John Laing and scaffolding


OYT South bulletin 4th January 2008

In this Bulletin

Sections which have changed since last time marked *

* Happy New Year
We hope you all had a great Christmas, and we wish everyone a very happy Hew Year – in which we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at refit or sailing on board John Laing.

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* Welcome Liz, goodbye Laura
If you saw the pre-Christmas issue of this newsletter, you will know that Liz Key has been appointed as our new Staff Bosun, and she started work at refit this week. I know everyone will want to make her very welcome – so please do go along to refit and give her a hand. Special thanks to ex-Staff Bosun Laura who came back to refit as a volunteer for a few days this week to help Liz settle in.

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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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* Refit news - help needed!
The refit team started work again yesterday and avoided the skipper’s suggestion of group hugging for warmth in order to get some jobs under way: painting tank lids and finishing off the insides of the tanks; more work on the hull and the skipper’s heads; and getting ready to paint the forward crew cabin.

Many thanks to Wolf, Liz, Laura, Paul, Bex Ward and Jon Seddon for their efforts this week.

It’s now flat out at the refit for the next three months and we’ve got lots of space for extra people to book themselves in to help, so please call Wolf on 07771 771864 - do leave a message if he doesn't answer, and he'll 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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* Refit equipment appeal
Many thanks to Phil Runchman, Andy Viney, Dave “Tigger” Heffer and Emma Burrows for recent contributions to the refit equipment appeal.

See here for a list of small, inexpensive items (gloves, binbags, white spirit etc. – some costing under £2) which we are hoping people can donate to the refit. Check with skipper Wolf (07771 771864) before you buy anything, though - it would be a shame if you bought the wrong size or variety, or something which has just been bought by someone else!

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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 to 6 places left.
16-20 April: Southampton, £255, 5 places left.
5-9 May, Poole to Southampton, £255, 4 places left.
20 July to 3 Aug, Liverpool to Måløy (Norway), £840, 5 places left (Tall Ships Race 1)
11-22 Aug: Bergen (Norway) to Den Helder (Netherlands), £660, 5 places left (Tall Ships Race 2)
5-7 Sept: 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: 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'd like to start putting the mates’ sailing list together.

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.

People doing the GMDSS course are 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. (Already booked: Di Roberts, Paul Barber, Sue Bird, David Heffer, Phil Runchman, Devon B-B, Lisa Davis, Amanda Smith, John Snowden, Liz Key, Ben Martin, Dave Blogg, Abbie Heffer, 3 places still available).
  • First aid (Gosport) - £40 - 2 courses available. The RYA one-day certificate needs renewing every three years and is COMPULSORY for second mates and above. Sat 2 Feb: Jo Brooks, Andy Shuttleworth, Geoff Eddy, John Parkin, Will Ramsay, Stuart Raynsford, Colin Stevens, Andy Viney, Derek Gilbert, plus up to 3 spaces. Sun 3 Feb: Andy Royse, Carol Salmon, Sally Croly, Abbie Heffer and two others, plus up to 5 spaces left. Plus John Smith, Cathy Lacey and Erfaan Sharif who can fit in on either day.
  • 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! (Caz White, Hugh Myers, Paul Barber, Lindsey Gilbert, John Parkin, Penny Sykes, Mark Boggis, Martin Skipper, Colin Stevens, Andy Shuttleworth, 5 places still available).
  • GMDSS (Sun 3 Feb, Gosport) - £50 + £22 exam fee. The updated radio licence. (Jo Brooks, Sue Bird, David Heffer, Devon B-B, Will Ramsay, Tristan Caudrey, Sarah "Tee Hee" Tredinnick, 1 place still available).
  • Radar (Sun 3 Feb, Gosport) - £50. (Di Roberts, Geoff Eddy, Richie Butler, John Snowden, Pete French, Stuart Raynsford, Ben Martin, Andy Viney - 2 places left).
  • Diesel (Sat 2 Feb, Gosport) - £60. (Penny Sykes, Richie Butler, Caz White, Phoebe, Andy Royse, Matt Bland - course currently FULL but I am keeping a reserve list in case anyone drops out, or there is sufficient demand for a second course on another date).

If you haven't already booked your course(s), let me know your preferences a.s.a.p. If you want to change your preference or you no longer wish to do the course I've got you down for, let me know so I can free up your place for someone else.

NB we cannot guarantee to have overnight accommodation available though we will of course help where we can. Priority for staying in the refit house will go to people working on the boat rather than doing courses that 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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* Training weekend supper - URGENT REPLIES NEEDED
Thanks to all those of you who have let me know if you’re coming to the OYT South supper on the Saturday evening of the training weekend (2nd February) – I’m just waiting to hear from the last few people. As in previous years, we have to order food in advance as we are such a large group, so we’ll be contacting you shortly to put in your orders!

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Volunteer s
ea staff training (on board John Laing) - URGENT REPLIES NEEDED
If you were one of the people who had provisionally booked to do the mates training weekend 25-27 April 2008 (£150) – PLEASE can you let me know if you definitely want to confirm your place or not, so I can give the people on the reserve list a better idea of where they stand. We’re also filling up with provisional bookings for the training week 29 April - 4 May (£275), so please confirm any provisional bookings for that too. People confirmed on either of these voyages should be paying a deposit now.

Otherwise, we 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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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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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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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.

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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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