Adult (16+) voyage, 12-16 September
Last Tuesday, this voyage had ten bookings and didn’t appear to be a problem. By Wednesday morning we had received four separate work-related cancellations! I think we are now back up to 8 people, but if you know anyone at all aged 16 or over who would like to help make up the numbers on that trip – novice sailors to experts – please call the office on 0870 241 2252. Cost only £200. Four spaces left. Apply NOW!
Southampton Boat Show
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. The office has been incredibly busy this week and he hasn’t had a chance to contact everyone yet. Please don’t email me about the Boat Show as I’ll be sailing for the next week and won't be able to pick up messages! If you haven’t yet volunteered your services at the show but would like to come along, David would be pleased to hear from you too.
Friday September 9th: John Laing maintenance
John Laing will be in Ocean Village, Southampton next Friday 9th September. There are lots of jobs to do on board and anyone who could give Skipper Wolf a hand during the day should call him on 07771 771864.
Tickets still available for this joint fundraising event for OYT South and two children’s hospices, to be held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble, on Friday 16th Sept. Tickets £65 each. Guest speaker Sally Taylor from BBC South Today. Contact Chris Lane at email@example.com to book your place.
Please help with crew bookings!
We still have three remaining voyages which don’t currently have enough crew to be able to sail the boat: 10-14 Oct (£210); 15-20 Oct (£225) and 1-5 Nov (£160) – 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 group voyage if anyone would be interested.
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 (not least because our website is currently undergoing a major overhaul). And if anyone wants to write something about their voyage which could go on the website or be quoted in our publicity, that would be even better. Don’t forget we have up to £200 available in the Chris Ellis Fund which can be awarded the best account of a voyage in John Laing, to be used as discount off your voyage next year!
As mentioned above, we are doing a lot of work on a redesigned website at the moment (mainly thanks to Dinghy Boy). If anyone has suggestions for things which weren't on the old website but which you would have found useful or interesting, please let me know. We can't promise to include everything anyone suggests, but we'd be interested in your ideas.
Another week with the Roundwood Club, one of our most regular clients over many years, and always a popular and successful voyage. Group leader Margaret Smith does outstanding advance work with the group, so as usual they arrived fully prepared, knowing exactly what to expect and ready for everything.
Relief skipper Dave Carnson has endured some bouts of terrible weather over the last two voyages, so he deserved the sunshine that they have all enjoyed this week. Sadly, however, the downside was very light winds and lots of motoring. They started the voyage in Ipswich and made their way to Ramsgate as a first stop, where they tied up alongside the sea cadet square rigger, Royalist. Next morning saw another hot and sunny passage under engine to Boulogne, where they spent an evening.
The following day (hot, sunny, engine) took them to Dieppe, where they spent a whole day, doing lots of Competent Crew certificate training in the morning followed by time on the beach and an opportunity to see the shops. A distinct change from John Laing’s last visit to Dieppe, in November 2003- we went there on a fundraising voyage for CHASE Children’s Hospice, with a lot of famous cricketers on board and one European boxing champion. The weather was so appalling that shortly after we arrived, the port was closed (even to ferries) and we were stuck there for three days.
This time, however, they were able to get away the following day, still with very light winds (they never got more than a Force 3 for the whole trip). They did their best to sail whenever there was the ghost of the breeze, even getting the cruising chute up twice – for about five minutes each time. On one occasion they hoisted it and immediately got a 180 degree windshift.
They arrived in Gosport at 2am, and later in the morning had some shore leave, before going out into the Solent in the afternoon for some sail training exercises and manoeuvres. Dinner was eaten at anchor in Osborne Bay, and then they watched the sunset before motoring up to Southampton, where they arrived at about 1 o’clock this morning.
The voyage ended today, but I gather that before they left, Margaret had booked the Roundwood Club voyage for next year! Skipper Dave said that everyone had a wonderful time so I expect hot competition for sea staff bookings on the Roundwood voyage 2006….
Huge thanks to all this week’s sea staff: Dave, Dan Russell, Special K, Andy Shuttleworth and Gizmo. Extra well done to Andy who completed his second mate’s assessment. This was Dave's third consecutive trip as relief skipper, but he's now handing back to staff skipper Wolf for the next few weeks. Many thanks to Dave for looking after John Laing and giving three crews such an excellent experience!
Sea staff vacancies
Believe it or not, it looks as though we have finally filled all the first and third mate berths for this year – thanks to all our enthusiastic volunteers! I’m still keeping a reserve list in case anyone has to drop out, though, so do let me know if you are still keen to sail.
There are still spaces for a second mate 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. I’ll only take provisional bookings at this stage because, as usual, priority for popular voyages will go to people who help at refit or in other ways. But it’s useful to start getting an idea of what people would like to do, especially those of you with limited availability. (NB I normally only handle first, second and third mate bookings - if anyone wants to express an interest in relief skipper or bosun berths, I can pass those on to Wolf).
Current vacancies as follows:
JL05-40: 4 nights, 12-16 Sept, Southampton, £200 – 4 berths left (adults 16+ only)
JL05-42: 4 nights, 19-23 Sep, Southampton, £220 – 4 berths left
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
For information on latest vacancies, please contact the office on 0870 241 2252, or email firstname.lastname@example.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
Friday 9th September: John Laing maintenance day, Southampton (call Wolf 07771 771864).
Friday 16th Sept: OYT South annual dinner, Royal Southern YC, Hamble, held jointly with two local children’s hospices. Tickets £65 each.
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, email@example.com.
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.
Don’t forget the office can now take payments over the phone - just call 0870 241 2252 and have your credit card handy.