Vyne School and New Forest Academy


OYT South bulletin 12th October 2018

In this Bulletin
Sections which have changed since last time marked *

* ONE WEEK until deadline for booking for OYT South's AGM Curry Night 3rd November!
The formal notice of OYT South’s AGM has now been sent out by email to members, with the agenda, minutes of last meeting, accounts etc. If you think you are a member of OYT South and have not received this mailing, please email office@oytsouth.org.

OYT South's AGM will take place on Saturday 3rd November - this is normally a VERY short meeting combined with a lively social evening.

The AGM itself will take place on board Prolific in Ocean Village, Southampton - arrivals from 1730, with the meeting itself at 1800. There will then be a review of the year before a curry night.

The curry night will be in the Bayleaf Kitchen, 56 High Street, Southampton. As we'll be a large group we have arranged to have their excellent set menu, ONLY available to those who book and pay in advance: £15.95 per head. Please note this advance payment is just for food - you will need to pay for any drinks or a tip on the night. Please book now! Deadline for bookings Friday 19th October.

Booking form for the curry and all the details about the AGM, including where to find the boat, are available here.

Please note that Peta needs a big team of helpers over the weekend of the AGM to help move kit off the boat in preparation for the refit. Accommodation on board on the night of the AGM will give priority to people who are also helping on the boat. Please email refit@oytsouth.org if you can help on the Saturday or Sunday or both, stating whether or not you are looking to stay on board on the Saturday night.

Please also note that only paid-up members can vote at the AGM (you can join now here).

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* NEW Operations Assistant

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jo Clark to the role of Operations Assistant.

Jo will take over from Mollie who has decided to move on at the end of this season. Jo is no stranger to the sail training world, having volunteered as an RYA Sailability instructor. She is an experienced keelboat and dinghy sailor, including taking part in a non-stop round Britain race.

Jo joins us at the end of October and we look forward to your continuing support in welcoming her to the team.

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Mollie Crawford leaving present
With Jo Clark about to join us it will soon be time to say goodbye to our fantastic Operations Assistant Mollie Crawford, who is moving on after four years in the office, providing invaluable support to Sally as well as to our clients and volunteers, while helping to keep Caz and Mark sane. Everyone who has been involved with the charity will know how reliable, efficient and effective Mollie is, and how utterly committed she has been to the charity.

Mollie's grandfather and uncle have both skippered OYC / OYT South vessels, and Mollie sailed as a young crew member before becoming a volunteer watchleader. She did a work placement with OYT South as part of her degree and later returned full-time after graduating in business management in France.

She will be hugely missed, and we really want to send her off with a nice leaving present, so please give generously! Details of how to contribute to Mollie's leaving present can be found here.

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* February 2019 shorebased training weekend

OYT South’s usual February shorebased training weekend will take place in Gosport on Sat 16th and Sun 17th February 2019.

We can’t formally confirm bookings for any instructors until we know we have enough people to make each course cost-effective, but we are looking at options including the RYA First Aid course, RYA diesel engines, GMDSS assessments (for your radio licence), youthwork, chart corrections and lifejacket packing. Please email webmaster1@oytsouth.org if you would be interested in any of these courses - it would be great to get some quick answers so we know which instructor bookings we can confirm. If you can only manage one of the days that weekend, let us know which; and if you want to do two courses let us know - then we’ll aim to allocate each course to a day so that the maximum number of people can do their chosen courses without a clash.

Prices to be confirmed but the GMDSS assessment (to get your radio licence) is generally the most expensive at £100 or a little more – it involves an online course which you have to do in advance, and fixed exam fee payable to the RYA. Other RYA-certificated courses such as First Aid and Diesel tend to come in at around £75-£80, and other things will generally be cheaper. 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 - recommended for second mates and above, plus anyone else with a real interest in navigation, especially people who tend to be around on Prolific's maintenance days.

Lifejackets and youthwork are both recommended for everyone who sails with us.

If you have ideas for other shorebased courses which might be useful to our volunteers and which can be run in a day or half a day, please email webmaster1@oytsouth.org.

If you want to do the RYA Sea Survival course including use of flares and a session with a liferaft in a  swimming pool), we recommend booking with http://www.ktyyachts.com/.

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* Voyage news - modern

The voyage which started almost a fortnight ago featured a client which has been a particular favourite with OYT South for some years: the Vyne School in Basingstoke. They are fantastic at picking young people for specific reasons and using the voyage to generate a positive change in each individual which can be built on for the rest of their school career. A typical example might be the student who has difficulties with engagement, attendance and completing his homework: after the voyage, staff said: "He’s learnt that by putting in effort, whether it be hoisting a sail or prepping the dinner, the pride and sense of achievement is something that he enjoyed and will stay with him. We have spoken about how to turn these triumphs into everyday situations. He seems to be much more engaged, hopefully this will continue."

Vyne staff member Mary Pavey has been at the heart of the Vyne-OYT South partnership from the start but this was her farewell voyage as she has now moved on from the school. We wish her all the best - she has been a fantastic supporter of OYT South and a tremendous champion for her students. We're delighted that the partnership will continue under her colleague Penny, who told us: "So far 56 of our students have benefitted from OYT support over the years, we definitely owe you. This year we have a couple of year 11 students who we are sure would not have made it this far if it wasn't for their experiences on previous voyages."


This year's Vyne crew joined on Saturday and it was evident from the start that this was a lovely group of young people. They sailed down to Yarmouth that evening and impressed the staff by completing their first sail hoists in the dark. Next morning they had an 0430 start to catch the tide and no-one complained! That gave them the joy of a view of the Needles at sunrise, followed by a lovely sail to Weymouth. They did several man overboard recovery drills and an unexpected fire drill when some enthusiastic cookery set off the alarm. They passed the sail training ship Royalist leaving Weymouth and challenged them to a round-the world race, returning to Weymouth: even though we offered Royalist a head-start, they said no!


The crew enjoyed some shore leave in Weymouth and then had a good night of extreme washing up and games on board, followed by stories. As it was Mary's last voyage she was given the task of driving Prolific out of Weymouth next day, and they then had a fantastic sail right round the south of the Isle of Wight, a broad reach with all sails up. They got back into the Solent on Monday evening and the young people took charge of night navigation – including avoiding the biggest ship the skipper had ever seen. The voyage ended back in Southampton on Tuesday with 10 Royal Yachting Association Start Yachting certificates for the young people, and the more advanced RYA Competent Crew certificates for the two Vyne staff who had sailed several times before.

Big thanks to the sea staff who seem to have enjoyed the voyage just as much as the young people: Andy Bristow, Andy Royse, Andy Gissing, Josh, Cathy, Di and Ollie.

The next voyage involved a group of young people from New Forest Academy. On the first night they sailed from Southampton to East Cowes, arriving in the dark. Next morning they got up early to fill the boat with fuel and were ready to set off by 10am, but unfortunately it was really foggy so they just moved across to West Cowes and had time for showers ashore. They were able to set off before lunch, and went out into the Solent to learn about sail handling and vessel manoeuvres. Unfortunately there was hardly any wind but everyone knew the forecast was for stronger winds later in the voyage so it was useful to be able to practise some of the basic skills in calm conditions first!


They spent that night moored to a buoy outside Yarmouth and did various exercises, including learning about weather forecasting at sea and how the Beaufort wind scale works. This involved building paper boats and floating them in a container of water on the table while everyone had to blow to represent different wind forces … nothing happens to paper boats in Force 1, they have all capsized and sunk by Force 12, and people tend to get quite wet! They also had a session learning to tie some knots. Next morning it was foggy again so they had training sessions in abandon ship drills, flares and other distress signals, and more knots.

When the weather cleared, they were able to set off and do some reefing drills as they sailed back to Cowes to meet up with other boats which had entered for the Association of Sail Training Organisations Small Ships Race on the Saturday.

NFA - ASTO race

This is an event for sail training boats all crewed by young people. It was quite a challenge to start the race in winds of Force 6 having done all their training in much lighter winds. It was also raining and cold, and ours was one of the youngest crews in the fleet. They did very well to complete the first four legs of the race but by that time everyone was very cold and wet and many of the young people were struggling so the skipper took the decision to retire from the race and head for harbour to get everyone warm and dry. People were disappointed not to complete the race but really they should be congratulated for getting so far in genuinely challenging conditions which would have tested an adult crew. The young people did really well in strong winds and certainly engaged with the race and did their best. That evening they tried visiting the post-race crew party but with many of the other crews aged 15 upwards, it wasn’t an ideal event for our group so everyone headed back to the boat and had a movie night on board.

Next day they had a really good sail in the Solent and got the boat clean and tidy before they arrived back in Southampton where the voyage ended at 5pm on Sunday. Ten crew members earned Royal Yachting Association Start Yachting certificates and two who already had the qualification got several sections signed off for the more advanced RYA Competent Crew certificate.


Big thanks to sea staff Mark, Steve, Josh, Nick, Ollie and special congratulations to Andy Gissing who completed his second mate's assessment and Cathy Lacey who had her second mate status re-confirmed having not sailed with us for a few years. Thanks also to Holly who joined as a special guest for the race!

This week's voyage was for the Limes College, Sutton, which works with young people who have been excluded from mainstream schools. They joined on Monday and despite some short attention spans managed to get through the essential safety briefings and then do winch drills under way. They spent the first night at anchor in Osborne Bay which was a big challege for the young people: several of them were very nervous about being at sea, so spending a night at anchor was really daunting.

On Tuesday they had a glorious sail to Poole with flat seas and blue skies - one of the girls said she loved the boat and wished she could live on board! In Poole, there were showers, games and a movie on board. Wednesday morning saw an early start for the Needles - they had to motor some of the way but once in the Solent it was sails up and lots of tacking practice between Lymington and Yarmouth. They spent that night in Cowes and then Thursday involved sailing in the eastern Solent, lots of time on the bowsprit, some fishing in an anchorage and a fabulous view of a rainbow:

Limes rainbow

With the approach of Storm Callum, it was decided to end the voyage in Cowes rather than Southampton, for a safer berth and better opportunities for the crew joining tonight for a weekend voyage. One of the Limes College crew earned an RYA Start Yachting certificate, a great achievement - but really the biggest achievement of the week was that all the crew completed the full voyage, with no-one either being sent home or choosing to leave early, which hasn't always been the case with this client. Given how nervous many of them were at the start, there were some massive improvements in confidence. And the school staff were superb as ever.

Big thanks to the sea staff Dougie, Holly, Martyn, Patrick, Cathy and Steve.

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 * Voyage news - historical
Huge thanks to Colin Smith for sending us a copy of the log (pdf) he wrote of a voyage round the north Atlantic in 1958-9 with Ocean Youth Club founder Chris Ellis in Theodora.

You might like to compare it with Peter Tracey's account which we published earlier this year of a voyage in 1951.

It was voyages like these which sparked the idea that became the Ocean Youth Club and then the Ocean Youth Trust - we wouldn't be running Prolific today without them!

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* Volunteer bookings for 2018 voyages

Sea staff berths not currently filled are as follows - please note that dates are when young people are on board, and volunteers will generally be expected to join the day before. Please email webmaster1@oytsouth.org if you are available.

15-19 Oct - Southampton - mixed group of boys - space for one more watchleader or bosun.

Other than that we are currently fully-booked until the end of the season - we will start asking in November for your bids and availability for next year!

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NEW video about a voyage earlier this year
Regular readers may remember that in May we did two great voyages with the Ormiston Academies Trust, taking girls on board with inspirational businesswomen to act as mentors, as part of a new project called Leading Lights. Ormiston has now completed a video about Leading Lights - do have a look as it is a fantastic showcase for our voyages:

You can read more about Leading Lights here.

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2019 sailing programme
A draft of our 2019 sailing programme is available here. It shows where clients have already been in touch to request specific dates, and voyages that have been reserved for them, but otherwise the rest of the programme is still available - but not by any means set in stone: we are still happy to discuss changes of dates, ports and durations to suit clients, if we can do so without causing major problems for anyone else or leaving too many unused, wasted days between voyages, which would cost us money.

We are now looking at doing a second summer largely based in Brixham - thanks to MDL marinas and Brixham marina in particular. We have been having such a good time in the area this summer that we are delighted to be going back next year. It's a fantastic area for sailing and, depending on the weather, voyages around Devon and Cornwall or to France, the Channel Islands and the Scillies are all possible.

If you would like to make a booking or discuss programme alterations at any point in the 2019 season, please email caroline.white@oytsouth.org.

Please note that we are NOT looking for volunteer sea staff bids yet!

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teamArchie and the Clipper Bursary 

Earlier this summer, OYT South was contacted by a great charity called teamArchie which was set up in 2015 in memory of Archie Lloyd, a young man who tragically died in 2015, aged 18, whilst travelling with friends. The charity awards bursaries to create opportunities for young people to make the most of their lives and of themselves, aiming to swing the pendulum of opportunity in favour of those who deserve a helping hand, in part because they really want to be the best that they can be, but also because they have proven that they have the desire but cannot get the necessary support they need to make it happen.


There is clearly plenty of scope for OYT South and teamArchie to enjoy a really constructive partnership and we are looking forward to seeing what we might be able to do together.

Just today, teamArchie has announced a very exciting new project, the teamArchie Clipper Bursary, and they have asked us to help spread the word among young people interested in sailing. The teamArchie Clipper bursary will enable a deserving young person to take part in one leg of the 2019/2020 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Their website will tell you all about the project, who might be eligible, and how to apply - do have a look!

teamArchie Clipper

If you decide to apply for this, do tell them about your involvement with Ocean Youth Trust South, so they know how you heard about the opportunity.

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Winter refit dates and refit weekends

Peta is deep into planning Prolific's winter refit, including some weekends when we will need loads of volunteer help. Please make a note of these dates in your diary and there will be more details in this newsletter nearer the time:

3-4 November - a chance to get masses of kit moved off the boat (as well as attending the AGM and curry night on Saturday). Anyone wanting to stay on board after the curry night please note that priority will be given to those who are also helping on board during the weekend! Don't forget you MUST book your curry by 19th October.
8-9 December
19-20 January
9-10 March

There won't be a refit weekend in February as we will have the usual weekend of shorebased training courses on 16-17 February - see above!

Apart from the refit weekends, we will want as much volunteer help as possible on weekdays.

Refit volunteers should normally be aged 18+ but it is sometimes possible to include 16 and 17 year olds who have had volunteer recommendations and hope to be sailing as trainee bosuns next year. It depends on what jobs are available and whether we have people to supervise under-18s.

We won't be able to have people sleeping on board Prolific for most of this refit because there will be no power while we replace the electircal system. We have a refit house for the staff and the full-time volunteer team but accommodation for others will depend on space available. If anyone living in the Southampton area is able to offer a bed or two, or even a sofa or floor space for camping mattresses during any of the refit weekends, please email refit@oytsouth.org.

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Leaflets about OYT South
We have done some updates to some of our publicity material and there are leaflets here which you can print - please do use them to spread the word among anyone who might be tempted to sail with us, volunteer for us or support us in any way.

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Online fundraising - Amazon Smile, and one volunteer’s story about Easyfundraising - raise money with minimal effort! 

OYT South is now registered with Amazon Smile which makes donations to us when people shop - Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price on eligible purchases. If you ever shop with Amazon, do have a look - once you pick Ocean Youth Trust South as your chosen charity and start using https://smile.amazon.co.uk, you don’t need to do anything further, and all your other Amazon account settings remain unchanged.

We also receive donations through Easyfundraising - this one works for all sorts of online shopping, not just a single site like Amazon. One of our volunteers says “I booked a Citybreak weekend away on Expedia and car parking on Holiday Extras through Easyfundraising and that produced £18.28 for OYT South at zero cost to me.” 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 all our supporters got into the habit of raising money for us when shopping online, it would soon mount up. If you can persuade your friends and family to do it, even better. And if you work for a business which spends significant sums online, who knows how much you could raise?

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Vessel tracking
Don’t forget you can always have a look and see where Prolific is sailing.

If you discover she is in a harbour somewhere near you, please go and say hello. If we’re not too busy with activities with young people, then visitors are generally welcome. You can always call the boat beforehand (07990 518915) to see if there is time for a visit - and sometimes you may be just what we need if you have local information or a bit of time to spare to help with something, or a car for running a quick errand!

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Chris Ellis Award - win up to £500
If you enjoy a voyage with OYT South and want to come again next year (and are aged 12-25), please think about entering for this award. You can win up to £500 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. You can also see some previous winning entries.

The 2018 Chris Ellis Award is now open for entries.

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* Financial appeal
Huge thanks this week to the Ellis Campbell Foundation for a fantastic contribution to sea staff salaries; and also to another major donor who prefers not to be named here, for the funding for replacing Prolific's electrical system, which arrived this week - this will be a major job for the winter! Big thanks also to the Angus Allnatt Foundation for another very kind contribution towards bursaries; and to Martin Bayfield and Colin Smith for generous donations.

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 (pdf) we can claim back tax on your donation.

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RYA courses with SeaRegs

Occasional OYT South relief skipper Simon Jinks's company SeaRegs is now offering RYA practical coursers on a regular basis. This year they have a monthly programme of both Sail and Power Yachtmaster weeks and Day Skipper weeks, as well as both classroom based and online theory courses. A 10% discount is available for booking both a theory course and a practical course.

Contact Vicky Jinks admin@searegs.co.uk if you are interested - please DON'T reply to the OYT South staff via the bulletin for this one!

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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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Branded clothing
OYT South branded clothing available - please see here. 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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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!

If you read this newsletter regularly, you will see that the key period for sending in bids for volunteer berths tends to be November to early January. Every year we get a few people who haven't read the newsletter and don't start thinking about summer sailing until the new year is well underway - only to find that volunteer berths in school and college holidays are already booked up.

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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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 21-year old student Jack Dignan, who did his first voyage with us in 2014. 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!

And Instagram @oyt_south

And LinkedIn Ocean Youth Trust South

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 newsletter, which is sent out almost every week, normally on a Friday, and is also copied onto the website.

If you have just started receiving this newsletter by email, it is because we believe you have signed up and consented to receive it - perhaps by emailing us to ask for it, completing a form on our website, or adding your email address to the book on board where people can sign up to receive news, as well as leaving comments. If this was a mistake or you simply decide you want to stop receiving the newsletter, just press “reply” to the email and write UNSUBSCRIBE at the top, or email webmaster1@oytsouth asking to unsubscribe.

Each week the newsletter 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. 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.

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