OYT South Sailing


OYT South bulletin 10th February 2006

This is the 100th edition of the bulletin since I started writing them!!!

Urgent notices


a) All activities take place at TS Hornet Sea Cadet Unit, Royal Clarence Yard, Weevil Lane, Gosport.

b) Saturday training courses: all 9am to 5pm. Two spaces left on Radar course (£40) and nine spaces on First Aid course – email me if you want to come.

c) Payment for courses: Pay on the day. GMDSS candidates will need a cheque for £22 made payable to the RYA (the exam fee), and £30 cash or cheque made payable to Mark Todd for the course. CASH ONLY please for other courses – please bring the right money.
d) Saturday dinner: if you haven’t already told me you are coming, please do so NOW!

e) Sunday starts at 1230 with lunch – again, I need to know how many are coming if you haven’t already told me.

f) AGM starts 1400 – please tell me or David Salmon if you are coming.

g) Tea provided at 1530.

Another training idea

Wolf has recently done another course which he felt was so good that we should recommend it to all sea staff. It’s the ISAF Offshore Safety Course – basically a 2-day more advanced version of the Sea Survival Course. As well as the basic sea survival stuff, it also includes such things as man overboard recovery, search patterns and heavy weather tactics. Anyone interested in doing this course should contact Yvonne Taylor at yvonneandkeith@ktyyachts.freeserve.co.uk to discuss dates.

Refit news

Not as many helpers as we would have liked this week as illness struck some of those who had hoped to be there. There is a real need for more people who can help on weekdays when there is space for people to stay in the refit house. There may also now be more space for people to stay on some weekends than previously thought – please tell Wolf (07771 771864) if you would like to help. And anyone who doesn’t need accommodation is also welcome to come and join in. Plenty of work available, both skilled and unskilled: there is no need for anyone to worry that you don’t know how to refit a boat – there will always be something useful you can do.

Key jobs this week included finishing the mid-bilge, heads bilge, port mates cabin bilge, skipper's bilge and cockpit locker. The workshop has been emptied and cleaned. The fuel tank lids are back on. We’ve taken a delivery of stuff for fireproofing the engine room. And the locker doors from the crew quarters have been painted “on one side and three edges” (says Martin Skipper).

Refit helpers this week were Wolf, Dings, Giz and Martin.

Refit appeal
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).

Sea staff bookings

I've started confirming some early season bookings; if anyone else needs an urgent answer on your provisional bookings, please drop me a line!

For early season voyages we still need:

20-24 March - female second mate
8-12 May - first mate
13-19 May - second mate
19-21 May - first and third mates (one must be female)
22-26 May – female second mate
27-30 May - first mate
31 May – 4 June – first and second mates (one female)
6-11 June – second mate
12-16 June – first mate

Lots of other vacancies after that – apart from Tall Ships voyages, there are spaces on most trips.

The mates training weekend 21-23 April is now FULL so we are starting to take bookings for the next one: 22-24 September (£150).

However, we still have five spaces on the longer adult voyage 30 April to 5 May (£275) - suitable for training, new prospective sea staff, group leaders, parents or anyone else who wants a first hand look at how we work at sea.

The prices for these adult voyages include £30 annual membership and £70 annual mates sailing fee, so once sea staff and prospective sea staff have paid this you can sail as often as you can manage in 2006 at no further cost.

Please email me to make sea staff bookings or reserve places on adult voyages.

Crew bookings

Early season vacancies for young people aged 12-25:

JL06-01           20-24 March    £230    Possibly 12 places left
JL06-03           1-6 April          £320    6 spaces
JL06-04           7-12 April        £320    5 spaces
JL06-05           13-19 April      £375    2 spaces (Easter)
JL06-11           13-19 May       £375    12 spaces (full boat)
JL06-12           19-21 May       £150    11 spaces (age 16-25)
JL06-14           22-26 May       £250    4 spaces
JL06-21           24-29 June       £315    11 spaces

Call 0870 241 2252 for up-to-date availability and to make a booking - you can pay your deposit by credit card over the phone to secure your place.

Anyone looking for something a bit more adventurous over the summer should consider one of the legs of the Tall Ships Race series:

  • 4-8 July, Southampton to St Malo, £290 - delivery to race start. Arriving in St Malo gives the crew a chance to see all the hundreds of vessels assembled for the race (3 spaces)
  • 9-21 July, St Malo to Lisbon, £830 - first race (6 spaces).
  • 22-28 July, Lisbon to Cadiz, £420 - cruise in company with the rest of the fleet (3 spaces).
  • 29 July to 8 Aug, Cadiz to La Corunna, £700 - cruise in company with the rest of the fleet (8 spaces).
  • 9-19 Aug, La Corunna to Antwerp, £700 - second race (8 spaces).

Tall Ships rules allow us to take a maximum of four 15-year olds on each leg for these five voyages; all other crew members must be aged 16-25. As ever, most of our other voyages are open to people aged 12-25.

For crew bookings, call the office on 0870 241 2252 or email office@oytsouth.org.

Marketing day sails

We are still seeking bookings for marketing day sails, on Sat 6th and Sun 7th May this 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). These days are also open to existing OYT South supporters who prefer not to come on full voyages but would like a short taste of life at sea in John Laing.

Dates for your diaries

18-19 February: Training weekend and OYT South AGM

17 March: shakedown weekend - make sure you have done your stint at the refit before this date!

20 March: first proper voyage begins.

20 April: maintenance day, Southampton – volunteers needed.

5 June: maintenance day, Poole – volunteers needed.

Don't forget the OYT South link to Amazon - click on the Amazon logo at the bottom of the OYT South home page (http://www.oytsouth.org/) and a proportion of any money you spend will be donated to us - at no extra cost to you!

“This has been one of the best experiences of my life and I will never forget it.” Sam, aged 16