Szczecin Tall Ships festival


OYT South bulletin 4th August 2007

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Annual Celebration Supper
Tickets are selling fast for the Ocean Youth Trust South Celebration supper.  This event celebrates the work of Ocean Youth Trust South and helps to raise funds to keep that work going.  This year’s supper is completely in aid of Ocean Youth Trust South.  It will be held in Chichester Yacht Club on Friday 14th September.  We hope that lots of sea staff, shore supporters and friends will be able to make this evening.

he special guest will be internationally renowned yacht designer Merfyn Owen. OYT South Staff Skipper Mark Todd will talk about our exciting plans for the future. Individual tickets cost £35 but there are also limited supplies of £20 “student specials“ for those not earning. To secure your ticket please contact Chris Lane by e-mail:-

Full details are in an invitation letter attached below.  Please feel free to adapt and use this letter, under your own signature,  to invite anyone who you think might be interested in attending.

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Voyage news
John Laing has now completed the passage from Stockholm, Sweden to Szczecin, Poland.   The people of Stockholm made John Laing and the other Tall Ships feel very welcome and this continued right to the end of the visit.  The start of the race was offshore, so on Monday morning John Laing threaded her way out through the Stockholm archipelago, which was lined with crowds of cheering and waving Swedes.  Monday night was spent at anchor alongside a Polish vessel.

On Tuesday morning, after some practice sailing, John Laing joined the 78 strong fleet for the start of the race to Poland.  John Laing was perfectly placed to cross the race start line, when the wind died and the fleet was left wallowing.  After a while the wind picked up and the race began. The forecast was for an easy sail with the wind blowing across the boat’s course but it soon became more challenging.  The wind swung round and the next few days were a challenging “beat“ as the boat tacked at 45 degrees into the Force 5 to Force 6 winds, the waves and the weather.  Although there was some respite on Wednesday morning, the weather continued like this for most of the rest of the race.

The strong winds were delaying many of the fleet, so the race committee decided to bring forward the race end.  For Class C (John Laing’s group) the race ended at 0045 hrs (GMT) Friday 3 August.  John Laing was then able to motor directly into the wind to the Polish coast to clear customs before going up the inland waterways to arrive alongside in the town of Szczecin around 8.30pm on Friday evening.   More information about the Race on the web at

 The sea staff and crew are now looking forward to exploring Szczecin.

Many thanks to Skipper Mark Todd, 1st Mate Caroline White, 2nd Mate John Snowden, 2nd Mate Andy Royse and 3rd Mate Pingu.   Special Mention for Bosun Laura Aldrich-Blake who I forgot last week.

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Voyage berths
Please see below the latest summary of the very few vacancies we have available for the rest of the year.   We only have one full length voyage left this year with all 12 berths free.  It starts and finishes in Southampton and runs from Monday 10th to Friday 14th September.  If you are a group leader this is your only chance to book the whole boat until 2008.  This could be a great opportunity for your club or youth group etc.  Although we cannot of course forecast the weather that far in advance, we must surely be due an Indian summer following the June and July weather!

4-6 Sept: Southampton £140 (age 12-25 OR adults) - 12 places available - ideal 2-night taster voyage.
10-14 Sept: Southampton £275 (age 12-25) - 12 places left
27 Sept - 1 Oct: Southampton £220 - 5 places left.

2-7 October: Southampton £325 (age 12-25) - ASTO Small Ships Race (we need to defend the trophy we won in June!) - 10 places left
8-12 Oct: Southampton £240 (age 12-25) - 5 places left
15-19 Oct: Southampton £250 (age 12-25) – Only 6 places left, 6 places now reserved.

More Information about our voyages at

If you want to book a berth, contact the office as soon as possible: 0845 365 6781, 

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Items in brief

1.  John Laing Christmas Card
We are hoping to print a John Laing Christmas card, but first of all we need to understand the level of interest. If you would be at all interested in buying some John Laing Christmas cards  please contact the office on 0845 365 6781, or  The final price will depend on the number that we print. 

2.  Maintenance Day.
The maintenance day on September 15th has been CANCELLED. There will now be a maintenance day on September 7th instead. Help needed - call Wolf on 07771 771864 a few days in advance if you can come along. 

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Annual Celebration Supper draft letter for you to adapt and send out in your own name to anyone you would like to invite.                                                            


                                                                                                August 5th  2007                        

            Ocean Youth Trust South Celebration Supper 2007- Friday September 14

 We’re once again holding a Celebration Supper at Chichester Yacht Club in support of OYT South so please check all your diaries, calendars, blackberrys etc. to check that you can join us on Friday September 14th – once again the date coincides nicely with the start of the Southampton Boat Show.

This year we have much to celebrate – first and foremost another most successful and enjoyable season with over 400 young people sailing and living together on nearly 50 separate voyages on “John Laing“ including a great expedition to the Baltic as part of  the Tall Ships Races.  Then there are some very exciting plans for the future – full details will be revealed at the Supper by Staff Skipper Mark Todd.

Our Special Guest this year will be Merfyn Owen, the internationally renowned Yacht Designer who was responsible for Ellen Macarthur’s record breaking yachts – Merfyn is also an ex OYT Skipper and a skipper of one of the BT Global Challenge yachts.

Here are the Voyage Instructions for the night:

Date and Time: Friday September 14th  - 1900 for 1930
Port and Berth: Chichester Yacht Club, Chichester Marina, Birdham, Chichester.        Tickets:                        Individual Tickets          £35.00
                                      Tables of 8 People        £260.00

Please respond directly to me – see contact details above.

Rig for the night:            Smart casual and comfortable – ties not obligatory!

Please do let me know if you can come and how many people you can bring along with you – could you perhaps raise a table of 8 for the reduced rate? One of the prime aims of these annual events is to introduce new faces to the positive impact which an OYT Voyage can have on the outlook and lives of young people.

I do hope you can come and look forward to hearing from you. 




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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