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OYT South bulletin 10th July 2020

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COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
Current government guidance includes the following:

“You should not:

  • gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)”

Clearly there are other rules applying in specific settings, such as in a school, but at the moment we are not aware of any other guidelines that would apply to sail training and allow us to have members of more than two households below deck, or sleeping on board, or more than six people interacting on deck. We will keep the situation under continual review; and of course no-one can predict when and how the guidelines might change again in ways that could affect our ability to sail.

There are three earlier statements about COVID-19 on our website from Ocean Youth Trust South’s Chief Executive, Mark Todd: an initial statement from 18th March; an update issued on 15th April; and a response on 11th May to a Parliamentary committee report on the crisis - which quoted OYT South

One key message, particularly as evidence grows of the lasting effect that the pandemic is set to have on young people, is about the role we believe we can play in the longer term, using our voyages to help young people recover from the social and psychological impact of COVID-19. We are determined to do all we can to get through this period, when we are enduring the complete loss of all our trading income, in the best possible state so that we can start offering voyages again and helping young people as soon as it is safe to do so.

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* OYT South and MACS

Some of OYT South’s most effective work is done through partnerships with schools, youth groups or other charities who are supporting young people over longer periods and can use a week on board Prolific to make a lasting difference to their lives. One of our partnerships is with MACS, the charity for young people born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes.  This week is MACS Awareness Week.
Not only do we run voyages for MACS young people, but also a number of individuals with visual impairments have gone on to join our team of volunteer bosuns and watchleaders. Jack, who was born with only one eye, is one of our second mates; Robbie is a third mate; and Niamh sails as a bosun.

Check out this fantastic video from MACS about Pearl and Ruth and their time sailing with Ocean Youth Trust South on board Prolific:

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* Financial appeal

Huge thanks this week to Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation for a very generous donation towards Prolific's next refit!

As with all businesses and charities, OYT South is under tremendous financial pressure due to COVID-19, with a very significant loss of voyage income for an extended period. We realise that many of our friends and supporters will be facing financial difficulties of your own, but if anyone is in a position to make a donation to help with our core costs over this period, we would be more grateful than we can say.

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 (pdf) we can claim back tax on your donation.

Huge thanks to all our supporters and friends who have already responded with such kindness and generosity to this appeal. We are not thanking everyone individually in the bulletin only because quite a few people have asked to remain anonymous; but we are truly grateful to all of you.

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* Company seeks ideas for virtual games and activities to raise money for OYT South
Under normal circumstances, this year OYT South would have been involved in some corporate fundraising activities with P66 - but of course all the pub quizzes and face-to-face competitions they had hoped to use to raise money for us can’t happen. They are now looking for ideas for virtual fundraising instead.

Anyone involved in sail training knows that the games and fun activities on board are often just as important as the sailing, so can we put all our experience and creativity together to come up with ideas for P66, perhaps based around the sorts of things we normally do during a voyage? Imagine a video call where each participant has an After Eight on their forehead … or a challenge where you have to send in a photo of the marshmallow / spaghetti construction bridge with the longest span? But as well as the fun games, they are looking for activities which would give their staff a better idea of what OYT South is all about and what we can do for young people.

Please help – we want to make sure this is loads of fun for P66 staff and then hopefully they will raise more money for us! Ideas to webmaster1@oytsouth.org, please.

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* Prolific news
Big thanks to the team looking after Prolific! Holly has been doing it on a voluntary basis while Josh is on furlough but we also have some photos of work done while Josh had a couple of days back off furlough recently.

This week there has been a deck wash; the mooring lines have been swapped end-for-end so the wear isn’t always in the same places; the engine has been run up and so has the fire pump (complete with some new lagging):

Lagging

Preparations are underway for work on the floor of the nav area where we found some rot underneath:

Flooring Flooring

Here’s another picture from the day when we rigged the deck tent (very kindly sponsored by the Graham High Charity) in order to improve the fitting:

Deck tent

And finally, Josh had to say goodbye to his pet cable-tie creature which was his only companion when he was in lockdown on board on his own for weeks:

Pet

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* Why we care about sail training - send in your stories!
With no voyage reports for a while, it will be good to keep reminding ourselves about the value of our charitable work, the life-changing experiences and fantastic fun and friendship on our voyages. If you have a treasured memory of sailing with us, or a tale of a voyage you will never forget, or a funny story, please send it to webmaster1@oytsouth.org and we'll publish the best in future editions of this newsletter.

In 2007 our crew had a great time at the Tall Ships festival in Arhus, Denmark:

Arhus

Then they had the parade of sail followed by two days’ sailing to get to the race start line - involving an overnight passage past the Danish islands towards the southern tip of Sweden.

Craig the bosun was in bosun heaven on this passage as the generator had broken but the problem was something he knew how to fix, and he was allowed to go to bed overnight rather than standing any watches, in order to be fresh to fix it in the morning! The crew then had a night in Rodvig in order to give everyone else a rest before the race start the next day.

Tall Ships race start

John Laing then went out of phone range so the bulletin could only report what we could see on the tracking system – they reached 14 knots at one point, and were doing 9 or 10 knots for long stretches. As they came into the Gulf of Finland they were moving gradually up the fleet, though John Laing’s handicap wasn’t helping in the official fleet positions. But then the wind died and most of the fleet were making barely one or two knots. As the week’s newsletter was published. John Laing was drifting with 35 miles to go.

In 2009 the newsletter began with the Tall Ships fleet having just arrived in Russia, after a VERY rainy passage up the river (four tea towels were needed to keep the chart dry, despite it being in the shelter of the chartroom). But the sun came out and John Laing moored in the centre of St. Petersburg on the Neva River, surrounded by the awesome architecture of this historic city: gilded domes, famous palaces and majestic bridges. The final positions for the first race were announced and John Laing’s best result in years was confirmed: 9th in Class C and 30th overall, out of 73 finishers.

We quickly made friends with Genia, our amazingly efficient young Russian liaison officer who instantly sorted almost all the items on Mark’s jobs list: food, fuel, water etc; but not, thankfully, the nuclear warhead that he requested. This episode established Genia’s ability to cope with Mark’s sense of humour, even if she did despair of him at times, and all went well from then on.

 The next day Genia took the crew on a guided walk of St. Petersburg. This included the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, the cake and coffee shops and down the longest imaginable escalator into the deepest metro system in the world.

St Petersburg

Next day we had a party on board John Laing, and the internationally-renowned folk singer Phil Beer, who was one of the crew on board our friends Pegasus, did a gig for us.

Phil Beer

Phil Beer gig

If you don’t know Phil’s music, solo or with the band Show of Hands, he would have included songs like these in his set on board John Laing:

Next day we left for the parade of sail, having successfully kidnapped Genia and convinced her that she wanted to sail with us to Finland! This leg of the Tall Ships Baltic series was a Cruise in Company and the plan was to join with our friends Pegasus and Black Diamond to visit the beautiful small places on the way to Turku – not the bigger commercial ports where the square riggers had to plan their cruising.

Pegasus and Black Diamond

The first night was spent at sea and the next day saw some sailing in light airs, and some motoring until at 11.30pm the fog came down. Not ordinary fog but a serious gloopy peasouper of a fog. At 1.30am the decision was taken to stop sailing because of the very poor visibility and proximity to busy shipping lanes. John Laing held station under main and mizzen while the two smaller boats circled round using us as a reference point (heightening skipper Mark’s conviction that he really ought to be the centre of the universe…)

At the time we had a bit of a cucumber surplus on board due to a slight communication failure between Ben Martin and a ship chandler in Poland (when completing a victualling form, it’s worth checking whether putting the number “5” against the word “cucumbers” will produce 5 cucumbers … or 5 kilos of cucumbers). However, in thick fog with three vessels keen to stay in close contact, we now had options for baton relays…

When the fog lifted we were able to reach Suomenlinna, near Helsinki. This island is a Unesco World Heritage Site and very beautiful. All the crew and sea staff spent time relaxing after the long passage. Some sampled local customs by taking a sauna.

On Friday morning everyone caught the ferry into Helsinki and went to places as diverse as the Museum of Modern Art and the Fishmarket.

Helsinki

The week’s bulletin ended with the team planning to head into the Finnish archipelago.

In 2011 we were at another Tall Ships event, enjoying a festival in Greenock, and were then joined by an all-female crew (mostly Guides) for a Scottish cruise. The parade of sail out of Greenock on involved dancing on the side deck and singing along to the Proclaimers’ “500 miles”.

Greenock parade of sail

Next stop was Oban, after rounding the Mull of Kintyre close inshore and then going through the Sound of Islay - the staff had told the crew this would be beautiful but they ended up going through at night! They were the first vessel in the fleet to reach Oban, but were soon joined by Black Diamond and others, and spent the next day there, with a ceilidh laid on for the crews in the evening. A 5am start on Thursday was followed by several changes of plan owing to shifting winds, and a 1-hour stop in Tobermory for the sake of all the Balamory fans on board (if you don’t know about Balamory, ask any pre-school TV viewer from the early 2000’s). The newsletter ended with an 0430 arrival in Stornoway and a plan to stay in harbour for the day, with a laser light show promised in the evening. They had seen dolphins and seals and some lovely sunsets but not really had enough wind: but they still had a 200-miles non-stop passage to the Shetland Islands to go!

At sea in Scotland

At sea in Scotland

In 2012 skipper James was enduring what he described as “the worst rain ever” (“I was wearing my new oilskins and layers of clothes but I still got wet right through to my pants!”) Luckily nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of a crew from TS Swiftsure, and after Saturday morning sailing around Poole in the rain, followed by an afternoon of activities alongside, they were rewarded with a beautiful sail on Sunday, out to Swanage and back.

Next we had a mixed group - several from schools connected to second mate and teacher Sarah “Tee Hee” Tredinnick, plus a couple of individual bookings. They sailed round to Weymouth in challenging conditions and then next day caught the afternoon tide around Portland Bill and made their way right across to Brixham to arrive at 0500 on Thursday. The passage was rough and bouncy at first but got nicer and nicer - a moonlit night ending with the sun coming up as they got into harbour.

Tee Hee

Tee Hee was happy … and skipper James was looking cool:

James

In this week in 2014 we had a mixed crew from Applemore College and Forest Education Centre, plus a number of individual bookings. They started with a big overnight sail from Poole and were joined the following morning by more dolphins than anyone on board had ever seen together - estimates ranged between 50 and 70. The voyage went on to Salcombe and Fowey before ending in Plymouth.

Dolphins

At sea

In this week in 2015 we reported on a voyage with Ardingly College which began by sailing from Poole to Sark and then Guernsey before beating to windward back across the Channel to Fowey. There the young people chose their own skipper, mates and bosun and took charge of the vessel for the final passage to Plymouth - making a fantastic job of it. Light winds at the start meant they had to motor but later they were able to sail on a broad reach and put in a couple of gybes. The school very kindly took the whole team out for dinner on the last night!

At sea

Crew

And Jack Dignan completed his third mate’s assessment on this voyage.

Jack

That night after the crew had left, the sea staff were invited to a BBQ with local supporters and sea staff Andy and Sally Brown. Then there was a maintenance day before we were joined by a crew from New Beacon School. They started with a night passage to Roscoff, which was quite an experience as it was the night before Bastille Day - there was a great atmosphere on shore with fireworks and plenty going on! They had a cracking sail back, across the Channel, averaging 8.5 knots and absolutely flying for much of the time, arriving in Mevagissey at 3am and mooring alongside another sail training vessel, our friends in Pegasus, with Dave Carnson, one of our own former skippers, in charge.

Next they motored round to Fowey in light winds and ended up alongside Pegasus again, and on the last day the young people took charge on the passage to Plymouth.

At sea

In 2016 we were reporting on Matt Lovett passing his second mate’s assessment. Then it was time for another New Beacon voyage and one of the youngest crews of the year. They started in Plymouth and enjoyed seeing a number of Royal Naval vessels before a night on a buoy, and then a passage to Fowey. Next day they headed west again, keeping an open mind about how far they would go, but once past the Lizard with the crew in good shape and the weather conditions favourable, they carried on to the Scillies, sailing through the night and arriving at 6am on Wednesday in Watermill Cove on the north east side of St Mary’s. Later they moved to an anchorage in Porth Cressa where they could go ashore for ice cream and showers. Next stop was Tresco, and a buoy next to Hangman’s Rock, which has a gibbet on top – but this didn’t detract from a beautiful setting on the most glorious day! They had a good time ashore and the newsletter ended with them planning the passage back to the mainland next day.

At sea

At sea

In 2018 it was Ardingly College again, sailing to Guernsey and exploring St Peter Port. They watched England’s World Cup quarter final win against Sweden and as soon as the game was over they set off for a beautiful anchorage between Herm and Jethou and had a lovely night there. Next morning they explored Herm, and then headed to Cherbourg. Sadly it was a week of very little wind and lots of motoring, but they all enjoyed time ashore in France. After more motoring in no wind, they made it back to Portland and next day the young people took over responsibility for the vessel on the passage round to Poole - and managed to do some sailing in light winds. And Nick Steel completed his second mate’s assessment.

At sea

At sea

Next came a crew from the sixth form of George Green’s School in Tower Hamlets. The school has strong maritime links: George Green, the school's founder, was a shipbuilder and the campus location looks across the Thames to Greenwich and the Cutty Sark. The students told us that they were keen for an adventure (ideally with a chance to savour some great ice-cream!) and wanted to squeeze as much as possible into their relatively short time on board. They were heading to Cornwall as the newsletter for the week was written.

This time last year the newsletter picked up with the boys from New Beacon School at anchor outside Newlyn after crossing back from the Scillies. Next they had a good sail to Coverack with drills and training on the way, and then on to Hemmick Cove (between Falmouth and Fowey) and time ashore on the beach before movie night on board.

All this lead up to the real challenge of the voyage: despite this being one of the youngest crews of the season, aged 10-13, the sea staff were side-lined and the boys took over the roles of skipper, first mate, watchleaders, engineers, navigators and more to run the ship for themselves on the final passage to Falmouth. They took their responsibilities seriously, worked very hard, and got the vessel safely into harbour with minimal input from the staff:

Navigators

Navigator

Bosuns

In Falmouth they enjoyed the opportunity for a shower - not an option for most of the voyage! - and the entire team went out for a celebration meal. During the meal it was announced that Adam Lane had successfully completed his first mate's assessment - evidently a popular decision:

Adam Lane - first mate

On the same voyage, Danny Ballantyne, who had been part of the previous winter's core refit team, was signed off as a third mate.

We moved straight on to a voyage with a mixed crew of individual bookings, and did a short hop round from Falmouth to the Helford River on the first night before getting up at 4am to head across the Channel. The team made it into Roscoff - with a dolphin escort! - at around 6pm.

Roscoff

There they had a birthday party on board for first mate Jen:

Party

Party

The sea staff for this voyage had an average age of 23, and Josh was the oldest person on board at only 29!

Which brings us almost up to the present day. Please send in your contributions for future issues.

We hope these forays into the past are entertaining you while we cannot sail at the moment – and reminding everyone of the value of what we do!

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* Melvin Magnall MBE RIP

We are sad to announce the death of Melvin Magnall MBE, a former stalwart of the OYC North West Area in the 1980s & 90s.  Melvin died peacefully in hospital surrounded by his family on Saturday 27th June, aged 81.

Melvin sailed a number of times in Southern waters, particularly on Lady Beaverbrook and Team Spirit, and was instrumental in the building of Greater Manchester Challenge, launched in 1986.  It was in tribute to his work for the benefit of disadvantaged young people, particularly in his home area of Lancashire, that in 1997 he was awarded both an MBE and an Honorary Life Membership of the Ocean Youth Club.

Melvin was a man of great character, humour and drive, and his commitment to the development of so many young people through sailing with the OYC will ensure that his legacy lives on.

It is anticipated that there will be a memorial service in Spring 2021; please contact irenewilde@ntlworld.com if you wish to receive details.

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OYT South social media – please get involved
One of the simplest ways you can help us while we can’t sail is to keep looking at our social media pages and share, retweet or like as many posts as possible. This all helps to make sure other people hear about us too – and the more we can keep alive the interest in our charitable work, the more people might help us now or start to think about sailing with us in future. Maybe you’ve got a community group, a local page, even a street WhatsApp where members might like to know that you are involved with a charity that could be of interest to them?

Lots of people are working hard to keep up a flow of interesting posts but we need more of you to engage with them! We’re currently running quizzes, a poetry section and regular takeovers where different people take charge of adding things to our Facebook page for a couple of days. Fundraising runner Nathan Kelsall has done a takeover, as has Charles Kingston who played the piano for us, and the Brown and Parker families; and there are some great new things in the pipeline – big thanks to our Youth Trustee Lauren Mackenzie who is organising it. PLEASE do have a look!

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!

And Instagram @oyt_south

And LinkedIn Ocean Youth Trust South

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, or vulnerable adults. Crew members can use the sites to stay in touch with the boat and with each other, but not with individual staff and volunteers.

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Useful links for young people, parents and others 
We've been posting a series of education resources and activities for parents, grandparents and other carers who are currently educating and entertaining young people at home.

Thanks to Jon Seddon for this British Antarctic Survey link with resources for primary and secondary pupils – or anyone who likes penguins …

From the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Captain James Maltby’s colouring books for younger children. (Caz likes the Walrus in Book 5 …)

Some great RYA resources here for all types of sailors including junior / young people section.

The Met Office site for discovering maths and science through weather and climate, with resources for 7-11 year olds and 11-14 year olds.

And a site about climate change.

There are also educational and environmental activities for young sailors here from The Green Blue, the joint environmental awareness programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine.

The RNLI provides quizzes, colouring packs and more on their page of educational resources for young people, and there are videos and more, with categories for different age ranges: everything from lower primary (age 3-7) to upper secondary (14-18) and all groups in between.

A fantastic set of resources from the 1851 Trust, the official charity of the British America's Cup campaign, on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for 11-16 year olds.

Trinity House, which looks after the safety of shipping and the well-being of seafarers: "Buoys, beacons and bananas" education resources to help pupils learn about shipping, seafaring and safety.

And Childline's webpage with information for children and young people about coronavirus. The page includes information about: what coronavirus is; where children and young people can find help if they are worried; coping if they are staying at home; and what to do if they are feeling unwell - all written to be accessible for children.

If you spot any other useful links which we might include in future editions, do please send them in.

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Online training coursesfor volunteers - why not get qualified and improve your skills now?
If you can't get involved in your normal activities over the coming weeks, maybe it's a good time to think about some qualifications and training? 

Check out the RYA’s #SailFromHome which has everything from fun activities to expert advice and coaching sessions.

There is also a play list from the RYA with videos on all sorts of topics.

Our friends at SeaRegs Training have online distance learning systems for the theory courses for Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean. And OYT South second mate Dom Coleman also runs an excellent sea school offering RYA online courses fully supported by phone, email or video.

OYT South offers basic navigation training in-house through the RYA's Essential Navigation & Seamanship course - and we can also arrange the PPR course (RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities) for sea staff. 

Please do ask for advice if you are not sure which courses are right for you.

We also offer a range of courses outside sailing and navigation, for our volunteers - including vital courses on Safeguarding and Food Hygiene, as well as things like Mental Wellbeing in Sport and Physical Activity, Preventing Bullying, Online Safety, Concussion Awareness and all sorts of other things - do have a look. Just one £10 payment (special price available only to our volunteers and prospective volunteers) gives you access to ALL these courses.

It would be great if we could get back up and running with lots of our volunteers having additional skills and knowledge!

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2020 sailing programme
It is not yet clear when we will be able to start running voyages again, either for young people or adults – as soon as we have any information it will be announced in this newsletter (and everywhere else – website, social media etc.)

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2021 draft sailing programme

We now have a draft 2021 sailing programme.. It’s not too late to make changes to dates, ports and durations if required – please email caroline.white@oytsouth.org and we’ll see if it is possible to include a voyage on the programme to suit you. We can take provisional bookings for next year – if we get more than one enquiry in this early period for the same voyage dates, priority will be given to clients who were booked on a 2020 voyage which was unable to sail.

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Online fundraising - are you helping us raise funds?

OYT South is registered with Amazon Smile which makes donations to us when people shop - Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price on eligible purchases. If you ever shop with Amazon, do have a look - once you pick Ocean Youth Trust South as your chosen charity and start using https://smile.amazon.co.uk, you don't need to do anything further, and all your other Amazon account settings remain unchanged.

We've also been mentioning Easyfundraising in this newsletter for a while but we know a lot of our supporters haven't tried it, so we just wanted to highlight how easy it is! All it takes is to go to Easyfundraising and sign up (which is extremely quick and simple). If you want (it's entirely up to you) then you can even install a donation reminder on your web browser so that whenever you do a search for online shopping, you'll see whether each seller offers donations and how much (it's still up to you whether to make a donation for any particular transaction) - and it won't cost you a penny. If, instead of doing a search, you go direct to a seller's website, you may get a popup showing that donations are available.

There are really significant donations available for some larger purchases, and it still doesn't cost you anything. Some charities are making substantial amounts of money through easyfundraising, so please try it if you can.

There's no cost to you, and all it does is remind you of donations available so you can't forget it when you shop online - you can still opt out any time you like.

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Branded clothing
OYT South branded clothing available - please see here. You can buy hoodies (in a wide range of colours), fleeces, short- and long-sleeved t-shirts, baseball caps, beanie hats, polo shirts and more, all with OYT South's logo!

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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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New readers' welcome and introduction
If you have recently registered your interest in OYT South, welcome to our newsletter, which is sent out almost every week, normally on a Friday, and is also copied onto the website.

If you have just started receiving this newsletter by email, it is because we believe you have signed up and consented to receive it - perhaps by emailing us to ask for it, completing a form on our website, or adding your email address to the book on board where people can sign up to receive news, as well as leaving comments. If this was a mistake or you simply decide you want to stop receiving the newsletter, just press “reply” to the email and write UNSUBSCRIBE at the top, or email webmaster1@oytsouth asking to unsubscribe.

Each week the newsletter 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. 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.

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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