Poole Harbour Boat Show


OYT South bulletin 14th June 2019

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* Poole Harbour Boat Show report

Prolific had a fabulous time at the Poole Harbour Boat Show last weekend, with queues of visitors coming for a tour of the boat - we were very busy right through both days and met loads of people who might be interested in sailing with us or getting involved in other ways. We had plenty of visitors clipped on and climbing out on the bowsprit, while below decks lots of small children were trying out the bunks!

We always get plenty of visitors to the show who are too young to come on voyages and we owe special thanks to the Marine Advertising Agency who came up with a brilliant idea for a poster with a picture of Prolific on one side and games, quizzes and puzzles on the back so we had something to give away to all the children who visited.

Poole boat show

We also thoroughly enjoyed many of the other show activities, including a very impressive display by Newfoundland dogs who have been trained to carry out rescues in the water, and fantastic fireworks on both nights.


Poole Boat Show organisers have been working incredibly hard to raise funds for deserving Dorset young people to come sailing with us - special thanks to Tracy and Kerrie. We are delighted that their fundraising has been so successful and the applications so strong that we are going to offer more places than originally intended, including some for next year as we can't fit everyone on this year's voyage! We're still in the process of allocating all the places but it was fantastic to meet some of the first group of winners on the boat on Saturday evening:

Poole winners

Huge thanks to all the staff and volunteers who helped to make the weekend such a success: Peta, Josh, Georgia, Mark, Jo, Lee, Matt, Mollie, Tom, Danny, Yasmin, JP, Glyn, Ciaran, Chloe, Brian, Mike, Allen, Becca, Hannah, Dave, John and Caz.


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* Eddystone Charity Pursuit tomorrow - good luck Sandy and Aphrodite!
One of our volunteers, Sandy Garrity, has entered his boat Aphrodite in the Eddystone Charity Pursuit (the South West’s largest sailing fundraising event) tomorrow (Saturday 15th June) to raise money for OYT South.

Sandy has already raised £340 towards his £500 target - please help him raise the rest! Have a look at his JustGiving page and also share it with anyone else who might be able to help. It really is a phenomenal effort by Sandy and his crew so let's give them loads of support.

Sandy says:

"Last time I looked the fleet size was about 70 boats. If people want to follow us on Instagram the account is @sailing_aphrodite and on AIS (MMSI 235036786). The forecast is currently Force 4, SSW - a beat out and a run back. Might even get the spinnaker out!"

We're looking forward to hearing how Sandy and Aphrodite's crew get on - very best of luck and thank you!

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* Voyage news

Last week was an adult voyage involving quite a number of people interested in training as volunteers with us, plus other over-18s doing their Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award residential, including the latest group of apprentices from Aston Martin which has been building a great partnership with us this season, and some other friends of the charity.

They joined on Monday in Southampton and were so keen and energetic that it was decided to go for quite a big sail straight away, and they headed west, initially to Studland Bay and then into Poole where they arrived late in the evening. Next day they had a good sail to Weymouth.

At sea

On Wednesday it was agreed that rather than trying to cover any distance, they would stay nearby and concentrate on skills: lots of sail hoists, tacking, gybing and other manoeuvres, helming, ropework and more. Everyone was fully engaged with the day and made enormous progress. They went back into Weymouth that evening for fish and chips.

At sea

At sea

On Thursday they had an excellent sail to an anchorage in Studland where the staff handed over the vessel to the crew and they took responsibility for navigating and organising the vessel to get into Poole. The voyage ended on Friday after 125 nautical miles with the five people who didn't already have it earning their RYA Start Yachting qualification. There were some great potential new volunteers in this group and we really look forward to getting them more involved with OYT South. Big thanks to sea staff Peta, Holly, Josh, Glyn, David, Tom and Danny - and special thanks to Juan for all the photos!

At sea

At sea

This week's voyage was for the charity Outdoor Lads, which aims to support gay, bisexual and trans men to get involved in outdoor activities. They joined on Monday and were very enthusiastic! They had a training sail that day with sail hoists, a man overboard recovery exercise and more, before heading back into Poole for the. Next day they set off for Weymouth and had a cracking sail until the wind died as they approached the harbour entrance.

They had a number of training sessions in Weymouth as the group was keen to understand more about how everything works on board.

On Wednesday it was quite windy in the morning but it died off later and they sailed through the Needles, enjoying the views, and end up in Cowes in the evening. They looked round the town and then spent some time doing passage planning for the journey to Southampton. At lunchtime they went out into the Solent and spent some time doing tacking drills before the pilotage exercise started, with the group really enjoying taking command of the vessel and putting into practice everything they had learned.

At sea

They had a great evening on board in Southampton with fajitas for dinner, and the voyage ended today after 115 nautical miles with 12 people earning RYA Start Yachting certificates and some potential new volunteers for the charity. Big thanks to sea staff Peta, Lee, Georgia, Josh, Danny, Andy and Yasmin (who is one of OYT Scotland's cadets and we're really pleased to have her with us for a couple of weeks).

ODL crew

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* Vessel maintenance days - help needed
- including NEXT Friday 21st June!
Please make a note of the list of maintenance days during the season when we would really appreciate lots of help:

Friday 21st June - Southampton (Ocean Village)
Tuesday 13th August - Brixham
Friday 20th September - Southampton (Ocean Village)

Skilled and unskilled help needed. Over-18s welcome. 16 and 17-year olds may be allowed to help at the skipper's discretion and depending on what work needs to be done, but trainee bosuns and young people who have had sea staff recommendations should certainly ask if they can help at a maintenance day. We normally need people on board from around 9am to 5pm, and lunch is provided on board.

Email refit@oytsouth.org so the skipper knows you are coming and can plan jobs and meals for you, or call the boat on 07990 518915.

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* 2019 voyages available for young people - LAST few berths left this year!
Our 2019 sailing programme is available here - just 4 berths left on youth voyages without confirmed bookings, and we have had provisional enquiries for two or three of those so we may have just one or two places still available out of more than 470 for the whole year!

The following voyages are available for bookings or enquiries now:

24-29 June, Southampton to Poole, 5 nights, age range 12-25, £490 per person, 1 or 2 berths possibly available depending on whether or not provisional bookings are confirmed. Passports needed as we may have the opportunity to sail to France, weather permitting.

16-22 July, Falmouth to Brixham, 6 nights, age range 12-25, £575 per person, 1 or 2 berths available. Passports needed as we may have the opportunity to sail to France, weather permitting.

If you would like to make a booking, please email caroline.white@oytsouth.org.

With so little availability left for this year, we have already written a first draft of the 2020 programme and sent it round to regular clients for consultation. Once we have responses and have made any essential changes, we'll aim to publish the programme in July!

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* 2020 Brixham to A Coruna adventure voyage - experience of a lifetime!
For next year we have earmarked one very special voyage for individuals rather than a group booking. We're aware that organised group bookings, such as schools, taking the whole boat are often in a position to make earlier commitments than clients for mixed individual voyages and we want to make sure that individuals have a chance of doing some of the more exciting voyages rather than finding they have already been filled by groups!

We are looking at sailing from Brixham to A Coruna 15th - 26th July 2020. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to cross Biscay and join in with a fabulous Tall Ships festival in Spain. Age range 15-25 and because we'll be a long way from land and it could be a particularly demanding voyage, we'll need to look very carefully at any medical issues and any other concerns before determining whether someone can safely take part.

At 11 nights long, this is one of our more expensive voyages at £999 per person (and you will need to arrange your own travel back from Spain on top of that), so we wanted to mention the idea early so that you have a chance to save up or think of other ways of raising the money. If we hear of any funding programmes or bursary schemes that might be suitable, we will announce it in future issues of this newsletter.

If you are interested in being considered for this voyage, please email caroline.white@oytsouth.org.

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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!

Big thanks to the Graham High Charity who sponsor our vessel tracking.


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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 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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* Financial appeal
Big thanks this week to Poole Boat Show who gave us a big presentation cheque for the places they are funding for deserving Dorset youngsters. The actual funds have come in at different times as their fundraising progressed but this seems like a good time to say a massive thanks for all they are doing for us!

Huge thanks also to EVERYONE who voted for us to win £1,000 in the Ecclesiastical Movement for Good Awards - we won!

And massive thanks to the Aumund Foundation who have offered another very generous grant towards bursary funding for disadvantaged young people who could not otherwise afford to sail!

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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NEW Annual Report
OYT South’s Annual Report for the last financial year has just been published - do have a look. It includes much more than just the financial statements and official accounts - there are plenty of tales from last season and enough quotes from clients and young people to warm the hearts of anyone who has supported us in the last year. Please email the link to anyone you think might be interested, especially new potential clients and donors. OYT South and our staff, volunteers, members and supporters have achieved some fantastic successes in the last year and we rely on everyone who reads this to help us spread the word!

In recent years there has been limited demand for printed copies as most people receive it by email, but we have a very small number of printed copies in the office - do contact office@oytsouth.org if you need a copy or would like a printed version to give to someone.

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NEW sailing video
The band The Little Unsaid very kindly gave us permission to use their song "Alive As" as the backing track for a video. Do have a look and share the link with anyone who might like it!

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2019 AGM date

The 2019 AGM has been set for Saturday 9th November - more details to follow, but do save the date! It will probably include the usual Curry Night...

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Chris Ellis Award - win up to £500
off the price of your next voyage
Now open for 2019 entries.

If you enjoy a voyage with OYT South and want to come again (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. 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.

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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 Lauren Mackenzie, aged 18. Lauren first sailed with us for her gold DofE and quickly started volunteering with us, qualifying as a watchleader as soon as she was old enough and then being upgraded to second mate last September. She is currently in her first year at university, studying maths at Oxford.

Lauren 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 Lauren. If you’re not happy with something and want to know what to do about it, you might want to start by talking to Lauren. If you want to get more involved - whether by just doing another voyage, or by training as a volunteer - Lauren can point you in the right direction. You can email her at laurenmackenzie@oytsouth.org.

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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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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, 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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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, or vulnerable adults. Crew members can use the sites to stay in touch with the boat and with each other, but not with individual staff and volunteers.

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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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