New Staff Bosun Liz Key


OYT South bulletin 21st December 2007

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Sections which have changed since last time marked *

* New Staff Bosun appointed
We had a very high standard of applications for the Staff Bosun’s job this year. Many thanks to everyone who applied – we definitely wished we could have had more than one post to fill. However, OYT South is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Staff Bosun, Liz Key. A qualified youth worker, Liz has spent the last four seasons at sea as a cook with Trinity Sailing. More recently, she was encouraged to get out of the galley and has sailed as relief bosun on board John Laing, as well as passing a third mate’s assessment and helping with our refits. Liz will be starting work with us when the refit team returns on January 3rd – so the best way of getting to know her will be to come and give us a hand at refit!

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* Farewell Laura
Very best wishes and many thanks to outgoing Staff Bosun Laura, who has done a great job for us over the last year. Wolf says he will specially miss her pyjamas, her ability to balance her pint on his head, and the long walks home from the pub; and he wonders who is going to be able to reach things off high shelves for him now? Assorted first mates will miss her ability to get into the top bunk in their cabin simply by raising one foot to shoulder height and stepping in. And a lot of people will remember the navigation exercise which involved assuming GPS coverage had failed, which didn’t fool the trainee first mate at whom it was aimed, but totally convinced Laura, who was preparing for utter carnage amongst shipping worldwide. Anyway, Laura has been a thoroughly hard-working and conscientious bosun, and it’s a real tribute to her, as Chris the engineer pointed out, that her year as bosun has seen so few problems with the boat.  

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* Christmas
The office will close at 12 noon on Christmas Eve, and reopens on Wednesday 2nd January. You can send emails or leave phone messages during the closed period and they will be dealt with when staff get back.

The last working day at the refit will be Friday 21st December, and the first day back is January 3rd.

If you missed the Christmas message from our Chair, Martin Skipper, you can find it in last week’s bulletin.

And a happy Christmas to everyone from the office and from the refit team!  

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* Training weekend supper - URGENT REPLIES NEEDED
As in previous years, we hope to be having an OYT South supper on the Saturday evening of the training weekend (2nd February). Anyone doing courses that weekend is invited, and others not doing courses are welcome to join us as long as there is space. But we really need to know number a.s.a.p. if we are going to get this organised, so please email me NOW if you are planning to come. (Those doing courses - please also email if you are NOT coming, as we'll end up chasing you if we don't hear either way).

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* Refit news - help needed!
This week the team has finished a few jobs: sanding the boot top, all painting on the stern platform, all grinding of the hull below the waterline; the starboard water tank (one more tank to go); and two winches have been serviced. Other jobs are under way: painting the tank lids; painting the bosun’s cabin; major work in the skipper’s heads; painting the skipper’s cabin floor; the mast cabin bilge; and marking the anchor chain; as well as lots of cleaning.

Many thanks to Wolf, Laura, Paul, Bex Ward, Hampus Magnusson, Caz, Phil Runchman, Ben Martin, Emma Burrows, Katie Cole, Lisa and Natalie Davis - and Tristan from Contact Marine, who got through a lot of work while Chris was helping with bosun interviews.  

We could definitely do with a more help after the team comes back on January 3rd – the team is looking particularly thin from then till January 12th, though we will still need people after that. To book yourself in, call Wolf on 07771 771864 - do leave a message if he doesn’t answer, and he’ll call you back.

If you have never been to one of our refits before, you can find more information here. The key thing you need to know is that our refits require an inexhaustible supply of volunteer helpers, both skilled and unskilled. In 2006-7, ninety-five people contributed a total of 381 days of volunteer labour, and we need to match or beat that figure this year.

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* Refit equipment appeal
Could anyone possibly donate a 1,000 watt oil-fired radiator (£49.80 from B&Q)? (Please call Wolf on 07771 771864 before buying, as we don’t want to end up with several of them!

See here for a list of small, inexpensive items (gloves, binbags, white spirit etc.) which we are hoping people can donate to the refit. Again, check with skipper Wolf (07771 771864) before you buy anything, though - it would be a shame if you bought the wrong size or variety, or something which has just been bought by someone else!

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Financial appeal
The refit is our current fundraising priority, as there is a great deal to do to keep John Laing in good condition. See here for how to make a donation. To see the sorts of things that a small donation (anything from £1 upwards) would buy, see here. For larger donations (up to £50,000!) see here (pdf).   

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* 2008 bookings
Berths currently available:

11-15 April: Southampton, £255, 4 to 6 places left.
16-20 April: Southampton, £255, 5 places left.
5-9 May, Poole to Southampton, £255, 4 places left..
20 July to 3 Aug, Liverpool to Måløy (Norway), £840, 7 places left (Tall Ships Race 1)
11-22 Aug: Bergen (Norway) to Den Helder (Netherlands), £660, 6 places left (Tall Ships Race 2)
5-7 Sept: Southampton, £145, 12 places left.
8-13 Sept: Southampton, £315, 12 places left.
2-5 Oct: ASTO Small Ships Race, £225, 12 places left.
12-16 Oct: Southampton, £250, 12 places left.
17-19 Oct: Southampton, £115, 12 places left.
20-24 Oct: Southampton, £250, 12 places left.

If you can't find what you want, do please keep checking the voyage programme as new vacancies keep coming up as we adjust the programme to meet clients' needs, or because provisional reservations aren't confirmed.

If you want to book a berth, contact the office as soon as possible.

For additional information about voyages:

UK-based voyages
Tall Ships 2008: Liverpool - Måløy (Norway) - Bergen (Norway) - Den Helder (Netherlands)
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential projects
Bursary funding
Small Ships race
Special funding for crew members from outside the UK

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* Sea staff bookings and assessments 2008 - REPLIES NEEDED
Qualified sea staff: please email me any dates when you would like to sail in 2008, as I’d like to start putting the mates’ sailing list together in January.

If you are hoping to do an assessment (including new potential sea staff who have got a skipper's recommendation to become a third mate), I would definitely like to get your voyage availability pencilled in early.

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* Shorebased training (RYA and other courses) - please book now!
Various courses available on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd February:

  • Sea Survival (Sat 2 Feb, Universal Marina, near Southampton) - £70. This is a really fascinating course which involves the use of flares and a practice session with a liferaft in a swimming pool. I hope none of you ever needs to use most of the things you learn on this course; but if you do need it, this course could save your life and those of other crew members. Thoroughly recommended for all sea staff at all levels. (Already booked: Di Roberts, Paul Barber, Sue Bird, David Heffer, Phil Runchman, Devon B-B, Lisa Davis, Amanda Smith, John Snowden, Liz Key, Ben Martin, Dave Blogg, 4 places still available).
  • First aid (Gosport) - £40 - 2 courses available. The RYA one-day certificate needs renewing every three years and is COMPULSORY for second mates and above. Sat 2 Feb: Jo Brooks, Andy Shuttleworth, Geoff Eddy, John Parkin, Will Ramsay, Stuart Raynsford, Colin Stevens, Andy Viney, plus up to 4 spaces. Sun 3 Feb: Andy Royse plus up to 11 spaces left. Plus John Smith, Cathy Lacey and Erfaan Sharif who might be able to do either day.
  • Food hygiene (Sun 3 Feb, Gosport) - £40. This qualification is important for anyone handling food - i.e. all OYT South sea staff. It will eventually become compulsory, but does not need regular updating, so come and get your certificate now! (Caz White, Hugh Myers, Paul Barber, Lindsey Gilbert, John Parkin, Penny Sykes, Mark Boggis, Martin Skipper, Colin Stevens, Andy Shuttleworth, 5 places still available).
  • GMDSS (Sun 3 Feb, Gosport) - £50 + £22 exam fee. The updated radio licence. (Jo Brooks, Sue Bird, David Heffer, Devon B-B, Will Ramsay, Tristan Caudrey, Sarah "Tee Hee" Tredinnick, 1 place still available).
  • Radar (Sun 3 Feb, Gosport) - £50. (Di Roberts, Geoff Eddy, Richie Butler, John Snowden, Pete French, Stuart Raynsford, Ben Martin, Andy Viney - 2 places left).
  • Diesel (Sat 2 Feb, Gosport) - £60. (Penny Sykes, Richie Butler, Caz White, Phoebe, Andy Royse, Matt Bland - course currently FULL but I am keeping a reserve list in case anyone drops out, or there is sufficient demand for a second course on another date).

If you haven't already booked your course(s), let me know your preferences a.s.a.p. If you want to change your preference or you no longer wish to do the course I've got you down for, let me know so I can free up your place for someone else.

NB we cannot guarantee to have overnight accommodation available though we will of course help where we can. Priority for staying in the refit house will go to people working on the boat rather than doing courses that weekend. If anyone in the area has a spare bed or sofa and would be willing to offer accommodation to people on training courses, please let me know.
I do have a list of people wanting to do Powerboat Level II, which is a 2-day course, and I'll get back to you all with dates for this as soon as I possibly can. I also have a number of takers for John Snowden's women-only self-defence course and we hope to have a date for this very soon.

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* Volunteer sea staff training (on board John Laing) - URGENT REPLIES NEEDED
If you were one of the people who had provisionally booked to do the mates training weekend 25-27 April 2008 (£150) – PLEASE can you let me know if you definitely want to confirm your place or not, so I can give the people on the reserve list a better idea of where they stand.

Otherwise, we have plenty of spaces left for the other two staff training voyages:

29 April - 4 May (£275)
19-21 Sept (£150)

Email me to book on any of these voyages.

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Job advertisement: OYT South General Manager
We are now aiming for January to publish the formal advertisement for a General Manager to replace David Salmon when he retires (but possibly to join us several months earlier to undertake specialist project work while becoming thoroughly familiar with the charity).

See here to find out more about plans for this job, and how to make enquiries or an initial expression of interest.

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Core refit team - long-term volunteers needed
If you are not working over the winter and might be interested in a full-time role on the refit and the opportunity to learn more about boat maintenance while doing something of real value for the charity, see here for details. Email me to express an interest and for more information.

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Keep in touch with other John Laing people - or make new friends
See here for online opportunities to meet other John Laing enthusiasts.

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* People News
Huge congratulations to crew member Emma Welsh on the birth of baby Tanika - and wishing you both all the best!

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* Photos needed
Please keep sending photos from John Laing voyages and the refit, and I'll use the best on this website. This week's web bulletin is illustrated with Will Ramsay's refit photos (you can find more on his Facebook page).

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OYT South AGM 2008

Advance notice of the AGM date: Friday 4th April, 7 for 7.30pm, a short meeting to be followed by a glass of wine in the new office!

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OYT South leaflet

There is a pdf copy of the very popular Southampton Boat Show leaflet on the website, so that you can download and print it, to give out to people or stick on noticeboards, etc. You can get the front and back covers here and the inside spread here.  

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Local support groups
If you live in any of the following areas and would like to help find local young people to come sailing, and raise a bit of money to help them do so, please get involved with one of our local support groups:

London: Rob Dickinson.
Dorset: Martin Skipper.
West Sussex: Chris Lane.
Isle of Wight: Marion Heming.

If you live in any other area and would be interested in helping to set up a local support group, please email me and I’ll try to put you in touch with other people in your area.

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Website updates
There is now an Updates page on this website, so you can see at a glance everything that has recently changed on the site.

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Passwords to members-only website section

Anyone who hasn't received a password to the members-only section of this website and would like one should email me and I can give access to anyone eligible.

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Website - links needed
It’s always good to increase the numbers of people visiting our website – do you have any web page where you could add a link to And let me know so that we can link back to you!

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

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New readers’ welcome and introduction
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. The newsletter is sent out virtually every week and contains all you need to know about voyages for young people or adults, becoming a volunteer, OYT South events, etc. 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.

To help with the annual refit, or with maintenance days spread throughout the year, 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