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OYT South bulletin 17th July 2020

In this Bulletin
Sections which have changed since last time marked *


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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* Financial appeal

Huge thanks this week to Sharegift for a very kind donation! This is a scheme which doesn't accept applications from charities but makes donations based on the suggestions of their own supporters - so we are very grateful to whoever nominated OYT South.

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 Holly who is looking after Prolific at the moment!

This week she has been doing an inventory of oilskins and lifejackets in case we can no longer simply have kit used by one crew handed straight to another crew the next day:

Oilskins

Oilskins

She has also been working on fixing the bolt croppers:

Fixing

And she has been doing more sanding in the chart room:

Sanding

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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.

The bulletin for the third week of July in 2005 started on a very high note with an extract from a letter we had received from a crew member who had sailed with funding help which she was awarded after making enormous strides in overcoming the effects of a traumatic early life. This is what she wrote:

“I can honestly say that it’s been one of the most challenging experiences yet; however, I have taken so much from this trip and I will never forget it. The things that I’ve seen and done are way beyond anything I could have ever thought possible. I always as a child dreamt of doing things just like normal people did, but never thought it would happen. This was way beyond anything I could imagine and has touched my life in so many different aspects; and for that I cannot thank you enough. I feel that this is the start to many endless opportunities for my future. You are all very special people who have more than likely touched the lives of many more people such as myself.”

Meanwhile John Laing had sailed from Portsmouth to Ireland, with just one stop in Dunmore East before the Tall Ships festival in Waterford, where the crew threw themselves into shoreside activities with tremendous enthusiasm. One of the many highlights was the crew parade through the town. It is traditional for crew members to dress up for this parade. Though all the naval cadet ships send their crews out in uniform, dressing up for the less formal boats can mean almost anything. In John Laing’s case, the star of the show was crew member Tim, who went out in a blonde wig and tiara, and a dress with two huge balloons stuffed down the front. In this guise he ended up flirting with the mayor of Waterford and having his picture taken for the papers.

Parade

Next came the Tall Ships race from Waterford to Cherbourg, which began with a parade of sail in mirror-calm waters. Skipper Wolf decided this was a great opportunity to play mind-games with the other boats, so we did the parade under bright orange storm jib and trysail, motoring through the fleet calling out “Haven’t you heard the forecast?”

Storm sails

It quickly became clear that a race start with no wind at all was impossible, and the OYT contingent (John Laing, plus Lord Rank from Ireland and Alba Venturer from Scotland) prepared for an overnight delay by rafting up at anchor in preparation for a social evening. No sooner had we done this than the race organisers announced that they had decided that the whole fleet should motor for 70 miles overnight to the first waypoint, and the race would start from there on the next day. The night was quite spectacular as we motored under clear starry skies with the lights of dozens of vessels visible all around.

The morning produced marginally more wind and the race eventually got going. Owing to some superb tactical manoeuvring by skipper Wolf, we were one of the first class C boats over the line. However with minimal breeze and a dead downwind course, the lighter plastic boats were soon forging ahead of a heavy steel boat like John Laing.

The next day saw us barely drifting along, which gave us the opportunity for a birthday party, complete with apple-bobbing (in buckets of salt water) and “pin the tusk on the Walrus!”

Walrus

Several boats were nearby as we rounded the next mark and Offshore Scout attacked us using a high-velocity catapult for their water balloons. Before the race start we had had a fight with square rigger Tenacious which we had lost comprehensively as it is a great deal easier to drop water balloons down from the deck of a square rigger than it is to throw them accurately upwards. This merely taught us to pick on someone our own size and we went on to thrash Lord Rank, largely by means of going alongside with our fenders ready and depositing our staff bosun Craig in their cockpit with a supersoaker before they realised quite what was happening.

Water fight

The remaining quiet moments of the race saw Craig design and build an immense crossbow for future battles. If we tried to describe how far it could fire, you would not believe it….

Catapult

Finally the wind got up and we started some great sailing and racing, romping along at nine knots – only to learn that the front of the fleet ahead of us had fallen into another calm and the race was cut short. When the places were calculated on handicap, it wasn’t quite the right race conditions for us but our friends from OYT Ireland were announced as the winners, in Lord Rank, guest starring OYT South mate Julian “Dinghy Boy” Watkins. However, John Laing was not to leave empty-handed as we won the trophy for the crew with youngest average age! This was pure luck as one of the adult staff had been held back on jury service when a trial went on longer than expected, and had missed the voyage where he would have increased the average age and lost us the prize! This is skipper Wolf and Canadian crew member Mark collecting the trophy in Cherbourg:

Trophy

Trophy

Good times were had at the Tall Ships festival in Cherbourg before a crew change and the start of the next voyage to Newcastle.

In this week 2006 John Laing was in Lisbon having retired from the Tall Ships Race earlier in the week as a crew member became ill and needed hospital treatment. We were very grateful to the port of Leixoes in Portugal who met us and took great care of the crew member who soon recovered.

The other drama of the week was one of the biggest electrical storms we had ever seen at sea!

Unable to compete in the race, the crew took up a new challenge and completely took over the running of the boat for the passage to Lisbon and did a great job. The voyage was enlivened by skipper Mark’s readings from “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness”:

Wolf

Little Wolf reading

In this week in 2008 we suffered a disappointment as John Laing had a problem with the gearbox coupling just as she was about to start the Tall Ships race from Liverpool to Maloy in Norway. Thanks to bosun Tristan Caudery (brother of our current Staff Engineer Josh) plus a firm of local engineers, a solution to the problem was found; but this kept the boat in Liverpool for an additional two days and ruled us out the race. By taking a short cut through the Caledonian canal, we had the opportunity to catch up with the fleet for the festival in Maloy and although the team on board were understandably disappointed, they decided to make the best of it and enjoy their Scottish cruise and North Sea crossing:

Scotland

Unexpected Scottish cruise!

In 2010 we were enjoying the Tall Ships festival in Antwerp, before setting off for a race start which was postponed for two hours due to lack of wind. However, things soon changed…A line of black cloud appeared on the horizon, studded with lightning and looking very impressive. Pretty soon one of the vessels which was a little ahead came on the radio to tell everyone the strength of the wind under the clouds: skipper James said he had never seen so many boats get so many sails down so quickly. After that it just got windier and windier - gales and severe gales. Luckily it was from the right direction - behind the vessel - so although the sea built up into a big swell, it was really not too bad, though going in any other direction would have been no fun at all.

Windy race

John Laing was going well in the race to Denmark as long as the big winds were sustained; but everything died away for the last day and a lot of the lighter boats caught up.

After crossing the finish line there was time to spare before they needed to be in Aalborg, so they went for a day in Skagen - rest, shore leave, showers and beach football - before making their way up towards the festival in Aalborg:

Denmark

In this week in 2011, the bulletin began in Stornoway during the Tall Ships cruise in company, and John Laing sailed round Cape Wrath and headed for Stromness in Orkney where they had a great time, with an open air ceilidh in the rain on the first night and then a bus trip to the prehistoric village of Skara Brae.

Skara Brae

Next day they visited Scapa Flow, a major naval base through two world wars, and did a crew swap with Black Diamond. That evening both boats were joined by Tecla, Maybe and Jolie Brise for a BBQ, and the local press came down, saying it was the largest number of sailing boats ever seen on their pier!

Next day was Kirkwall and a chance to see the new Harry Potter film and eat fish and chips; and then an 0400 start for the big beat to Shetland and the Tall Ships festival in Lerwick, where the vessels and their crews more than doubled the local population!

In this week in 2014 we were in the UK enjoying a West Country summer, with a voyage which began in Plymouth. They sailed first to Mevagissey, which looked so small that several of the crew doubted whether John Laing would fit! Then the Helford River; Falmouth; Carlyon Bay for a beach BBQ; Fowey; the Yealm; and then the crew were divided into two teams and given a challenge: one team to sail the boat out to the Eddystone Lighthouse and the other to sail her back to Plymouth – a fantastic tour of the area in glorious weather.

West country cruising

West country cruising

In 2015, John Laing was at sea with a mixed crew which sailed from Plymouth to Guernsey and averaged almost 8 knots all the way across. After time ashore there, they went on to Saint-Cast-le-Guildo in Brittany, and then St Malo before heading for Jersey where the voyage was due to end.

At sea

At sea

At sea

In 2016, John Laing wasn’t the only vessel at sea sailing for OYT South as watchleader Joe Macgregor sailed a Laser dinghy round the Isle of Wight in 10 hours and 45 minutes to raise funds for us. You can read Joe's story here, and see more photos, as well as this video:

Meanwhile a crew from New Beacon School were on board John Laing and on their way back from the Scillies to Cornwall. Andy the skipper says it was just about the most idyllic day’s sail ever - they had the cruising chute up for ten hours and the mizzen staysail for six hours, and kept up 6 knots of boat speed in 10 knots of breeze most of the way to Mevagissey. There they had shore leave, ice cream, and Cornish pasties. Next day it was Fowey and on the last day of the voyage, the young people - all aged under 13 - took charge of the vessel and navigation via four specified waypoints to get back to Plymouth, using transits, depths and bearings - a great achievement!

Navigating

Next came an individuals’ voyage which set off southwards, initially motoring in light winds but picking up to a cracking sail on a beam reach in winds average force 4-5. They arrived in Roscoff and had time for shore leave. They had hoped for the Scillies next but there was no wind so they had a long motor and arrived instead in Mevagissey at 0345 in the morning – with the rest of the voyage covered in the following week’s newsletter.

At sea

At sea

In 2018 we had a crew on board from George Green’s School on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets. 76% of students at George Green’s received Pupil Premium support that year, compared to 29% nationally - this is the additional government payment to help students who are statistically less likely to be successful at school (e.g. those on free school meals, in care or carers). The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is also well above the national average. The diversity of the crew became a really positive feature of the voyage, because it was such a delight to see how well they bonded as a group, so at the end of the trip everyone volunteered to go round the table saying where their families had come from, and we made a note:

•           Half Asian, half Israeli
•           Half Pakistani, half Bengali
•           Kosovo
•           Somalia
•           Mum from Poland
•           Equatorial Guinea and also Spanish
•           Brazil
•           Bangladesh
•           Parents from Turkey, originally Kurdish
•           Swiss Italian
•           Russia

Many had never even seen the sea at close quarters but they set off at midnight for an 18 hour passage to Falmouth. Next came an almost deserted ‘secret’ Cornish beach (near Dodman Point), where they dropped anchor and went ashore by dinghy for beach games and exploring the rock pools. Then Salcombe, and back to Poole with dolphins playing at Prolific’s bow – at which point the crew became keen to capture the boat (and sea staff) and sail off for ever!

The skipper said: “Without wishing to be too profound, with ten youngsters coming from ten different countries of family origin, working so effectively and enthusiastically together as a team and showing such respect, understanding and compassion for each other and for the maritime environment around them, perhaps there really is some hope for the world. … They demonstrated an enthusiasm for an adventure and all the hardship that might entail (i.e. overnight sailing, working watches 24/7 and the routine necessary for operating a yacht at sea for extended periods). They could have chosen a simpler and less demanding itinerary and the fact that we did so much really was their choice. … Not once did the young people complain about standing watches through the night, or some very early starts. They were quick to volunteer for unpopular tasks such as cooking, washing up and cleaning the boat. They needed little or no supervision for such tasks. Many of the group exhibited considerable maturity and common sense, and all of them showed a significant respect for each other’s requirements that was out of the ordinary in my experience. As a whole, the group were fun, keen to learn and commendably observant and selflessly respectful of each other’s needs.”

At sea

At sea

At sea

We were very fortunate that the High Sheriff of Dorset for 2018, Jackie Swift, is a great friend to OYT South, and in this week she hosted a reception on board Prolific in Poole which brought not only a number of dignitaries from Dorset but also a wide range of people whom she wanted to introduce to OYT South. This included schools, other charities and all sorts of people interested in referring young people or supporting the charity in other ways. The whole evening was a huge success, with Prolific looking at her best and the weather and the views across Poole Town Quay and the harbour all co-operating to make it a spectacular venue for a party. Huge thanks to Jackie and Allen Swift! This is Jackie, the High Sheriff, with the Mayor of Poole and our Chief Executive Mark Todd:

High Sheriff and Mayor

And this is Mark with the Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer, trying to make sure everyone went home with the correct hat:

Hats

The next voyage was for a crew from Outdoor Lads, a charity which enables gay, bisexual and trans men to take part in outdoor activities. They joined in Poole and sailed to Plymouth, Falmouth, Fowey and Salcombe, flying the Pride flag which attracted plenty of interest and gave the Outdoor Lads team a chance to talk about their charity.

ODL voyage

ODL voyage

The final passage to Brixham was yet another awesome sail with the mizzen staysail up and dolphins around the boat. Josh went up the mast to shoot a video which you can see here:

The tremendous welcome from MDL’s Brixham marina made up for having to bring the voyage to an end - they came out to welcome Prolific and really couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly as we were going to be based there for the whole summer.

We had several visits to the boat including from Peter Hunt, a marine photographer and friend of Colin Baxter, the marine artist based near our Gosport office. Peter took some great shots of Prolific which were shared on Facebook here.

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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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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