Sections which have changed since last time marked *
* June 9-14 – qualified watch leader needed
We are still short of a second mate for 9-14 June. It is possible that the bosun booked for that voyage may be a second mate by then, in which case we could fill the gap with an extra qualified third mate. Please contact me a.s.a.p. if you could help.
* Ocean Youth Club 1960s to 2008
David Baker sailed with the Ocean Youth Club several times as a teenager in the 1960s. Forty years later he came back for an adult voyage. Here is David's account of his latest voyage, and his reflections on how things have changed. Well worth a read!
* June adult sailing weekend – at least TWO places left
20-22 June (8pm Friday till 5pm Sunday): Southampton, £150, at least 2 places left (over-18s only). Anyone want to come? This should be a relaxed, fun weekend in John Laing. Ideal for anyone who just wants to go for a sail, it would also be a good option for anyone who is thinking of joining our volunteer sea staff and wants to find out more about us (though this is NOT a formal mates' training weekend). It's also open to parents of past crew members who want to sample the John Laing experience for yourselves, or any other adult who just wants to enjoy a weekend away and find out a bit more about us. Contact the office for bookings.
28 June to 4 July: Kiel to Gdynia (Poland) - a beautiful Baltic cruise, ending at the fantastic Gdynia Tall Ships festival.
Open to anyone aged over 18, this will be a truly special voyage and a rare chance for adults to take John Laing further afield and experience the excitement of a Tall Ships festival port, before handing over to a young race crew.
Price to be announced shortly; but please contact the office a.s.a.p. if you might be interested.
* Two voyages still available in September 2008
There are just two standard local voyages for crew members aged 12-25 still available this year – one available as a whole-boat booking if required, the other with six places empty:
8-13 Sept: Southampton, £315, 12 places left.
15-19 September: Southampton, £275, 6 places left.
If your group might be interested in booking either voyage, contact the office on 0845 365 6781 as soon as possible.
* Tall Ships 2008 – just ONE last place left
Race one and the cruise in company are now fully-booked, but we do have just one space available on Race two: 11-22 August: Bergen to Den Helder, £660 plus travel. Age 15-25. This will be a fabulous voyage, with superb festivals in Norway and the Netherlands, and an exciting race in between. Don’t miss your chance to join the crew! See here for more information.
*Calling all Tall Ships 2008 crew
If you have booked on any of our overseas Tall Ships voyages this summer and haven’t yet organised your travel, do please get on and do it as soon as possible. The flights are getting booked up and prices are rising. I can always put you in touch with other people on the same voyage if you want advice, or to arrange to travel together. If you use Facebook, or are happy to join, I have set up separate groups for each of the two races and the cruise in company, so you can make contact with others: just join the group “John Laing – Adventure under Sail” and I will give you access to your own voyage group. You can also use these groups to raise any other questions.
* Voyage news
Last weekend we had two day sails for sponsors, supporters, potential clients etc. Saturday was booked by International Paint, one of our key sponsors, who enjoyed fantastic sunshine but sadly no wind at all. We motored to Cowes for lunch (an excellent buffet which the International Paint team brought with them) and everyone went ashore for a look round the town before another windless motor back. Despite no sailing, it was still a good day with a very friendly bunch of people, and the sea staff were later treated to a superb evening out – many thanks to International Paint!
Sunday was still sunny but this time with some wind, and a mixed crew including people from MDL, another of our major sponsors; Haslar marina (who are always very helpful when we go to Gosport); Sally from our office (first time sailing in John Laing) with her husband Pete; a colleague of Martin Skipper’s who is helping to organise a school crew for the ASTO Small Ships race in October; Annie Holt, who gave us so much help and support over the winter; a young Sea Cadet from Poole; and several other friends and prospective clients. We had a thoroughly good sail, a nice lunch, and a chance for everyone on board to get involved in the sailing.
Thanks to the sea staff for the weekend: Wolf, Liz, Caz, Brian Eyres, Tee Hee, and Chris from Contact Marine.
On Monday, we were joined by one of our most regular clients, a siblings group from Naomi House Children’s hospice, Winchester, and two their two group leaders, Phoebe and Chris. They left Southampton on Monday night and had an excellent overnight sail to Cherbourg, arriving at 7am. They had a whole day there, with a chance to look around, go shopping and play lots of games. Next morning they made a very early start and sailed to Guernsey, where they went ashore in the afternoon before a lively evening on board, with Extreme Washing Up and the Crème Caramel game, much to the amusement of the French yacht next door. On Thursday they spent the morning taking a bus round the island to see all the sights, and then set off back across the Channel in the afternoon – a lot of windless, foggy motoring. At the moment they are in Weymouth, but will be leaving for Poole later on today. As always, Naomi House provided an excellent group of young people and some great group leaders, which has lead to the development of a happy team atmosphere on board, and many people who will be sorry to leave tomorrow – by which time all eleven of those who don’t already have it should have earned their RYA Start Yachting certificates.
Many thanks to sea staff Steve Furniss, Liz, Graeme Cole, John “Cuddles” Snowden and Di Roberts.
John Laing's vessel tracking system is the most popular page on our website: just look here for a map showing where John Laing is sailing right now, and click on the vessel icon for extra information such as latitude, longitude and current speed.
9-14 June, Southampton to Southampton - second mate needed, or good third mate (this is getting urgent).
3-5 July, Southampton to Portsmouth – third mate
8-13 September, Southampton - second mate.
15-19 September, Southampton - first mate.
22-26 September, Southampton - first mate and second mate
27 Sept - 1 Oct, Southampton - first mate needed, and second mate (tbc)
2-5 Oct - second mate and experienced third mate needed
12-16 Oct – first and second mates needed, and experienced third mate as reserve (provisional 3M booking won’t be sure of her availability till after the start of the autumn university term).
17-19 Oct - second and third mates.
20-24 Oct - second mate
25-29 Oct - first, second and third mate (all tbc)
30 Oct-2 Nov - first, second and third mate (all tbc)
There are a lot of places marked tbc, where provisional bookings have yet to be confirmed, and also where we need to keep options open until we have a clearer idea of the likely demand for training and assessments this season. We also have to get the right balance of sea staff for different voyages or crews with special needs, and we need to make sure there is a balance of male and female sea staff for mixed crews, so I can't always confirm bookings straight away; but I would like to know a.s.a.p. who might be available. Let me know if you want to sail and could help fill any of the listed vacancies if needed.
2009 sailing programme - NEW
A draft outline 2009 programme has been published - please do have a look. It is very much NOT set in stone, so if your group was hoping for a voyage with slightly different dates or of a different duration, do please ask (contact the office) and if it is possible to adjust things, we will do our best to help you.
The draft programme does not yet include prices but these will be added as soon as possible.
Large parts of the 2008 programme sold very quickly, mainly due to repeat bookings, so if you want to bring a group in 2009, please do think about it early, while you still have a wide choice of dates, and while we still have some flexibility to adjust the programme to meet your needs!
2009 Tall Ships
There is a new page on this website with details of what looks like a very exciting Tall Ships series in 2009, when we shall be visiting Poland, Russia, Finland and Lithuania. Have a look at some of the voyages that are available, both for the Tall Ships events themselves, and fantastic Baltic Adventure voyages before and after the festivals.
Once the refit bills are paid, three fundraising priorities remain: bursary funding to help young people who could not otherwise afford to sail; the New Boat Project; and we'll need to start fundraising for refit 2008-9! See here for how to make a donation.
Office equipment needed
Is anyone able to donate a good quality office desk, for our new General Manager? And we would also like a four-drawer filing cabinet, if anyone has one to spare, and a tall lockable cabinet. Contact the office if you might be able to help.
Storage urgently needed
It is becoming increasingly urgent for OYT South to find some new storage space for equipment used during the refit, and spares for the sailing season. We really need a 20-foot container, or similar, and somewhere to put it, preferably in the Hamble or Southampton area if at all possible - can anyone help?
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:
Andy Brown and David Shannon are making progress with plans for a Plymouth / SW support group: between them they have significant experience, but both work away from home quite a bit and are now looking for someone else, who may be around a bit more, to help them pull things together. If others in the area would like to get involved, email Andy
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.
Core refit team - long-term volunteers needed
One of the key factors in the 2007-8 refit was the presence of volunteers who were able to give us several weeks or months - in one case, almost the whole refit - providing vital continuity and developing experience on board. We shall be recruiting at least two full-time volunteers for the next refit, November 2008 to March 2009, so if you are considering a gap year or career break, why not think about joining the team next year?
Keep in touch with other John Laing people - or make new friends
See here for online opportunities to meet other John Laing enthusiasts.
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.
There is an Updates page on this website, so you can see at a glance everything that has recently changed on the site.
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.
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 http://www.oytsouth.org/? And let me know so that we can link back to you!
Survey - tell us what you think
Always looking for more responses to the web-based survey - please have a look!
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.