Craig Dickerson, our staff bosun, has decided that after two and a half years with us it is time for him to move on. Emotional farewells to Craig plus news of any leaving parties etc. will appear in a future bulletin (please email me any appreciative comments, tributes and funny stories about Craig which are suitable for publication).
But in the meantime, we are inviting applications for the post of staff bosun, to start around November 5th. Please send CV and covering letter to OYT South, Spur House, 1 The Spur, Gosport, Hants PO12 2NA, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The ideal candidate will have experience in sail training; some familiarity with maintenance and ships’ systems; sympathy with the aims and objectives of OYT South; and be aged 18+ on November 5th. We are looking to appoint someone for a minimum period of two years. Deadline for applications Monday 10th October.
Please help with crew bookings – this is very important indeed!
We still have two remaining voyages which don’t currently have enough crew to be able to sail the boat: 10-14 Oct and 15-20 Oct – please help us to fill some of the remaining spaces! 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 is available as an adult voyage (16+); 15-20 Oct is for 12-25 year olds. 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.
Southampton Boat Show
Thanks to all those who have helped on our stand at the Boat Show over the last week. Hopefully with your help we have attracted some good new support and possibly some bookings. But we could still do with a few more people this weekend, especially Sunday – call David Salmon at the show on 07850 723646 if you can help.
Our annual dinner last Friday, held jointly with CHASE and Naomi House Children’s Hospices, was a great success with 106 people attending, including a whole table of 10 from our key sponsor MDL Marinas.
During the charity auction MDL’s managing director bid successfully for Brutus, an extremely large cuddly dog (1 cubic metre and heavy too!). Realising that he would have some practical difficulties transporting said beast home (let alone questions as to its purpose!) he kindly gifted Brutus back to Naomi Children’s Hospice to attract more funds at another event.
The Royal Southern YC at Hamble did everything possible to make the evening a roaring success as did Sally Taylor MBE, our guest speaker from BBC South Today. The evening raised nearly £7,000 to be shared between OYT South and our two children’s hospice partners.
But the highlight of the evening for the OYT South gang was undoubtedly hearing Wolf talk to 100 people about the power of what we do for young people!
Times Educational Supplement
Teachers and others who see the TES might like to look at today’s edition (Friday 23rd September) – page 19 of the Going Places supplement.
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.
Last weekend was an excellent mates’ training voyage with a very good crew, some of whom had sailed with us before but including a few new people. Almost all the group were aiming at third mate level so everyone was interested in learning and practising the same things. We spent Saturday sailing to Yarmouth while putting all the sails up and down several times each, giving lots of people a chance to lead the manoeuvre. Sunday was meant to involve lots of tacking and gybing and sailing round in circles but we were foiled by a complete absence of wind, and instead spent the time going through training sessions on emergency procedures, filling in the logbook, collision regulations, remedial knot-tying etc. Skipper Dave Carnson said at the end that everyone on board would be welcome back, and we should have a good strong crop of people going through third mate assessments as a result. Other sea staff for the weekend were Caz, John Snowden, Leonie Warnick and a very tanned Craig, fresh back from sailing in the the Caribbean with lots of tales to tell.
The rest of the week involved a mixed group, with some young people from the Southampton branch of the mental health charity Rethink, plus two Girl Guides. They started the trip by sailing from Southampton to Cowes, and on the next day headed for Yarmouth in a good deal of wind with lots of tacking. After a while it became clear that this was no fun for anyone and they turned and headed downwind for Gosport instead. This meant that one watch had been in charge of the boat while she was heeling right over, with a lot of effort needed by the team on deck and lunch eaten at strange angles. The other watch enjoyed a calm, smooth, easy passage. Quite by chance (I’m sure), skipper Wolf was in the second team…..
Sadly that was pretty much the last of the wind for the week, and the rest of the time was spent motor-sailing in calm, sunny and warm conditions. They did make it to Yarmouth in the end, where they picked up a mooring buoy outside the harbour and then went ashore to fly kites on the beach. They also had a BBQ.
Yesterday they went to Hamble and had a walk in the woods followed by cream teas all round; and the voyage finished in Ocean Village today. All the crew got their RYA Start Yachting certificates.
Sea staff were Wolf, Helen Acton, Cathy Lacey, Matt Johnson, Craig and Jo Nahum. Craig spent the voyage as trainee first mate, and by all accounts did very well. Matt and Jo were both on third mate assessments and both passed, which is excellent news – congratulations to both of them! Though there was one worrying moment when Jo pressed the green button next to the morse and found that it made a beeping noise. “What’s that for?” she asked – to be told it was the ship’s horn.
Sea staff vacancies
Second mate needed on 26-31 Oct. 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.
Current vacancies as follows:
JL05-47: 4 nights, 10-14 Oct, Southampton, £210 – 12 berths available, age 16+
JL05-48: 5 nights, 15-20 Oct, Southampton, £225 – 10 berths left (12-25)
JL05-49: 4 nights, 21-25 Oct, Southampton, £200 – 3 berths left (12-25)
NB there is 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 email@example.com.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Don’t forget the office can now take payments over the phone - just call 0870 241 2252 and have your credit card handy.