Christmas refit closure dates
The last working day on John Laing before Christmas will be Thursday 22nd December; the first day back will be Tuesday 3rd January. We particularly need more people to help after the break - please call Wolf on 07771 771864 if you can come to Hamble and lend a hand.
Buying last-minute Christmas presents from Amazon?
Don’t forget that at the bottom of the OYT South home page (http://www.oytsouth.org/) you will find a link to Amazon. If you go to the Amazon site via this link, to buy your Christmas books, CDs, DVDs etc., a percentage of the price you pay will go to OYT South funds, at no extra cost to you!
Shorebased training 18th February
The GMDSS radio course on Feb 18th is now FULL – but please keep letting me know if you want this qualification, as I’ll keep a reserve list in case anyone drops out, or Wolf can look at running a second course on another date if there are enough people.
There are six more places left on the radar course, and up to eleven left on the first aid course – we really need more bookings in order to run the first aid course at all. But it’s such a useful thing to learn that I really would encourage anyone reading this bulletin to consider doing it – not just for use at sea as you never know when you might need first aid skills ashore.
The chartwork course will also only run if there is sufficient demand; but that doesn’t lead to a formal qualification – it’s just an introduction / refresher course if anyone wants it.
Email me to put your name down for any of these courses – remember you can only do one on 18th February, though if you need two or more of the qualifications, let me know anyway and we can advise you.
My new email address
Don’t forget that from 23rd December, my email address at the BBC will no longer work. My new address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another busy week in the big tent in Hamble – John Laing’s refit tent certainly has many of the elements of a circus Big Top: Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, see the amazing contortionists working inside the watertanks – gaze in wonder at the amount of filler Dings has removed from the hull (and will have to replace….) – swoon at the smell of paint in the forepeak – marvel at the skills of ace rigger Tim Deverson – gasp at the amount of dust in the air when people have been sanding – stare at the sensationally finished and painted stern platform - be dazed by the volume of the angle grinders…..
Sorry, bit of a funny turn there. Don’t know what came over me. But the show must go on and there’s lots still to do – and space for many more volunteers – so if you haven’t yet done your turn at the refit, just call Wolf on 07771 771864 and book yourself in.
If you have yet to come to the refit this year, you will probably be relieved to know that one of the main tasks facing the refit team has just about been completed: eating all the remaining tins of food which came off the boat at the end of the season. No more tinned fruit, rice pudding, tinned pies, tinned peas……but we are still looking for original ideas to make the last few cans of spaghetti more interesting. Recipes to me by email, please. It’s tinned in tomato sauce so please don’t get carried away with exotic, subtle flavours. One mystery metallic cylindrical object as a prize for the best suggestion…………
Refit heroes this week were Tim Hughes, Alex, Dawn, Special K, Fraser, Tim Deverson, Tracy Tyreman (who we met at the sail training conference in Spain), Phoebe, Dings and Wolf. Social visits also from relief skippers Martin Clough and Nick Crawford - to help keep up the refit team's spirits / fill the refit team with spirits (delete as applicable).
Thanks to all those who have contributed to the cost of this year’s refit – but we still don’t have all the funds we need so it’s not too late to help! There’s been a lot of publicity this year about buying Christmas presents for charities, so please think about John Laing if you can. We don’t need the traditional goat or chickens of the standard charity appeal; but we do need all sorts of other items. Ring Wolf on 07771 771864 if you’re stuck for an idea, or just send cheques payable to OYT South to David Salmon, or phone him with a credit card donation (OYT South, Spur House, 1 The Spur, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hants PO12 2NA, tel 0870 241 2252 ).
Sea staff vacancies
Keep sending in your preferences for sailing dates in 2006 - see http://www.oytsouth.org/ for the official 2006 voyage programme. As ever, people who help with the refit over this winter get priority with 2006 staff bookings, but I can always pencil you in now if you know what you would like.
I’d also like to hear from people – whether new to OYT South, or former crew members who want to make progress – who would be interested in joining our volunteer sea staff in 2006, so that I can start planning assessment voyages.
And I’m taking bookings for staff training voyages in early 2006:
· Mates training weekend 21-23 April (£150)
· Adult familiarisation voyage 30 April to 5 May (£275).
These are both open to new prospective sea staff, as well as to existing sea staff who may be rusty or want some more practice. The prices for these two voyages include £30 annual membership and £70 annual mates sailing fee, so once you’ve paid this you can sail as often as you can manage in 2006 at no further cost.
Marketing day sails
We will be running two more marketing day sails, on Sat 6th and Sun 7th May next year. If you know anyone who would like to see the boat in action, with a view to booking a new group for a voyage, donating some money, or supporting us in other ways, please spread the word and make sure any new contacts know they would be welcome on one of those days (and either keep me or David Salmon informed).
We have already sold around half of all crew berths available in 2006, which is a fantastic achievement; but there is still lots of space for anyone else who wants to sail next year. The 2006 programme is on the website at www.oytsouth.org (look at the top of the home page where is says CLICK HERE for the Official 2006 Sailing Programme). You can also get a copy of the programme from the office, or by emailing me.
Don’t forget the Tall Ships race series – especially the cruises in company, from Lisbon to Cadiz and from Cadiz to La Coruna. Unlike the two race legs, the cruises in company allow us to stop at various places en route and meet up with crews from other sail training vessels. The local ports always lay on great hospitality and there will be lots of parties as well as some fun sailing. Tall Ships rules allow us to take a maximum of four 15-year olds on each leg; all other crew members must be aged 16-25.
As ever, most of our other voyages are open to people aged 12-25.
For bookings, call the office on 0870 241 2252 or email email@example.com.
Dates for your diaries
18-19 February: Training weekend and OYT South AGM