Helicopter exercise and Yarmouth fundraising stall


OYT South bulletin 10th June 2011

In this Bulletin

Sections which have changed since last time marked *

* Tall Ships prep 18-19 June - help needed
On 18th and 19th June - that’s next weekend - we have two days in Southampton to get ready for the Tall Ships race series - maintenance, plus buying and stowing all the non-perishable food for two months out of the country. James needs all the help he can get - call the boat on 07990 518915 to volunteer!

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* Voyages for young people in 2011 - including news of possible funding for Tall Ships places
Berths available on the following voyages:

26 June-2 July, 6 nights, Falmouth to Waterford, age 15-25, £445pp - 3 berths
11-23 July, 12 nights, Greenock to Lerwick, Tall Ships Cruise, age range 15-25, girls only, £840pp - 1 berth
23-30 July, 7 nights, Lerwick to Stavanger, Norway - Tall Ships Race 2, age range 15-25, girls only, £520pp plus travel - 1 place left
30 July-7 Aug, 8 nights, Stavanger to Halmstad, Tall Ships Race 3, age range 15-25, £610pp - 1 berth
9-15 Aug, 6 nights, Halmstad to Cuxhaven, Baltic cruise, £455pp, age 12-25 - 2 berths
16-23 Aug, 7 nights, Cuxhaven to Ipswich, Homeward cruise, £510pp, age 12-25 - 4 berths
5-9 Sept, 4 nights, Southampton to Southampton, £305pp, age 12-25 - 8 berths
18-22 Sept, 4 nights, Southampton to Southampton, £305pp, age 12-25 - 12 berths (full boat booking available)
10-14 Oct, 4 nights, Southampton to Southampton, £305pp, age 12-25 - 7 berths.

Other spaces may crop up from time to time, so do please keep checking back. Please pass the dates around among your friends, and if anyone wants a small A4 poster with voyage availability to put on a school, college, youth club or sports club noticeboard, just ask and I'll let you have the latest version.

See here for the full voyage programme, with prices, dates, details and latest availability. You can also look here for our big summer adventure - not only the Tall Ships race series but some exciting voyages either side. Contact the office with enquiries or to make a booking.

If you are aged 15+, wanting to take part in the Tall Ships race series this summer but genuinely unable to afford it, ASTO still has funding available for young people to take part. Funding is available up to 50% of the voyage cost (including travel to/ from the boat). Anyone interested should email office@asto.org.uk or call 02392 503 222, giving their name, age, which boat they are sailing on which leg, the full cost and how much they would like ASTO to contribute. This could apply to the voyages from Greenock to Lerwick, Lerwick to Stavanger or Stavanger to Halmstad above. Please contact webmaster1@oytsouth.org at the same time as contacting ASTO about funding - then we can hold a place on your chosen voyage while we see if your funding application is successful.

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* Volunteer sea staff bookings - Tall Ships cruise vacancy
The remaining vacancies list is as follows - surely there’s someone who would like to do a leg of the Tall Ships series and enjoy the cruise and the festivals?:

11-23 July (Greenock to Lerwick) - additional mate needed for Tall Ships cruise
9-15 Aug (Halmstad to Cuxhaven) - poss 3M or trainee mate tbc
31 Aug-4 Sept - 2M
3-7 Oct - 3M or trainee mate
7-9 Oct - 3M and/or trainee mate
24-28 Oct - 3M and/or trainee mate
28-30 Oct - 3M and/or trainee mate

Please note that dates given are for when young people are on board - except for weekend voyages, staff should expect to join the night before, and may be needed for even longer for Tall Ships and other overseas voyages.

Don’t forget that you MUST have a CRB check before you can sail with young people - if you are booked on a training voyage and want the option of moving on to youth voyages shortly after if you get your recommendation, please start the CRB process now by completing this form.

Unless you know you are exempt (i.e. skippers, other paid staff, and anyone who has already negotiated bursary funding - e.g. if you are unwaged) you MUST make sure you have paid your annual membership and sailing donation before your voyage. Membership is £36 (£18 for under-25s) and the sailing donation has a recommended rate of £100 per year and a minimum of £70: you can choose what to pay within this band depending on your circumstances and how often you expect to sail with us this year. Call the office on 02392 602278 with a credit card to pay. If you have paid for the mates' training or familiarisation voyage, please note that this includes your annual membership and sailing fee - you do not need to pay twice.

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Volunteer training 2011
These voyages are suitable for qualified mates who want a bit more practice; for new volunteers who are hoping to join our sea staff; and for any other adults who just want to see how we work and what is involved in sailing with us. There is just one more adult training voyage this season:

9-11 September 2011, Southampton £170 - 9 places left.

Email me to book.

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* Voyage news
Last week’s voyage finished well with a series of highlights including taking part in a  helicopter exercise with the Coastguard where a winchman was sent down to John Laing. They had a BBQ in Worbarrow Bay and a walk up the hill; but as the breeze died, it became rolly and uncomfortable in the anchorage so they decided to go round to Poole, arriving at 1am and tying up next to Spirit of Fairbridge. Next day they went to Yarmouth to see the Old Gaffer’s Rally, where they met the team from an independent charity shop in Totland Bay - Faith Hope and Charity - who were running a stall to raise money for OYT South. Many thanks to Sally Honeychurch and her supporters for raising £750 for us! The voyage ended in Southampton with a good lot of RYA certificates awarded. Many thanks to sea staff James, Sparky, Paul, Amy, Audrey and Ian.

This week’s voyage has been with a group which mainly consisted of boys nominated by youth workers and social workers in Hampshire, with one or two others. They joined on Monday and spent that night on a buoy outside Yarmouth in order to be ready for an early start and a sail round the Isle of Wight next day. They anchored for lunch and then made it into Gosport for the night.

Next day they had planeed to go into Chichester but the wind got stronger and stronger, so they stayed in Gosport instead and did lots of exercises - parking practice with the crew getting used to handling the lines, as well as knots and other RYA training. Yesterday was pilotage day, with the crew split into three teams. One group took charge of getting the boat out of Portsmouth harbour, from where they went to Cowes and another group took charge of the pilotage out again. They had a BBQ in Beaulieu last night and the third pilotage team brought the boat out for the final trip round to Southampton this morning. All the crew were really keen to get their RYA qualifications and it was fantastic to be able to award 9 Competent Crew certificates.

Many thanks to sea staff James, John, Tigger, ian, Di and special congratulations to Julia Kirkland who passed her third mate’s assessment.

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Staff bosun news
OYT South’s Staff Bosun position is designed to be a two-year training programme - which means Kirsten will be coming to the end of her time with us in November this year. A full job description, application process and salary range will be issued shortly, but in the meantime we would be happy to receive enquiries or early expressions of interest from anyone who might like to take on the role from November 2011 to November 2013. You should be aged 18+, hardworking, reliable, enthusiastic, interested in making and fixing things, and fully committed to supporting OYT South’s work. A clean driving licence, criminal records bureau enhanced check and a medical (including eyesight standards and colour vision) will be required. Email webmaster1@oytsouth.org for more information.

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Queen honours OYT South
For anyone who didn’t see last week’s special bulletin: Ocean Youth Trust South is delighted to be able to announce to our members, supporters, donors and friends that we have won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. More details here, including a huge thanks to all our supporters and volunteers, for whom this award is fantastic recognition.

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* Financial appeal
Many thanks to a number of people who prefer to remain anonymous but who sent in donations after the announcement about the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service!

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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2011 AGM event - a date for your diaries
Please put Saturday 15th October in your diaries - it’s the date of this year’s Annual General Meeting but we also hope to link it to a social gathering, ideally along the lines of the lunch we had two years ago (last year it was all linked to the 50th anniversary party). More details to follow.

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New Boat appeal
Those who attended our 50th anniversary celebrations last October will have heard the talk by renowned yacht designer Merf Owen about our plans for the long-term replacement of John Laing - a new boat for a new generation. Details can now be found on the website here - along with a form for making donations. This is a tremendously exciting project and regular readers will be hearing a good deal more about it in the months and years to come - we are just getting started but this is the place where our members and supporters can keep in touch with progress!

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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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“To be honest I never wanted to come, but I'm glad I did because I have learnt and seen so much!" Charlotte