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OYT South bulletin 13th March 2020

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Sections which have changed since last time marked *


* COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
The welfare of OYT South's staff, volunteers and clients is always our priority and we are closely monitoring advice from the NHS and Public Health England. At this stage we are asking sea staff and clients sailing on the first few voyages of the season to tell us if they have COVID-19, have been in contact with someone with it, or have any of the symptoms listed by Public Health England, and not to join any voyage if they may have an infection - particularly any flu-like symptoms, a cough, high temperature, or shortness of breath. We are also implementing a range of new procedures on board Prolific, including a strict handwashing regime, and restricting access to visitors.

Obviously this is a fast-moving situation and we will keep clients, staff and volunteers updated if anything further has to change.

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* Refit is done - huge thanks to all involved!

Big thanks to all who have helped at refit since the last newsletter: our wonderful core team of Peta, Josh, Georgia, Oran, Ian and Jake, who have all been doing an amazing job through the whole winter, plus Ollie, Dawn, Lester and Rebecca Clark, Steve Winter, Clara Theil, Jess Collingwood, Glyn Collins and Rob Jelley.

This has been a week of putting everything back together and getting Prolific ready to start sailing. Rather than list everything that has been done, the best thing to say at this stage is that Mark Todd, our Chief Executive (and former Staff Skipper for nine years) visited the boat this week having not been on board for a while and was blown away by what a great condition she is in and how fantastic everything looks.

This is a huge tribute to EVERYONE who has helped in any way over the winter as well as the many generous sponsors, donors and suppliers who have made it all possible - we really can't thank you enough. 

Prolific is sailing today, for sea trials (to make sure everything works as it should and has been put back properly in the right places) and compass swing - big thanks to the team on board: Peta, Ollie, Josh,Georgia, Oran, Jake and Ian - who seem to be enjoying a well-deserved day on the water in decent weather!

Sea trials!

Sea trials!

Sea trials!

Sea trials!

Sea trials!

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In-season maintenance days - dates for your diary
For those of you who are going to miss refit now it's over, or if you are feeling bad because you haven't been able to help much over the winter, these are the maintenance days scheduled during the season when we need lots of help:

Monday 20th April - Southampton
Monday 4th May - Southampton
Saturday 6th June - Southampton
Monday 13th July - Brixham
Thursday 3rd September - Southampton
Sunday 18th October - Southampton

Please put the dates in your diary! Skilled and unskilled help needed. Over-18s welcome. 16 and 17-year olds may be allowed to help at the skipper's discretion and depending on what work needs to be done, but trainee bosuns and young people who have had sea staff recommendations should certainly ask if they can help at a maintenance day. We normally need people on board from around 9am to 5pm, and lunch is provided on board.

Email refit@oytsouth.org in advance of any maintenance day so the skipper knows you are coming and can plan jobs and meals for you, or call the boat on 07990 518915.

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* 2020 sailing programme - voyages for young people AVAILABLE NOW
Places still available on 2020 voyages have been divided into four types:

Voyages in blue: ideal for 11-17 year olds and potentially suitable for those needing a gentler introduction to sailing. Open to older and more confident crew members as long as they understand the nature of the group and are happy to join in - and maybe support others.

Voyages in green: ideal for age 15 - 25 unless otherwise specified, DofE gold residentials and others looking for an exciting, adventurous voyage. Younger crew members can be included if they would fit with this sort of group.

Voyages in red: currently open for group bookings (max 15 places) rather than individuals. These voyages may be released for individual bookings later on if they are not booked by a school, youth group, charity etc.

Voyages in purple: specific age ranges or other details given on a voyage-by-voyage basis

Places currently available:

10-14 April 2020, Southampton, 4 nights, age range 11-18, £305 per person (discounted rate) - 2 places available.
21-26 April 2020, Southampton, 5 nights, age range 16-25, £505 per person. 1 or 2 places available tbc - we are looking for over-16s to join a group of disadvantaged young adults.
1-5 June 2020, Southampton, 4 nights, age range 11-17, £405 per person. Possibly three places available to join a group of young people from Gosport.
29 June - 5 July, Southampton to Poole, 6 nights, age range 14-18 tbc, £595 per person, up to three places available to join a group - they will welcome others who are keen to sail with them. Passports required.
Mon 6 July – Sun 12 July
, Poole to Brixham, 6 nights, £595. Passports required. Up to 8 places left.

Tues 14 July – Mon 20 July, Brixham, 6 nights, £595. This voyage has just been opened for individual bookings so early enquiries will influence the shape of the voyage - once we have a few bookings we will advertise for others who will fit with them.
Tues 21 July – Sat 25 July, Brixham, 4 nights, £405. This voyage has just been opened for individual bookings so early enquiries will influence the shape of the voyage - once we have a few bookings we will advertise for others who will fit with them.
Sun 26 July – Fri 31 July, Brixham, 5 nights, £505 - this voyage has been booked for some Explorer Scouts but they haven't quite filled all the places and would welcome enquiries for 12-17 year olds who would like to join them. It includes Explorers from two different groups so they won't all know each other. 2 or 3 places left.
Sat 1 Aug – Fri 7 Aug, Brixham, 6 nights, £595. Passports required. 6 places left.
Sat 8 Aug – Fri 14 Aug, Brixham to Southampton, 6 nights, £595. Passports required. 5 places left.

Sat 22 Aug – Thurs 27 Aug, Dartmouth to Poole, 5 nights, £505. Passports required. Up to 6 places left.
Fri 28 Aug – Weds 2 Sept, Poole to Southampton, 5 nights, £505. Passports required. Up to 7 places left.

Mon 12 Oct – Sat 17 Oct, Southampton, 5 nights, £505
Mon 19 Oct – Fri 23 Oct, Southampton, 4 nights, £405
Fri 23 Oct – Tues 27 Oct, Southampton, 4 nights, £390 (Friday evening start to allow for people who are at school during the day). Up to 7 places left.

To make a booking for any of these voyages now, please email office@oytsouth.org.

See here for the full 2020 programme.

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Financial appeal

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

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Do you know a young person in Dartmouth who deserves a funded voyage place?
Dartmouth is one of the twelve towns participating in the National Mayflower Partnership and throughout the twelve months from Thanksgiving November 2019 will be commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to the New World, with a series of exciting events and projects, some of which will leave a lasting legacy well beyond 2020.

Prolific will be visiting Dartmouth in August 2020, taking part in a race from Southampton to Dartmouth with a visually impaired crew. The next voyage, Dartmouth to Poole, 22-27 August 2020, is open to individual bookings but Dartmouth Mayflower 400 has reserved four places which will be awarded FREE to deserving young people aged 12-18 living in or attending school in Dartmouth. It might be someone who has never previously had the chance to sail – perhaps someone who has had limited opportunities for holidays or adventure. It might be someone who has struggled or been through hard times and needs a confidence boost. Perhaps someone is a young carer, or has shown an incredible act of courage. Perhaps you are concerned about a young person and want to give them a chance of a positive activity. Please think about whether you know anyone you could nominate - and PLEASE share this with anyone who has family, friends or other connections in the Dartmouth area, or contacts in schools, youth groups, clubs, charities etc. in Dartmouth. Or just spread the word on social media!

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2020 adult voyages - including training for current and potential volunteers
Our 2020 programme includes two adult weekend voyages and one longer voyage.

The weekends are as follows::

27-29 March 2020 (this one is fully-booked, but we can add names to a waiting list if required, in case we get any cancellations)
9-11 October 2020 (places available)

Both these voyages start and finish in Southampton and run from 8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday. Cost is £205 per person and they are open to anyone aged 18+ but particularly suited to volunteers who want a chance to practise your skills without having to supervise young people at the same time - including current volunteers but also adults who are interested in getting involved and want to find out more.

The longer adult voyage is this:

7-12 June 2020, Southampton to Poole, 5 nights, age range 18+, £505 per person, ideal for training current and potential volunteers but also suitable for other adults.

Email webmaster1@oytsouth.org to reserve a place.

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Events needing volunteers - dates for your diary!
Prolific is booked for the South Coast Boat Show in Ocean Village on 16-17 May, when we will be open to the public and needing volunteers to show visitors around. Ideally this will include volunteers of all ages and with different levels of experience but we will certainly want to make sure we have some young people on board.

For now, please just put the date in your diary; but a bit nearer the time we will start organising details and asking volunteers to let us know when you are available.

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RYA Day Skipper course available

Mark has a space available on an RYA Day Skipper practical course running 7-12 April - cost £340 per person.

This course would be ideal for second mates who so far only have the RYA Watchleader certificate, as well as third mates and bosuns and maybe some new volunteers with reasonable sailing experience. The pre-course requirement is 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht so most people who have done a voyage with us should have covered this; but you should also have some knowledge of navigation - ideally to the level of Day Skipper theory. If you are interested, email webmaster1@oytsouth.org.

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Online fundraising - are you helping us raise funds?

We've 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 such as flights and hotels, 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.

OYT South is also 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.

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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 Lauren Mackenzie, aged 19. Lauren first sailed with us for her gold DofE and quickly started volunteering with us, qualifying as a watchleader as soon as she was old enough and then being upgraded to second mate last September. She is currently at university, studying maths at Oxford.

Lauren 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 Lauren. If you’re not happy with something and want to know what to do about it, you might want to start by talking to Lauren. If you want to get more involved - whether by just doing another voyage, or by training as a volunteer - Lauren can point you in the right direction. You can email her at laurenmackenzie@oytsouth.org.

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RYA courses with SeaRegs

Occasional OYT South relief skipper Simon Jinks's company SeaRegs is now offering RYA practical coursers on a regular basis. This year they have a monthly programme of both Sail and Power Yachtmaster weeks and Day Skipper weeks, as well as both classroom based and online theory courses. A 10% discount is available for booking both a theory course and a practical course.

Contact Vicky Jinks admin@searegs.co.uk if you are interested - please DON'T reply to the OYT South staff via the bulletin for this one!

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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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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!

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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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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