Attendance and meals at training weekend 18/19 Feb
If you haven't already told us if you want a basic lunch provided on Saturday 18th Feb (during the training courses) please do so now.
Second, we also need to know if you are planning to come to the evening meal after the courses (Kingfisher caravan park, Gosport http://www.kingfisher-caravan-park.co.uk/frameset.htm - look under park facilities - David Salmon says it is very good and not expensive).
Third, David would like to know if you are planning to come to the AGM on the Sunday; and if you are, will you want lunch beforehand in the Sea Cadet unit? (Again, a simple, cheap lunch is on offer).
Please email me NOW if you want to come to any of these.
We also have a few spaces still available on the Radar (£40) and First Aid (£30) courses - email me now to book.
The courses will all take place from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 18th February at TS Hornet Sea Cadet Unit, Royal Clarence Yard, Weevil Lane, Gosport. The OYT South AGM will take place at 2pm on the Sunday, in the same location.
All the filling, sanding and priming on the hull has been completed, and John Laing is ready for antifouling below the waterline and painting above it. The forehatch and mid-hatch have been painted. The mid-bilge, heads bilge, port mates cabin bilge, skipper's bilge and cockpit locker have all had a first coat of paint. The crew quarters have been cleaned ready for prepping and painting; and the engine room has been cleaned ready for fire-proofing.
Dings has been sorting the hardware locker and finding lots of things he doesn't recognise, including spares for systems he thinks we no longer have....
Refit helpers this week were Wolf, Dings, Giz, Laura, Phoebe, Mike Makepeace, Mark Boggis and Martin Skipper, plus an afternoon's work by Ian from OYT Scotland. In addition we had social visits to the refit from relief skipper Steve Furniss and OYT NW first mate Chris Morris.
We also had a farewell dinner for Special K, who has now started work as first mate for the Gordonstoun School boat, Ocean Spirit of Moray (formerly the Ocean Youth Club boat, Team Spirit of Wight). All the best to her in her new role!
Good news too for Gizmo, who has been accepted onto a new ASTO training scheme designed to produce the sail training first mates and skippers of the future.
Lots more refit helpers are needed with Special K gone and Gizmo going; so give Wolf a call on 07771 771864 if you can come along before mid March.
Don't stop sending donations! 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 (March and April), we still need:
20-24 March - female second mate
1-6 April OR 7-12 April - first mate (we have someone who can do either voyage, but probably not both)
13-19 April - first mate
24-29 April - first mate
8-12 May - first mate
13-19 May - first and second mates
19-21 May - first and third mates (one must be female)
22-26 May - first and second mates (one female)
27-30 May - first mate
Lots of other vacancies from June onwards.
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 plenty of 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.
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 May be a few places left
JL06-04 7-12 April £320 5 spaces
JL06-05 13-19 April £375 4 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
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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!