John Laing team: trophy winners at St Malo crew sports events


OYT South bulletin 8th July 2006

In this Bulletin…. 

  • John Laing arrives in St. Malo to join the Tall Ships Fleet.
  • Voyage Opportunities – Could your school, youth group or club sail ?
  • The Maintenance Day – “Just how much food can you fit on John Laing ?“
  • Plus Diary Dates, and News of OYT South People.
  • P.S.  Short Notice Iceland Opportunity with OYT Scotland.

Voyage  News
John Laing has now arrived in St. Malo where she is poised for the start line of the 50th anniversary Tall Ships Race.  (More details at )

The crew joined in Ocean Village, Southampton on the evening of Monday 3rd July.  First stop was Cowes, Isle of Wight to collect a vital head-sail.   Many Thanks to Cowes based sail makers Ratsey & Lapthorn  for their quick work on this sail allowing us to set off for the Tall Ships race with a full sail wardrobe.   With only light winds the voyage continued overnight, under engine, arriving St. Helier, Jersey on Tuesday afternoon.  The wind remained calm next morning but life on John Laing was not without challenge.  An 04.00hrs wake-up call would probably have been more than enough for most folk but a torrential downpour and thunderstorm hit the crew just as the mooring ropes were being slipped and stowed. This left the entire crew resembling drowned rats. 

John Laing arrived St. Malo Wednesday afternoon.  All have been busy attending the various Tall Ships shore side activities.  One lucky crew member is able to boast that he has had a 1000 young people at his birthday party.   He is attending the Tall Ships crew party this evening, on his birthday. 

 First Mate Caroline White reports that a record 100% of this crew want to sail with us again.  Would your youth group, school, or club like to have a similar fantastic or even better voyage ?  Please see below…..

Voyage Opportunities
Spare berths are getting fewer, but there are still some great opportunities available in the Tall Ships race, and in September and October:-

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    4 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.

Maintenance Day  -  Monday 3rd July
Huge thanks from Skipper Mark Todd (Wolf) to everyone who came down to the boat to help prepare for the Tall Ships series.  Many Thanks to Dave Carnson, Miranda Camping, Dings, David Blogg, Trevor, Phoebe, Jim Morris, Caroline White, John Snowden, Chris and Tristan from Contact Marine, Joe Parker and Graeme and Sue Cole.

Graeme took charge of the shopping and some shop this was.  With the last chance to hit a British supermarket for over 6 weeks this was shopping in the grand style.  Total Bill, £2,500 and two Transit van trips.  It took the lady in Sainsbury’s who prepared the order 3 days to pull it all together  and the store ran a sweepstake on what the final bill would be. 

Once most of the food was stowed Trevor told Wolf that they were only halfway through.  Wolf took this at face value and was apparently quite stressed for some hours until Trevor confessed. 

News of OYT South People
Lots of news from St. Malo of OYT South members and friends this week.    John Laing is tied up in St. Malo between OYT Ireland boat Lord Rank and Gordonstoun Vessel Spirit of Moray.  Onboard Lord Rank is none other than one-time John Laing relief bosun Gizzmo.  First Mate on Spirit of Moray is Special K (Kerry) who worked so hard at our refit last winter.  Skipper of Spirit of Moray is Ian Lerner who some will remember as an OYC Staff skipper and Fleet Manager.

Lord Rank reached St. Malo under tow by Jubilee Sailing Trust vessel Lord  Nelson.  A large fishing  net had become entangled round Rank’s propeller.  Skipper Dougie Walker has emphatically denied that he was just trying to save on fuel costs.   Wolf, in his corniest joke of the year,  quipped “Nelson pulls rank“

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

Friday 15 September: OYT South Annual Dinner (To book tickets email )  To pay for your tickets by credit card please call David Salmon on 0870 241 2252

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).

P.S.  From OYT Scotland

-----Original Message-----
From: Voyage News []
Sent: 05 July 2006 15:31
Subject: Last minute voyage.

We have 2 berths available on-board Alba Venturer sailing from Iceland to Ullapool on the 16th of July. The voyage is only two weeks away and we are looking for 2 keen young people to join the existing crew and help sail Alba Venturer back to Scotland via the north coast of Iceland. You will get the opportunity to visit Reykjavik, sail into the Arctic Circle and see the sparse north coast. Alba Venturer is due back in Ullapool on the 3rd of August.

If you are interested and are aged between 16 and 24 please contact the OYT Scotland office as soon as possible to take up this fantastic opportunity.

The cost will be £200 per person including flight to Iceland.

Tel:  0141 22 11 200


“I have had a great time and actually got to put into practice what I learned." Amy, aged 18