OYT South Sailing


OYT South bulletin 2nd December 2005

Urgent notices

Job vacancy
We are looking to recruit someone on a temporary basis to provide support for fundraising and marketing activities across OYT South. The post will be part-time (16 hours per week) and home-based. The ideal candidate will have good office, computer and administrative skills. You will also be an enthusiastic self-starter, used to working independently and with a track record of getting things done. Fundraising experience would be an advantage but not essential. Salary by negotiation. Reply by email for more information.

Does anyone have a camcorder you no longer use?
We are looking to keep a record of this winter’s refit and would love to hear from anyone who might be able to give or loan us a camcorder. Reply by email if you can help!

Refit help needed
We could really do with a few more refit helpers before Christmas Anyone available to help on the boat in Hamble should call Wolf on 07771 771864 or Dinghy Boy on 07990 518915.

Shorebased training
We’ve already had a number of bookings for courses at the shorebased training weekend in February (GMDSS, radar, first aid or chartwork) – see the sea staff section below for details, and book early to guarantee your place!.

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 caz_oytsouth@blueyonder.co.uk.

Crew booking news
Many of you will remember the struggles we have had recently in fighting off an attempt to have VAT imposed on our voyage fees, which would have made it that much harder for people to afford to sail. This was all eventually resolved in our favour. And now the office has had an enquiry from the local VAT inspector who originally told us to put VAT on our fees – asking about booking a voyage for her child next summer!

Buying Christmas presents from Amazon?
Don’t forget that if you start by going to 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!

Oysterband fans…
…should check out JJ’s tour diary here: http://www.oysterband.co.uk/f-word/f_word.html

Refit news

Tenting on the boat is almost completed, and with a severe storm warning just issued we are about to find out how robust it is! Fitted with heating and an extractor fan, it should make this winter a much more pleasant experience than some previous outdoor refits.

Otherwise, we’ve had the report on the spars (no nasty surprises); the sails have gone away for care and repair with Andy Cassell and Ratsey’s Sailmakers; the halyards have been checked and several new ones ordered; work is going ahead with the forward bulkhead locker, the anchor locker and the forepeak; another water tank is being done; the paint has been delivered; and the oilskins have gone to Peter Hughes and his wife for washing and repairs – thank you very much to them for taking on this job again.

Refit helpers on the boat this week: Wolf, Dings, Special K, Gizmo, Phil Whiffing, Cathy Lacey, Chris from Contact Marine and Tim Deverson and Pieter the riggers. Thanks as ever to all these people – and lets have some more volunteers down over the next few weeks!

Refit appeal
We are looking for funding for items ranging from replacing the standing rigging (£4,000 still needed) right down to rolls of electrical tape (£1.55 each, but we need 40 rolls!). If you can help us with a donation – either in cash or by helping us find sources of cheap or free materials – please get in touch. Please 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 ). With ideas or suggestions regarding donations of equipment and materials, talk to Wolf on 07771 771864 about what he might need. Please email me if you would like to see a list of items currently required.

Sea staff vacancies and training

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 people 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.

I’m also 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.

There will also be some shorebased training courses available on the weekend of February 18th and 19th (as well as the OYT South AGM on the Sunday) – so put the dates in your diaries now. Wolf will be running the one-day GMDSS/VHF course for anyone who needs this qualification. Last year we also ran successful First Aid and Radar courses and if there is sufficient demand we will try to do so again. There can also be a one-day chartwork course, as last year, though this does not lead to a formal qualification. Please email me if you would like to do one of these courses - but please note that you can only choose one as they each take up the whole day on Saturday. And if you can think of another one-day shorebased training session which you would find useful, let me know and we’ll set it up if we can.

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).

Crew bookings

We have already sold over 45% 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 office@oytsouth.org.

Dates for your diaries

18-19 February: Training weekend and OYT South AGM

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