Contact details over the summer
Caroline White is away over the summer so please dont forget that she wont 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 email@example.com. The only exception is messages connected with the OYT South Annual Dinner which should be directed to Jo Rule at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 http://www.teenagecancertrust.org/)
We were also delighted to welcome on this voyage a group from The Wheatsheaf Trust. (More details at http://www.wheatsheaftrust.org/). 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 1990s. 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 weeks 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.
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:-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or for more information.
Tuesday 29 Aug: maintenance day, Southampton (call Wolf 07771 771864).
Friday 15 September: OYT South Annual Dinner (email email@example.com 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 (http://www.oytsouth.org/) and a proportion of any money you spend will be donated to us - at no extra cost to you!