John Laing in refit

Refit team

Core team volunteer positions

Please note that OYT South has just bought a new boat, and the 2015-16 refit will be of Prolific rather than John Laing. This may alter some of the refit details below but it is too soon to give any definite information - however, we will still need a volunteer team and if you complete a refit application form we will tell yuo more as soon as we know!

Apply to join our core refit team!
About our winter refit

As well as the usual volunteers who come to help with our winter vessel refit for a weekend or a few days at a time, we always need at least a couple of long-term volunteers - ideally three or four - to join the core refit team: perhaps to do the whole refit from November to March - or at least to do a period of a few weeks or months rather than the odd day here and there that most volunteers can manage.

In 2015 there is also the possibility of some special project work available in September and October for core refit volunteers able to start sooner.

A place on the core team is worth considering if you are between jobs or on a gap year or a career break. It could be ideal for someone considering a career in the marine industry, but is also suitable for anyone who likes the idea of contributing a few weeks' work to a good charitable cause.

Volunteers receive food and accommodation, as well as experience in boat repairs and maintenance.

Ideally volunteers will be aged 18+ although we may consider applications from 17-year olds. No upper age limit.

Practical skills in any aspect of boat maintenance will be an advantage but not essential. What is vital is that core team volunteers should be hard-working, responsible and enthusiastic. The team will all be living together in a rented refit house (unless you can arrange your own accommodation locally) and it is vital that volunteers are also prepared to take responsibility for a share of cooking and cleaning in the house.

Long-term core-team volunteers are a vital part of the refit effort as they provide continuity against the background of short-term volunteers coming and going. They have time to become familiar with a variety of refit tasks, becoming capable and competent enough to work with minimal supervision, allowing the professional staff to get on with other work.

Core refit volunteers often go on to become bosuns or watch leaders during the sailing season. If they were already members of sea staff, their refit experience can help them make progress and move on to more senior roles.

Quite a few past core team volunteers have moved on to paid work in the sailing industry at first mate or skipper level, where an understanding of maintenance issues is vital.

If you are interested in applying for the core refit team for next winter, or you just want us to contact you for a chat about what's involved, please complete this form and tell us a little about yourself. We will get back to you but please note that Andy the refit manager is also the staff skipper and during the sailing season he is often at sea for extended periods - so if he doesn't respond quickly that is likely to be the reason! Please be patient and he will contact you when he can.

The selection process for the core refit team will ideally involve meeting candidates, probably in September or October - we'll want to get you on board the boat and see how you get on with the various tasks on board; and our full-time staff, who will be sharing accommodation with the core team over the winter, need to make sure that they select people who will fit in and be good company! We also want to give you a chance to find out more about what our refit is like and make sure it is right for you, before you commit. Overseas applicants please note: you will need to be around in the UK to meet us if you are a serious candidate for a role on the core team.

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