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OYT South bulletin 19th June 2020

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


COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
There are three 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

The April statement outlined the issues facing charities like OYT South and our concerns that the measures currently announced by the government either do not go far enough, or simply overlook those charities like us who have had to cease operations on a temporary basis. It also explains the role we believe we can play in the longer term, helping young people recover from the social and psychological impact of COVID-19.

We asked members and supporters to help us by writing to your local MP and we had a fantastic response – thank you so much to everyone who got involved. Some MPs sent brief replies or standard form letters, but a significant number were genuinely interested and engaged, and took up our cause; and several asked to meet us in due course in order to find out more.

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Financial appeal

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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* Prolific news
It’s been a busy week on board Prolific, as Josh – who has been on furlough – came back to work for three days to complete some essential work, before being furloughed again.

This meant he could fit a new alternator to the generator:

Alternator

And the team from Quantum came down to spend some time working on modifications to our deck tent:

Deck tent

This week we have also run up the engine, the generator, the fire pump (which allowed the team to do a deck wash) and the heater (which might have been a good thing to do on a rainy day but actually happened on a hot day and turned the boat into a sauna). But it’s good to know that all systems are in working order.

Holly did some work on the Inmarsat, and also scrubbed a mooring line which had gone green and had barnacles growing on it.

And Tigger came down to have a look under the floorboards and give us a quote for work over the winter where we have found some rot that needs tackling.

Meanwhile Georgia is still on furlough so not allowed to work for the charity but she is allowed to get on with her own training, and she’s been working hard on her RYA theory qualification (navigation, weather etc) and came down to the boat for some extra tuition kindly provided by Holly:

Georgia

Special thanks to Holly who is continuing to look after Prolific on a voluntary basis while Josh is back on furlough!

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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 crew on board in this week in 2004 – including a number of police cadets – were having a challenging time … A couple of weeks earlier, John Laing had sailed from Portsmouth to Brixham in under 12 hours so this time they set out to do the same route with high hopes – only to find that as they headed into the westers Solent, they had a south-westerly force 6 and wind over tide – NOT what the forecast had suggested! They turned round … back towards Portsmouth … past Portsmouth ... through the forts … round the eastern end of the Isle of Wight … past St Catherine’s point … and on to Brixham – in thirty six hours!

Despite the resilience and enthusiasm of the crew, the Force 9 winds that came along next made sailing out of the question on the following day, which they spent holed up in Brixham, where they enjoyed a tour of the Coastguard station. They finished the voyage with a 14-hour passage to Poole, downwind – lots of gybing in 30 knots of wind and big seas. They managed a total of 252 miles in little more than two passages – definitely among the tougher voyages of the season.

In this week in 2005 we had a crew organised by our Isle of Wight support group, who started with an overnight Channel crossing and breakfast in Alderney followed by lunch in Guernsey! They spent a night there and then sailed on to Jersey, and football / rugby on the beach. Next stop was Cherbourg, where an unexpected treat awaited: their arrival happened to coincide with a huge music festival, with bands playing in every street and a great party atmosphere throughout the town. The return to the UK was enlivened by Customs, who carried out a routine boarding of the vessel in the Solent. When bosun Craig phoned later to report that the crew had all left safely, he was in the middle of a huge thunderstorm in the marina and said very casually: “If I get cut off it only means I’ve been struck by lightning….”

In 2006, an ambitious plan was agreed at the start of that year’s voyage with Park House School, Newbury: the weather looked as though it might be possible to visit all five of the main inhabited Channel Islands in one week. With no wind on the first night, the voyage began with a motor-sail to St Peter Port, Guernsey, arriving in the morning with time to go ashore. In the afternoon, John Laing was moved to an anchorage off Herm in time for a trip to the beach followed by a night at anchor. Next day involved a passage to St Helier, Jersey, with time ashore including a trip to the cinema. They stayed in harbour the following morning to do Competent Crew training, but left in the afternoon for Sark, where they went ashore on the following morning before leaving at lunchtime for Alderney, completing their list of five islands. There they came across Trinity Sailing’s Leader, and the two crews played games on the beach together. The following morning, John Laing’s crew went ashore again, this time to look round the town, before setting off to bring the boat back across the Channel. This proved to be a fantastic sail in ideal conditions, with the crew doing racing headsail changes as they made 8, 9 or 10 knots for most of the way to the Nab, where the wind finally died, leaving them to motor up the Solent and arrive back in Ocean Village at 3am!

This week in 2007 saw the completion of the Southampton to Ipswich trip to get John Laing into position to head off to the Baltic for Tall Ships. They went via Boulogne and came across a huge celebration for the French equivalent of A-level results, with around a thousand young people partying on the beach, all very friendly and welcoming.

At sea

In 2008 the newsletter started with Jon Seddon passing his third mate’s assessment. Then we set off with the third of that year’s four voyages with London charity Toynbee Hall, from Tower Hamlets. They headed to Guernsey and then back to Alderney next day on a bumpy passage during which skipper Nic Crawford claimed to have got wet on deck for the first time in about five years! As they came back into phone range at the end of their return Channel crossing they were flying along at nine knots and second mate John said he had “changed enough sails today, thank you very much”. However, John can’t have been having TOO bad a time since he and third mate Lisa are still together twelve years later and recently welcomed their second child!

In 2009 we spent a weekend in Ipswich getting ready to leave the UK for a while. The shopping team calculated 56 days away, 18 people at a time, 3 meals a day equals 3,024 meals. Fresh food can be bought as we go along but all the dry and tinned stores were stowed on board – a huge task! Then we were joined by a mixed crew including several young people from a homelessness project in Plymouth, who sailed to Amsterdam and had a night there, before coming out into the Ijsselmeer and then back out into the North Sea, tacking past the Dutch and German coastlines and the Frisian Islands as they made their way towards the Kiel Canal.

In 2010 we reported on Rooby Woods completing her third mate assessment – she’s now a first mate! The next voyage was for the Wheatsheaf Trust, a Southampton charity which, among many other things, works with young people not in education, training or employment. The success of their programme was such that several of those booked to sail actually got jobs shortly beforehand and had to drop out of the voyage. However, it was still an excellent week with a smaller group – lots of good sailing but still managing to get ashore to watch England draw 0-0 with Algeria in the World Cup on TV. We had a new watchleader signed off as third mate on the voyage – the bulletin said: Lucinda Neall “has great youthwork skills and experience which will be highly valuable for us in future!” – how right we were!

At sea

That was followed by a group of nine young people nominated by Hampshire social workers or support workers, all aged 12-15. They all had a lot to cope with at home or at school but they were really lovely young people who made a great crew and all made tremendous progress as the week went on – as well as enjoying the best weather of the year so far! On the way to Weymouth, Yvonne the skipper promised that if no-one was seasick for the whole passage, she would buy ice-creams for everyone when they arrived – a bit of a struggle for one or two but they managed it!

At sea

At sea

In 2011 we were once again stocking up to leave the Solent for the Tall Ships races, which were starting in Waterford in Ireland. The first leg set off westward with a crew including some young people from Plymouth Foyer, which works with 16-25 year olds who have been homeless; some from Gosport Police; and some individual bookings. They sailed via Brixham, Dartmouth and Plymouth before leaving us in Falmouth where John Laing took on a new crew for the passage to Ireland.

At sea

At sea

At sea

In this week in 2013 we were heading east – from Woolverstone across the North Sea to Ijmuiden - lots of really good downwind helming in big winds, with the crew doing extremely well. Then up the canal to Amsterdam and a night in port; Makkum in the Ijsselmeer; and then along the Frisian coast to Cuxhaven - a great sail with the boat regularly up to 10 knots or more. It was a very varied crew, with people from Lithuania and Uruguay as well as all over the UK. It was also interesting because we were taking part in an Edinburgh University study into the effects of sail training, and one of this week’s crew was on board to do some research. The crew made and ate a lot of trifle; and Martyn Powe – now our treasurer and a first mate – passed his second mate’s assessment. Meanwhile the other second mate, Emma Burrows, was completing the voyage in a particularly stylish onesie:

Emma

Crew

In 2014 we were enjoying a cruise in the Channel Islands:

Channel Islands

In 2015 watchleader Patrick Kelly brought us a group of medical students, joined by a few of our younger sea staff and trainee sea staff, and other keen sailors. This included James Potter whose mum Annette has since joined our office team.

Crew

Crew

They had a screaming reach across to Cherbourg - “it got a bit frisky at times” said the skipper – and found the midsummer festival in full swing, with bands playing on every street corner - from death metal to dance to folk. Then Guernsey, Sark and Alderney before heading home.

In 2016 we were doing an adult training voyage for new potential volunteers – including several people such as Cathy Ayres, Allen Swift and Louise Roy who all went on to become regulars.

At sea

At sea

The sea staff included a guest appearance from former OYT skipper Paul Burke … who clearly thought sail training was likely to need an umbrella:

Skipper under umbrella

That was followed by an adult day sail including a number of professionals working with disadvantaged young people; but we also had on board another Paul – this time Paul from Fyffes, the banana importer, who were looking at options for working with us. Clearly anyone who needs to be bringing in shiploads of bananas on a grand scale has an interest in getting young people to consider a career at sea. Paul possessed an inexhaustible supply of fascinating facts about bananas - there was a moment over lunch when he offered to stop talking about bananas and there was a cry of “no, don’t stop” from all the other guests. This led us to set up a banana Q&A on the boat’s Facebook page, with people sending in their queries and Paul telling us the answers (did you know that the banana is technically a herb? Or that they come in different flavours?).

That was followed by the annual voyage for Alfreton Park Special School, who enjoyed a great week of gentle sailing in the Solent, including a visit to Yarmouth. There they met two members of our Isle of Wight Support Group, Marion and our official Isle of Wight Support Dog Polly. The crew took Polly for a walk which they much enjoyed - Polly kept them entertained and even acted as a finishing post for some races!

Isle of Wight

Alfreton Park crew

Alfreton Park crew

Alfreton Park crew

In 2018 we had a sponsors’ day sail for the Graham High Charity which in that year had enabled us to add AIS beacons which are fitted to our lifejackets. Another adult day sail included the renowned marine photographer Ben Wood, who took some great pictures of our staff and volunteers on the day:

Holly

Ollie

Roysie

Roy

The third of this series of day sails was for a group from Topsail Insurance, who do so much to look after all the charity’s insurance requirements. Fortunately their sailing day did not result in any claims despite the fact that a 57-metre superyacht arrived in the berth next to us overnight and added just a little stress to our arrival and departure manoeuvres! Topsail are still supporting us in 2020 while we can’t sail and thanks to some great input from Holly, this was posted on Topsail’s Facebook page this week.  

Next came a crew from Oversands, a special school in Cumbria working with students with challenging behaviours, alongside a range of other associated conditions which can hinder academic progress. They sailed all the way to Swanage where they anchored and enjoyed fishing and a trip to the beach for paddling, a BBQ and toasted marshmallows, before returning for movie night on board. Then they made their way to Lymington and a walk around the nature reserve before dinner ashore.

At sea

At sea

This time last year it was our annual voyage for children in care in Hampshire, organised by the Virtual School and supported by staff from Releasing Potential. They had a busy and challenging week – as did Lee Mosscrop, who completed the first part of his Skipper assessment!

Our sponsors from the Graham High Charity came back for another day sail with a lovely group of people who are always very interested to hear all about our work:

Graham High Charity

It was a fun and sociable day and the weather was generally kinder than this VERY ominous sky might suggest:

Forbidding sky

After a couple more adult day sails we had a voyage for a mixed crew of individuals aged 15+. It was very sunny but also extremely windy at times, and with winds from a direction that made some of our usual anchorages impossible. The best day was Wednesday, with a long beat against the wind in gorgeous sunshine, with everyone getting thoroughly involved in tacking, and also plenty of singing and dancing around on deck as the crew bonded and everyone made friends. They also enjoyed being split into teams and taking charge of the navigation for different sections of the passage.

At sea

At sea

At sea

At sea

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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* Tales from Graeme
One of our longstanding first mates, Graeme Cole, kindly sent in a few memories of some of his favourite voyages.

Graeme

Graeme

Graeme

Graeme says “I started sailing with the Ocean Youth Club (now Trust) in 1994. In July that year I sailed on Master Builder, which was my first voyage as a watch leader. The skipper was Nick Fleming (now CEO of OYT Scotland) and the first mate was Trevor Farrar, who later became Operations Manager of OYT Scotland. We sailed to France, visiting Fecamp, St.Valery-en-Caux, Dieppe (fireworks for Bastille Day) and Boulogne, where I was asked to organise an activity, so on the beach we all did sand sculptures - and there were more fireworks. What a voyage! If this was what it was like to sail with OYC, with a friendly and keen group of people, then I wanted more ... so I have sailed on 12 different OYT ketches, done enough miles to circumnavigate the world 1.5 times and spent 3 years on board!

My first voyage with John Laing was December 1994 to January 1995: Southampton to Gran Canaria on the first leg of the OYC World Voyage. The skipper was Chris Dobson, 1st mate Brian Eyres, 2nd mate Barry Fisher. The team gelled before we set sail, It was very cold until January, we experienced a storm force 10 gusting F11 (the norm was about F6), there was a fantastic lighting storm that went on all night, and we stopped in La Coruna for Christmas - on arriving it looked like we and the boat had been through a washing machine but everybody got ship shape in a couple of hours. It took 30 days to get there and 4 hours to fly home. The voyage was great fun and the whole crew were fantastic.

Seeing Emma Ellis mentioned in the newsletter reminds of a voyage in April 1997. Emma was skippering Team Spirit of Wight, an 80-foot (24m) Oyster which was later sold to Gordonstoun School. The crew came from a youth club on the Isle of Dogs in East London.  We went to Honfleur - an attractive French port - and then on to Ramsgate and then sailed up the Thames, past Greenwich Pier which was occupied by the Australian-built replica Endeavour. As it got dark we continued west and to the crew’s delight sailed past where they lived and on towards a floodlit Tower Bridge. Certainly a different way to end a voyage.

In May 2008 I did a voyage with the siblings' group from Naomi House Children’s Hospice and bosun Liz made up a song which featured all the sea staff based on a physical habit which we were not aware of. Skipper Steve stroked his beard when he was thinking, mine was the way I popped my head out the hatch like a meerkat .Everybody learned the words and when the voyage finished in Poole we lined up and sang the song to the parents and siblings - and anybody else who would listen. Probably my favourite end to a voyage

During my years sailing with many crews, I have tried to help in a small way to open their eyes to what can be achieved in their lives. I have also watched many new sea staff volunteers (and non-volunteers … paid staff, not press ganged!), who have come back time after time with the same free spirit and I’ve really enjoyed seeing some moving up into a different role on board -  sometimes to the top!”

Graeme

Big thanks to Graeme for this – please do send in your own memories for future issues.

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Fantastic new social media / marketing job advertised with the Association of Sail Training Organisations
ASTO is advertising a new paid role for someone to promote sail training. If you’re passionate about sail training and you have great social media and marketing skills and you’re looking for work, do have a look! Closing date 28th June.

ASTO

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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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