction. You can email him at jackdignan@oytsouth.org.

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Raise And Sail - website for anyone looking to raise money to come sailing
Raise And Sail is a section of this website full of ideas, information and support for young people who would like to raise money in order to come sailing with us. Huge thanks to Fiona Keen and Emma Burrows for putting Raise And Sail together. We hope you will find it useful - let us know how you get on as we can add success stories and new ideas to the site in due course.

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Online navigation training for volunteers and young people
OYT South has been offering basic navigation training through the RYA's Essential Navigation & Seamanship course - do have a look and sign up if you want the qualification.

For those of you who want something a little more advanced, one of our relief skippers, Simon Jinks, is offering online distance learning systems for the theory courses for Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean. Simon is a great sailor and a top instructor so this is very highly recommended. Details here. He is also offering a one-day Weather for Sailors course. Please note that Simon's website also includes Essential Navigation and the PPI course, both of which OYT South can offer in-house.

With our own courses and Simon's we now have navigation courses to suit everyone from total beginners right up to the most advanced level - please give it a go and do ask for advice if you are not sure which course is right for you.

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Keep in touch with other OYT South people
We are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oytsouth - please do give us a Like! if you were friends with John Laing on our old page (https://www.facebook.com/johnlaingsailing please do move to the new page now.

We are also on Twitter @oytsouth so please follow us!

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.

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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!

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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 - sometimes 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. And there is a video here, made by a crew from the Prince's Trust, to give you an idea of what a voyage might be like!

We have a professional staff skipper and engineer, 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, 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.

If you have any questions, please do email - or contact the office.

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