Happy New Year!
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Refit closure – London Boat Show
The refit team is thinking of going to the London Boat Show on Saturday 14th January, in which case the refit will be closed for a day. If you were planning to come to refit then, please call Wolf on 07771 771864 URGENTLY. If you are planning to be at the Boat Show on that day, come and meet the team at the Guinness Stand at 3pm.
Shorebased training 18th February
There are just two more places left on the radar course, and four left on the first aid course on Saturday February 18th.
Anyone planning to do a third mate’s assessment this year should really think about getting the first aid qualification if you haven’t already done it. More experienced mates: check your First Aid certificate - they are only valid for three years, so please make sure yours isn’t going to go out of date this season.
The chartwork course can also run if there is any demand for it. The GMDSS radio course is full but please keep letting me know if you want this qualification, as I’ll keep a reserve list in case anyone drops out, or Wolf can look at running a second course on another date if there are enough people.
Email me to put your name down for any of these courses – remember you can only do one on 18th February, though if you need two or more of the qualifications, let me know anyway and we can advise you.
There will also be a group session on Sunday 19th before the AGM which sea staff and other supporters should find useful and interesting, so please plan to be with us for the whole weekend if possible!
The refit team all returned refreshed from their Christmas break and have been working hard all week. There has been more filling, sanding and priming of the hull, and we are getting near the end of this job. The gas locker is nearly done and should be painted today. The forepeak has had its first coat of paint. The tank lids have been finished. The skipper’s cabin has been emptied and the bilges are being cleaned (a much more pleasant job than last year when Dings and I had to bail out gallons of stinking stagnant sea water). The dorade boxes have been primed. The heads doors have been taken off (with some difficulty). The last of the fresh water in the centre tank has finally been used, so we can start work on that tank. And the heater is working properly!
Jobs coming up fairly shortly will include that centre tank, the skipper’s bilge, the hull below the waterline, and finishing the forepeak – followed by starting work on all other interior bilges and the cockpit locker.
We need lots of help for these jobs, so please call Wolf on 07771 771864 if you can spare a day or two to give us a hand.
Refit heroes this week have been Dings, Special K, Gizmo, Rosie Allen and Kate Whiffing. Between them they have eaten a whole kilo of Quality Street since New Year (and that’s without Special K who is off chocolate for the moment).
Thanks to all those who have contributed to the cost of this year’s refit – but we still don’t have all the funds we need so it’s not too late to help! 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
Keep sending in your preferences for sailing dates in 2006 - see http://www.oytsouth.org/ for the official 2006 voyage programme. As ever, people who help with the refit over this winter get priority with 2006 staff bookings, but I can always pencil you in now if you know what you would like.
I’d also like to hear from people – whether new to OYT South, or former crew members who want to make progress – who would be interested in joining our volunteer sea staff in 2006, so that I can start planning assessment voyages.
And Im taking bookings for staff training voyages in early 2006:
· Mates training weekend 21-23 April (£150) only THREE spaces left
· Adult familiarisation voyage 30 April to 5 May (£275) 10 spaces left
These are both open to new prospective sea staff, as well as to existing sea staff who may be rusty or want some more practice. The prices for these two voyages include £30 annual membership and £70 annual mates sailing fee, so once you’ve paid this you can sail as often as you can manage in 2006 at no further cost. The familiarisation voyage is also open to people who may not want to be sea staff or sail with young people, but would still like an opportunity to sail in John Laing and find out more about how we work.
Marketing day sails
We will be running two more marketing day sails, on Sat 6th and Sun 7th May next 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 the boat in action.
We have already sold around half of all crew berths available in 2006, which is a fantastic achievement; but there is still lots of space for anyone else who wants to sail next year. The 2006 programme is on the website at www.oytsouth.org (look at the top of the home page where is says CLICK HERE for the Official 2006 Sailing Programme). You can also get a copy of the programme from the office, or by emailing me.
Don’t forget the Tall Ships race series – especially the cruises in company, from Lisbon to Cadiz and from Cadiz to La Coruna. Unlike the two race legs, the cruises in company allow us to stop at various places en route and meet up with crews from other sail training vessels. The local ports always lay on great hospitality and there will be lots of parties as well as some fun sailing. Tall Ships rules allow us to take a maximum of four 15-year olds on each leg; all other crew members must be aged 16-25.
As ever, most of our other voyages are open to people aged 12-25.
For bookings, call the office on 0870 241 2252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates for your diaries
14 January: Refit closed so the team can go to the London Boat Show – meet at the Guinness Stand at 3pm if you want to join us.
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.
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!