Refit begins!


OYT South bulletin 8th November 2018

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

* Refit news - and help needed!

Huge thanks to everyone who has been along to help get Prolific's winter refit off to a cracking start: Peta, Josh, Holly, Georgia, Danny, Ben, Adam, Chloe, Jenny, Ollie, Roy, Sandy, Alex, Aaron, Graham, Oliver, JP, Emma, Susanna, Barry, Di, Caz, Mark, Rosie, Rafe and Esme! Having such fantastic levels of support means we have been able to make great progress in de-stowing the boat, getting loads of kit off and doing some really thorough cleaning. This week the team has started servicing the heads, tracks and blocks, and work is just beginning on the electrical system.




refitThe 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

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

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 electrical 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

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* AGM news
We had a great turnout for the AGM last Saturday, with around 40 people on board for the meeting, ranging in age from 81 years down to ten and half months. The formal part of the AGM only took a few minutes as we approved the accounts and the minutes of the last meeting, re-appointed the accountants, and re-elected Eamonn Feeney, Fred Cole, Brian Eyres and Steve Lacey as Trustees. After that we were treated to Chief Executive Mark Todd's review of the season - a great mix of heartwarming tales and funny stories but overall leaving all present with a clear idea of how much our voyages can do to change the lives of young people and how much we value everyone who supports the charity in so many different ways.

We were also able to say a heartfelt thanks and farewell to Mollie Crawford after four years as our Operations Assistant. Big thanks to all those who contributed to her leaving present - the key item is still on order and she doesn't yet know what it is, but we were able to give her a cheque on the night as well.

After that almost everyone headed off for a very sociable curry evening!

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* 2018 sailing season highlights, facts and figures
Now that the sailing season is over, we have been able to pull together a 2018 season highlights document with some of the best bits of the year, including some great quotes from young people, parents and clients: if you have supported us in any way this year, do have a look as it will undoubtedly make you feel good about your involvement!

We have also been able to do a few calculations:

- Prolific
sailed 5,766 miles during the 2018 sailing season.

- We sold or allocated (using bursary funding) 539 of the initial 540 berths we had available (99.8%). (The missing berth was on an adult volunteer training voyage so we couldn’t fill it using bursary funding which had been donated to pay for places for disadvantaged young people).

- Long after we started filling our voyages, our coding was reviewed and we can now take up to 15 young people rather than 12 on some voyages (we are generally sticking with 12 when the young people have special needs or behaviour issues). This news came too late for most clients but we still sold an extra 20 berths - making 559 in total.

- 510 berths were actually filled on our voyages: the missing ones included a few last-minute dropouts but, more commonly, clients who booked the whole boat and didn't fill every place, but where it would have been inappropriate to bring in outsiders to join their group.

- We also filled 355 of 376 staff and volunteer berths (94.4%) – though in future we may cut back on filling so many staff berths in order to ensure a better balance of young people to adults.

- 152 staff berths were filled by people aged 25 or under (42.8%) – this figure is particularly high because the Staff Skipper is in this category and the Sailing Support Officer only turned 26 just before the end of the season.

- Excluding day sails and volunteer training voyages, 403 people sailed in crew berths on standard residential youth voyages averaging around 5 days on board.  238 (59%) had some specified disadvantage and a further 48 places (12%) went to adults who were essential for disadvantaged young people to sail (e.g. carers and support staff) – so 286 (71%) of these berths in total come under the disadvantaged heading.

- 362 people completed pre- and post-voyage Outcomes Wheel self-evaluation sheets. Average changes during a voyage were as follows:
Feeling confident + 23%
Working in a team + 15%
Learning new skills + 16%
Coping with new experiences + 19%
Getting on with people + 13%
Dealing with setbacks + 22%
Compromise & negotiation when living with different people + 16%
Learning from experience + 13%
Looking after myself  + 7%
Communication (speaking and listening) + 16%

-  196 people earned RYA Start Yachting certificates, and 113 earned the more advanced RYA Competent Crew certificate. We always stress to young people and the staff working with them that these certificates mean much more than basic sailing competence: they can be used as evidence of transferrable skills. To earn a certificate, young people must listen, concentrate, work in a team, practise things when they initially struggled, take part in routine tasks such as cooking and cleaning as well as the more exciting jobs, cope with living in an entirely unfamiliar situation, cope with being away from home, undertake tasks which some will have found really challenging, take responsibility when asked, and much more.

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* Welcome Jo and Georgia !

A big welcome to two new staff members joining the OYT South team this week: Jo Clark in the office as Operations Assistant, and Georgia Watson on the boat as Staff Cadet. We're sure everyone will want to support them and make them feel very welcome.

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Holly Vint leaving present

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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* 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 now have instructors available as follows:

First aid
- Saturday 16th February - all-day course. We MAY be able to run a second first aid course on the Sunday of we have enough people.

Lifejacket packing - Saturday 16th February - half-day course (morning only)

Chart corrections - Saturday 16th February - half-day course (afternoon only)
(Please do sign up for BOTH lifejackets and charts if appropriate!)

Youthwork - Sunday 17th February - all-day course. This should be fascinating day. Half of the day 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 we can do to support young people on our voyages. The other half of the day 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.

GMDSS (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.

Diesel - our usual Diesel instructor is not available this time and we are looking for a replacement qualified RYA instructor (do let us know if you can recommend anyone) so we can't confirm when or whether this course will run until this is sorted out.

Radar - there is an outside possibility that we may also be able to fit in a radar course, if there is sufficient interest. This would not be for the RYA qualification but would be a repeat of the excellent course we ran two years ago.

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

Prices to be confirmed but the GMDSS assessment is generally the most expensive at £100 or a little more – it involves an online course which you have to do in advance, and a 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. Youthwork, lifejacket packing and chart corrections will be MUCH 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.

Radar would be recommended for second mates and above, as well as anyone else interested in navigation.

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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NEW Musto jackets

Some of you may have seen our staff recently in smart new Musto sailing jackets. These are now available with OYT South logo for £130.



We are going to order another batch late in November so if you would like one, please call the office on 02392 602278, pay with a credit card and choose your size, by Friday 23rd November.

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2019 sailing programme
Our 2019 sailing programme is available here - and voyages are selling very fast!|

The programme 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 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.

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

If you want to sail as a volunteer in 2019, 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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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
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!

This is separate from the Musto sailing jackets above.

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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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