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OYT South bulletin 7th May 2020

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


COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
There are two statements about COVID-19 on our website from Ocean Youth Trust South’s Chief Executive, Mark Todd: an initial statement from 18th March and an update issued on 15th April.

The most recent statement outlines the issues currently 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.

One of the key ways in which our members and supporters can help us now is by writing to your MP and others in a position of authority, requesting that they consider:

  • A more flexible furlough scheme for small charities – including reduced hours
  • Ensuring that the Employee Retention Scheme is there as long as we need it – even if other sectors have returned to work
  • Financial support for charities currently unable to operate, if their services will be needed in future
  • Official public support for the value of outdoor education in helping people recover from the effects of the crisis
  • More long term funding for youth services and outdoor education generally.

If anyone is in a position to lobby on our behalf, write to an MP or otherwise make our voice heard, please contact caroline.white@oytsouth.org and we can send you some information you might wish to include. We are keeping a record of who is writing and of the responses received.

We also need donations and support.

Meanwhile, all at OYT South send very best wishes to everyone connected with the charity, and to all your families and friends.

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Latest OYT South contact details
With Peta, Georgia, Sally and Annette furloughed, if you need to contact the boat team for work reasons you can get a message to Josh at refit@oytsouth.org. Office enquiries should still go to office@oytsouth.org where Jo will pick them up.

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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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Take one minute to help us win £1,000
A year ago we won £1,000 from the Ecclesiastical Movement for Good Awards based on a really successful drive to get as many people as possible to nominate us. Now we have a chance to do it again – can we ask everyone to vote, to encourage friends, family, colleagues and others to vote, and to share the link as widely as possible? Having succeeded last year it would be a huge shame if we couldn’t do the same this year – and it’s SO quick and easy to do.
 
Just go here: https://movementforgood.com/#nominateACharity

Put in our charity number 1079959. Press the search button and the charity name Ocean Youth Trust South should appear automatically in the next box.
 
There’s a drop-down menu to select charity type – pick “Education and Skills”
 
Then you have to put in your own details (you can only vote once from your email address) and that’s it – unlike last year, you don’t even have to write reasons for nominating. The whole thing can be done in a minute or two.
 
Which means your only remaining step is to share the link with others and ask them to do the same.
 
Closing date 24th May. PLEASE do it – it’s one of the easiest possible ways to make £1,000 for OYT South.

Movement for Good

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* Twopointsixchallenge
Most people have now completed their fundraising challenges but 16-year old trainee bosun Nathan Kelsall is running 2.6 miles every day for 26 days for us, and today is Day 18. He’s had a knee injury and had to walk rather than run for a few days but he’s shown tremendous courage and determination and by this morning he was feeling a lot better with new strapping on his knee and managed a power walk in a time that was 12 minutes better than yesterday. For those of you on Twitter, there’s a daily update of his route and time @Nathan85806697 and he would love to get lots of encouraging messages.

nathan

He’s also had to raise his fundraising target several times and is close to reaching the next milestone: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nathan-kelsall.

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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. 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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* Prolific news
Massive thanks to Josh who is looking after Prolific at the moment! This week he has run up the engine and generator; he’s been working on the systems manual and chart corrections; he’s checked the propeller shaft, stern gland and thrust bearing; cleaned the bilge; and exercised the seacocks.

Josh

He’s put new webbing straps on the liferafts - this is the old set:

old

And this is new:

new

We also have a new medical emergency grab bag:

grab bag

He’s also done his washing, and is wondering how to sand the capping rail without getting dust on the immaculate boat opposite – he’s got a massive dust-catching bag but it doesn’t catch every particle! But since our own topsides are looking gloriously shiny it wouldn’t be right to get dust on someone else’s. Josh thought you should all admire the reflections produced by the amazing work of Prolific’s refit team this winter:

topsides reflection

This picture probably also includes the mystery line which has been waking him regularly at 3am by knocking on the hull but which was silent and untraceable every time he went on deck to hunt it down. In the end he had to rejig all the lines to make it stop!

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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.

It is common in May each year for us to run a couple of day sails for adults who have supported us or might want to work with us in future. In this week in 2004 we had a day sail featuring MDL, Raymarine, Sabre and Hamble Yacht Services, and another with staff from Bourne College in Southbourne, a regular client at the time, in order that we could work together to look at imaginative ways in which we might deliver key skills and elements of the curriculum to their pupils during our voyages. We were joined over the weekend by Simon Holman, who was our staff bosun for several years until 2002 and had taken part in John Laing’s voyage to Antarctica:

Antarctica

That was followed by our first voyage with the students of Alfreton Park School – still a regular client sixteen years later! This is a voyage for young people with multiple physical and learning difficulties accompanied by adult carers, one of whom said: “It was a fantastic experience for both students and staff.  We learned exciting new skills such as helming and handling sails.  We visited new places and followed our route each day on the big map.  Duties were hard work but students put lots of effort into them and independence really developed … The sea staff developed great relationships with the students in such a short space of time and involved them in every aspect of sailing.”

Skipper Mark reported that “The voyage was a complete joy” and the Alfreton Park students particularly enjoyed the boat’s new Take That CD, which was being played regularly whenever anyone wanted to wind up staff bosun Julian “Dinghy Boy” Watkins, whose taste in music mainly involved the compulsory wearing of black whilst making as much noise as possible.

It was an Alfreton Park crew again in this week in 2005, enlivened by watchleader Jonny Holman’s readings from “George’s Marvellous Medicine” with different voices for all the characters. One of the crew enjoyed her 17th birthday party on board, described by staff bosun Craig Dickerson, happily, as involving “far too much cake”.

In 2007 we were sailing with the Nautical Training Corps, TS Swiftsure, most of them back for their third voyage with us and therefore pretty familiar with John Laing and all our routines. This came in handy with their instant recognition of the shout of "gangway", for use in times of seasickness: if anyone shouted "gangway" then they needed to get to the hatchway FAST and woe betide anyone who got in their way. On this occasion the unlucky sufferer was blocked in at the saloon table by three other people: he turned green, shouted "Gangway" and in the blink of an eye three people were out of their seats - one in the galley, one in the saloon and one clinging to the ceiling having leapt straight up into the air- and the victim was on deck with a bucket handy. Spectacular.

This was followed by the annual voyage for brothers and sisters from Naomi House Children's Hospice, some of whom have very sick siblings and others who have already been bereaved. As ever, this was an incredibly worthwhile voyage as the young people get so much from the time on board - not least the chance to be with others who share similar experiences and feelings. A highlight was Joe's 13th birthday party, with chocolate cake everywhere and a present of a hand-held foam rocket launcher which turned out to be able to propel a foam rocket from the saloon table right to the front end of the crew quarters. The party got so lively that when the skipper joined a telephone conference meeting with the Board of Trustees, the meeting was temporarily drowned out by the noise on the boat!

party

party

They also enjoyed the skipper’s legendary readings from Ian Whybrow’s "Little Wolf" books.

In 2009, remarkably, we had two boats at sea – due to client demand, we borrowed Thermopylae Clipper from the Discovery Sailing Project for a week. John Laing had a mixed crew from Hampshire, Dorset and the Royal Navy, while Thermopylae Clipper, with a largely OYT South sea staff, was sailing with Park House school – another client which is still with us!

In 2010 this week we were announcing successful second mate assessments for Andrew Wilkes and Emma Burrows, before the start of that year’s Alfreton Park voyage – a gentle week of icecream, sailing, fish and chips, a swing park, kite-flying, football and paddling.

Alfreton

2012’s voyage in this week in May involved young people from Hampshire on a sunny voyage:

at sea

That was followed by two days of corporate teambuilding with Cargotec (thanks to Adam Lane):

Adam

In 2013 Andy Brown was on board as relief skipper and took John Laing and a crew of bursary-funded young people from Hampshire and Dorset on a picturesque bank holiday trip round the Isle of Wight and into Chichester.

JL

In 2014 we had a crew of experienced and keen young dinghy sailors in fairly light winds so it was inevitable that the mizzen staysail and the cruising chute would make an appearance:

Cruising chute

It was quite a bit windier for the following voyage when Hampshire’s children in care team once again sent a group:

At sea

This week in 2015 once again began with adult day sails for sponsors, donors and prospective clients including teachers – a great success:

At sea

Then it was Hampshire’s children in care again - starting with a truly dreadful forecast and two days in harbour while force 9 winds howled. When things eased, they went into Poole and tied up just before midnight on one of the stillest nights Andy the skipper had ever seen – he said the whole bay was like a mirror. Truly a voyage of contrasts, but it was here that Martyn Powe, now our Treasurer, started his first mate training:

Martyn

There were adult day sails again this week in 2016, including JP who had first sailed with us in 2003 at the age of 13 and was now able to tell us how the experience had transformed his life:

 

JP still comes back on adult voyages but these days he runs his own fuel distribution business and donates oil and antifreeze to Prolific!

JP

That was followed by another voyage with Compass School, Southampton for young people who are not in mainstream education – and as ever skipper Dougie was hugely impressed, saying the Compass staff were “absolutely brilliant, outstanding rapport with the young people, endless patience, an amazing level of engagement with the whole voyage experience”. He also saw some great teamwork – two boys who had learned to tie knots working with a third just to make sure he would get up to the standard to earn his certificate.

At sea

In 2017 we had another crew from Hampshire’s Virtual School for Children in Care, who made Prolific’s first visit to Lymington (yes, we do fit). Jack (15) said "This was a spectacular sailing trip and the things we did really took my breath away."

That was followed by a day sail for adult sponsors, donors and supporters:

At sea

That evening we held an open boat session for our sponsors Marina Developments Limited who were having an event for their Ocean Village berth-holders - we showed lots of people round Prolific and had some good chats about what we do and how we work. Of course Ocean Village berth-holders had seen John Laing and Prolific but not all previously understood what we do or realised that Prolific was John Laing’s successor, so it was great to have the chance to spread the word.

In 2018 we were sailing with what was then a new client, Bruern Abbey School, for boys aged up to 13 with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties. Glorious weather but not much wind – and a lot of enthusiasm for fishing!

Anchored

Last year we were working on the second year of the Ormiston Trust's Leading Lights Project, a fantastic initiative which brings young people from Ormiston Academies on board with inspirational mentors. The idea is that students have time during the voyage to get to know adults with interesting jobs - including OYT South's staff and volunteers as well as the mentors - and to find out how their careers developed, and perhaps start to get some new ideas about what might be possible in their own futures. This week was for girls and women mentors (boys and male mentors sailed the following week):

Ormiston

Ormiston

They did a fabulous job on Challenge Day when the young people were put in charge of the vessel:

Ormiston

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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* 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 has launched “Water Safety Wednesdays” on Facebook, so young people can continue to learn essential and lifesaving water safety for when the time comes when people can safely visit beaches again. Water Safety Wednesdays are aimed at parents, guardians, grandparents or teachers, providing a selection of fun, free and engaging activities to help children learn at home or in the classroom how to stay safe in, on and around the water. Water Safety Wednesday includes a live chat at 1015am. The RNLI also 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. And for adults as well as young people, there is even a video described as “60 minutes of Ambient Relaxing RNLI Lifeboat Footage & Music for Winding Down, Meditation, Study.” (Big thanks to OYT South volunteer Willoughby Matthews for this).

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? NEW LINKS
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? 

NEW LINK this week: 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 a schedule of sessions which people can book on subjects ranging from collision regulations at sea to what to do in the event of a disaster at sea - you can see the dates of courses and which ones still have spaces available here. They also 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. Three of these courses are essential: Child Protection in Sport and Active Leisure, Food Hygiene and Safety, and Safeguarding Adults. But if you've already done those, there's a list of other courses at the bottom of the page, including  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 - voyages for young people AVAILABLE NOW
It is not yet clear when we will be able to start running voyages again, but we would like to encourage bookings as much as possible so that as soon as it is safe to sail again, we can get as many young people as possible on board. We realise that the current uncertainty makes it difficult for people to plan, so we can announce that from 20th March, any NEW deposits received for voyages will be held and if your chosen voyage is unable to go ahead, you will be able to transfer that deposit to any suitable later voyage, even if that happens to be in 2021, and if this proves completely impossible, your deposit will be refunded in full. This means that you can book voyages now with complete security.

The situation is more complex with bookings agreed before COVID-19 and we are in discussions with clients on a voyage-by-voyage basis as it becomes clear which voyages will not run.

We are also looking to bring forward the publication of a 2021 voyage programme so that people unable to sail this year will be able to make advance bookings for next year.

For those wishing to make a booking this year, places 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:

Mon 6 July – Sun 12 July, Poole to Brixham, 6 nights, £595. Passports required. Up to 8 places left. This voyage was previously listed as Poole to Brixham but is now scheduled for Southampton to Brixham instead.
Tues 14 July – Mon 20 July, Brixham, 6 nights, £595. The first few bookings here will influence the shape of the voyage - once we have some crew members signed up and know the age range etc., we will advertise for others who will fit with them.
Tues 21 July – Sat 25 July, Brixham, 4 nights, £405. The first few bookings here will influence the shape of the voyage - once we have some crew members signed up and know the age range etc., we will advertise for others who will fit with them.
Sun 26 July – Fri 31 July, Brixham, 5 nights, £505 - tbc
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). 1 or 2 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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2020 adult voyages - including training for current and potential volunteers
As with youth voyages above, from 20th March, any NEW deposits received for adult voyages will be held and if your chosen voyage is unable to go ahead, you will be able to transfer that deposit to any suitable later voyage, even if that happens to be in 2021, and if this proves completely impossible, your deposit will be refunded in full. This means that you can book voyages now with complete security.

There is an adult weekend currently on the list for later this year:

9-11 October 2020, Southampton, 2 nights (8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday), age 18+, £205 per person.

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, or to anyone who might be interested in joining our volunteers and wants to find out more, or any other adults who just want good sailing in good company.

Email webmaster1@oytsouth.org to reserve a place.

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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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Events needing volunteers - dates for your diary!
The Poole Harbour Boat Show 2020 has been cancelled but Prolific will aim to be there in 2021. 

The South Coast Boat Show in Ocean Village which was due to take place in May has been provisionally rescheduled for 3-5 July and if it can go ahead safely, Prolific will be there. We would 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 let you know if we have more information.

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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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