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OYT South bulletin 11th January 2008

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Sections which have changed since last time marked *

* Meals during training weekend (lunches AND supper) – URGENT REPLIES NEEDED
People on the Sea Survival course on Saturday 2 Feb (which is at Universal Marina) have the option of bringing a packed lunch or using the marina café. Everyone else on all courses will be at the Sea Cadet Unit, Gosport, which can produce cheap lunches (something like jacket potatoes with various fillings for around £4) on both Saturday 2 Feb and Sunday 3 Feb. I’m assuming virtually everyone will want this but PLEASE let me know if you’d rather make your own lunch arrangements.

For all those coming to the supper in Gosport on Saturday night: we need to order the food in advance as we are such a large group. Martin Skipper has kindly offered to co-ordinate this: please phone your order to him a.s.a.p. on 01305 761993 after 4pm or at weekends (and also confirm if you want sea cadet lunch(es) as above).

The choice of starters for the supper is: soup of the day (no, we don’t know what this is); prawn cocktail; deep fried breaded mushrooms; potato skins with bacon and cheese; or crab claws and salad.

Main courses are: roast beef, roast pork or roast chicken and veg; steak and chips (please state whether you require rare, medium or well done; otherwise there’s only one type and size of steak as all the choices caused so much confusion last year); or a vegetarian option to be confirmed.

Puddings can be chosen on the day.

Starter plus roast will cost £9.50; steak may be a bit more expensive and vegetarian a bit cheaper.

Now please go and phone Martin!

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* Refit news - help needed!
A busy and effective week on the boat…The water tanks are now all finished; the fuel tank lids are done and about to go back down; the anchor chain has been (accurately) marked; the anchor and rope locker has had a first top coat of paint, as have half of both the forward and the mast crew cabins. The bosun’s cabin has been painted; the hull is an ongoing job, as is the skipper’s heads. The gas locker has been primed and the cockpit locker started.

All this is thanks to this week’s refit helpers: Wolf, Liz, Paul, Laura (who has finally left now), Jon Seddon, Becca Causer, David Riordan, Geoff Eddy (thanks for donating diesel to keep the refit van going!), Andy Haynes & Rosalind (who have taken away the medical kit to be sorted and checked), Phil Runchman, Becky Scott and Emma Burrows. Huge thanks are also due to Peter and Susan Hughes, who have returned all the cleaned and mended oilskins; Fraser Old, who has now got all the bottlescrews and soleboards to work on at home; and to Wolf’s mother for a big donation of chocolate which has now all been scoffed by a grateful refit team.

Masses of help badly needed over the next few weeks - please call Wolf on 07771 771864 if you can come, and do leave a message if he doesn't answer, as he’ll always call you back. We really need you!
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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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, 5 places left.
16-20 April: Southampton, £255, 2 places left.
5-9 May, Poole to Southampton, £255, 5 places left.
20-22 June (weekend), Southampton, £150, 4 places left (over-18s only).
20 July to 3 Aug, Liverpool to Måløy (Norway), £840, 6 places left (Tall Ships Race 1)
11-22 Aug: Bergen (Norway) to Den Helder (Netherlands), £660, 3 places left (Tall Ships Race 2)
5-7 Sept (weekend): Southampton, £145, 12 places left.
8-13 Sept: Southampton, £315, places left tbc.
2-5 Oct: ASTO Small Ships Race, £225, 12 places left.
12-16 Oct: Southampton, £250, 12 places left.
17-19 Oct (weekend): Southampton, £115, 12 places left.
20-24 Oct: Southampton, £250, places tbc.

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've started putting the mates' sailing list together. I’ll be seeing a lot of people at the training weekend in February so if you aren’t going to be there, let me know what you want a.s.a.p. or you may find I’ve allocated voyages to other people.

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) - TIME TO PAY (and a few spaces still left)!
If you have booked to do Sea Survival, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Radar or Diesel courses, please can you pay now? You can find details of how to pay quickly, easily and securely online or by phone here. There are also details of how to pay by cheque if you prefer.

PLEASE DO NOT pay for GMDSS in advance - your exam fee will need to be individual cheques made payable to the RYA, and we can’t process those via the office. People doing the GMDSS course will all be asked to pay on the day - details to follow with joining instructions.

Various courses still available:

  • 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. There may be one place left on this course – I’m waiting for to hear if the last provisional booking has been confirmed.
  • First aid (Gosport) - £40 - the same one-day course is running both on the Saturday and the Sunday. Don’t forget the certificate needs renewing every three years! There are now three places left on Saturday and two on Sunday.
  • 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! Four places left.
  • GMDSS (Sun 3 Feb, Gosport) - £50 + £22 exam fee. The updated radio licence. There may be one place left on this course – I’m waiting for to hear if the last provisional booking has been confirmed.
  • Radar (Sun 3 Feb, Gosport) - £50. Two places left.
  • The Diesel course on Saturday is FULL.

Email me now if you want to book.

NB the refit house is FULL over the training 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) - REPLIES NEEDED
I’ve been trying to confirm bookings for the first two training voyages for new and existing sea staff: the weekend 25-27 April 2008 (£150) and a longer voyage, 29 April - 4 May (£275). In the process, quite a few people have had to drop out, so I still have berths available on both trips. However, I have offered places to a number of people, so it’s first come, first served - if you want to sail, please email me as soon as possible.

If you are new to OYT South and hoping to become a watch leader, please note that you need to do an adult voyage like this first, in order to have a basic familiarity with John Laing and with OYT South routines before you start working with young people on board. The next mates’ training weekend is not till September, so these April / May voyages are definitely the best way to get involved in 2008.

People confirmed on either of these voyages should be paying a deposit now.

We do have plenty of spaces left for the September staff training voyage: 19-21 Sept (£150).

Email me to book or confirm on any of these voyages.

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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. There is a West Sussex Support Group meeting next Thursday 17th January, at 4.30pm in OYT South’s Gosport office. Please email Chris if you are based in West Sussex and would like to get involved.
Isle of Wight: Marion Heming. The IoW support group AGM is next week, Friday 18th January, 7.30pm in the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Fishbourne. All welcome – please email Marion if you would like to come along.

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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Job advertisement: OYT South General Manager
We are now aiming for later in 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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* Trustees needed
OYT South is run by a Board of Directors consisting of a number of unpaid Trustees. The Trustees are responsible for setting the charity's strategy and priorities, overseeing the management of the Trust, and ensuring good governance. The Charity Commission website has some good guidance on the duties and responsibilities of Trustees.

Trustees are elected by members at OYT South's AGM - the next one is Friday 4th April, 7 for 7.30pm, to be followed by a glass of wine in the new Gosport office.

The Trust is actively seeking to strengthen the Board by adding a number of new Trustees at this AGM. The present Trustees bring considerable expertise in terms of sailing, sail training and youth work; but as we entering a period of significant change and growth, we urgently need people with experience of business, management, finance, strategic development, marketing and PR. Anyone interested should email the chairman, Martin Skipper.

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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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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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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