Have a very happy Christmas!
Don’t forget my new email address
This BBC email address will be permanently disabled from this afternoon so please don’t reply to it – use my new address: email@example.com.
Christmas refit closure dates
The first day back at the refit will be Tuesday 3rd January - please call Wolf on 07771 771864 if you can come to Hamble and lend a hand.
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 just three more places left on the radar course, and up to ten left on the first aid course. The chartwork course can also run if there is any demand for 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.
A busy pre-Christmas week at the refit included lots and lots of filling and sanding on the hull; the anchor locker is finished; the gas locker has been started; the scuppers and deck bitts have been primed; the tank lids are nearly done; a lot of crusty deposits have been scraped off old rubbers (for the tank lids……); corrections to the navigation books have been brought up to date; Special K has built a tent within the tent so that areas can be painted without getting dusty; and there has been a huge clean-up.
Refit heroes this week were: Wolf, Dings, Special K, Bridget, Julia “Bilgey” Davies, Karen (Phoebe’s friend), Pete Yeoman, John Parkin, Caz, Gizmo (who destroyed her vegetarian credentials forever by devouring a whole Fray Bentos chicken pie), Chris and Tristan from Contact Marine who have been getting on with specialist engineering jobs, Phil Whiffing (who brought us a big box of useful tools) and Matt Bland, who actually came last week but was unfortunately missed off the list. Thanks very much to everyone who has been to the refit so far – we really can’t do it without masses of volunteer help, and we look forward to seeing lots more people over the next few weeks and months.
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! 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 ).
Very sadly I have to tell you of the death last week of Ann Blenkinsopp, wife of Denis who was one of OYT South’s founding trustees. David Salmon, Roger and Judith Mowll, Brian Eyres and Mandy Thomas all attended the funeral yesterday. Every sympathy from all in OYT South to Denis and his family.
Sea staff bookings
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) – only FOUR spaces left
· Adult familiarisation voyage 30 April to 5 May (£275) – 10 spaces left
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. The familiarisation voyage is also open to people who may not want to be sea staff or sail with young people, but would still like an opportunity to sail in John Laing and find out more about how we work.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates for your diaries
18-19 February: Training weekend and OYT South AGM