John Laing at sea


OYT South bulletin 30th June 2006

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Contact details over the summer
Caroline White is away over the summer so please don’t forget  that she won’t be picking up her emails until mid-August, and no-one else has access to her inbox !   All OYT South queries should be directed to David Salmon on 0870 241 2252 or  The only exception is messages connected with the OYT South Annual Dinner which should be directed to Jo Rule at

My name is Mark Boggis and I sail with Ocean Youth Trust South as a second mate.  Caroline has kindly let me “take the helm“ of these bulletins while she is away.  I am looking forward to hearing from lots of you, with your news that  I can share with all our readers.  Please do let me know where you are and what you are getting up to this summer -  You can contact me at

  Voyage News
 John Laing has had a great week.   The voyage started with light winds, and a cross channel motor in glorious sunshine to Cherbourg.   The next port of call was St. Peter Port, Guernsey where the crew spent a day resting after their sea time, and looking round the town.  In the evening they motored to Alderney.

 The next day John Laing and her crew set off to return to England.  In mid channel,  they stopped to stand-by a vessel with engine problems.  The Alderney lifeboat subsequently arrived and the vessel was towed away.  The wind then picked up allowing a great sail back, and then a quiet passage up through the Needles Channel in a glorious sunset.

This should sound to you like a pretty good week on John Laing, but as ever it was the people that really made the trip.  Six crew came from a hospital ward in Manchester,  organised  by the Teenage Cancer Trust.  Groups from the Teenage Cancer Trust generally get a lot from sailing on JL  and this voyage was no exception.  Also, as on previous voyages,  our sea staff found sailing with young people from the Teenage Cancer Trust an inspirational experience.  (More info at

We were also delighted to welcome on this voyage a group from The Wheatsheaf Trust.  (More details at  This group was organised by Jonathan Cheshire.   Jonathan now works for the Wheatsheaf Trust but was the director of the (then) Ocean Youth Club in the 1990’s.   Many Thanks to Jonathan for organising his crew.   Skipper Dave Carnson thought that the participants found the voyage an “eye-opening“ experience.

Many Thanks to Dave for fitting in two and a bit weeks on John Laing to provide Wolf with vital relief before the Tall Ships race.  Thanks also to the rest of this week’s onboard team 1st Mate Graeme Cole,  2nd Mates  John Snowden and Phoebe and last, but by no means least, Bosun  Julian Watkins a.k.a.  “Dings“ and sometimes “Dinghy Boy“.

 At the time of writing (Friday night)  John Laing is crewing up for a short adult weekend voyage organised by Pete Yeoman. 

Sailing Opportunities
We still have a few vacancies in the programme for the rest of the year so if you would like to go sailing please see the list below:-

 Crew bookings
Current crew vacancies:

22-28 July        Lisbon to Cadiz                        £420    2 spaces*
28 Jul-9 Aug    Cadiz to La Corunna                £700    NOW FULLY BOOKED
9-20 Aug         La Corunna to Antwerp            £700    5 spaces*
4-8 Sept           Southampton                            £275    7 spaces
9-15 Sept         Southampton                            £390    11 spaces
16-22 Sept       Southampton                            £415    12 Spaces (full boat)
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.

The voyage from 16-22 September was fully-booked by a group, but it now appears there may be problems with their funding and it is possible that there may be spaces on this trip after all. Contact the office for latest information if you are interested in sailing between these dates.  Tel 0870 241 2252

Shore Support Opportunities
Southampton Boat Show 15-24 September - volunteers needed
As usual, we have a stand at the Southampton boat show and we need lots of volunteers to help us make the most of the opportunity to speak to prospective crew members, future sea staff, shore volunteers and even possible funders. Please come along and help for a few hours or a day if you can. It would be great to have some more young crew members alongside our adult supporters. And all volunteers will also get the chance to look around this fabulous show. Contact David Salmon 0870 241 2252 to volunteer or for more information.

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

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

15-24 September: OYT South stand at Southampton Boat Show - volunteers needed (call David Salmon on 0870 241 2252)

Sunday 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!

“It was really fun. I learned new knots and how to maintain a sailing ship. Thanks for the trip!" Dave, aged 13