Refit helpers hard at work


OYT South bulletin 12th March 2010

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Sections which have changed since last time marked *

* Refit news
One week to the shakedown voyage, ten days to the first voyage with young people!

Tremendous support for the last volunteers’ weekend - thank you to everyone who came, as well as all those who have been at refit this week: James, Wolf, Kirsten, Sparky, Dan, Andrew Viney, Annie Holt, Rachel Wright, Hannah Brown, Emma Burrows, Jon Seddon, Al Baird, Nic Crawford, Ian Reilly, Zoe Auckland, Dave Blogg, and Chris, Tristan and Pete from Contact Marine. Many thanks to all of them for a great deal of hard work.

Tonnes of kit have now been loaded back on the boat, and the team has cleaned and cleaned and cleaned….New heads have been installed, and Pete has been working on the sink pumps. We have also been installing lots of new Raymarine kit. Colin Robertson has built some beautiful new light boxes, and Dave Blogg installed them. The Wheatsheaf Trust has built us a new grating. The compass has been swung.

We’ve now got figures on refit help for February: we had 93 days of work on board John Laing, including 71 from volunteers, with 108 nights used in the refit house, including 71 by volunteers. Total refit figures so far (November, December, January and February) are 351 days worked (225 by volunteers) and 341 nights used in the house (197 by volunteers).

Just one more week to go, with final jobs to finish off on the boat, plus we need to move out of the refit house and clean it - an important job as we want to make sure we get our deposit back and retain a good reputation with letting agents so we don’t have trouble getting a house next year. So please do come and help if you can - call James (07990 518915) rather than emailing me, he’s the one who knows what is needed and when.

If you haven’t had a chance to get to refit - or you love refit and will miss it! - the scheduled maintenance days this year, which will all need volunteers, are as follows - please put the dates in your diary:

Mon 19 April - Southampton
Mon 7 June - Southampton
Sat 4 July + Sun 5 July - Ipswich
Tues 10 August - Hartlepool
Mon 27 Sept - Southampton.

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* Sea staff bookings 2010 - full availability
I've been busily confirming lots of sea staff bookings - please chase me if you have put in a bid for dates and haven't yet been offered anything definite.

Voyages left still looking for sea staff are as follows (all Southampton to Southampton unless otherwise stated):

19-20 April: a couple more people needed - not a proper voyage but we need to deliver the boat to Cowes, run an Open Day on the Isle of Wight on 20th April, show people round, and then bring the boat back to Southampton.
27 April-3 May: bosun, and trainee mate
9-14 May, Gosport-Gosport: bosun
14-16 May, Gosport-Gosport: bosun
17-22 May, Gosport-Southampton - 2M
24-28 May - 3M and bosun (one must be female)
28 May - 1 June: 2M
8-12 June: 2M and 3M / trainee mate
13 June day sail: 3M
20-25 June: 1M and 3M / trainee mate
26 June-5 July, Southampton-Ipswich: 3M / trainee mate
4-12 July, Ipswich-Antwerp: 1M
17-24 Aug, Ipswich-Southampton: 2M and 3M / trainee mate
25-31 Aug, Southampton-Poole: 3M / trainee mate
1-5 Sept, Poole-Poole: 3M / trainee mate
6-10 Sept, Poole-Southampton: 3M
13-17 Sept: 1M, 3M and bosun (one must be female)
20-24 Sept: 2M
24-26 Sept: 1M, 3M and bosun
28 Sept - 3 Oct: experienced 2M and 3M for Small Ships race
4-8 Oct: 1M, 2M 3M, trainee mate and bosun
8-10 Oct: 1M, 3M, trainee mate and bosun
11-16 Oct, Southampton-Portsmouth: 1M, 2M, 3M and bosun
18-22 Oct, Portsmouth-Southampton: 2M
22-24 Oct: 3M
25-31 Oct: 3M and bosun

Email me if you are interested.

For those of you who are new to OYT South and not yet qualified mates with us, please apply for anything listed as suitable for a trainee mate; but we won't confirm a booking until after your mates' training or familiarisation voyage, when we'll know whether you are keen to continue and are ready for an assessment.

I won't fill all 3M / trainee mate berths at this stage as I want to leave a few options for new people during the season!

Please note that you cannot sail until you have completed a mates' application and done a CRB check (see here for details) - and EITHER paid for a mates' training / familiarisation voyage, OR paid your annual membership and sailing donation.

NB mates are allowed to apply for bosun berths - it's good for all mates to have a grasp of some of the technical and maintenance stuff!

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Mates' training and familiarisation voyages
New potential volunteers or existing mates who want more practice, please note the following training and familiarisation voyages this season:

26-28 March, £160 (1 place left)
21-26 April, £360 (1 place left)
10-12 Sept, £160 (10 places left)

Email me to book. The longer voyage is strongly recommended for new volunteers - the weekends don't give much opportunity for everyone to practise an exercise or manoeuvre when there are 18 people on board!

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* 2010 voyages for young people
Large parts of the 2010 season are already fully-booked, but we are still looking for crew members for the following voyages:

27 April - 3 May, Southampton-Southampton, 6 nights, £360pp - up to 6 places available
4-8 May, Southampton-Gosport, 4 nights, £290pp - 2 places left
28 May-1 June, Southampton-Southampton, 4 nights, £290pp - 1 place left
8-12 June, Southampton-Southampton, 4 nights, £290pp - 6 places left
26 June- 3 July, Southampton-Ipswich, 7 nights, £395pp - 9 places left
17-24 Aug, Ipswich-Southampton, 7 nights, £510pp - 1 place left
25-31 Aug, Southampton-Poole, 6 nights, £465pp - 1 place left
1-5 Sept, Poole-Poole, 4 nights, £290pp - 2 places left
13-17 Sept, Southampton-Southampton, 4 nights, £290pp - 3 places left
18-22 Oct, Southampton-Southampton, 4 nights, £290pp - 3 places left

If you want to sail this year, do look at the programme as soon as possible, and hurry up and reserve your berth.

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* Powerboat Level 2 course - many thanks to Aquasafe Powerboat School
Last week I was appealing for someone to join bosun Kirsten on a Powerboat level 2 course. One of the responses came from Adam Wilson, the Principal of Aquasafe Powerboat School, whom James and I met on a medical course last year. Adam very generously offered to donate a course for Kirsten - huge thanks for this!

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* Thanks for donations in kind
Lots of people to thank here this week.

Kindly arranged through James Turner, the Chairman of Gill, Nick Gill, has donated a set of new oilskins for Kirsten the bosun.

Chemring Marine Ltd, (manufacturer of Pains Wessex) has donated our distress flares for the season.

Navimo UK has given generous discounts on safety harnesses and other chandlery.

Scanstrut Ltd has donated the new instrument pod for the deck repeater.

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* Office thanks
The office would like to thank Jenny Hayward, who has been coming in regularly to help Sally, as well as Emma Laird, who is spending a lot of time in the office working on the 50th anniversary celebration plans, and making useful contacts for us.

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Financial appeal
We need a regular flow of funds to cover at least three major areas: bursaries for young people who could not otherwise afford to sail; vessel maintenance and equipment; and staff salaries - please help, or pass on our details to anyone you come across who might make a grant, large or small.

See here  for how to make a donation - you can contribute by cheque, phone or PayPal, but please do something if you possibly can. Don't forget that if you complete and return a Gift Aid form we can claim back tax on your donation.

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* Best wishes to a broken Habit!
Best wishes from all of us to Rosie “Habit” Allen, one of our second mates, who has been spending the winter snowboarding in Canada, but has unfortunately broken her collarbone badly and can be seen in her Facebook profile photo sporting a truly impressive scar.

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* Marketing day sails
We have two day sails set aside this year for current or potential supporters, sponsors and donors to come along and see what we do: Sunday 23rd May and Sunday 19th September. There are only 24 places available in total - please let me know if you would like to be considered for one of these places, or if you would like to nominate someone else for an invitation.

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Sea staff medical certificates
Any sea staff who have ML5 or ENG1 medical certificates (skippers, first mates, others with commercial endorsements, mates over the age of 65) will be required to carry them on board when you sail with us, from the start of the 2010 season.

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41 Club
Are any OYT South supporters involved with their local 41 Club? The Ocean Youth Trust is working with the President-elect, Malcom Lockey, and we would love to get involved with local branches in our area as well. Email me if you have any 41 Club connections.

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Ocean Village storage - pallets and shelving units needed
Our new enormous storage space in Ocean Village really needs some wooden pallets and shelving units - can anyone help? Call James on 07990 518915.

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Support Jez’s half-ironman!
One of our watch leaders, Jez Snead, is doing a half-ironman in memory of his mum, to raise funds for OYT South.

A half-ironman involves a 1.2 mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56 mile (90km) bike ride and a 13.1 mile (21.1km) run. Jez already has over £1,350 pledged towards a target of £3,000. Please look at his website and support him if you possibly can!

Also on Justgiving you can find David Arnold hoping to raise funds for us with moustache antics.

You too can use Justgiving to raise money for a sponsored activity or an event; to make regular donations, or set up a page in memory of someone and invite donations to the charity. Have a look here.

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OYC / OYT 50th anniversary - 16th October 2010 - very special event!
Plans are really taking shape for OYT South’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Ocean Youth Club in 1960. Our celebration day is Saturday 16th October and we shall be announcing details and starting to sell tickets very soon.

I have started to collect photographs and tales of the Ocean Youth Club and Ocean Youth Trust since we were founded in 1960, and in due course I will make a special section of the website where we can post all the historical material. Do please email anything to me if you think others might be interested.

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* Marine Conservation Zones - sailors’ views sought
See here for an article inviting views from sailors on proposed Marine Conservation Zones.

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Keep in touch with other John Laing people
We use a number of social networking websites to allow crew members to keep in touch with the boat and with each other. People can swap stories, post photos and more. For some overseas voyages, we will even set up online groups well in advance, restricted only to people who will actually be sailing on that particular voyage, so that people can compare travel plans and arrange to travel together. See here for how to join.

Please note that OYT South has a policy that our adult staff and volunteers should not make or accept individual online friend requests with crew members aged under 18. Young crew members can use the sites to stay in touch with the boat and with each other, but not with individual adults.

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Survey - tell us what you think
If you have recently completed a voyage, please help us by filling in our web-based survey. It really helps - we use the data to keep improving our voyages, and to help us raise funds!

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 New readers' welcome and introduction
If you have recently registered your interest in OYT South, welcome to our e-newsletter, which is sent out almost every week, normally on a Friday. It includes a wide range of news from the boat and from the charity, including details of voyages available for young people; adult voyages; opportunities for adult volunteers both ashore and afloat, and much more. We find that while some people read the bulletin almost every week, many others dip in and out, and read it when it's convenient - which is why some items are repeated. The new items are marked with an asterisk * so that if you did read it last week, you can see which sections you can safely skip.

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 need an introduction to the work of OYT South, you should find a lot of useful information on our website. But essentially, we are a registered charity (no. 1079959) which exists to offer adventure under sail as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, from the widest possible range of backgrounds. A high proportion of our young crew members are disadvantaged or deserving in some way: many of these sail in groups organised by other charities, youth clubs, special schools and so on, and will fill the bulk of our term-time voyages. But those from more fortunate backgrounds are also welcome to sail, either in groups or by coming as individuals on a mixed voyage. Every year we run a variety of shorter local voyages plus longer adventure trips – including Tall Ships races during the summer holidays. If you are aged 12-25 and hoping to sail as a crew member, take a look here - and this section is also useful for adults who are thinking of organising a voyage for a young person. Adults planning to organise a full group voyage should also see here. Adults who want to sail themselves should see here.

We have a professional staff skipper and bosun, but our watch leaders are normally all volunteers, who combine sailing skills with an interest in working with young people. You can find more information here - how the system works, how to join, and profiles of existing staff and volunteers.  

To volunteer for OYT South ashore, please see here. To help with the vessel's annual refit, or with maintenance days spread throughout the year, see here.

It is a very expensive business maintaining a boat, running an office and employing staff. If you want to help us, please become a member of OYT South. Or see here for information on making a donation.

If you have any questions, please do email - or contact the office.

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