Line honours in the ASTO Small Ships Race


OYT South bulletin 14th June 2007

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URGENT short notice vacancies

Last few places left on voyages in the next couple of weeks

21-29 June, Ipswich to Kiel (Germany) - minimum age 12
30 June to 7 July, Kiel to Arhus (Denmark) - minimum age 15

Places available for young people, sea staff or any other CRB-checked adults on these voyages as we just need a few more on board for each trip. Please call the office urgently on 0845 365 6781 if you might be available for either voyage.

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Maintenance Ipswich 19-20 June - help needed
We have two days in Ipswich to get everything ready before we leave the UK for two months. This means all sorts of routine maintenance plus shopping for and stowing vast amounts of food, and we need all the help we can get. Anyone who can come and help, please call Wolf urgently on 07771 771864 - first to find out exactly where we are going to be, and second so that he can plan jobs and meals for everyone who is going to turn up.

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Voyage vacancies, bursaries and special offers - for young people and adultsThere are places still available on the following very special voyages this summer. Minimum ages are as given; normal upper age limit is 25 but adults with current CRB clearance may also be welcome if there are spare places on some voyages - contact the office (0845 365 6781) for details. Bursary funding may well be available for these voyages, so no-one should be deterred from applying by the cost - again, talk to the office if you would like to apply for a grant.

7-20 July: Arhus to Kotka (Finland) £845 - Tall Ships race 1 (minimum age 15)
20-29 July: Kotka to Stockholm (Sweden) £585 - Tall Ships cruise in company (minimum age 15)
9-16 Aug, Szczecin (Poland) to Kiel: special offer: DOWN from £505 to £280 (minimum age 12) - hurry, ONE last place left!
10-14 Sept: Southampton £275 (age 12-25)
2-7 October: Southampton £325 (age 12-25)
8-12 Oct: Southampton £240 (age 12-25)
15-19 Oct: Southampton £250 (age 12-25)
20-24 Oct: Southampton £250 (age 12-25)

HURRY - if you want to book a berth, especially at a Special Offer price, contact the office as soon as possible.

For more information about Tall Ships voyages, see here.
For other Baltic voyages, see here.
For UK-based voyages, see here.
Small Ships race (October 2-7), see here.
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential projects, see here
Bursary funding, see here.
And special funding for crew members from outside the UK here.

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Already booked to sail this summer? Want to earn £££s off your voyage fee?
We really need to fill this summer's empty berths. If you have already booked to sail on a voyage which is not full (see here for latest vacancies), then you might be able to help us fill the gaps by asking around among friends or at your school / college / youth club / workplace. In order to encourage you to do this, OYT South is prepared to offer £75 off your own voyage fee to anyone already booked to sail, in exchange for every new, additional booking on your voyage from someone you introduce to us. This means that you can make BIG savings by introducing several friends! Contact the office if you can find someone else to sail, in order to claim your discount.

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Voyage news
Another excellent voyage last weekend for eight young people and four hospital staff organised through the Teenage Cancer Trust. We sailed down to Yarmouth on Friday night and then let the crew recover from an incredibly early start in the morning - before heading for Poole on Saturday in an odd mix of sunshine, thick fog and enough wind to get the boat going really well. We made good time and were able to spend time at anchor in Studland Bay, learning how to tie knots, before going in to the harbour. Poole kindly made space for us on a busy day and there was time for shore leave to buy sweets and souvenirs. We also had a welcome visit from Paul Barber, who sailed with us as a crew member three years ago, and now hopes to come back as volunteer sea staff.

The crew managed a night out in Poole, having recovered from the previous day's tiredness, and we had a gentle start on Sunday morning while some of the crew learned about navigation and pilotage planning. Crew member Laura was put in charge of getting us safely out of Poole, and managed the job superbly. Shortly after passing the chain ferry, with the whole Poole approach channel still to go, she was briefly holding her written pilotage plan in her teeth to leave her hands free - and then opened her mouth to answer a question...No problem, though, as she had memorised the rest of the plan perfectly and also organised the mizzen hoist as we went along!

Around half the crew enjoyed a lively guitar and singing session as we made our way back to the Solent; the other half of the crew either tolerated it or retired on deck!

We anchored in Thormess Bay for tea and cream cakes supplied by the skipper, and then did a man overboard recovery demonstration. The highlight of this was when John Snowden, as bosun, opted to use the group's doctor, Lisa, to demonstrate how a casualty is lifted in helicopter strops, and we then made her describe the causes and symptoms of clinical shock while swinging in the air clutched between John's knees.

We got back into Ocean Village late on Sunday night (thanks to nurse Neil for saving the bow team's blushes when we parked) but people were still sufficiently lively to enjoy a game in the saloon, organised by third mate Dawn.

All in all an excellent group and we would be delighted to see any of them again - preferably for longer next time. Already, in a short voyage, this group had developed a very good understanding of sail hoists and drops, deck preps and ropework. Undoubtedly in a five or six day voyage we would have been able to hand over much of the running of the vessel to them. As it was, all twelve achieved RYA Start Yachting certificates.

Thanks to sea staff Brian, Caz, Di Roberts, John Snowden, Dawn Marshall and Heloise Finch (who used to be a regular watch leader before moving abroad a few years ago. Thankfully living on a tropical island was not enough to stop her missing us and she's back for a couple of voyages - and possibly more).

John Laing is now on a voyage making her way round towards Ipswich before setting off towards Tall Ships.

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John Laing on MySpace and Facebook
John Laing is on both MySpace and Facebook, both brilliant ways for crew members, sea staff and other friends and supporters to keep in touch, contact each other, or spread the word among other people about OYT South voyages. Have a look, and come and be one of John Laing's friends - and tell all YOUR friends about us!

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2008 draft voyage programme - NEW
An early draft version of the 2008 voyage programme is now available on the website here. It will give you an idea of what we are planning for next year, but it is not yet set in stone - if your group is hoping for a voyage on specific dates and the draft programme doesn't suit your plans, contact the office NOW and we'll see if it's possible to adjust the programme to create a voyage to suit you.

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Southampton Boat Show
We are looking for volunteers to help with our stand at the Southampton Boat Show, on any day from Friday 13 September to Sunday 23 September. All welcome, including young crew members who can help enthuse others simply by describing their own experiences on board John Laing, as well as adult volunteers - some of whom will be needed as stand managers, prepared to commit to helping for a full day or longer.

We will provide a pass for entry for the period of time on the stand, so volunteers will also get a chance to look round the rest of the show - a great experience.

For more information on how you can assist us please contact David Salmon in the office or email Brian Eyres. First come first served for the popular days!

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Southampton Asian Mela festival
As a result of the recent voyages with the Wheatsheaf Trust, OYT South has been invited to have a stand at Southampton's Asian Mela Festival on Saturday 30th June. This looks like a fantastic way of building links with local communities and helping us to get a more diverse range of young people on our voyages. It also looks like an amazing day out! If you can come along on the day and help us to run the stand, please contact the office or email me . We've only got a handful of people so far so we really, really need you!

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Sea staff bookings
I have now allocated a lot of assessment voyages till the end of this season for potential new sea staff - just waiting to hear from the last few people.

Other vacancies (all Southampton-Southampton unless otherwise stated) are:

23-29 Aug, Ipswich to Southampton - possibly need a second mate through I am waiting for confirmation.
30 Aug - 2 Sept: first, second and third mates needed.
10-14 Sept: second and third mates needed (one of whom must be female)
27 Sept-1 Oct: second mate needed
2-7 Oct: first mate needed
8-12 Oct: first and third mates needed
12-14 Oct: third mate needed
15-19 Oct: second mate needed, plus 18th berth may be available for another qualified mate / potential mate / other CRB-checked adult
20-24 Oct: second mate needed, plus 18th berth may be available for another qualified mate / potential mate / other CRB-checked adult
25-30 Oct: first, second and third mates needed, plus 18th berth may be available for another qualified mate / potential mate / other CRB-checked adult.

Email me if you can help.

There may be a few other spaces too, as I am waiting for places to be confirmed.

Please note that you should have paid your annual membership (£30) and annual sailing donation (£70) before you can book, and you MUST have a CRB check.

And those over 65 or with known health problems must also now have an ENG1 medical before you can sail - let me know if you need advice or information about arranging this. It does need to be an ENG1 and not any other kind of medical - please don't rush off and spend money on an ML5 or anything else. ENG1s need to be done by an MCA-approved doctor, not by your own GP.

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Training voyages for sea staff and new prospective sea staff
There are two adult training voyages in September for current and prospective sea staff:

3-7 Sept (£275)
7-9 Sept (£150) - weekend voyage starting 8pm Friday

The April and May training voyages were extremely successful and popular so don't miss your chance to join one of the September trips! If you are new to OYT South and hoping to get into the next round of assessment voyages, it’s well worth doing one of these trips to get your recommendation (see here for an explanation of recommendations and assessments). This web page will also tell you about the process of getting a Criminal Records Bureau background check (essential before you can sail with young people - not required for adult voyages).

Prices INCLUDE your £30 annual membership and £70 mates sailing donation - which means that any other voyages you do in 2007 as a member of sea staff would be free! Email me to book.

Please note that as these voyages are for adults only, you cannot do your watch leader assessment on them - to be assessed, we have to see how you deal with leading and teaching young people. The adult training voyages are designed to give you a chance to get used to things before you take on the responsibility of trying to teach others.

Email me to book on either voyage.

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Financial appeal
Current fundraising priorities are to start putting together a refit fund for next winter, so that we are better able to plan the jobs and don't face the usual cashflow problems at the last minute. See here for how to make a donation.

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Volunteer press officer news
Don’t forget to contact Lizzie Fiddaman, our volunteer press officer, if you think your voyage should be covered in the local press, or if you have any other good story to tell about OYT South: you can email Lizzie. You can also contact her if you want to get involved in getting positive press coverage for us in your local area - the more help she has, the more coverage we might get! Local press coverage will help more people to hear about OYT South – which can mean more crew members and even more donations – so it’s well worth helping Lizzie to get us mentioned.

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London Support Group
We are still hoping to re-form an OYT South London Support Group, with the aim of forging links with London-based organisations which might send young people to sail, and raising a bit of money to help them do so. Anyone in the London area who would be prepared to come and sit in a pub for an evening and discuss what could be done and how to do it, drop me an email, and we'll see if we can find a convenient date and location for a first get-together. So far it's me, Rob Dickinson, Jill Moffatt, John Snowden, Tom Leyland and Dave "Tigger" Heffer - anyone else interested?

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Voyage posters
Available to download from the website and print out: two posters / flyers which you could hand out to people or put on a school, college or club notice board, to encourage young people to come sailing with us.

One is mainly pictures and is primarily designed to get people looking at our website; the other poster has a bit more text. Both can be printed on ordinary A4 paper so I hope you will find it easy to spread them around!

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People News
Congratulations and best wishes to former skipper Rob Purkiss, who is marrying Kirsten this weekend.

And good luck to Phoebe who is heading off to do Sail Caribbean for the summer.

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Passwords to members-only website section
Most sea staff who are sailing this year should now have working passwords to the members-only section of this website. Anyone who hasn't received a password and would still like one should email me and I can add you quite easily.

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Website - links needed
With so much work having been done on OYT South's website over recent months, it would be really great if we could increase the numbers of people visiting it. If you have any access to another website - anything from a marine site to a MySpace page - could you include a link to And let me know so that we can link back to you!

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Photos needed
Please keep sending photos from John Laing voyages, and I'll use the best on the website.

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Survey - tell us what you think
Still looking for more responses to the web-based survey - please have a look!

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New readers' section
If you are reading the OYT South newsletter for the first time, I hope you will find it useful and interesting, and filled with opportunities for things you will want to get involved in. Please feel free to join in any OYT South activities - nothing here is restricted to long-standing members or people who already know one another. New people are always very welcome!

If you feel that you don't yet know much about OYT South, you will learn more by keeping a regular eye on these newsletters; but for a lot of background information, take a look at the rest of this website.

If you are aged 12-25 and hoping to sail as a crew member, take a look here.  

Adults interested in joining our volunteer sea staff can check here

To volunteer for OYT South ashore, please look here.

The winter refit 2006-7 is now over, but we need still need help at maintenance days spread throughout the year, and there will be another refit starting in November - see here.

And if you have any questions, please do email me - or contact the office.

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“I have made a bunch of mates that I hope to keep in touch with - would love to come again" Joe, 13