Southampton young carers voyage


OYT South bulletin 8th September 2006

In this Bulletin
·         Thanks to Mark Boggis
·         Voyage News - Southampton Young Carers and an IoW / mixed voyage
·         Maintenance day - and Princess news!
·         Voyage opportunities - Book fast for the few remaining berths this season - including a fantastic opportunity for a weekend voyage which has just become available!
·         Boat Show - More volunteers please to staff the stand.
·         Sea staff needed - A few more dates for you!
·         Diary Dates - New arrangements for the OYT South Dinner

These bulletins...
Thank you very much indeed to Mark Boggis for taking over these bulletins while I was away for most of the summer. Having finally had a chance to read them, I’m sure all regular readers will agree that he did an excellent job - I certainly feel properly informed about everything that's happened in my absence!

A lot of new email addresses have now been added to this mailing list, either for people whom we met during the Tall Ships race series, or for people who have registered via the website while I was away. To all new readers I'd like to say: one of the key aims of this newsletter is to help anyone who wants to be included in voyages, events and other activities. If you see something advertised in the bulletin which interests you, please do come along, make a booking or ask for more details. Nothing in the bulletin, from voyages to dinners to mates training events, is restricted to people who are already actively involved or who already know each other. New people are always welcome so please don't hold back! And you can always email me (just reply to this bulletin) if you have any questions.

Voyage News
Last week saw a thoroughly demanding but ultimately rewarding voyage for a group of young carers from Southampton, organised by third mate Leonie Warnick and colleagues  - and joined by one individual crew member, Jennifer, who did a great job fitting in with a group who had all met before.

The group had all expressed an interest in going abroad, so after a quick stop in Gosport for fuel, we were off cross-Channel on the first night. Despite only moderate winds and seas, this proved to be a tough introduction to sailing for some, and there was great relief when we arrived in Cherbourg and people were given a chance to go ashore for showers, shopping and exploration.

Evenings on this voyage were hugely enlivened by Leonie and her colleague, Clare, who planned and organised a whole series of contests and entertainments, from costume-making to mascot-building. In Cherbourg, all the crew were challenged to buy the most imaginative object for just a couple of euros and then explain why they had chosen it - Katie’s “ball of trash” (a plastic ball filled with fake jewellery etc) was a particular highlight.

The following day, with an early start to catch the tide, almost everyone had developed some sea-legs and enjoyed a short and straightforward passage to Alderney, where again they had an afternoon ashore.

The forecast for the next day was for stronger winds, but from the south west, which gave us an exhilarating ride back across the Channel, averaging a good ten knots but much faster at times. We entered the western Solent via the North Channel in a Force 7 and made excellent time to East Cowes. (Thank you very much to John Clack, who met us there to collect some sails which needed to be delivered to the sailmaker for repairs).

The end-of-voyage clean-up took place on the passage up to Southampton the following morning, where ten RYA Start Yachting certificates were given out and the crew cheerfully recalled highlights of the trip and reminded themselves how far they had come from the seasickness and nerves of the first night - with many keen to come again!

Sea staff were relief skipper Steve Furniss, plus Caz, Matt Bland (back from working in the southern ocean and planning to join a new ship in much warmer climes later this year), Leonie, Dings and Rosie "Habit" Allen.

This was followed by another short voyage, with a mixed group including some crew members organised by the Isle of Wight support group (thanks very much for their efforts!) plus a few individual bookings. They started by going to Gosport, and then went round the south of the Isle of Wight to Poole, completing the island circumnavigation by returning to Southampton via Yarmouth and Cowes.

They also did lots of exercises, including man overboard drills with all the mates having a go at driving. The three crew members who wanted to work for RYA certificates all passed Start Yachting.

Thanks again to the sea staff: Steve Furniss, John Parkin, John Clack, Phil Runchman and Habit.

Maintenance day - and Princess News
There was a maintenance day on board John Laing on Tues 29th August - thanks to Habit, Matt Bland, Miranda Camping, Phil Whiffing, Bridget, Caz and Jim Todd for coming along to help Wolf and Dings - and special thanks to "Princess" Craig Dickerson, our previous staff bosun, who also came to give a hand (finally got him doing chart corrections!). Craig is now running a garden design and landscaping business - he's been doing really well and is therefore often very busy, but if your garden needs a makeover, let me know and I’ll pass your details on to Craig. His gardening skills came into their own on the maintenance day, as Wilt, the ship's plant, is now looking a lot fitter after a little TLC from Princess!

Voyage Opportunities
If you would like to book one of the few remaining places for this season please call David Salmon on 0870 241 2252.

9-15 Sept                     Southampton               £390     4 spaces left
18-22 Sept                   Southampton                £tbc     Spaces possible - please ask
22-24 Sept                   Southampton                £150    1 space left*
25-30 Sept                   Southampton                £275    3 spaces left**      
9-13 Oct                      Southampton                £tbc    12 spaces (full boat)
14-15 Oct                    Southampton                £tbc     12 spaces (full boat)***
17-20 Oct                    Southampton                £tbc     1 or 2 spaces possible - please ask.
30 Oct-3 Nov              Southampton                £200    12 spaces (full boat)

* This is a mates' training weekend, minimum age 16 - open to existing sea staff and to people interested in training as sea staff - including recent crew members.
** This is an adult (16+) familiarisation voyage - open to the same people as a mates' training weekend, but also suitable for parents, prospective group leaders and anyone else who wants to find out a little more about what we do - as well as having a thoroughly enjoyable voyage.
***A late opportunity for a short weekend voyage which has just become available! This could be run as a Friday night - Sunday trip, or Saturday morning - Sunday, or even two separate Saturday and Sunday day sails. If you and a group of friends might be interested, please ask. It could be restricted to adults, or it could be a youth voyage. If you can't fill all 12 places, maybe we could match you with another small group? Contact the office for details. Price on application depending on what you want!

For all enquiries about bookings, contact the office: 0870 241 2252 (calls charged at national rate) or email

Boat Show Update
More helpers still needed to give us a hand during the Southampton International Boat Show from Friday 15th to Saturday 23rd September - this is a great opportunity to tell others about our work and attract new crew members, sea staff and other volunteers and supporters! You don’t need to be able to answer complex questions about OYT South (just pass enquiries on) - all you need is to be enthusiastic!

If you are aged 15-24 and have sailed in John Laing it would be really helpful if you could volunteer for a day at one of the weekends - either 16th-17th September or 23rd-24th  September.  The weekends are generally when young people visit the show so it would be great if you could tell potential crew about your voyage. Adults are needed on days throughout the show.

Volunteers should call David Salmon on 0870 241 2252 as soon as possible - David may be able to help you solve problems with travel or accommodation.

Without your help David Salmon faces very long hours on the stand while the day to day work of managing our business just piles up in the OYT South office. Remember as well as staffing our stand you will have some time to look round the boat show!

Sea staff
Calling qualified OYT South sea staff!

A few more vacancies now available - please email me if you are interested!

25-30 Sept (adult FAM voyage)           First mate needed
2-5 Oct (Parkside school)                    Second mate needed
6-8 Oct (ASTO small ships race)          First mate and third mate needed (one must be female)
9-13 Oct (no bookings yet)                  Third mate needed if voyage gets booked
21-25 Oct (Cleveland group)                Second mate needed
26-29 Oct (individual bookings)            Third mate needed
30 Oct- 3 Nov (no bookings yet)          Second and third mates needed if voyage is booked
3-5 Nov (TS Swiftsure)                        Second mate needed

Diary Dates

Friday 15 September: OYT South Annual Dinner (now a Buffet Supper). This event will be held in the brand new Quarter Deck Dining Room of Chichester Yacht Club, from which a great view is expected of the most beautiful parts of the harbour. Proceeds continue to be in aid of Children’s Hospice Partners CHASE and Naomi House as well as OYT South. To reserve tickets (£35), email  To pay for your tickets by credit card please call David Salmon on 0870 241 2252.

Southampton International Boat Show,  Friday 15 September to Sunday 24 September 2006.  Please call David Salmon NOW on 0870 241 2252 or mobile 07850 723646 to secure your choice of dates to help man the stand.

Sunday 1 October: John Laing maintenance day, Southampton (call Wolf 07771 771864 if you can come and help).

 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!

“Wow – amazing, it was fab – enjoyed it and hope to come again.” Dave, aged 12