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OYT South bulletin 20th December 2017

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*Baby news - twins!
Huge congratulations to our chief executive Mark Todd (formerly the staff skipper known as Wolf) and to Rosie on the arrival of Rafe (6lb8) and Esme (6lb12) last Wednesday. Mother and twins all doing well; dad wondering if anyone can advise him on an effective watchkeeping system that allows for 2-hourly feeds and multiple nappy changes!

Mark, Rosie, Esme, Rafe

Mark is obviously now on paternity leave so if anyone was planning to contact him on work-related matters, please copy anything that can’t wait to caroline.white@oytsouth.org.

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* Happy Christmas!
Happy Christmas to all involved with OYT South - everyone who has helped us and everyone who has sailed with us! You have all contributed to making 2017 a great year, and we have done some amazing voyages and made a real difference to hundreds of young people – as well as managing a hugely successful first season with our fabulous new boat Prolific! We are really grateful to everyone who has supported us during the year in so many ways.

We hope that all our friends and supporters have a great Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to the fantastic challenge and excitement of 2018 and all the great voyages ahead!

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* Happy birthdays to the office team!
Happy birthday to both members of our office team - Sally yesterday and Mollie tomorrow!

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* New OYT South vice patron - Paul Heiney
We’re delighted to announce that Paul Heiney - renowned sailor, writer and broadcaster - has agreed to join OYT South’s team of vice Patrons. Paul has been a great supporter of the charity for a number of years so it is fantastic that he is now officially part of the team.

Paul Heiney

OYT South’s Patron is Lord Iliffe, and our six other vice Patrons are Michael Campbell, Libby Purves, Nicholas Bonham, Jamie Sheldon, Professor Khalid Aziz and the Rt Hon. the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers. They give fantastic backing to the charity, both at our major events and behind the scenes, and we are immensely grateful to all of them for their support and commitment.

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* Refit news
Big thanks to all who have helped with Prolific's refit since the last bulletin: Peta, Josh, Georgia, George, Charles, Sookie, Angelika, John Parkin, Jon Oxenham, Marcus and Jay Hardiman, Mark Baker, Dave Blogg, Charles Smith, James Leetch, Susanna Paynter, Jack Dignan, Trish Henderson and a special welcome to Holly Vint who has now joined us full-time as our new Sailing Support Officer:

Holly

The volunteers’ weekend on 9-10 December went very well - we didn’t have huge numbers of people but they got through vast amounts of prep on the paintwork as well as lots more small jobs around the boat. The paint should arrive today (Peta is very excited) so we are now in a good position to start painting as soon as the team comes back after the break. There has also been lots of work on the fresh water system, the revamping of the veg locker, heads servicing, tracing wires and lifting floorboards, installing lights in the pump house and much more.

Big thanks to everyone who has helped since the start of refit - we have had 261.5 days of work on the boat since November: 83 days by paid staff but 178.5 days by volunteers, a phenomenal effort!

We need plenty of help to ensure that we can get through lots of work over the winter and start the 2018 season with the boat in an even better condition! Tomorrow is the last working day before Christmas but the team will be back on 2nd January and we are looking for volunteer help on weekdays from then until early April, but for those of you who can't easily get away from work Mon-Fri, we will have occasional volunteer weekends when we want all the help we can get. Remaining dates are 13-14 January and 17-18 March. There may not be a February refit weekend as we will have our usual shorebased training weekend instead, with RYA courses etc. on offer - more information below.

Please email refit@oytsouth.org if you are interested in coming along for any of the refit weekends or to help on weekdays. Food and accommodation available on board for refit helpers.If you haven’t previously helped with a vessel refit, there is some general information here.

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* 2018 shorebased training weekend - confirmed courses and places available!
OYT South's usual February shorebased training weekend will take place in Gosport on Sat 17th and Sun 18th February.

Thanks to all who have confirmed interest in various courses. Sadly we have had to take the decision not to run a radar course this year - we just couldn’t get enough people available on the same day. A lot of people did radar last year so if we rest it for a year, hopefully by the following year we will have a good group of new people plus some wanting a refresher! But there will be no radar course in February 2018.

The latest news on other courses is as follows:

First Aid: we have enough people to run the course on both Saturday and Sunday. There is currently at least one spare space on the Sunday, but Saturday is over-subscribed – we have several people already asking to swap from the Sunday to the Saturday, but given the number of people doing Saturday first aid plus another course on Sunday, there is very little flexibility. But please email now if you would like to join the Sunday course.

Diesel: this course can only take 6 people (everyone needs to be able to gather round the engine and see what’s happening) and we have had six people interested in the Saturday course, plus one reserve. If we could get three or four more people we might be able to run an extra course on the Sunday? But if you have been offered a place for Saturday diesel, please do confirm as soon as you can - if anyone needed to drop out then we would offer the place to the reserve and probably not try to get any more bookings for a Sunday course.

GMDSS: this consists of an online course which MUST be done in advance, plus a practical session and exam on the Saturday of the training weekend (because the instructor is doing another course himself on the Sunday). We can fit in extra people for GMDSS assessments on the Saturday. Even if you are doing another course on the Saturday, it MAY be possible to complete your GMDSS assessment in the lunch break - it depends on numbers (we already have a couple of people doing that) but please ask.

Chart corrections workshop: this will happen on the Saturday and we already have quite a few people signed up for it, but please let us know if you are interested in helping!

Youthwork: course taking place on Sunday. Still space for additional bookings as there is no firm limit to the number who can take part.

Bridge management (invitation only): Sunday course is fully-booked.

Course details and prices are here. If you have already asked for a place on one these courses and had an email confirming there is space for you, please use the booking form on the website to confirm and pay. If anyone needs to drop out of a course, please tell us NOW before we turn away anyone else from a course that we think is full!

For any new bookings, please email webmaster1@oytsouth.org to check if there is space for you before booking.

We can offer very basic accommodation (mattresses on the floor of the Sea Cadet unit) and affordable meals over the weekend.

In case you're not sure which courses are right for you:

RYA First aid is recommended for ALL sea staff, and compulsory for second mates and above, with updates required every three years.
RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate GMDSS assessment - recommended for third mates, required for second mates and above. You must be aged 16+ to do the assessment.
RYA Diesel engines - recommended for bosuns plus second mates and above.
Chart corrections is recommended for people who already have some familiarity with navigation and particularly for those who sail regularly and come to maintenance days where we often need people to do this job. Remember that correcting charts happens in the warm and dry while other people may be working outside in the cold and rain, so it can be a useful skill to have!
Youthwork would be ideal for anyone.

Email webmaster1@oytsouth.org and let us know what you would like to do.

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* Educare online training (child protection and more) - are you partway through an Educare course, or have you completed a course but not yet downloaded your certificate? ACTION NEEDED before 4th January.
All OYT South paid and volunteer sea staff MUST complete safeguarding training, updated every three years. Where possible, we accept a range of different courses (e.g. if you have done suitable training as part of your employment); but for those who need it, we offer a very straightforward online child protection course (which also gives you access to a number of other useful courses).

Our online course provider, EduCare, is moving to new and improved learning platform. If you are already a registered user, you will be transferred to the new learning platform automatically and you will receive an email from EduCare welcoming you to the new learning platform once the switch has been made. This is mainly a cosmetic upgrade: all of the course content will remain unchanged, and we will be able to register new users as before.

The only people who may be affected by the change will be those who are currently partway through a course, or who have completed a course but not yet downloaded your certificate, because progress cannot be transferred from the old site to the new platform once it comes into effect ion 4th January.

If you are in the middle of a course, you must complete it before 4th January - once we have moved over to the new platform, you will have to start any incomplete courses again.

Please ensure you have downloaded and stored any certificates for completed courses, as these will no longer be available once the switch has been completed. We do not download certificates on behalf of users - the only certificates we hold are copies of certificates that have been sent to us.

Please ensure you have finished any incomplete courses and downloaded all of your certificates before 4th January. There will be no way of retrieving them after 4th January.

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Volunteer sea staff bookings for 2018 - please send in your bids now!
If you want to sail as a volunteer in 2018, please send in details a.s.a.p. of when you are available and how much time you can spare - but please read the rest of this section before doing so!.

If you have NOT yet had a recommendation from our skipper to join our sea staff, then you need to do a training/selection voyage first, and the next step depends on your age. If you are aged 16 or 17 then you need to book on any standard youth voyage and aim to get your recommendation there. If you are aged over 25 you will need to get your recommendation on an adult training voyage - see below (open to people aged 18+). If you are aged 18-25 you have a choice and you can use either a youth or an adult voyage to try and earn your recommendation.

If you have had a skipper's recommendation (which means that EITHER you have sailed on a youth voyage and been told at the end that you had been recommended to come back for bosun or watchleader training, or you have done an adult voyage and been given a recommendation at the end) but are not yet an assessed and qualified member of sea staff, your next step is to sail on a youth voyage of four nights or more, for further training and assessment. Not all voyages are suitable for this but please send in details of your availability and we'll aim to match you with an appropriate voyage.

Qualified sea staff (anyone who sailed with us as a watchleader, bosun or engineer this year) - ideally please give us voyage numbers of anything you would like to do (see here for voyage numbers); or give me names of any regular clients you'd particularly like to sail with. But if you have really flexible availability, the easiest thing is to tell us the maximum number of days you can offer in 2018.

Please note that we need you to send in details of when you can sail (whether specific voyage numbers, or an idea of the times of year you can or can't do - e.g. if you can only sail in school/college/uni holidays - in which case do give us exact dates) and/or how much time you can offer - please don't email to ask what voyage dates are available. The reasons for this are complicated but I will try to explain the process just to help people understand how complex it is for us to get the volunteer bookings organised!

Essentially, it's not simply a question of finding dates that work for individuals and then just booking you. What we have to do is put together a TEAM of staff and volunteers for each voyage, with a skipper, 1M, 2M, 3M, bosun and/or engineer and often but not always a trainee mate or bosun and a sailing support officer, and we can't book anyone until we have at least some idea of who else is going to make up each team. For example, at least one adult on each voyage must be a woman, if there are girls in the crew; and then we have to think about special skills if the group includes people with disabilities or challenging behaviour. We also don't want to end up with a voyage where two or three of the mates are all newly-qualified at their particular level - if the second mate has only just passed his or her assessment then they shouldn't be paired with a brand-new first mate...Then sometimes the client will be a school or charity where a staff member has qualified or wants to qualify as a volunteer, so needs a staff berth. Meanwhile, some client groups are just not suitable for brand-new trainee mates. Plus we have to think about some priority bookings (e.g. people who have been identified as potential first mates or skippers, if we can give them enough time on the boat). And we do promise that people who help the most with other things like refit or raising money or introducing us to new clients will be higher up the list to get their choice of voyages. And on top of all that we want to try to be fair to all our volunteers and make sure everyone gets at least a voyage or two! No point confirming voyages for someone who is really flexible only to find that they have taken the only dates that would have worked for someone else who has limited availability.

I hope that explains things for you - we really need to get bids in from as many people as possible before we can start the allocation process and it can take until January before we can start confirming bookings for every voyage. If you really need an answer more quickly than that then please tell us your deadline and we will do our best for you!

Once the main round of allocations is completed we will advertise any remaining gaps, but you may find there's not a lot of choice at that stage.

Please send bids or questions to webmaster1@oytsouth.org.

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* 2018 voyage programme - NEW Easter availability for young people

Please see here for a 2018 sailing programme. We are busy confirming group bookings but there will also be places for individuals - that means voyages where the young people generally don't know each other but want to come sailing and hopefully make new friends. We can accept bookings from people on their own or from two or three friends who know each other; but individual voyages are obviously not open to a school group booking, for example. So far we have confirmed dates for five individual voyages for 2018 (one, from 4-9 April, is fully-booked already) but there will be plenty of others in due course! The voyages which are currently open for individual bookings and have spaces are:

10-15 April 2018, 5 nights, starting and finishing in Southampton, age range 12-25, price £480 per person - NEW AVAILABILITY as sadly a provisional group booking could not be confirmed, so this voyage is now OPEN for individual bookings.
24-30 July 2018, 6 nights, starting and finishing in Brixham, age range 12-25, price £550 per person. 9 berths available. Ideal for crew members who have a passport as it may well be possible to sail cross-Channel, to France or the Channel Islands. Alternatively the Scillies may be possible, or a Devon and Cornwall cruise - it all depends on wind and weather and on what everyone wants to do!
21-27 August 2018, 6 nights, starting and finishing Brixham, age range 12-25, price £550 per person, 10 berths available. Ideal for crew members who have a passport as it may well be possible to sail cross-Channel, to France or the Channel Islands. Alternatively the Scillies may be possible, or a Devon and Cornwall cruise - it all depends on wind and weather and on what everyone wants to do!
28 Aug to 2 Sept 2018, 5 nights, Brixham to Southampton, age range 12-25, £480 per person. 9 berths available. Ideal for crew members who have a passport as it may well be possible to sail cross-Channel.

We also have plenty of voyages which are currently available for group bookings but where places may be opened to individual bookings at a later date,

Contact the office to book, or to enquire about other availablity for individual or group bookings. At this stage it is still potentially possible to amend parts of the 2018 programme to provide voyage dates and durations to suit your group, so please ask! But some periods of the season are already filling up very fast, so if you are interested in a group or individual voyage in 2018, do please email webmaster1@oytsouth.org and let us know what you want, so that we can see what might be fitted around clients who have already put in their voyage requests.

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Volunteer training and selection voyages in 2018

We have two adult (18+) training weekends and one longer adult voyage scheduled for 2018:

20-22 April 2018 (8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday) - Southampton - 2 nights - age 18+. £200pp.
7-9 Sept 2018 (8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday) - Southampton - 2 nights - age 18+. £200pp.
10-15 Sept 2018
(2pm Monday to 12 noon Saturday) - Southampton - 5 nights age 18+. £480pp.

Any of these voyages would be ideal for current volunteers who want more experience in Prolific without having to teach and supervise young people at the same time; and they are also designed for other adults who may be new to the charity and would like to get to know us, our boat and the way we work before considering joining our volunteer team. Anyone wanting to sail as a volunteer on our youth voyages must be recommended as suitable by our skipper, and while under-25s can earn their recommendation on a standard youth voyage, these training voyages are the opportunity for adult potential volunteers to decide whether you like what we do and hopefully earn your recommendation! Voyage prices include a year's annual membership so there is no further cost for anyone returning as a volunteer in the subsequent 12 months, See here for more details on joining the team.

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Andy Viney's leaving party and leaving present fund
Don’t forget that if you want to celebrate Andy’s five years as staff skipper, he’ll be at the February training weekend which will double as a leaving party for Andy with our volunteers. If you haven't yet booked a course at the training weekend, please do so NOW as this will be your chance to have a party with Andy. If you really don't need any of the courses on offer at the training weekend, you will still be welcome at the Saturday night supper anyway.

Andy's leaving present fund is still open - there is a webpage here with a paypal link and details of other ways of contributing. Please give generously!

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Branded clothing - NOW AVAILABLE
We have a brand-new clothing website up and running, thanks to a lot of hard work from Mollie Crawford. So do have a look - you can buy hoodies (in a wide range of colours), fleeces, short- and long-sleeved t-shirts, baseball caps, beanie hats, drill shirts, polo shirts and more, all with OYT South's logo!

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Music section - Police Dog Hogan

Some of you will know that our newest Trustee, Eddie Bishop, as well as being a lawyer, also plays fiddle in the band Police Dog Hogan. They have a gig at the Brook in Southampton on Wednesday 31st January and it would be great to get as many OYT South supporters along as we can. Police Dog Hogan are fantastic musicians and their shows are a lot of fun so get your tickets now!

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Colin Baxter prints and postcard of Prolific for sale
We have a limited number of A4 prints and postcards of Prolific by the renowned marine artist Colin Baxter for sale - postcards cost £1 each and prints £6 each, including postage and packaging. Email molliecrawford@oytsouth.org to order.


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* Financial appeal
Huge thanks this week to Emma Burrows and Will Collins for very generous donations, and to the Royal Southern Yacht Club who will be funding places for two disadvantaged young people next year. Big thanks also to people who are still contributing in memory of legendary OYT South skipper Colin Lewry - the original target has been greatly exceeded and even more young people will be sailing next year thanks to Colin - and the fund is still open.

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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2018 Gosport Charity Pursuit
Any readers who have - or can charter - their own boat might like to consider entering the 2018 Gosport Charity Pursuit which will take place on Saturday 16th June next year. All the information is on the website and we’d be delighted if anyone wanted to take part to raise money for OYT South!

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Easyfundraising - raise money for OYT South when you shop online
OYT South is now registered with Easyfundraising - you can raise money for the charity when you shop online. Easyfundraising says: “It doesn't cost you a penny extra. When you shop the easyfundraising way with one of our 3,241 shops and sites they give us a commission for your purchase. We turn that into a donation and give it to your good cause. Easy!”

If you ever shop online, do have a look!

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Chris Ellis Award - win £££s off sailing
If you enjoyed a voyage with OYT South in 2017 and want to come again in 2018 (and are aged 12-25), please think about entering for this award. You can win up to £200 off the price of another voyage, by sending in an account of a voyage you have already done with us. It can be a logbook, diary, story, pictures, video - anything which gives the judges an idea of why you had a good time and would like to come again. The prize is judged at the end of each season and the award can be spent on a voyage the following year. Entries should be emailed to webmaster1@oytsouth.org or posted to the office to arrive by Christmas. See here for more details of this award, which was set up in memory of the charity's founder.

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London Boat Show 2018 - special offer

The London Boat Show will run from 10th to 14th January 2018. If you receive the email version of this newsletter, you can see details of a special offer for discounted tickets for OYT South members and supporters, which we can't put on a public website.

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From youth crew to volunteer
Have you recently done a voyage as a young crew member, enjoyed it, and been told by the skipper or any of the other sea staff to think about coming back as a volunteer on board? This is how many of our watchleaders and bosuns started, and it’s a great opportunity for getting years of very cheap sailing, plus something impressive to add to your CV, college or job applications. If you start volunteering with us and do well, you could gain invaluable experience in leading and motivating teams, looking after safety issues, taking responsibility and more - especially if you end up volunteering on some of our voyages with highly disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.

If you’ve had a recommendation from the skipper, it’s still really up to you to decide whether you are keen and ready to take this step - moving from being a young crew member who can be looked after and supported by the sea staff, into a position of responsibility where you will be looking after other people and responsible for helping to deliver a successful voyage to others, and accepting that this can involve hard work - though we hope our volunteers also have plenty of fun! Junior volunteers will still get support and advice from more experienced sea staff, but you really have to be ready to get stuck in when there are things to do and your effort can help make the difference to keeping the boat working smoothly and ensuring that another group of young people has the best possible experience!

But the next stage is really up to you. There are plenty of young people who impress us on voyages each year, but the ones who get to come back for more voyages, training and qualifications are the ones who show a real interest and make the effort to keep in touch - we simply don’t have the time to chase all of you individually if we don’t hear from you. Reading this weekly newsletter is vital - you will see when we are advertising for trainee mates or bosuns, or offering courses, or asking for help with maintenance or other events. You may also sometimes see that we have a short-notice vacancy for a crew berth - if we can’t fill the place with a paying customer, offering it as a cut-price or even free place to a new potential volunteer whom we know will be an asset to the team is much better than sailing with an empty berth. So if you are keen, PLEASE read the bulletin and don’t be afraid to reply and ask questions - if you’re not sure whether an opportunity is suitable for you or not, or if there might be age restrictions, just ask. We really do want to hear from you!

And one more thing ... if you are mature enough to be thinking about making the step up into volunteering, then you should really be contacting us yourself. It doesn't quite create the same impression if you get your mum to do it ...!

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Small boat training opportunities for sea staff
A while ago we consulted sea staff about the need for a small boat so that people can practise skills which aren’t easily learned in Prolific. While we have concluded, that - for the time being - the cost and workload of having a training boat of our own didn’t make that a good option, there was nevertheless a clear demand for access to a small boat. We have therefore made an arrangement with our good friends at the Discovery Sailing Project for the occasional use of their 34-foot Alexander Fairey. The yacht is currently having work done and will be lifted at the end of January and back in service around mid February. She can be chartered by OYT South sea staff on the following conditions:

The person in charge must have a full Day Skipper qualification and a recommendation from Mark Todd, Andy Viney or Peta Koczy confirming that you are an active member of OYT South sea staff with an appropriate level of competence; and there must be a second person on board with Day Skipper or suitable experience in case the skipper is incapacitated. Additionally someone must have RYA First Aid (or equivalent) and hold a valid VHF Radio Licence. At the moment the price is £250 for a weekend (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) and £100 per day mid-week. This cost is ‘bare boat’. Cost for gas is included and diesel is charged at an hourly rate, deducted from a £20 cash deposit paid before takeover. The balance will be fully refunded if the vessel is left clean - if not, a deduction will be made for cleaning. Cleaning materials are provided.

Alexander Fairey sleeps a maximum of 8 people so might be suitable for a group of OYT South sea staff to get together and develop boat handling skills and command experience. Anyone interested should contact Clive Fisher at dsp_office@btconnect.com with preferred dates - obviously the boat is used for their own sea staff so the issue will always be about making sure they can fit everyone in.

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Youth Trustee - speaking up for young people

OYT South has a rule that at least one member of the Board of Trustees - which runs the charity - should be in the same age range as the young people who sail with us. The current Youth Trustee is 19-year old student Jack Dignan, who did his first voyage with us a couple of years ago. Jack is in a position to speak up for young crew members, suggest changes in the way the charity operates or to do anything else which will improve the experience of the young people who sail with us. If you are a young person and you have ideas or suggestions for how we can do better, and you want to talk to someone close to your own age, you can contact Jack. If you’re not happy with something and want to know what to do about it, you might want to start by talking to Jack. If you want to get more involved - whether by just doing another voyage, or by training as a volunteer - Jack can point you in the right direction. You can email him at jackdignan@oytsouth.org.

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Raise And Sail - website for anyone looking to raise money to come sailing
Raise And Sail is a section of this website full of ideas, information and support for young people who would like to raise money in order to come sailing with us. Huge thanks to Fiona Keen and Emma Burrows for putting Raise And Sail together. We hope you will find it useful - let us know how you get on as we can add success stories and new ideas to the site in due course.

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Online navigation training for volunteers and young people
OYT South has been offering basic navigation training through the RYA's Essential Navigation & Seamanship course - do have a look and sign up if you want the qualification.

For those of you who want something a little more advanced, one of our relief skippers, Simon Jinks, is offering online distance learning systems for the theory courses for Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean. Simon is a great sailor and a top instructor so this is very highly recommended. Details here. He is also offering a one-day Weather for Sailors course. Please note that Simon's website also includes Essential Navigation and the PPI course, both of which OYT South can offer in-house.

With our own courses and Simon's we now have navigation courses to suit everyone from total beginners right up to the most advanced level - please give it a go and do ask for advice if you are not sure which course is right for you.

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Keep in touch with other OYT South people
We are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oytsouth - please do give us a Like! if you were friends with John Laing on our old page (https://www.facebook.com/johnlaingsailing please do move to the new page now.

We are also on Twitter @oytsouth so please follow us!

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 - sometimes 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. And there is a video here, made by a crew from the Prince's Trust, to give you an idea of what a voyage might be like!

We have a professional staff skipper and engineer, 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, 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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