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OYT South bulletin 9th April 2020

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COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
A statement from Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South on COVID-19 is on our website, but Mark has added:

“First and foremost, I hope you and your loved ones are well. I thought it would be useful to give you an update as to what is going on at OYT South. Obviously, in the light of government guidance we are still sadly unable to start the sailing season but we are of course keeping this under continual review. In the meantime, the office team are now working from home – not a major change for some of us as Caz and I have been doing this for years. Thankfully, due to the support of Andy and his company Millennium, everyone who needs it has been able to move seamlessly into remote working. Prolific is currently on her home berth at Ocean Village (a big thanks to MDL for looking after us) and Josh is on board keeping her in top condition for when we start sailing. He’s by himself so please drop him an encouraging line (or just some idea for jobs he can do - he’d like that) on social media etc.

As with many charities and businesses we have had to look at ways of minimising our costs so we have had to furlough (or furl as Peta calls it) some of our staff team. So Georgia and Peta from the boat team and Sally and Annette from the office team are now at home staying rested and poised to come back bursting with energy when we start sailing again. That leaves Josh from the boat team and Jo from the office team looking after everything, alongside myself and Caz. Team morale is high. As everyone knows the OYT South team is more than just work but more like friends and family so we are staying in touch with each other and with all our volunteers and supporters. Please keep sending us pictures and stories of sailing with us or the Ocean Youth Club so we can share them.

A big thanks to everyone who has been supporting us recently and big one from me to Caz. We all know Caz does all the work and she has been truly fantastic the past few weeks liaising with customers, donors and staff.  I certainly couldn’t get everything done without her, especially as I now have a major project on, constructing a cardboard box boat with my two-year-old twins. Not for them, you understand, I just need to keep my sea time up.

I’m sure we are all looking forward to getting out on the water as soon as possible. Especially as the weather is due to improve next week or so (that’s probably ensured rain and gales – sorry).

Look after yourselves and your loved ones. When the season starts again, our work will be needed more than ever as social isolation will have impacted many people’s mental health  - and sail training with its undoubted ability to improve wellbeing, develop teamwork, confidence and many other skills and indeed a love for just being outside will have a massive role to play on getting the country and everyone back on course.”

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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* Public support and lobbying for sail training

Although we cannot run voyages at the moment and OYT South is not one of the charities able to support people directly affected by coronavirus during the current crisis, we believe that sail training charities have an important role to play in future, in tackling the long-term impact.

Even before coronavirus, Ocean Youth Trust South was acutely conscious of the levels of anxiety and mental health issues we were seeing among young people. Articles like this only confirm our view that things will be worse as a result of the current crisis. Young people who might use our services will have been cooped up for weeks, separated from friends, worried about school and exams, and will be heading for the start of adult life amidst extraordinary economic uncertainty and insecurity. We hope that by offering outdoor activities promoting confidence, teamwork, resilience and more, we might be able play a real part in helping them recover from the social and psychological effects of COVID-19.

However, there have been several announcements recently about funding help for charities, including the Chancellor’s statement on 8th April about a £750 million package of support. Whilst we are still awaiting full details on a number of the funds on offer, it does appear that the support announced so far is designed to help those providing key services during the outbreak. This is clearly vital and OYT South is fully supportive of efforts to help organisations making a real difference right now.

However, there is no way for charities like us to help our service users until restrictions are lifted: we cannot offer residential sailing trips now and are facing a huge loss of income as a result. With the exception of the Employee Retention Scheme (which is only a partial help as we cannot furlough all staff while still maintaining our boat, working with clients and trying to raise funds), the support measures announced so far appear not to include charities in our position. Working with the Association of Sail Training Organisations, we are calling for greater recognition of the role we can play in supporting people once the immediate crisis is over – and for the support we need to see us through.

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.

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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 everyone who has already responded with such kindness and generosity to this appeal.

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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, generator and heating as usual; washed the deck, done some work on the table supports and also tackled a lot of sanding on deck. If he keeps going at this pace, Prolific will be in fantastic condition when it is safe for us to start sailing with young people again!

Here are the latest images showing his work on the table and capping rail:

table

capping rail capping rail

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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.

This week we have contributions from Ollie Navin and John Parkin.

Ollie says:

“My first-ever voyage with OYT was in John Laing in May 2013 [Ollie was 13] and I remember Andy Viney, Nic Crawford and Sparky among the sea staff. We went from Ocean Village to Cowes, Weymouth, Studland Bay, Osborne Bay and back to Southampton. Maximum wind force 6, 138 miles, 2 night hours and 5 days on board.

I remember this voyage quite well, as it was quite rough and I was feeling a bit seasick as we went past the Needles when we were doing the man overboard drill. It was cold, wet and horrible with about half the crew being sea sick, but I still loved every second of it; I have always remembered to shout and point since we have done that drill.

More than six years later (October 2019) [Ollie was 20] I was working at QE2 Activity Centre driving a pontoon boat down the River Hamble. Once we get going I start talking to the people I have on board and I say "Who's been on a boat before then?" One of the ladies says: "I've been on a boat called John Laing." I reply: "No Way! That’s brilliant, what did you think of the voyage and have you taken anything away from it?" I explained that I am a volunteer and have done some bosuning and been on the Tall Ships races, and that we no longer have John Laing, and how we have Prolific. This person replied. "The voyage was really good, thank you, and I have taken away loads of life skills, and I remember it very well. Also the spaghetti Bolognese was the worst I have ever had." I laughed and said how the Bosun tried their best to cook dinner for everybody on the first night; and how I sometimes struggle to cook for everybody. Then I asked about her best and worst bits.”

The answers seemed oddly familiar to Ollie!

“I replied "your name is X, isn't it?. I was on that voyage as well, it was my first ever time sailing with OYT too on that voyage! She looked a bit shocked but then she clicked: we really were on the same voyage more than six years earlier! And she was hugely complimentary about the sea staff, saying ‘I still can’t thank them enough.’"

John Parkin says:

“Sorting out old things at home meant that I had a look at my old logbook (you can tell it's old, on the cover it says G15/83 and those who know the RYA system will know that it goes back to the 1980s) It has my first ever voyage with OYC ( as it then was) 24-30 October 1987 on Samuel Whitbread (one of the 72 ft ketches -foam sandwich construction, pre the steel of James Cook and John Laing).

Chatham (just after the 1987 storm - the Medway was full of boats which had sunk at their moorings. I remember that the water pumped into the heads (real brass Baby Blake) was brown because of all the soil in the river) – Ramsgate - Dunkirk ( we got held up because the French fishermen were blockading the port over some dispute with the English) - back to Ramsgate and Chatham via the Swale (I'd just done Day Skipper, so got the job of navigating this part of the passage.)

It was what in those days was called a Friends voyage, and it got me into a 2nd Mate's assessment on Grania (but more of that later)!”

Meanwhile, looking back through old issues of this newsletter:

In this week in 2007, a mixed crew had an adventurous voyage to Alderney, Guernsey and Cherbourg. You can see Graeme Cole, still an active first mate, in this picture, along with other faces which may be familiar to some of you:

At sea

It’s not entirely clear that Graeme was setting a good example of healthy eating on the voyage …

Graeme

That was followed by Dawn Marshall’s group of Girl Guides – the perfect crew for a voyage where everyone wanted a BBQ but the boat had no BBQ fuel - Guides proved totally up to the challenge of scavenging for wood ashore and getting it lit! Just for once Mark Todd was on board as skipper without bringing his usual dreadful weather:

BBQ

This was quite a contrast with this week in 2008 when we were once again enjoying a voyage with MDL Award Winners chosen by our major sponsors - the 20th anniversary of the first MDL Award Winners' voyage. They woke in Gosport early in the voyage to find two inches of snow on deck!

snow snow

snow

In this week in 2011, a crew from Dumpton School had an exciting voyage as their teacher was part of the Swanage lifeboat crew and arranged for John Laing to be part of a training exercise – we anchored in the bay and  set up a whole series of fake accidents and equipment failures on board, and two Swanage lifeboats came out as an exercise to deal with it all. Also on this voyage (just on the edge of shot), a first youth voyage with OYT South for Lee Mosscrop, now a Trustee and a regular first mate who was due to start skippering Prolific this month:

Lee

Some people may recognise this picture from 2012 … some years before Will Parker achieved his current second mate status:

Will

In this week in 2013 we had an enthusiastic crew and also a new mainsail, sponsored by the Whirlwind Charitable Trust who are still very kind and generous supporters:

At sea

At sea

In 2014 we were running a great voyage for a group of young carers from Southampton, including a fly-past from seven military helicopters! Supervising the helm and keeping a good lookout, you can spot Andrew Wilkes in this picture – in the process of passing his first mate’s assessment on that voyage:

Andrew

There was another new first mate qualifying on a voyage in this week in 2015 - Rooby Woods:

Rooby

That was followed by a young carer’s voyage with first-time watchleader for Jack Dignan:

Jack

The voyage after that involved a crew from the Prince’s Trust and two watchleaders whose engagement was announced last year – Sam Rawlinson and, pictured here supervising a crew member on the helm, Mollie Crawford, who worked in our office from 2014-18:

Mollie

In this week in 2016 we had a great voyage with a youth group called Wayz and as ever we were looking out for young people with the potential to become volunteers. You may be able to spot in these pictures a young Tom Knight who is now a second mate (alongside some other familiar faces already sailing as sea staff)!

Tom

Tom

There was great excitement in this week in 2017 as it was the very first youth voyage for our new boat, Prolific! It was only right that her very first youth crew should be another group of Award Winners selected by our major sponsors, Marina Development Limited. This was our first time taking young people to sea in a boat with a bowsprit:

Prolific

Skipper Andy said: “Prolific is turning out to be everything we hoped - we can still offer the best of the traditional OYT South experience but with some fantastic improvements. The accommodation is working really well; our new saloon table which seats the whole crew all together is a brilliant addition for meals, group discussions and games; and Prolific’s sailing performance is excellent. We can still learn more about how to make the most of the boat to offer the best possible experiences to the young people but this week has been a great start and we are all looking forward to offering more outstanding voyages as the season goes on. “This was a lovely group of young people for Prolific’s first youth voyage with the charity, and we were absolutely delighted to have the MDL Award Winners on this first trip. MDL has given us such tremendous support over the years and without them, we wouldn't have this magnificent boat - so it was very fitting that they supplied so many of the young crew members for this voyage. MDL Award Winners are always highly deserving and inspirational young people and this year's winners were no exception."

The bulletin that week said: “There has been a huge amount of hard work since the charity bought Prolific in summer 2015. Everyone involved - staff, volunteers, contractors, donors, sponsors, suppliers and other supporters - should all be enormously proud of what has been achieved. Prolific was a superb vessel when we bought her but at ten years old, she was ready for a significant refit. What we have been able to achieve in terms of maintenance, modifications and new kit has been incredibly impressive. Everyone who has seen the boat recently has been blown away by how she looks, how she sails, how she is equipped and fitted out, and how much she has to offer the thousands of young people who will sail in her in the years to come. To everyone who has contributed in any way: we can't thank you enough!”

This week in 2018 and 2019 both also featured MDL Award Winners, and in 2019 John Green took some great photos:

John Green John Green

The latest group of MDL award winners should have been on board this week; but we will get them sailing as soon as we can.

Please send in your contributions for future issues.

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* Useful links for young people, parents and others 
We've been posting a series of education resources for parents, grandparents and other carers who are currently educating young people at home. This week's new links were sent in by Jon Seddon:

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 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? 

Our friends at SeaRegs Training are doing a fantastic series of online face to face video conferencing sessions (pdf), on subjects including collision regulations at sea, safety management systems, record keeping and chart corrections, radar, a navigation refresher, and what to do in the event of a disaster at sea as well as 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:

29 June - 3 July, Southampton, 4 nights, age range 12-25, £405 per person, 15 places available. 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.
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 are currently two adult voyages on the list for 2020:

7-12 June 2020, Southampton to Poole, 5 nights, age 18+, £505 per person
9-11 October 2020, Southampton, 2 nights (8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday), age 18+, £205 per person.

Both voyages are open to anyone aged 18+ but particularly suited to volunteers who want a chance to practise your skills without having to supervise young people at the same time, 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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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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Keep in touch with other OYT South people
We are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oytsouth - please do give us a Like! If you were friends with John Laing on our old page (https://www.facebook.com/johnlaingsailing please do move to the new page now.

We are also on Twitter @oytsouth so please follow us!

And Instagram @oyt_south

And LinkedIn Ocean Youth Trust South

Please note that OYT South has a policy that our adult staff and volunteers should not make or accept individual online friend requests with crew members aged under 18, or vulnerable adults. Crew members can use the sites to stay in touch with the boat and with each other, but not with individual staff and volunteers.

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

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

Each week the newsletter includes a wide range of news from the boat and from the charity, including details of voyages available for young people; adult voyages; opportunities for adult volunteers both ashore and afloat, and much more. We find that while some people read the bulletin almost every week, many others dip in and out, and read it when it's convenient - which is why some items are repeated. New items are marked with an asterisk * so that if you did read it last week, you can see which sections you can safely skip.

Please feel free to join in any OYT South activities - nothing here is restricted to long-standing members or people who already know one another. New people are always very welcome!

If you need an introduction to the work of OYT South, you should find a lot of useful information on our website. But essentially, we are a registered charity (no. 1079959) which exists to offer adventure under sail as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, from the widest possible range of backgrounds. A high proportion of our young crew members are disadvantaged or deserving in some way: many of these sail in groups organised by other charities, youth clubs, special schools and so on, and will fill the bulk of our term-time voyages. But those from more fortunate backgrounds are also welcome to sail, either in groups or by coming as individuals on a mixed voyage. Every year we run a variety of shorter local voyages plus longer adventure trips - sometimes including Tall Ships races during the summer holidays. If you are aged 12-25 and hoping to sail as a crew member, take a look here - and this section is also useful for adults who are thinking of organising a voyage for a young person. Adults planning to organise a full group voyage should also see here. Adults who want to sail themselves should see here.

We have a professional staff skipper and engineer, but our watch leaders are normally all volunteers, who combine sailing skills with an interest in working with young people. You can find more information here - how the system works, how to join, and profiles of existing staff and volunteers.  

To volunteer for OYT South ashore, please see here. To help with the vessel's annual refit, see here.

It is a very expensive business maintaining a boat, running an office and employing staff. If you want to help us, please become a member of OYT South. Or see here for information on making a donation.

If you have any questions, please do email - or contact the office.

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