Sections which have changed since last time marked *
* Voyage news
Last week’s voyage finished with a BBQ in Yarmouth followed by a rainy passage to Ocean Village, where six people earned Start Yachting certificates. Many thanks to sea staff James, Mattie, Andrew, Emma, Angus and Elaine.
This week is a mixed group: six from Steve Lacey’s Dorset group; one boy who sailed last year; and three older ones from a Hertfordshire project - all young leaders who are doing a good job getting on with the younger crew members. They went to Brighton last night, and this morning had time ashore and went to the pier. They are currently motoring back towards the Solent on a gloriously sunny day, with the wind due to fill in a little later. Many thanks to sea staff James, Steve, Rachel, Kirsten and Simon and Andy - the latter two heading for skipper and first mate assessments respectively, so James says they are doing most of his work and giving him a nice relaxing week.
* Sea staff bookings 2010 - full availability - urgent: 2M needed 8-12 June
The 2M vacancy for the voyage 8-12 June has been on the list for a long time with no volunteers - please can someone help? We can’t go to sea without a qualified second mate.
The full list of voyage vacancies is as follows:
8-12 June: 2M
13 June day sail: 3M
17-24 Aug, Ipswich-Southampton: 2M
1-5 Sept, Poole-Poole: 1M and 3M / trainee mate
6-10 Sept, Poole-Southampton: 3M / trainee mate
13-17 Sept: 1M, 3M and bosun (one must be female)
18-19 Sept, marketing day sails: experienced 3M and bosun
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: 2M, 3M and bosun
8-10 Oct: Bosun
11-16 Oct, Southampton-Portsmouth: 3M and bosun
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 feel free to apply for anything listed as suitable for a trainee mate.
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!
Mates' training voyage
New potential volunteers, or existing mates who want more practice: book now for the September training weekend 10-12 Sept, £160 (10 places left). Email me to book.
8-12 June, Southampton-Southampton, 4 nights, £290pp - up to 3 places possibly left
20-25 June, Southampton-Southampton, 5 nights, £365pp - at least 6 places left
26 June- 3 July, Southampton-Ipswich, 7 nights, £395pp - 6 places left
13-17 Sept, Southampton-Southampton, 4 nights, £290pp - 3 places left
18-22 Oct, Southampton-Southampton, 4 nights, £290pp - 1 place left
If you want to sail this year, do look at the programme as soon as possible, and hurry up and reserve your berth.
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, and at least a dozen have already been taken. Please let me know if you would like to be considered for one of the remaining places, or if you would like to nominate someone else for an invitation.
Mon 7 June - Southampton
Sat 4 July + Sun 5 July - Ipswich
Tues 10 August - Hartlepool
Mon 27 Sept - Southampton
OYT South AGM date 2010
The 2010 OYT South AGM will be held on Saturday 16th October at 2pm in Portsmouth. It is open to all members and shouldn’t take very long, so people can attend before joining in our 50th anniversary celebrations that afternoon and evening.
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.
* Kirsty and Jez - sponsorship and event updates!
Our two watch leaders, Kirsty Keith and Jez Snead, who are raising money for OYT South through half-ironman and marathon events are both doing really well. Kirsty has recently run a marathon; her next challenge is a 70.3 mile swim-bike-run in July; and she has already raised £900 towards a £1,000 target - please go to her web page and support her.
Jez, meanwhile, is doing a 1.2 mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56 mile (90km) bike ride and a 13.1 mile (21.1km) run, all in memory of his mum. Jez has already raised 61% of a target of £3,000 for OYT South. His website is here.
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.
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.
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!
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.