OYT South Sailing


OYT South bulletin 28th October 2005

Urgent notices

Craig’s leaving present
I know there are lots of people out there who would still like to contribute to Craig’s leaving present - can you please do so as quickly as possible as we want to give it to him next Saturday, November 5th! Please send donations to David Salmon, OYT South, Spur House, 1 The Spur, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hants PO12 2NA (cheques payable to OYT South but please make it very clear it's for Craig's present and not a refit donation or anything else), or telephone 0870 241 2252 with a credit card handy. And more stories about Craig for publication in the bulletin in his last week (i.e. next Friday) to me by email, please!

End of season party November 5th
Don’t forget the party on the boat on the evening of November 5th in Ocean Village, starting on board from around 7.30pm and finishing in a local pub. Keep letting me know if you intend to come - and especially if you will be wanting to stay on the boat overnight.

And please bring a bottle!

Refit appeal
This year’s refit will be quite expensive as there are a number of major items we must replace as well as all the usual jobs. 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. If you want to send cash, please send cheques payable to OYT South to David Salmon (contact details as above). With ideas or suggestions regarding donations of equipment and materials, talk to Wolf on 07771 771864 about what he might need.

This week’s news

A mixed crew of individuals last week enjoying an extremely windy trip which kept them in the local area all week. They did manage an overnight anchorage in Sandown Bay, plus visits to Portsmouth Harbour and Cowes; and they did lots of sail training – tacking and gybing and man overboard recovery demonstrations. By the end of the voyage it was so windy that John Laing was doing 3 knots under bare poles – i.e. no sail at all!

Nine people were awarded their RYA Competent Crew certificates at the end of the trip; and four successfully used the voyage as their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award residential. So it was a highly motivated crew who all put a lot of effort into the voyage and had a great time despite the weather.

Sea staff were Wolf, John Clack, Special K, Sarah Mclernon from OYT Ireland, and Gizmo. Enormous congratulations are due to Gizmo as this week she was signed off as a second mate with effect from her imminent 18th birthday. It is a huge achievement (possibly unique – unless anyone wants to email and tell me otherwise) for anyone to get this far at such a young age.

Sea staff vacancies

No vacancies left for 2005, but keep sending in your preferences for 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 familiarisation and assessment voyages. 

Crew bookings

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, Portugal and Antwerp!

A number of full-boat bookings means that at certain times of year there are already limited spaces – so get your booking in now!

Dates for your diaries

1st November: refit starts

Saturday 5th November: End of season party, John Laing, Ocean Village. 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.

15th November: masts out

16th November: John Laing out of the water

18-21 November: Boat closed for ISTA conference.

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