A picture to remind us of how good things can be if only we get this refit finished!


OYT South bulletin 20th January 2008

In this Bulletin

Sections which have changed since last time marked *

* Temporary email problem
I had a problem with my emails between about 1015pm last Wednesday 16 January, and 1040am on Friday 18 January. If you sent me anything between those times, I’m afraid I haven’t got it - would you mind resending it?

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* Training weekend 2/3 Feb - please pay for courses and order meals - URGENT ACTION NEEDED
If you have booked on any of the training courses, you should now have received your joining instructions - please email me now if you haven’t got them!

1) Everyone except those on the GMDSS course MUST pay in advance (phone the office with a credit card: 0845 365 6781). GMDSS people must pay on the day.

2) Everyone coming to the meal on Saturday night MUST phone Martin Skipper with your food order: 01305 761993 after 4pm or at weekends.
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.

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

3) Everyone except the Sea Survival group (because they are in a different location) needs to let Martin or me know whether you want the cheap lunch provided by the Sea Cadet Unit, Gosport (something like jacket potatoes with various fillings for around £4).

4) There are still a few places left on some courses - definitely on first aid, food hygiene and radar, and possibly on GMDSS and Sea Survival if provisional bookings aren’t confirmed. Email me for details if you still want any of these qualifications.

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* Refit news
This was among the noisiest and dirtiest weeks of the refit, with angle grinders going steadily and the air thick with dust, so that everyone was moving around in goggles and breathing masks. However, it has all been productive (bar one thing - spot the error in this list!), as the grinding under the capping rail has been completed all the way round, with three coats of primer and lots of sealant. Three-quarters of this area has now also been filled. The team has also been filling and fairing the hull; the cockpit locker has been primed; the forward crew cabin and anchor locker have been completely painted. The tank lids are back on, and we have fresh water on board again. The depth sounder has been painted; the dorade boxes have been sanded; the workshop floor has been sanded and painted; a new impellor has been fitted to the generator raw pump; a new heat exchanger has been fitted; all the winches apart from those on the masts have been taken apart and cleaned, though with all the dust they haven’t been reassembled; the winch bases are being painted; the watertight bulkhead is back on; work has started on seacocks; the mid-bilge has been cleaned and primed; the bosun’s radiator has been half put back on; some electrical work is being done; and the whole boat has been hoovered.

Did you spot the error?

We have also sorted the oilskins which Peter and Susan Hughes returned to the boat last week, and discovered that they have done a truly amazing cleaning and mending job - hugely appreciated.

Otherwise, the refit team this week has consisted of: Wolf, Liz, Paul, Craig “Princess” Dickerson, Becky Scott, Chris and Tristan from Contact Marine; Sam Godding, Dave Blogg, Jon Seddon, Mark Boggis, Andy Viney, Alastair Duns, Phil Runchman, Caz, Geoff Eddy, Emma Parsons, Tor Stimson, John Parkin, Matt Bland and Rob Harwood - many thanks to all of you! Andy, Sam and Mark also brought donations - thank you very much.

In between all the work, the team has found time to come third (probably - the scorer got a bit tired and emotional) in a Hamble pub quiz; to eat lots of panettone; and to spend a lot of time thinking up Star Wars nicknames for each other.

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* Refit help needed!
We do need lots of people over the next few weeks, starting particularly with next weekend (26/27 Jan) and 9/10 Feb, when we have very few volunteers indeed.

Lots of people have been mentioning that they are planning to come and help, but haven’t booked themselves in yet – please do so as soon as possible. There are lots of jobs that MUST be done before around 12 March, when we go back into the water. Last year, a number of people wanted to come to refit (to qualify for priority sea staff booking) but left it till the last minute, only to find themselves turned away because the boat was too full of people – while we had been desperate for more help a couple of weeks earlier.

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, 4 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, 3 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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* Volunteer sea staff training (on board John Laing)
We’re back at the stage of both of the first two training voyages for new and existing sea staff being potentially full (the weekend 25-27 April 2008 (£150) and a longer voyage, 29 April - 4 May (£275)), depending on whether or not the last few provisional bookings are confirmed. I have a waiting list for both, but I’ll let people know if there are any spaces left after I’ve heard back from the people I have been chasing.

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

We do have some 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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* Message from former Staff Bosun Laura
“Hello all. Having finally managed to leave last week, after many attempts, I have made it back to Cornwall. I wanted to say a big big thank you to everyone who I have worked with this year. I have had a fabulous year, with lots of new experiences and I've met loads of people. Much to my surprise I’ve even learnt a thing or two off of a lot of you! I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who very generously donated some money for a leaving present. I was presented with a card full of cash which has now been exchanged for a super duper windstopper jacket. I’m a very proud new owner. Thank you!! See you all soon I hope. Lots of love Laura xx”

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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.

Andy Brown is interested in helping to set up a Plymouth / SW support group if others in the area would like to get involved - email Andy if you might be interested.
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

See here to find out more about plans for this job, and how to make enquiries or an initial expression of interest. A formal job advertisement will be published shortly.

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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 http://www.oytsouth.org/? 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