Harrogate group voyage + others


OYT South bulletin 25th May 2006

Latest news

Trustee and Staff news
Chris Lane, who has been Chair of the Board of Trustees of OYT South in two stints since 2003, has decided that it is time to move on and devote more attention to some other projects – though he will still be involved with OYT South as an active volunteer. Many thanks to Chris for all he has done in recent years, and we wish him all the best for the future. The new Chair of the Board of Trustees is Cathy Lacey – we wish her all the best in this new role!

Jo Rule, who has been working for the Trust as Fundraising Assistant for the last few months, has also decided to move on, although she, too, will remain involved as a volunteer. Thanks and best wishes to Jo.

Don't forget the new office postal address
Ocean Youth Trust South
PO Box 203
PO12 9AZ

Crew bookings
Current crew vacancies:

24-29 June       Southampton                            £315    6 spaces possible (we have unconfirmed interest in these berths but would welcome other enquiries from people who would like to sail with the 6 confirmed crew from the Teenage Cancer Trust)
4-8 July            Southampton to St Malo           £290    1 space*
22-28 July        Lisbon to Cadiz                        £420    4 spaces*
28 Jul-9 Aug    Cadiz to La Corunna                £700    5 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.

Voyage news
Last week’s voyage ended with a really fast passage most of the way back from Dartmouth, until it became very windy and rough for the final few hours, and the team on board had a pretty tough time before they got into Poole. However, the Devon and Cornwall Foyer team (plus Edana) were in great high spirits for the debrief on the following day, and virtually everyone said they would like to sail again. Plus David d’Costa successfully completed his third mate’s assessment, so there were a lot of positive outcomes from the voyage. We definitely hope to do more work with this Foyer group in future.

The weekend was dominated by some major work on the engine, led by Chris from Contact Marine assisted by Dings and John Snowden. Meanwhile, other maintenance work on board was carried out by Dave Heffer, Dawn Marshall, Rosie Allen, Julia Davies, Caz, Leek and John Smith. Dave Carnson retained his role as ship’s chef – great apple sponge! It was a very busy and hardworking weekend for the engineering team, and they did a fantastic job to get everything done in the time.

Meanwhile skipper Wolf might have missed Dave’s culinary triumphs; but instead he was enjoying the attentions of a Michelin-trained chef on a superyacht in the Mediterranean, as he spent a few days as Chief Mate on the vessel captained by Ru Parkhouse. Wolf obviously missed John Laing a great deal and was forced to console himself with top-quality food plus air-conditioning, a walnut bridge-deck with leather seats, and freshly-laundered shirts laid out for him every day.

John Laing welcomed him back with a forecast of Force 9 winds and high seas, plus a mixed crew based on another visit from the college group from Harrogate, plus an assortment of individuals, including a return visit from one of last week’s crew. They stayed in Poole for the first night, hoping the weather might moderate, and then had a difficult passage down to Weymouth on the next day, with much use of the sick buckets.

On Wednesday the weather was even worse and they were forced to spend the whole day in Weymouth. A lot of RYA training was done, and all those who haven’t done it already look set to complete their Start Yachting qualifications. The team also went to a local open mic night and were introduced to the folk-music talents of third mate Bob.

The passage back to Poole today was much better – until the fog came down, as a treat for Dings, who has been doing the voyage as trainee first mate and was actually running the vessel for the day.

Sea staff were Wolf, John Smith, Dings, Leek, Bob Worthington, and Rosie Allen sailing as trainee relief bosun. They all say that the crew were a really good bunch and it was only a shame that the weather didn’t allow some better sailing.

Sea staff training
I am taking bookings for the autumn mates training weekend 22-24 September (£150) and adult familiarisation voyage 25-30 September (£275). Please email me for places on either trip.

Dates for your diaries
5 June: maintenance day, Poole - volunteers needed (call Wolf 07771 771864).

3 and 4 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

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 (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