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OYT South bulletin 15th June 2006

Latest news
Contact details over the summer
I shall not be picking up emails from 25 June until mid-August, which means two things: first, a short break in these bulletins (no doubt a welcome relief to some of you!), and second, please do not reply to this bulletin if you need an answer before I come back, as no-one else has access to my emails! All OYT South queries should be directed to David Salmon on 0870 241 2252 or, apart from messages connected with the OYT South Annual Dinner (see below) which should be directed to Jo Rule at

Change to maintenance day and voyage JL06-25
It has become necessary to start voyage JL06-25 a day early, and the crew will be joining at 1900 on the evening of July 3rd. This means that the planned maintenance day on July 4th has been cancelled – but there is twice as much work to get through during the day on July 3rd before the crew arrive! Please call Wolf on 07771 771864 if you would like to come and help. It will be a very busy day and if you give him plenty of notice if you plan to come along, it will be much easier for him to plan specific jobs for appropriate people.

Adult voyages
We really need more bookings for the adult voyages in September: the weekend starting on the evening of Friday 22 September and finishing on Sunday 24th (£150) still has between six and nine spare berths (depending on currently unconfirmed reservations). The 5-night voyage from 25-30 September has 11 spare berths – please book on one of these voyages if you can and help us to make sure that we don’t have to cancel them!

Both voyages start and finish in Southampton, and are open to anyone aged 16+. The weekend is designed primarily for sea staff training, for current sea staff as well as anyone new who is thinking about getting involved and would like a chance to get to know the boat before trying to teach young people. It is also possible to include other adults who want to sail with us but can’t spare longer than a weekend.

The longer voyage is available for anyone at all aged 16+: potential sea staff, sponsors and donors, parents who are envious of offspring who have enjoyed sailing with us, shore supporters who seldom get a chance to sail, sea staff who would like to do an adult voyage for a change…no restrictions so please tell all your friends!

While I would normally take bookings for these trips, please book via David Salmon on 0870 241 2252 or while I am away.
Annual dinner
The OYT South Annual Dinner 2006 will take place on 15th September, at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Rope Walk, Hamble (as last year). Tickets available from Jo Rule ( at £65 per person - or gather a group of friends and book a table of 10.
Our charity partner for the dinner is once again CHASE children's hospice; but we shall also make donations from the proceeds to Naomi House children's hospice and to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Any donations for auction gifts and/or balloon raffle prizes gratefully received. Again, contact Jo Rule with details.

Crew bookings
Current crew vacancies:

24-29 June       Southampton                            £315    1 space
22-28 July        Lisbon to Cadiz                        £420    2 spaces*
28 Jul-9 Aug    Cadiz to La Corunna                £700    1 spaces*
9-20 Aug         La Corunna to Antwerp            £700    5 spaces*
4-8 Sept           Southampton                            £275    7 spaces
9-15 Sept         Southampton                            £390    11 spaces
9-13 Oct          Southampton                            £250    12 spaces (full boat)
14-20 Oct        Southampton                            £340    12 spaces (full boat)
30 Oct-3 Nov  Southampton                            £200    12 spaces (full boat)

Call 0870 241 2252 for bookings.

* Voyages marked with an asterisk are part of the Tall Ships Race series, for which we can take up to four crew aged 15; all others must be 16-25. Potential crew members who will be aged 15 this summer should contact the office to discuss which legs have not already filled their quota of 15 year olds.

All other voyages can take crew members aged 12-25.

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OYT Scotland – ASTO Small Ships Race
One space left on the North West small ships race ( with OYT Scotland, for someone aged 18-25. Cost £150. Join tomorrow (Friday 16th June) in Largs, ends Fri 23rd June, also in Largs. Call OYT Scotland on 0141 221 1200.

Voyage news
Several voyages to write about this time as I have been on the boat for a while.

It all started on May 27th with a voyage for a TS Swiftsure group, part of the Nautical Training Corps, led by Tim Magson, who had previously sailed with us as a group leader with Sunnydown School. We sailed from Poole down to Weymouth, where we found the town enjoying a major festival with us right in the middle of all the events. The highlight was probably the start and finish of Weymouth’s annual trawler race, which involves an immense water fight in the middle of the harbour, with the trawlers decorated with balloons and flags and their crews all dressed up. Sadly John Laing’s water pistols didn’t quite match up to the powerful hoses of the trawlers, but our crew had a great time nonetheless. It was another excellent group of young people, and some of them should be sailing with us again at the end of the season, perhaps in a mixed group with Sunnydown school. Group leader Tim Magson will definitely be back after completing a very strong third mate’s assessment. Other sea staff were Wolf, Caz, Andy Shuttleworth, Dings and Rosie Allen.

The voyage had been scheduled to end in Southampton, but as we were heading in that direction, planning on a night passage through the Needles and up the Solent, the steering gear began making ominous sounds, and skipper Wolf took the decision to divert to nearby Poole instead. Chris from Contact Marine came along at very short notice and worked his usual magic. Without him we might have been looking at cancelling voyages before we could have got the problem fixed, so once again he proved utterly invaluable, as the next crew were able to join in time.

This was another siblings group from CHASE children’s hospice – a few who had sailed last year, and some who were new to us. We started with a long and challenging passage westwards, and discovered to our amazement that for the first time since Wolf and I have been involved with John Laing, there was actually space for us to go into Torquay marina.

Fabulous weather added to Torquay’s holiday atmosphere, and we spent a day there, with a wander round town for the crew in the morning, followed by an afternoon on the beach and games on board. We also met up with several friends, including Lyn Gough from MDL, who organises the MDL award winners scheme for an annual voyage with us – who was delighted to have a chance to look round the boat. And Tracey Tyerman, whom we first met at the Sail Training International conference in La Coruna last year, came along to help entertain the crew, and got on so well with them that we kidnapped her and made her sail back to Poole with us.

This was another lively and entertaining crew, with a lot of great characters, and it was fantastic to see a CHASE hospice siblings group having such a good time. The main drawback of the trip was a distinct lack of wind. Sea staff were Wolf, Caz, Trevor, Rosie “Habit” Allen and Phil Whiffing, who made a good start to his 3M assessment but needs more wind and more sailing to be able to complete it.

Between this voyage and the next we had a maintenance day in Poole, with help from Wolf, Habit, Rob Dickinson, Jim Morris, Cathy Lacey, Brian Eyres, Kate Whiffing, Josette Lesser, Tristan & Joe Caudrey and Caz. We got huge amounts of work done, and also managed an evening in the Portsmouth Hoy pub on Poole Town Quay, now serving fantastic food and offering very friendly service under new landlords Mark and Jo – who believe they may be the only deaf couple running a pub in the UK. Highly recommended for a meal if you happen to be in or near Poole!

The next voyage was another hospice siblings group, this time predominantly from Naomi House, with a couple from Keetch Cottage. They enjoyed an equally sunny week, but were luckier with the wind. We were able to go across Channel on the first night, which was a big test for many of them, but it was worth the effort to get to France and spend a day in Cherbourg. The following day we got to St Peter Port, Guernsey, and had time to look around as well as spending an afternoon on the beach, before on early start (one of many on this trip) and fabulous fast sail back to Southampton. Sea staff were Wolf, Caz, John “Cuddles” Snowden, Dave “Tigger” Heffer, Rosie “Habit” Allen, Dawn “Squeak” Marshall (well done for passing 3M assessment) and Tom “Needs a steady nickname” Kemp.

Chris and Tristan from Contact Marine put in another short-notice appearance at the end of this trip to ensure that the engine was happy for the next voyage – thanks again!

The current voyage includes three people from the Isle of Wight, backed by our support group there, plus eight from Bourne College and a return visit from Fred Goater, who used to sail with us regularly but hasn’t been around for a while. They left Southampton on Monday night and headed for Cowes (where they picked up our new sails – how exciting!). Next day they sailed to Poole, with some challenging moments in the Needles Channel as a beautiful sunny day turned in a matter of seconds into a monsoon downpour. At least this enabled Dings to wear his new jacket….

On Wednesday they came back to Yarmouth and had a BBQ on the beach. Last time Dings was here, our new outboard almost came to grief by falling off the back of the dinghy when the bracket sheared – we’ve just got it back from being repaired and I’m glad to say it worked fine this time! Today they are doing tacking practice, and planning to anchor in Osborne Bay before heading back up to Ocean Village. Sea staff are Yvonne, John Clack, Rob Dickinson, Tom Hughes and Dings.

People News
Anyone wondering what’s been happening to relief bosun Ollie Watts, who hasn’t been seen on the boat lately, should look at

Dates for your diaries
 3 July: Southampton - maintenance and preparation for Tall Ships races - help needed (call Wolf 07771 771864).

29 Aug: maintenance day, Southampton (call Wolf 07771 771864). 

15 September: OYT South Annual Dinner (email for tickets)

1 October: maintenance day, Southampton (call Wolf 07771 771864).

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

“I had a great time but I needed more time to sleep!” Seamus, aged 12