Laura the bosun climbs the mast hoping to catch an aeroplane...


OYT South bulletin 24th June 2007

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URGENT short notice vacancies
Last few places left on next week's voyage:

30 June to 7 July, Kiel to Arhus (Denmark) - minimum age 15

A fantastic opportunity to see the start of the Tall Ships festivities in Arhus. Please call the office urgently on 0845 365 6781 if you might be available.

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Voyage vacancies, bursaries and special offers

There are places still available on a few voyages this year, including a couple of the summer's special voyages. Bursary funding may well be available for these voyages, so no-one should be deterred from applying by the cost - talk to the office on 0845 365 6781 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)
10-14 Sept: Southampton £275 (age 12-25)
2-7 October: Southampton £325 (age 12-25) - ASTO Small Ships Race (we need to defend the trophy we won in June!)
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, 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.

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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! Call the office 0845 365 6781 if you can find someone else to sail, in order to claim your discount.

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Voyage news
Last week saw the completion of the Southampton to Ipswich trip to get John Laing into position to head off to the Baltic for Tall Ships. We had a mixed crew with two from Portsmouth Foyer, two from Crawley Foyer, last year's Chris Ellis award winner (just write an account of your voyage to enter for this year's award and win money off the price of a future voyage);and a number of individual bookings including the niece of John the first mate. They went to Cowes on the first night and then hoped to go across channel but were prevented by fog, diverting to Eastbourne instead. Conditions improved enough after that for a choppy crossing to Boulogne, which proved to be one of the highlights of the trip as they came across a huge celebration for the French equivalent of A-level results, with around a thousand young people partying on the beach, all very friendly and welcoming.

After that they crossed back to Ramsgate, with the crew now having got their sea legs, before going on to Woolverstone and finally in to Ipswich. What with the fog, very light winds and some awkward, rolling downwind sailing, it wasn't the ideal weather for a voyage; but all who wanted got their RYA Start Yachting certificates, and several were keen to sail again - including one who came straight back for the next voyage, bringing three friends! Congratulations also to crew member Gillian Xin who used the voyage to complete the last of her requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award.

Thanks to sea staff Nic Crawford, Laura, John Smith, Heloise Finch and special congratulations to Stuart Raynsford for passing his third mate's assessment on the voyage.

In Ipswich we had several days' intensive maintenance and preparation for leaving the UK for two months to do the Tall Ships series. Many thanks to Wolf, Laura, Nic Crawford, Ben Martin, Tom de la Haye, Keith Bradley, Mark Boggis, Heloise Finch, Dave Beavan and Caz - plus crew members Sam, Kate and Recka who turned up early and got roped into the work! The biggest task was to buy all the non-perishable food, cleaning products, etc. to last for two months, load it all on to the boat and get it stowed. Wolf and I had a fun time clearing the shelves in Makro's cash and carry (to the point where the manager actually came out to find out who we were and why someone with a Fareham Makro card was buying all the food in Ipswich - Wolf wishes he had been quick enough to respond with an amazed expression and "What? There's a Makro in Fareham???!!!") We also got ourselves very confused over algebra ("If 18 people eat x standard tins of baked beans in one week, and there are y grams of beans in a standard tin and z grams of beans in a jumbo tin, how many jumbo tins will they get through in nine weeks - especially if not everyone likes beans - when you can't carry over a spare half-tin to next week's meal?"). The 2008 GCSE Maths exam is now being redesigned with a practical component to help us calculate our shopping needs (for schools in the Poole area where next year's Tall Ships shopping will take place).

John Laing is currently in the Dutch inland waterways, on the voyage from Ipswich to Kiel.

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Trevor Hewson
OYT South was well-represented last Monday at the funeral in Taunton of our watch leader, Trustee and friend Trevor Hewson. Among those attending were Wolf, Caz, David Salmon, Brian Eyres, Penny Buckley, Penny Stevens, Di Francis, Craig Dickerson, Julian "Dinghy Boy" Watkins, Andy Royse, Steve Lacey, Stuart Leslie, Stephanie Thornton and Graeme and Sue Cole. Wolf delivered an excellent and moving speech about Trevor and his time with OYT South; the other eulogy concerned his connection with the Scouts and his enthusiasm over the years for their Gang Shows; and both themes came together at the end with Trevor's own choice of a final piece of music: "Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave…." An emotional celebration of the life of a much-loved and wholly dedicated supporter of OYT South's work.

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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 
A draft version of the 2008 voyage programme is now available 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 Asian Mela festival - next weekend 30th June
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, with great Asian food, music and dancing! 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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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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Sea staff bookings
Current 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 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
8-12 Oct: first mate needed
15-19 Oct: second mate needed
20-24 Oct: second mate needed

Email me if you can help.

I am in the process of getting back to people who offered to fill some of the other berths offered in last week's bulletin. There may be a few other spaces too once I know what has definitely been 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.

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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. So far it's me, Rob Dickinson, Jill Moffatt, John Snowden, Tom Leyland, Rob Harwood and Dave "Tigger" Heffer - anyone else interested? I'm about to start thinking about a date and venue for a first get-together.

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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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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