Christmas refit closure dates
The last working day on the boat before Christmas will be Thursday 22nd December; the first day back will be Tuesday 3rd January. We particularly need more people to help after the break - please call Wolf on 07771 771864 if you can come to Hamble and lend a hand.
Buying Christmas presents from Amazon?
Don’t forget that if you start by going to the bottom of the OYT South home page (http://www.oytsouth.org/) you will find a link to Amazon. If you go to the Amazon site via this link, to buy your Christmas books, CDs, DVDs etc., a percentage of the price you pay will go to OYT South funds, at no extra cost to you!
Thanks to those who have already expressed an interest in applying for the temporary part-time post to provide support for fundraising and marketing activities across OYT South. If you haven’t already got in touch about this, it’s not too late – please email me ASAP for more information. Those who have confirmed their intention to apply: we’ll be in touch again shortly, but not till the chairman gets back from holiday!
The post will be involve16 hours per week and will be home-based. The ideal candidate will have good office, computer and administrative skills. You will also be an enthusiastic self-starter, used to working independently and with a track record of getting things done. Fundraising experience would be an advantage but not essential. Salary by negotiation.
We’ve already had a number of bookings for courses at the shorebased training weekend in February (GMDSS, radar, first aid or chartwork) – see the sea staff section below for details, and book early to guarantee your place!.
My new email address
Don’t forget that from 23rd December, my email address at the BBC will no longer work. My new address is email@example.com.
The most important thing to mention is that Phoebe was helping at the refit last week and somehow got missed off the thank-you list – apologies! This week Phoebe has been working hard at university studying the first crusade, and found a quote which inspired some interesting parallels:
“Crusaders (Refitters) were members of a select group defined by its commitment to a demanding and unpleasant activity and many of those who answered the pope’s (Wolf's) summonses must have regretted the vows that they had made on the spur of the moment in fevered public gatherings (on voyages/ in pubs / at the end of season party, etc).”
Actually the conditions on the boat are no longer as demanding and unpleasant as they might have been, owing to the fact that the tenting is now complete (and survived 45-knot winds last weekend – thanks very much to IMS for their work), and the heater is installed, making working conditions quite cosy for an outdoor refit.
The largest-scale jobs since last week have included sanding the hull and the antifouling. This morning’s jobs included a thorough clean of the boat to get rid of all the pink dust created by the sanding.
Work continues with the stern platform, the forepeak and the water tanks; Dings has started on the deck; the anchor chain is being marked; the tank lids are being painted; prep work is starting on the hull; and Tim Deverson has been working on the rig.
Refit workers this week have been Wolf, Dings, Special K, Alex, Gizmo, Dawn, Tim D, Tim Hughes, Rob Harwood, Mark Boggis, Caz and Nick Crawford - thanks to everyone for all your help!
We are still some way short of the total needed – if you can make a contribution it would be a huge help! Please 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 ). With ideas or suggestions regarding donations of equipment and materials, talk to Wolf on 07771 771864 about what he might need. Please email me if you would like to see a list of items currently required.
Sea staff vacancies and training
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.
I’m also taking bookings for staff training voyages in early 2006:
· Mates training weekend 21-23 April (£150)
· Adult familiarisation voyage 30 April to 5 May (£275).
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.
There will also be some shorebased training courses available on the weekend of February 18th and 19th (as well as the OYT South AGM on the Sunday) – so put the dates in your diaries now. Wolf will be running the one-day GMDSS/VHF course for anyone who needs this qualification. Last year we also ran successful First Aid and Radar courses and if there is sufficient demand we will try to do so again. There can also be a one-day chartwork course, as last year, though this does not lead to a formal qualification. Please email me if you would like to do one of these courses - but please note that you can only choose one as they each take up the whole day on Saturday.
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 over 45% 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