OYT South Sailing


OYT South bulletin 7th October 2005

Urgent notices

URGENT short-notice vacancies
Last chance to sail in John Laing in 2005! A few places left on one remaining voyage, 10-14 October, for anyone aged 16+ (no upper age limit). For more details or to make a booking, call David Salmon on 0870 241 2252.

End of season gathering and party November 5th
Thanks to all those who have replied about coming to the end of season party on November 5th. We really do need a good idea of numbers so we know what to organise, so if you haven’t already replied, please do so THIS WEEK! I will circulate firm details once we have more idea of the scale of the event.

Sea survival course
Owing to a cancellation, Yvonne Taylor has some places left on an RYA Sea Survival Course TOMORROW, Saturday 8th October, at Universal Marina, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, for just £30. This is an incredible bargain price for a really worthwhile course and I would strongly recommend anyone to go along if you can. Call Yvonne on 07785 335189 for details.

Job advertisement - Staff bosun
Last chance for applications for the post of staff bosun when Craig leaves in November. Please send CV and covering letter to OYT South, Spur House, 1 The Spur, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hants PO12 2NA, email office@oytsouth.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.

Craig’s leaving present
We have an idea for a truly appropriate leaving present for Craig though we are keeping quiet about it so the secret doesn’t get out. If you would like to make a contribution, please send it 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 presnt and not just a  general donation or sailing fee), or telephone 0870 241 2252 with a credit card handy.

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.

Voyage news
An excellent maintenance day on the boat last Saturday – loads of helpers came along and we got lots of jobs done in a long day which ended up with Craig rebuilding newly-serviced winches by the light of a head-torch. Thanks to everyone for all your efforts and enthusiasm.

On Sunday the sea staff involved in this week’s voyage all had jobs to do on the boat, but a large group of others who’d been involved with the maintenance day were whisked off by Chris from Contact Marine for a day out in his powerboat and lunch in Cowes, a great experience and a real insight into how different the world looks with that much horsepower!

The crew this week was from Parkside School, one of our regular bookings – all boys aged 12 and 13 and mostly quite small! So the week was designed not to be too demanding. However, a lot of interest was added to the trip by the fact that the Solent is currently full of other sail training vessels, all arriving in time for this weekend’s ASTO Small Ships Race, open to sailing vessels up to 120ft in length with at least half the crew aged 15-25. (John Laing isn’t entering this year but Wolf and a crack team of OYT South people have chartered a smaller boat and will be representing us in the race.) Anyway, this event meant that everywhere John Laing went during the week they came across old friends and young crew members from other sail training organisations.

They stayed in Southampton on Sunday night and then went to Gosport on Monday in very little wind. Tuesday saw a good passage to Poole, where they moored alongside the wall until Wednesday morning, when they had to move out to allow the Sea Cadet’s TS Royalist to berth on the inside. Apparently they had been on passage from Weymouth but it had been quite rough and many of the sea cadets had been sick – and John Laing wasn’t really going out in it, were we? Our (much younger) crew took great pride in first of all hoisting a pirate flag they had bought in town, and then heading merrily out to sea, where they had a good sail which they all enjoyed.

During the day they came across the Trinity Sailing Foundation’s Leader, so Craig took John Laing alongside for a water fight, during which one of Leader’s crew learned that it is very unwise to try and catch a water balloon in your hands when you are not wearing oilskins.

They spent Wednesday night in Yarmouth and then did lots of tacking towards Cowes on Thursday, ending up with a spectacular park in between the bowsprits of Royalist and the Cirdan Sailing Trust’s Queen Galadriel. They ate in Cowes on Thursday night and then headed back to Southampton, where the voyage finished today.

Sea staff were Dave Carnson, Martin Skipper, Craig, Steve Lacey, Hamish Lochhead and Laura Brayshaw. Hamish is the teacher who brings the Parkside group every year, and this year it had been decided that he should do his third mate’s assessment. He must have formidable lesson-planning skills as he turned up with laminated prompt-cards prepared for every manoeuvre, based on the mates’ training weekend he attended a few weeks ago. This preparation paid off as he passed with flying colours – many congratulations! Laura, meanwhile, was on her first trip as trainee bosun, having done very well as a crew member the previous week. Craig says she was excellent, even though the fact that she had to be lowered over the side in a climbing harness during the man overboard demonstration came as a bit of a surprise to her….

Sea staff vacancies

Second mate STILL needed on 26-31 Oct. Email me or call 07986 354697 if you can help! I’ve been advertising this for weeks with no response so please let me know ASAP if you can fill this berth.

I can now take provisional sea staff bookings 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.

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

Current vacancies as follows:

JL05-47: 4 nights, 10-14 Oct, Southampton – few berths available, age 16+

For information on latest vacancies, please contact the office on 0870 241 2252, or email office@oytsouth.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

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.

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