Refit helpers hard at work


OYT South bulletin 5th March 2010

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Sections which have changed since last time marked *

* Powerboat Level 2 course - urgent
Staff bosun Kirsten needs to do her Powerboat Level 2 course. Southampton Water Activities Centre is happy to run it next weekend (13-14 March) but only if we can find one more person to join the course. Cost £250. Call James a.s.a.p. on 07990 518915 if you are interested. He really needs to know in the next couple of days in order to book the course.

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* Refit news
Thanks to James, Kirsten, Ben, Dan, Terry Bufton, Emma Burrows and Nic Crawford for lots of hard work at refit this week. They have polished most of the hull; touched up paint where needed all over the deck and fittings; put the life rafts back on board after their service; cleared refit tools and spare paint off the boat; sanded the saloon and galley ready for painting; finished rebuilding the heads floors; made a new galley door; and much more.

We are looking forward to a busy volunteers’ weekend tomorrow and Sunday – thanks to all those who have booked to come. We could still squeeze in a few more people if you want to join in! Please call James (07990 518915) rather than emailing me! He's looking for a really big push to get masses of work done.

If you can't make this weekend, he's still looking for helpers on weekdays until 19 March - please call him if you can help for a day or more. See here for more about what is involved.

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* Sea staff bookings 2010 - full availability
I’ve been busily confirming lots of sea staff bookings this week - 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):

29 March-2 April: 3rd mate / trainee mate
2-5 April: 3rd mate / trainee mate
6-11 April: bosun
19-21 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
4-8 May, Southampton-Gosport: 3rd mate / trainee mate
9-14 May, Gosport-Gosport: bosun
14-16 May, Gosport-Gosport: 2M and bosun
28 May - 1 June: 2M
8-12 June: 2M and 3M / trainee mate
13 June day sail: 3M
20-25 June: 2M and 3M / trainee mate
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: 2M and 3M
13-17 Sept: 3M
20-24 Sept: 3M / trainee mate
24-26 Sept: 3M and bosun
28 Sept - 3 Oct: experienced 2M and 3M for Small Ships race
4-8 Oct: 2M and bosun
8-10 Oct: 3M and bosun
11-16 Oct, Southampton-Portsmouth: 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 (2 places 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 practice 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 - full group booking (12 people) 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.

The one voyage on the list (27 April - 3 May) which is still available for a full group bookings of 12 people can be used in different ways if people have any suggestions - it doesn’t necessarily need to be a standard youth voyage. Is there any demand for an adult cruise, or splitting the trip into a series of day sails, or additional staff training, or an OYC 50th anniversary reunion voyage? Email me with ideas or requests!

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* Financial appeal
Huge thanks this week to the Angus Allnatt Trust for a generous donation towards charts, and to Rosemary and Mike Martin for a contribution to general funds.

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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Sea staff medical certificates
Advance notice: 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 £1,200 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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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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