Young Sail Trainer of the Year


OYT South bulletin 4th December 2018

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* Major international award for OYT South's staff skipper

Our wonderful Staff Skipper, Peta Koczy, has won the title of Young Sail Trainer of the Year 2018 !

This is a worldwide award from Sail Training International for a young professional sail trainer under the age of 25, to encourage and recognise high-performing individuals who deliver sail training to young people at sea.


Peta was appointed Staff Skipper of Prolific a year ago, at the age of just 23. The award was announced on Saturday at the Sail Training International conference in Seville.

Peta said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have won this award. Prolific is a fantastic boat and it is such a privilege to be able to skipper her and to work with an incredible team of staff and volunteers at Ocean Youth Trust South. But the most important thing is always the young people who come on our voyages. Only a few years ago I was a 15-year old heading off for my first voyage, just like the thousands of young people who try sail training every year. Not all of them want to go into sailing as a career but what I always hope is that the experience will give them the confidence and skills to go forward in life. Sail training has given me some amazing opportunities and the best thing about being a skipper is being able to offer the same chance for other young people to change their lives.”

Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South, said: “We appointed Peta because we knew she was one of the outstanding sail trainers of her generation, and she has proved that by skippering Prolific through the 2018 sailing season with immense skill. Our staff, volunteers, clients, young people and other supporters cannot speak highly enough of her ability to combine a common-sense, practical approach with a warmth of personality which makes everyone feel welcome and valued on board. We couldn’t be prouder of the fact that she has now been recognised as the best under-25 sail trainer in the world.”

Photo: max@tallshipstock

Photo: max@tallshipstock


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* Refit news - and help needed (including THIS weekend 8-9 December)!

Big thanks to Peta, Josh, Holly, Georgia, Danny and Ben, plus Graham Johnson, Barry Walker and Allen Swift for lots of hard work since the last newsletter.

The big news is that the new Empirbus electrical system is in! Big thanks to Gareth from Osprey Technical - and also special thanks to Holly who has put huge effort into this project.


Meanwhile the engine service is nearly done; Allen has been doing an amazing job in the workshop sorting out the storage; there has been lots of painting and varnishing and plenty of electrical jobs.



The refit continues all through the winter and we need as much volunteer help as possible on weekdays, but for those of you only available at weekends, we are also looking for volunteers on the following dates:

8-9 December
19-20 January
9-10 March

Prolific comes out of the water around 29th January and goes back in on 19th February, for essential work such as the bowthruster replacement; but it also allows us to antifoul the hull and Peta will need good teams of people for prep and painting between those dates, We may even move the January refit weekend to February in order to get more help in this period - it is complicated because of the shorebased training weekend but watch this space for more news, and if you can help on weekdays while the boat is out of the water, please do let Peta know.

Please email to book yourself in for weekdays or any of these weekends.

Sea staff - don't forget that if we get several volunteers bidding for the more popular voyages next year, we will take account of people who have been to refit (or helped us in other ways, such as raising money or bringing us new clients).

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 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

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Prolific's Amazon wishlist!

Prolific now has an Amazon wishlist - in case anyone can be tempted to buy a present for the boat! It's full of small items which we need over the winter, such as cable ties and sandpaper, and if you would like to buy something for us before the staff have to order them, we really would be incredibly grateful.

Also, don't forget that if you order anything at all through Amazon, whether for the boat or anyone else, 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, just go to and pick Ocean Youth Trust South as your chosen charity. Then use that link every time you shop - all your other Amazon account settings remain unchanged.

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

We REALLY need a few more people to sign up for courses so we can confirm exactly what we can run and on which day - as you will see when you read the individual course details below. Please email and let us know which courses you would like to do. If you are really keen to do a course but the cost is an issue, you can ask about bursary funding - this is most likely to be approved if you are doing a course which will really help us, or if you need a qualification in order to pass an assessment for something where we are short of people.

We now have instructors available as follows:

First aid
- Saturday 16th February - all-day course. £80 per person. Each course takes 12 people and we have had 13 enquiries so far - if we can get some more interest, we could add a second course on the Sunday which have the additional benefit of allowing us to allocate people to first aid on whichever day is best for those who want to do a second course on the other day.

Lifejacket packing - Saturday 16th February - half-day course (morning only). £5 per person.

Chart corrections - Saturday 16th February - half-day course (afternoon only). £5 per person.

(Please do sign up for BOTH lifejackets and charts if appropriate!)

Youthwork - Sunday 17th February - all-day course. £35 per person. This should be fascinating day. The morning will be run by Jennie Hogan who delivered a fascinating session for us three years ago and is back by popular request. Jennie has done a lot of work with Hampshire County Council and is expert in understanding young people's behaviour, the underlying reasons behind challenging behaviour and what is going on in people's bodies when they react in ways that may seem to come from nowhere - and strategies for us to use to support these young people on our voyages. The afternoon will be run by John Snowden whom some of you will remember as a former first mate. He has been delivering sessions on behalf of the Metropolitan Police on cyberbullying; sexting, gangs and how this links to sexploitation, grooming, drugs, FGM and Prevent and is going to adapt this session for us.

(to get your radio licence) - this is mainly an online course which MUST be completed in advance, with a short practical session and an exam on the day. We will aim to fit this around other training as needed. The course fee to OYT South is £40 but there is an additional separate exam fee of £60 which must be paid to the RYA and not to us.

- Allen Swift has kindly offered to run this course for us through Hamble School of Yachting (but at our venue). The issue at the moment is that a course takes 6 people and we currently have two or three who can only do Saturday and two or three who can only do Sunday - and no enough for either day! A few more bookings would make all the difference (as would enough bookings for a second first aid course, which would help more people to do both without clashing). Cost £50 per person.

Please email if you would be interested in any of these courses - many of them have limited places so don't miss out!

Other costs for the weekend, for your information: lunch on either day will be £5, dinner on Saturday £10, and very basic bed and breakfast (mattresses on the floor of the Sea Cadet unit) £5. We will publish a booking form and payment link just as soon as we know for certain which courses are running on which day!

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 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 KTY Yachts.

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* Holly Vint leaving present
- deadline next week
Our Sailing Support Officer, Holly Vint, was appointed on a one-year contract from December 2017 and so will be leaving us at the end of this year.

The post of Sailing Support Officer was created when we first brought Prolific into service, to help us through the first couple of seasons of getting the boat running smoothly and supporting our volunteers in learning to manage a larger and more complex vessel.

Holly has played a tremendous part in the success of the 2018 season and the charity is in a much stronger position now because of all that she has done for us. She is a great sailor with a fantastic talent for working with young people, and she has contributed so much to OYT South in so many other ways this year. And skipper Peta says "She's my rock - I wouldn't have got through the season without her."

This certainly won't be the end of her time in Prolific - she is much in demand with other sailing organisations but we are certainly going to ensure that her busy schedule continues to include voyages with Ocean Youth Trust South.

However, she will be hugely missed as a full-time member of the team, and we really want to send her off with a nice leaving present, so please give generously! Details here for how to contribute.

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* 2019 sailing programme - voyages for young people
Our 2019 sailing programme is available here - and voyages are selling very fast!

On the following list, voyages marked * are definitely available for bookings now. Those marked *** are under discussion with another client which may or may not be able to confirm a booking. If you want to book a * voyage, or be a reserve for a *** voyage in case the other client doesn't confirm, please email

* 6-11 April, Southampton, 5 nights, age range 12-25, £490 per person, 6-9 berths available. Open to INDIVIDUAL bookings rather than an organised group.

* 12-16 April, Southampton, 4 nights, age range 12-25, £395 per person,12-15 berths available.

* 17-21 April, Southampton, 4 nights, age range 12-25, £395 per person, 12-15 berths available.

* 3 - 7 June, Southampton to Poole, 4 nights, age range 12-25, £395 per person, 12-15 berths available.

*** 10-14 June, Poole to Southampton, 4 nights, age range 12-25, £395 per person, 12-15 berths available.

* 24-29 June, Southampton to Poole, 5 nights, age range 12-25, £490 per person, 12-15 berths available.

*** 30 June - 6 July, Poole to Brixham, 6 nights, age range 12-25, £575 per person, 12-15 berths available.

* 16-22 July, Falmouth to Brixham, 6 nights, age range 12-25, £575 per person, 12-15 berths available. Open to INDIVIDUAL bookings rather than an organised group.

* 29 July - 4 August, Brixham, 6 nights, age range 12-25, £575 per person, 12-15 berths available.

* 14-20 Aug, Brixham, 6 nights, age range 12-25, £575 per person, 12-15 berths available. Open to INDIVIDUAL bookings rather than an organised group.

*** 27 Aug - 1 Sept, Poole to Southampton, 5 nights, age range 12-25, £490 per person, 12-15 berths available.

*** 2-6 Sept, Southampton, 4 nights, age range 12-25, £395 per person, 12-15 berths available.

*** 6-8 Sept, Southampton, 2 nights, age range 12-25, £200 per person, 12-15 berths available.

*** 18-22 Oct, Southampton, 4 nights, age range 12-25, £375 per person, 12-15 berths available.

* 28 Oct - tbc, Southampton: this voyage can be flexible to suit clients. It will start on Monday 28th October (half-term in Hampshire but not in all local authorities) and we could run a Mon-Fri voyage, Mon-Sat or even Mon-Sun, depending on what clients would like - please ask!

If you would like to make a booking or discuss programme alterations at any point in the 2019 season, please email

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Volunteer sea staff bookings for 2019 voyages
- please bid for your voyages now!If you want to sail as a volunteer in 2018, you can now start sending in details 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 have 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 2019.

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 too many of the volunteers are all newly-qualified at their particular level - each trip should include some people who are comfortable and familiar in their roles and therefore hopefully able to support those who are new to it. 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.

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

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Adult training voyages 2019
We have two weekends in 2019 earmarked for volunteer training for adults (18+). These are designed for current volunteers who want to improve their own skills in sailing Prolific, on a voyage where they don't have to be supervising young people at the same time! These weekends are a lot of fun, and are also open to new potential volunteers who want to come along and find out what it's all about and how we work.

Dates for adult weekends are:

29-31 March, Southampton (8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday)

11-13 October, Southampton (8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday)

There is a cost of £200 per person for volunteer training weekends BUT this is designed as a contribution to charitable funds from those who can afford it, and it includes a year's annual membership. If you can't afford it then please apply to for bursary funding - no-one who is already a valuable volunteer interested in improving their skills should be excluded from these weekends by the cost; and new potential volunteers who seem to have a  lot to offer the charity are also welcome to apply.

There will be a longer adult voyage at some point in 2019 but we need to see which dates are not required for youth voyages - additional adult voyage dates will be announced in this newsletter in due course.

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2020 advance planning

With summer 2019 filling up fast, we have already started giving some thought to what Prolific might do in summer 2020! A really exciting option would be to sail down to the Tall Ships festival in A Coruna in Spain in July; take part in the Tall Ships race to Dunkirk (another great festival) and then cruise on to a third festival, Sail Amsterdam, before heading back to the UK in August. More details and dates are available here and you can register to take part in any of the voyages, either as an individual or a group booking. (We aren't looking for sea staff bids yet!) The programme is not yet set in stone and we are also happy to talk to clients about other options - especially for the period in August after leaving Amsterdam.


Tall Ships race

Sail Amsterdam

Sail Amsterdam

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OYT South named as charity partner for 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show! ‬
We are delighted to announce that Ocean Youth Trust South has been chosen by Poole Harbour Commissioners and the Poole Harbour Boat Show as their charity partner of the year for 2019.

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with a harbour which has been hugely supportive towards us for many years, and to open up new chances for local young people to get involved with us. Poole Harbour Commissioner’s Marina Manager Kerrie Gray sailed in John Laing with Ocean Youth Trust South during her own school days, which had a massive, positive impact on her and hugely inspired her, opening up a whole new life for her on the water.  She and Poole Harbour Boat Show Marketing Director Tracy Payne are working hard to raise funds for us and they hope to fund places on board Prolific for Dorset young people next summer. In the meantime, please put the Poole Harbour Boat Show dates 7-9 June 2019 in your diaries: Prolific will be part of the show once more and nearer the time we will be looking for a good team of volunteers to show visitors around the boat and help to raise OYT South's profile at the show.


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Leaflets about OYT South
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 - 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, 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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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  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 - closing date 31st December.

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* Financial appeal
Big thanks this week to the Peter Dixon Mohawk voyage programme which has confirmed yet another fantastic contribution towards bursaries to help disadvantaged young people sail with us next year.

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 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 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

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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 - please do give us a Like! if you were friends with John Laing on our old page ( 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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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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