OYT South Sailing


OYT South bulletin 16th September 2005

Urgent notices

Southampton Boat Show
The show started today, and more helpers are still needed for our stand. If you have offered to help but haven’t yet finalised details or agreed which day you are coming, please call David Salmon on 0870 241 2252 urgently. Anyone else available between 16-25 September, do let David know!

Photos and stories
Thanks for all the photos I’ve been sent from voyages this season – but don’t stop now! We can always use more photos, articles from crew members or even just a short quote about your voyage which can be used in our publicity.

Marline spike amnesty
For the fourth time this season, someone has used the marline spike on board, and then absent-mindedly put it in a pocket and gone home with it. Please can we have some of them back? No revenge will be taken on the perpetrators but we really can’t afford this rate of loss!

Please help with crew bookings!
We still have four remaining voyages which don’t currently have enough crew to be able to sail the boat: 24-30 Sept, 10-14 Oct, 15-20 Oct and 1-5 Nov – please help us to fill some of the remaining spaces! Anyone aged 12-25 is eligible to join one of these trips. If you know an organisation which has never sent a group on the boat, why not recommend that they send one or two people on a “taster” voyage to see if they might like a full group booking next year? 10-14 October currently has no young people booked on it so this could also be sold as an adult voyage if anyone would be interested. If you can't afford a full-priced voyage, call David Salmon on 0870 241 2252 and make him a reasonable offer - you might get a good deal if that will make the difference between running the voyage or having to cancel.

Voyage news

A great day sail on Saturday with people from the charity Rethink, which works with individuals and families affected by severe mental illness. Five people from Rethink will be sailing on a longer voyage next week, and we are very much hoping to forge a longer partnership with the charity with benefits on both sides. One particularly heart-warming aspect of the day was to hear from Rethink organiser Geoff Lindsay that he has had an affection for the Ocean Youth Club going back to his time as a social worker many years ago, when he was able to arrange a voyage for teenagers from a family with which he was working very closely. There was minimal wind for this day sail so we motored down into the Solent, had lunch and ambled gently back.

A similar day sail - but with just a little more wind - on Sunday, organised by Chris Lane and including people from OYT South sponsors TMI.

Sea staff for the weekend were Wolf, Caz, Tom Kemp, Jamie Seymour and Joel Kemp, with special guest appearances by former OYT Northern Ireland staff skipper Nick Power and, on Sunday only, Matt Bland plus a return visit by Dory from last week’s international voyage.

On Monday we started an adult familiarisation voyage, including a number of people who were interested in finding out more about how we work, perhaps with a view to getting involved as sea staff. They went to Gosport on the first night and then had an early start on Tuesday before a long motor to Cherbourg with no wind – Wolf’s famous Cross Channel ferry impression but without the gift shops.

To avoid anyone getting bored, they spent the passage doing loads of sail hoists and drops and putting lots of reefs in and out, so that everyone got the hang of the routines and plenty of people had a chance to try running each exercise.

Wednesday morning was spent in Cherbourg going through lots of Competent Crew theory; and in the afternoon they went out and did tacks and gybes and man overboard practice. On Thursday morning they all learned about doing the basic maintenance routine of daily and weekly checks on board – a great way for new people to find out about a lot of the equipment on board, where it is stowed and how it works. Chris from Contact Marine was on the voyage so was able to give his usual masterclass in engine checks.

The passage back to Southampton came in a good breeze with John Laing doing 9 or 10 knots for most of the way, and they arrived at 0100 this morning. But the crossing was not without incident. Many of you will know about the “urgent navigation” which so often seizes Wolf’s attention when it is wet on deck, with the result that he seldom gets damp and his oilskins look new and unused. On this passage, he was dozing on his sofa when a wave came into the cockpit and flooded through the little window above his desk, soaking him. So Wolf has actually managed to get the wettest he has been for ages – while lying in bed! Quite an achievement.

Of the eight new people on board, six got recommendations to come back as sea staff, while the other two made their own decision that the role would not be right for them. One got a second mate recommendation; four could be third mates (at least one of whom should go on to make it to 2M quite rapidly); and one (Tristan, who works for Chris) will make a good bosun. The ninth crew member was Alex Evans, from last week’s international voyage, who has already got his 3M recommendation.

Official sea staff this week were Wolf, John Smith, Tom Kemp, Annant Shah and Joel Kemp - thanks very much to them all.

Sea staff vacancies

Second mates needed on 26-31 Oct and 1-5 Nov. The November trip really needs a female second mate. Email me or call 07986 354697 if you can help!

I can now take provisional sea staff bookings for 2006 – see http://www.oytsouth.org/ for the official 2006 voyage programme.

Crew bookings

Current vacancies as follows:

JL05-42: 4 nights, 19-23 Sep, Southampton, £220 – 4 berths left
JL05-43: 6 nights, 24-30 Sept, Southampton, £330 (but £150 to anyone from Dorset thanks to local bursary funding)
JL05-47: 4 nights, 10-14 Oct, Southampton, £210 - whole boat group booking available
JL05-48: 5 nights, 15-20 Oct, Southampton, £225 – 9 berths left
JL05-49: 4 nights, 21-25 Oct, Southampton, £200 – 4 berths left
JL05-51: 4 nights, 1-5 Nov, Southampton, £160 -11 berths left

NB there is more bursary funding available for some of these trips so if you would like to go but can't afford the full price, call David Salmon and it may be possible to negotiate a good deal.

For information on latest vacancies, please contact the office on 0870 241 2252, or email office@oytsouth.org.

We are now taking bookings on the 2006 programme, also available from the office, or on the website at www.oytsouth.org. Don’t forget the 2006 Tall Ships races to Spain and Portugal!

Dates for your diaries

16th – 25th September: Southampton Boat Show: volunteers needed for the OYT South stand.

Saturday 1st October: John Laing maintenance day, Southampton (call Wolf 07771 771864).

Saturday 5th November: End of season party and possible other weekend activities tbc. Individuals welcome aged 18+; crew members under 18 who have sailed this year and would like to keep in touch are welcome to come to the weekend with a parent or group leader.

For more information on any of this, email me or contact the office on 0870 241 2252, office@oytsouth.org.

Don’t forget the OYT South link to Amazon!
At the bottom of the OYT South home page (http://www.oytsouth.org/) is a link to Amazon. Use this link whenever you order anything from Amazon and they will give a percentage of the price to OYT South funds.

Credit cards
Don’t forget the office can now take payments over the phone - just call 0870 241 2252 and have your credit card handy.

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“This has been one of the best experiences of my life and I will never forget it.” Sam, aged 16