OYT South bulletin 2nd February 2024

OYT South’s weekly newsletter, including details of what has happened on the boat in the last week, plus short notice sailing vacancies for crew and sea staff and other ways you can get involved, and all the charity’s news.

OYT South bulletin 2nd February 2024

by | Feb 2, 2024

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Sections which have changed since last time marked *

Shorebased training weekend 10-11 February
– CHANGE OF VENUE!!! But you can still book for First Aid, safety at sea, diversity, wellbeing, GMDSS and more!
Owing to the unexpected need for some maintenance work in the Park Tavern, Gosport, we have had to move part of the training weekend!

The First Aid courses will still take place as planned in Gosport Cruising Club, and the evening meal on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday will now also be there. ALL other courses on both days will now be at The Old Bake House, Weevil Lane, Gosport PO12 1FX, except for GMDSS which will be in the OYT South office.

All venues are now within easy walking distance of each other and you can find more details including a map and parking information on the website.

There are still places available on courses – full details are available on the website, but courses for 10th and 11th February are:

First Aid – Saturday or Sunday
Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Saturday morning
Mental wellbeing – Saturday afternoon
Accident and Incident Avoidance and Management for Watchleaders and Bosuns – Sunday morning
Life rafts and lifejackets / Safeguarding update / Chart corrections – Sunday afternoon
GMDSS assessments – Sunday

There will be the usual supper and social gathering on the Saturday night, in Gosport – all welcome!

We can provide lunch on Saturday and Sunday (£5 each); breakfast on Sunday (£5) and dinner on Saturday (£15).

We’ve had a couple of very kind offers of some accommodation on Saturday night for a few volunteers who really couldn’t attend the training weekend otherwise – please ask; and if anyone else living locally can offer a bed for the night, or even a sofa if someone brings a sleeping bag, do let us know.

Booking form, details, timings and NEW locations with parking information here: https://www.oytsouth.org/training-weekend/

Please BOOK NOW! Meal bookings must be with us by 5pm on Monday.

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* ASTO conference and a UK award for Lauren!

A view of the conference room with a large screen showing pictures of ASTO vessels. Kerry from ASTO visible bottom right, doing her presentation.

Last week a team from OYT South attended the annual conference of the Association of Sail Training Organisations, and enjoyed interesting sessions on topics ranging from Crisis Communications to De-mystifying the MAIB, Mental Health Awareness, Marine Apprenticeships, Inspiring green thinking and much more. There was also plenty of time to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and to see what is happening across the rest of the sail training industry.

However, the highlight of the event for us was that our own Staff Mate, Lauren Mackenzie, won the award for the Best Potential Sail Training Skipper in the UK:

Lauren collects her award on stage, with her name visible on the big screen

This award is open to sail trainers who have not yet started skippering large sail training vessels and the citation says: “Awarded to the sea staff member who shows the best potential, not just for command ability and seamanship but also for the capability of fulfilling the youth development aims of Sail Training.”

Many of the previous award winners have gone on to great things in sail training, and it’s not the first time that this award has gone to an OYT South staff member: https://www.oytsouth.org/awards/. Huge congratulations to Lauren – very well deserved!

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* Refit – please come and help – including March volunteers’ weekend
Big thanks to all the people who have helped at refit this week: Gotch (Constantinos), Lauren, Josh, Susanna, Lynne, Caitlin Neall-Johnston, Juliette Draper, Matt Boreham, Steve and Cathy Lacey and Mark Todd.

The previous newsletter mentioned some great work on the plumbing by a team from Xylem, and we now have photos:

Working on Prolific's toilets Working on Prolific's toilets

At the beginning of last week the team did some work on the steering gear, Susanna sanded one of the deck boxes and Juliette did a beautiful job paining the bowsprit:

Juliette in overalls next to the inboard section of the bowsprit on deck

There has been a lot of indoor and outdoor painting, sanding and varnishing by all.

Painting locker lids in Prolific's saloon Caitlin and Lauren working in the dinghy alongside Prolific, with paint pot and brushes

Josh did some engine servicing and talked Juliette through the engine checks. He also rebuilt the engine-driven bilge pump.

Lauren prepared for next weekend’s training session on chart corrections, and Mark came for a planning meeting and also a look at some of the stuff in the store.

Steve and Cathy gave Gotch some safeguarding training, as well as looking at winches and installing grip strip on the gangway.

There has been a lot of work in the heads:

Caitlin in mask and overalls in the heads Volunteers working in both forward heads compartments

This job also involved cleaning out some bits of piping:

Susanna on the pontoon holding a short length of pipe over the water Caitlin in a mask watching Susanna on the pontoon

There was also some work on the mizzen:

Working on the mizzen where it goes through the deck

We have some new domestic batteries – winched on board as they are so heavy:

Team in orange hard hats using halyard and winch to lift batteries from pontoon to deck

And the team went to look at a sunset after work!

Team on the beach with a spectacular sunset

There’s plenty more to do at refit so please come and help!

Prolific is in Ocean Village but not on our usual berth – we are tucked in for the winter on a sheltered berth by the hotel. We also have some lovely refit accommodation a short drive away by the Hamble.

Just call the boat on 07990 518915 or email refit@oytsouth.org if you want to come and help us. At the moment we are looking for help on weekdays: do let us know if you can help any time from now until March, either for just one day or for a longer period or some sort of regular commitment such as a day each week.

If you want to come and help for longer than a day and you need accommodation, just ask – it all depends what we have available.

Please note that there will be a volunteers’ refit weekend 2-3 March to get the sails and other gear back on board – as well as a social event on the Saturday night. Email refit@oytsouth.org to book yourself in.

We can use both skilled and unskilled volunteers, and it all helps to keep the boat in good condition and to try and avoid losing any time on voyages next season to maintenance issues.

Sea staff who want to sail next season: remember that if lots of volunteers all apply for the same dates, priority will go to people who have helped us in other ways – coming to refit, raising money, introducing new clients etc!

You can read more about how refit works here.

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* Sea staff vacancies – not many, so grab them while you can!
Huge thanks to all the volunteers who sent in details of their availability for voyages this year. We drew up a rota and we’ve successfully filled over 200 volunteer berths (thank you!) but inevitably, some people weren’t able to do everything we offered, so please email webmaster1@oytsouth.org if you can help with any of the following vacancies. Dates given are when crew are on board, so volunteers are generally needed the day before:

15-19 April, Southampton – experienced watchleader needed
23-27 April, Southampton – either a watchleader or a bosun
28 April – 3 May, Southampton – either a watchleader or a bosun
3-5 May, Southampton – one more experienced volunteer would be useful – preferably female
6-10 May, Southampton – one more experienced volunteer would be useful, either to run a watch or support a trainee watchleader
12-16 May, Southampton – possibly one more experienced volunteer would be useful, either to run a watch or support a trainee watchleader
18 May, Southampton – one more person for a day sail (day sail volunteers should have a reasonable familiarity with Prolific as there is no time to train anyone new)
20-24 May, Southampton – watchleader
25-28 May, Southampton – watchleader or trainee watchleader
29 May – 2 June, Southampton – experienced watchleader
3-7 June, Southampton – one or two more experienced volunteers would be useful, either to run a watch or support a trainee watchleader
16 June, Southampton – one more person for a day sail (day sail volunteers should have a reasonable familiarity with Prolific as there is no time to train anyone new)
17-21 June, Southampton – one qualified watchleader and one who could be qualified or a trainee volunteer
23 June, Southampton – one more person for a day sail (day sail volunteers should have a reasonable familiarity with Prolific as there is no time to train anyone new)
7-13 July, Brixham – one more qualified watchleader tbc
20-26 July, Brixham – third mate, trainee mate or qualified bosun
22 Sept, Southampton – one more person for a day sail (day sail volunteers should have a reasonable familiarity with Prolific as there is no time to train anyone new)

At this stage we don’t necessarily want to fill all the other September and October places (we may want spaces for good new people who emerge during the season, or to finish upgrade assessments started earlier in the year), but if you might be interested in any of these places if available, do let us know:

16-20 Sept, Southampton – watchleader
28 Sept – 1 Oct, Southampton – watchleader
25-29 Oct, Southampton – bosun or engineer

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2024 voyages available for individuals, group bookings and adults
Please see here for this year’s voyage availability – we have some voyages designated for group bookings (such as a school or youth group, or another charity); some voyages for individual bookings; and some which could be either for groups or individuals, depending on demand. A couple of individual voyages are shown as “UK only” which makes them suitable for younger crew members and people without passports. (Other individual voyages MAY go to France if we are lucky with the weather so passports will be needed; passport requirements for group bookings will be agreed with the group organiser).

For individual bookings on youth voyages, please contact VoyageAdmin@oytsouth.org.

To discuss group bookings, please email caroline.white@oytsouth.org.

For adult bookings and volunteer training / selection voyages, please contact SeaStaffAdmin@oytsouth.org.

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South Coast Boat Show – help needed
Prolific will once again be at the heart of the South Coast Boat Show in Ocean Village, which this year runs from 19th – 21st April. We will need lots of volunteers on board to show visitors around, talk about the charity, collect money and sell bacon rolls! Email webmaster1@oytsouth.org if you’d like to come and help.

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2024 AGM – a date for your diary
Advance notice that OYT South’s 2024 AGM date has been set for 9th November.

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* Financial appeal
Huge thanks this week to the Peter Dixon Mohawk Voyage Programme who have sent in another incredibly generous contribution to bursaries. Thanks also to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, also for a donation for bursaries, and to Vurchoo for a fantastic contribution from the sale of earrings!

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 we can claim back tax on your donation.

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* Prolific earrings inspired by a crew member  – shortlisted for an award!
Our studs have been shortlisted for Ethical Gift of the Year!

These very special earrings weredesigned by Vurchoo based on a drawing by a Prolific crew member and with part of the proceeds coming to us to support our charitable work! You can read the full story here.

£40 in either gold or silver – click the pictures to see how to buy them.

Gold earrings Silver earrings

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Raise funds for OYT South if you’re shopping online
we’ve made over £1,600 through Easyfundraising!
“What a fool I was!” says Mark Todd.

“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 over £1,600 through Easyfundraising – huge thanks to everyone who has used it!

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OYT South social media – please share as well as liking!
If you look at the top left of any page on our website, you can click on icons for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. We are also on TikTok. Please share our social media posts as widely as you can – with the help of all our supporters, this charity is doing some amazing work and we need more people to hear about it. You don’t need to do anything more than share a post, or perhaps add a comment which could be as simple as “I’ve sailed with this charity!” or “I volunteer for this charity!”.

Please note that OYT South has a policy that our adult staff and volunteers should not make or accept personal online connections 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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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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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.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 11-25, 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 11-25 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, mate 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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Receiving this newsletter by email
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