In this Bulletin
Sections which have changed since last time marked *
- * Voyage news
- * 2022 volunteer sea staff bookings – revised list – PLEASE help!
- * Mental Health Awareness Week
- * A success story
- * Island Support Group
- * Peter Loyd
- Vessel tracking– see where Prolific is sailing now!
- * 2022 voyage availability – young people aged 11-25 – including possible funded places
- 2022 adult voyages and volunteer training
- * Financial appeal
- Painting of Prolific – prints available to buy!
- Raise funds for OYT South if you’re shopping online – we’ve made over £1,000 through Easyfundraising!
- OYT South social media – please get involved
- Branded clothing
- Raise And Sail – website for anyone looking to raise money to come sailing
- New readers’ welcome and introduction
- Receiving this newsletter by email
The last newsletter at the end of April left Prolific in Cowes with a group of Hampshire’s children in care, about to go ashore for ice-creams. They sailed back to Southampton that night and the voyage ended after 96 nautical miles. You can see the full voyage track here.
Gary Wakefield, a new volunteer watch leader, said: “This voyage achieved the aims of the charity: we gave the crew a wonderful outdoor experience, truly developed their teamwork and self-esteem, and achieved universal positive feedback at the end.” Gary is Commodore of Parkstone Yacht Club and has chosen OYT South as one of the charities to support during his time in office, so it was great to be able to show him what this sort of support can mean to young people. The whole thing was summed up by a 14-year-old who wrote in the Comments Book: “I loved every minute of it, it has changed my thoughts about going outside and getting stuck in to things.” Big thanks to sea staff Holly, Martyn, Tom, Barry, Gary and Iori.
After that we had a maintenance day (big thanks to all who came and helped) and then an excellent training day for sea staff run by Dom Coleman, on handling our dinghy and using it to assist in manoeuvring Prolific. There were some great comments on the day and evidently people learned a great deal – big thanks to Dom!
Next came a voyage for two new clients, schools from the Wolverhampton area. This came about because we were contacted by a local charity which wanted to spend some funds on adventurous activities for disadvantaged young people from their area. We had previously worked with other schools in the same academy chain and knew that they would be able to identify plenty of young people who would never normally have the opportunity to do anything like this, and who would benefit enormously.
The group joined in Ocean Village, Southampton, and sailed to Stokes Bay on the first evening. Next day they had a big sail to Weymouth – a challenging day because, although it wasn’t very windy, there were some uncomfortable rolling seas. But it was great to see the reaction of the young people to the scenery – sea staff got the impression that some of these young people had rarely if ever been outside an urban environment. One boy literally had his mouth wide open in awe at what he was seeing. They had time ashore in Weymouth that evening, and then next morning were able to go to the beach, play some games and hunt for ice-cream.
Then they had a nice sail to Portland and went for a walk, climbing Chesil Bank to watch the sunset before returning to watch a film on board (Disney’s Moana). Next day they sailed back to the Solent and anchored outside Yarmouth for supper while they planned the passage back to Southampton. They did a fantastic job, putting together all the skills they had learned, and arriving back in Ocean Village at 1 o’clock in the morning. You can see the full voyage track here. One of the teachers on board said during the end-voyage debrief: “My favourite memory is watching how everyone’s grown. … and I have no doubt that this trip will have a massive impact on you and get you to be focused on what you want, and I think that’s incredibly fortunate to have that experience of watching people grow.” Friendship was a big theme of this voyage: a 14-year-old said: “The best part about this trip was definitely the dinners here with everyone, it just, it feels so nice to sit around a lot of people from different backgrounds and just talk like we’ve known each other for ages, ‘cos at home I don’t get that opportunity”; and a 13-year-old said: “My favourite part would probably be the fact that like, no matter where you were, if you walked out to somewhere there would be like five people that you could just talk with and it wouldn’t really matter what they were doing, you could just join in on the conversation or whatever the topic was.” Others said: “It’s taught me skills and it has brought me out of my shell!”; “I really loved this voyage because it has really boosted my confidence”; and “The trip was great. I’ve never done anything remotely close to this. I’ve enjoyed making loads of new memories and friends!” They sailed 141 nautical miles. Big thanks to sea staff Holly, Steve Lacey, Cathy Lacey, Martin Bayfield, Julian Ware and Iori Kent.
Next came the first of two voyages for Applemore College, near Southampton. This was a group of 12- and 13-year-olds who were carefully chosen from among those needing extra support, a boost to confidence or a chance to experience something new for those who have had more limited opportunities than others. They didn’t sail on the first evening but instead had familiarisation sessions with the boat and equipment. The next day they sailed to Poole, with a man overboard recovery drill on the way. Conditions were a little challenging but this group had good resistance to seasickness and did very well for such a young crew. Next day they left Poole in force 6 winds and thought about anchoring in Swanage but the forecast wind shift did not materialise so the anchorage wasn’t sufficiently sheltered. So they spent the day learning to steer, handle ropes and sails and tack, before returning to Poole. Next day the winds were much lighter and they had to motor back to the Solent with only the mizzen hoisted.
They anchored in Thorness Bay and planned the navigation back to Ocean Village that night, with the young people taking charge of the vessel and showing a fantastic grasp of navigation concepts and positions and a great ability to bring together all the skills they had learned during the voyage. You can see the full voyage track here. They sailed 158 nautical miles in total.
Their comments included “My favourite bit was when we were like doing the washing up and the water went everywhere”; “My favourite part was probably the sunset and sailing at night-time”, “I really enjoyed the trip as I needed to have a break because I look after my mum” and “This trip was the best since I hardly ever go out, this was great because I somehow learnt a lot.” One parent wrote: “Wanted to pass on a massive thank you to the team looking after Applemore college this week. my daughter was part of the group and absolutely loved it. She had a bit of a panic attack aboard but the way the staff dealt with her was perfect and we are both really grateful. Really impressed by how it is all run and the way the kids were looked after. She will definitely remember the trip for life.” Big thanks to sea staff Lee Mosscrop, Steve Lacey, Cathy Lacey, Martin Bayfield, Sandy Garrity and Mark Dent.
The weekend of 7-8 May was a special one because Prolific was at the centre of the South Coat Boat Show in Ocean Village, organised by our major sponsors Marina Developments Limited, with a chance to raise funds by taking donations in exchange for bacon rolls, as well as welcoming lots of visitors on board and being able to tell them all about our charitable work. On Saturday night we hosted a reception on board for MDL and Raymarine and enjoyed the company of guests and other exhibitors. We have already taken some new bookings, both for young people and potential adult volunteers, as a result of the show, and we raised an amazing £908.41 in donations! This is a superb result – the equivalent of giving two deserving youngsters a life-changing voyage. Special thanks to all who came and helped at the weekend: Mark, Josh, Caz, Annette Potter, Lee Mosscrop, Sandy Garrity, Dave Dent, Barry Walker and four people who had all sailed with the charity as teenagers: Rob in 2014, JP in 2003, and Millie and Kiera in 2019 -all of them still supporting us in different ways:
That was followed by another maintenance day – big thanks to all who helped – and then another voyage for the Amber Foundation,, a charity which offers residential support to young people who have been homeless, helping them back into independence and employment. They sailed to Cowes on the first evening and it was clear that step 3 of our #SailToWellbeing programme, “Take notice and pay attention to the present moment” can make a huge impact, as the group embraced the experience of being outside with wide horizons, looking at the sea and the sky and taking everything in.
They stayed in Cowes next day due to bad weather, with RYA training, time ashore, and a movie night, and next day they were ready for an 0600 start and sailing in much better weather. Initially they aimed for Poole but having got out of the Solent and through the Needles it was clear that people were feeling positive and up for an adventure, so it was decided to go significantly further and head for Weymouth. The following day they had a real blast of a sail on a broad reach with the boat making 10-11 knots all the way to Poole. They did a man overboard recovery drill outside Poole and then anchored in Swanage for dinner. The group really enjoyed the spectacular coastal scenery, the solitude and the sunset at the anchorage. They helped to pilot the vessel into Poole in the growing darkness.
Next morning they completed some more work towards their sailing qualifications and then had an absolutely fantastic sail to the Solent – skipper Mark said it was one of his best sails in ages. The wind died as they approached Yarmouth, where they picked up a buoy for dinner and planned a night navigation exercise, with half the group taking responsibility for getting the boat as far as Calshot and the rest of the team responsible for Calshot to Ocean Village. You can see their voyage track here.
Overall, this was an outstanding group and a lovely bunch of people to sail with, creating a great atmosphere on board. Everyone seemed to get a lot out of the experience, growing and changing as the voyage went on, enjoying themselves and developing a real sense that that they had truly earned a genuine sense of achievement. One said: “Best part’s the sailing mate, the sea’s beautiful, it’s relaxing, it’s really nice when we’re out there, I didn’t mind it when it was choppy mate, I was jumping up and down on the deck, wonderful” and another added “The experience was new, interesting and learning new skills and being in a supportive, up-beat environment is something I won’t forget.” Big thanks to sea staff Mark, Cathy Lacey, Josh and Annant.
This week’s voyage is the second group from Applemore College – this time their 14- and 15-year-olds. They had a day of skills, drills and activities in harbour before sailing to Weymouth and then back to Cowes. Their voyage will end in Ocean Village today.
Big thanks to sea staff Mark, Josh, Lucy Grodie, Glyn Collins, Annant Shah, Sandy Garrity, Iori Kent and Andy Viney and his navigation menagerie:
6-10 June– Southampton – one more qualified or trainee member of sea staff (ideally also for maintenance day 11 June)
2-8 July – Southampton to Poole – one more qualified or trainee member of sea staff
PRIORITY 16-22 July – Brixham – one more qualified watchleader needed (ideally also for maintenance day 22 July)
23-27 July – Brixham – one more qualified or trainee member of sea staff (ideally also for maintenance day 22 July)
17-23 Aug – Brixham – one more qualified or trainee member of sea staff
30 Aug – 4 Sept – Poole to Southampton – one more qualified or trainee member of sea staff (ideally also for maintenance day 5 Sept)
24-27 Sept – Southampton – one more qualified or trainee member of sea staff
21-25 Oct – Southampton – one more qualified or trainee member of sea staff
31 Oct – Southampton – full team of sea staff needed for a day sail with our sponsors MDL.
All dates are when young people are on board – sea staff generally need to join the day before.
Email email@example.com if you can help with any of these.
* Mental Health Awareness Week
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and a great chance to revisit the research which proves how much a sail training voyage can contribute to mental health and wellbeing – our #SailToWellbeing project.
Research by the New Economics Foundation, promoted by the NHS and MIND, has found evidence of five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. The NHS says: “Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.”
Every one of these five steps is a natural part of a sail training voyage. You really can #SailToWellbeing.
The steps are:
1. Connect with other people: A voyage with Ocean Youth Trust South is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other people – making new friends, getting to know people from different places and backgrounds, or building links with others who have shared similar life experiences.
2. Be physically active: A voyage with Ocean Youth Trust South is a fantastic opportunity to be physically active: hoisting sails, grinding winches, working on deck in the open air.
3. Take notice and pay attention to the present moment: A voyage with Ocean Youth Trust South is a fantastic opportunity to get away from all the pressures of everyday life and all the demands that life can make on you, and think about who you really are and what really matters to you.
4. Learn new skills: A voyage with Ocean Youth Trust South is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills in an environment which is entirely unlike a classroom and which has something to offer to people of all abilities and interests. You can also take away evidence of what you have learned: this can make all the difference for people who struggle with academic qualifications; but even if you have plenty of exam passes, your sailing experience can help you stand out from others who may have done equally well at school but may not be able to demonstrate the breadth of different life skills which you can develop on board.
5. Give to others: A voyage with Ocean Youth Trust South is a fantastic opportunity to give to others – whether that is a hot cup of tea during a cold night watch, an extra hand on a rope when they are struggling, a word of encouragement or praise if they are finding something difficult, a helping hand if you have already mastered a skill and they haven’t but want to learn, a listening ear if they need to talk to someone. It is also a chance for other people to do the same for you.
You can read more about #SailTo Wellbeing on our website, with examples of how our voyages have covered the five steps and made a lasting difference to the people who sail with us – young people, group leaders, staff and volunteers.
* A success story
We received the following email this week from a former crew member: “I went out on the Prolific in 2019 with some other care leavers from Worcestershire and I had a great time. After I finished I was awarded a certificate in sailing. As a result of this I’ve been hired as part of the sailing instruction team at a summer camp in Massachusetts. It’s really great how an opportunity like yours can open doors.”
* Island Support Group
In the last newsletter, we reported on our support group on the Isle of Wight which, after many years of raising funds and organising voyages for local young people, has decided to hand the admin and hard work to the OYT South core team, and we will now manage a special ring-fenced fund which they have raised for bursaries for young people from the Isle of Wight. The leading light in the group was Marion Heming and in recognition of all she has done over the years, we presented her with a framed photo of Prolific in Isle of Wight waters, taken by an Isle of Wight photographer, Sienna Anderson:
* Peter Loyd
Sadly we have to announce the death of former Ocean Youth Club volunteer Peter Loyd (1922-2022). His daughter Sophie wrote to say: “He was a volunteer first mate with the Ocean Youth Club, as was, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He loved his time with the Ocean Youth Club and got a lot of satisfaction from sharing his extensive sailing knowledge with the youngsters onboard the boat and in turn learning from them about their lives. Thanking you, on behalf of my father, for the opportunities he was given to enjoy his passion of sailing.”
Since the charity was founded in 1960, we have been dependent on the enthusiasm and skill of volunteers to deliver life-changing experiences to young people. And the pool of people capable of sailing as first mates has always been relatively small: not many people combine the required high standards in both seamanship and youth work to reach first mate level. We all owe huge gratitude to Peter and everyone else who has given so much to the charity and made such a difference to so many young people.
Vessel tracking – see where Prolific is sailing now!
Don’t forget you can always have a look and see where Prolific is sailing.
Just for the moment we can’t welcome visitors on board due to Covid protocols but if you discover that Prolific is in a harbour somewhere near you, please go and say hello from a safe distance. And sometimes you may be just what we need if you have local information or a bit of time to spare to help with something, or a car for running a quick errand!
Big thanks to the Graham High Charity who sponsor our vessel tracking.
There are also apps like Marine Traffic that you can use to track Prolific on your phone.
2-8 July, Southampton to Poole, 6 nights, £625
9-15 July, Poole tbc to Brixham, 6 nights, £625 – may be full unless we can add extra places – please ask!
23-27 July, Brixham, 4 nights, £425 – just ONE place left!
10-16 Aug, Brixham, 6 nights, £625
17-23 Aug, Brixham, 6 nights, £625
24-29 Aug, Brixham to Poole, 5 nights, £525
30 Aug – 4 Sept, Poole to Southampton, 5 nights, £525 – just ONE place left!
21-25 Oct, Southampton, 4 nights, £410 (voyage starts later on Friday so people can join after schools break up for half term)
If you are interested in any of these dates. email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the age of the person who will be sailing. Our voyages can be open to people aged 11-25 but in practice we aim to divide people into compatible groups and not have 11-year-olds and 25-year-olds sailing together. If you are around the middle of the age range, any voyage on the list could work, but for younger or older people we will advise if your chosen date looks appropriate or not – sometimes it is hard to be sure until we have a reasonable number of enquiries.
People who are aged 18-25 can apply for places on youth voyages but would also be eligible for adult voyages (18+ with no upper age limit).
The two voyages on the list above which are most in need of extra bookings are 2-8 July, (Southampton to Poole) and 10-16 Aug (Brixham) – if anyone significantly disadvantaged or with a good reason for wanting to sail but unable to afford the voyage cost would like to apply for a part-funded or even a fully-funded place on either of these voyages, please email email@example.com.
12-16 Sept 2022, Southampton, 4 nights, age range 18+, £425, adult week (Monday to Friday). Spaces available.
7-9 Oct 2022, Southampton, 2 nights, age range 18+, £215 per person, adult weekend voyage (Friday evening to Sunday evening). Spaces available.
These are open to anyone aged 18+ but priority will be given to people who are interested in finding out more about volunteering with the charity and potentially hoping to use the voyage to earn a recommendation for volunteer training (especially those who have not had the opportunity to earn a recommendation on a youth voyage), as well as current volunteers looking for some extra training on a voyage where they can focus on their own skills without the responsibility of supervising young people at the same time.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in an adult berth.
In addition, as we did in 2021, we have earmarked a special training voyage for young volunteers aged 16-25. This will run from 6-11 September and will be largely filled by invitation: we will be looking for young people who have excelled on a youth voyage and have great potential as volunteers, or people who have recently started sailing as young volunteers and whose training we are investing in for the future of the charity. We will be aiming to raise funds to make this voyage as affordable as possible: the priority is to focus on the best young people who could be part of the charity for years to come and will make it possible for us to sail with hundreds of other young people in future. Although we will be inviting people to join this voyage, if you would like to be considered, you can ask the skipper on any other voyage if they would recommend you, or you can email email@example.com asking to be considered. If not all the places are filled with young volunteers, we may open up a few places to others in the same age range who don’t mind getting involved while others practise their leadership skills.
Parkstone Yacht Club for a donation raised by members and earmarked partly for bursaries and partly for replacing some of Prolific’s jammers.
The D C R Allen Trust for a donation to replace our Raymarine navigation suite.
Ned’s Fund for a donation to support the Vyne School voyage in September, in memory of a special young man and in the hope of giving others the chance of a happy and purposeful life.
The Graham High Charity for a donation to be split between crew handbooks and logbooks, vessel tracking, lifejackets and bursaries.
Oliver Crosthwaite Eyre and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation for an essential component of our fire-fighting system which needs replacing.
The Seven Seas Baxter and Grimshaw Trust for donations towards two specific voyages.
The Royal Cruising Club for donations to support voyages for two schools.
The TK Foundation for a major contribution to the salaries of our skipper and engineer.
Annant Shah for a kind contribution towards bursaries.
And Millie Nation’s Facebook fundraiser is still open but has already raised double the original target!
We need a regular flow of funds to cover at least three major areas: bursaries for young people who could not otherwise afford to sail; vessel maintenance and equipment; and staff salaries – please help, or pass on our details to anyone you come across who might make a grant, large or small.
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.
Painting of Prolific – prints available to buy!
Our friend, Gosport-based marine artist Colin Baxter, has prints taken from an original painting of Prolific available for you to buy.
The unframed prints will measure 370mm x 230mm plus border. They will be numbered and signed, and will cost £45 if you can pick yours up in Gosport, and £50 if you need it posted (they will probably come rolled in a cardboard tube). Order here:
Anyone outside the UK wanting to order a copy, please email us.
“For ages I’ve seen in the bulletin that Easyfundraising is a good way to raise money for charity, but I never got round to doing anything about it, and when Caz told me how easy it was, I didn’t listen.
I thought it might be a hassle, or that I’d have to remember to do something when I bought stuff online, or that it probably wasn’t really worthwhile.
This week I finally got round to it and it turns out it’s a REALLY EASY way to raise money for the charity I care about … and I definitely should have done it sooner.
It takes a minute or two to sign up; you can do it on a desktop, tablet and/or phone, and you can install a widget that flags up when a donation is available. Once that’s done, imagine you’re looking to buy – say – a rainbow unicorn: just put “rainbow unicorn” in your usual search box, and the list of results shows you which sites come with donations, and how much. It’s up to you what to pick and whether to accept the donation from the site, but a huge choice of sites will offer a donation – and it doesn’t cost you a penny.
I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner … but if there’s anyone else who has been like me and just not got round to it, PLEASE click the link now and sign up!”
We have already raised more than £1,000 through Easyfundraising – huge thanks to everyone who has used it!
OYT South is also 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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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