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OYT South bulletin 20th December 2019

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* Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas to all involved with OYT South - everyone who has helped us and everyone who has sailed with us! You have all contributed to making 2019 a great year (you can read about the season's highlights here), and we have done some amazing voyages and made a real difference to hundreds of young people. We are really grateful to everyone who has supported us during the year in so many ways. We hope that all our friends and supporters have a great Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to the fantastic challenge and excitement of 2020 and all the great voyages ahead!

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* Happy birthday Sally

Happy birthday to our Finance Manager Sally and wishing her all the best for her sabbatical which starts in January. The office will be in excellent hands with Jo and Annette until Sally comes back!

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* Volunteer sea staff bookings for 2020 season
We've been making great progress with getting first mates allocated to voyages for the whole of next year and we'd like to get on with booking second mates as soon as possible after we're back at work in January, with third mates, bosuns and trainee mates straight after that. So if you want to sail as a volunteer in 2020, you should send in details ASAP of when you are available and how much time you can spare - but please read the rest of this section before doing so!

Please don't leave it too late and find the voyages when you could have been available to sail have been taken by other people.

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 us 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 2020.

Please note that we DO 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 we 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 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.

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

Once the main round of allocations is completed we will advertise any remaining gaps, but you may find there's not a lot of choice at that stage. Please send bids or questions to webmaster1@oytsouth.org.

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* 2020 shorebased training weekend 15-16 February
Thanks to everyone who has sent in requests for courses - we are going to look at numbers and confirm places as soon as we're back at work in January, and then take payments for courses and meals. So if you haven't yet requested a place on a course, please email now!

We're planning to offer:

a) The RYA one-day first aid course. Recommended for ALL sea staff, and compulsory for second mates and above, with updates required every three years. Price £80. Course on Saturday 15th February - 3 or 4 places left. It might be possible to add an extra course on the Sunday if we end up with enough people.

b) A fantastic one-day course on mental health run by Sue Cheshire. Many of our volunteers will have encountered individuals on board with anxiety, depression and other issues and this course is designed to equip us all to understand and support them as best we can. Recommended for all volunteers. Price £35. Course on Sunday 16th February - 4 places left.

c) 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. Recommended for third mates, required for second mates and above. You must be aged 16+ to do the assessment. There is a course fee of £40 for OYT South but the RYA charges an additional exam fee - last year this was £60.

d) A day incorporating several different sessions of interest to volunteers, including one on engaging young people with environmental issues at sea, and another on delivering coaching and feedback on board. Recommended for all volunteers who want to improve their skills in working with young people! Price £35. Course on Saturday 15th February.

Please email webmaster1@oytsouth.org, stating:

1) Which of the courses above would interest you (in order of preference if you like)?
2) Would it ONLY be possible for you to attend if OYT South could offer accommodation on Saturday night?
3) Would you want to join the usual big group meal on Saturday night, catered by Nix as in previous years?

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2020 sailing programme - voyages NOW OPEN for individual bookings
Regular readers will know that some of our voyages are taken by organised group bookings and others are open to individuals who want to mix with others and hopefully make new friends. This isn't a straightforward process as we can't start accepting individual bookings the moment the programme is published - or we risk having lots of voyages with only two or three bookings each - not enough to sail the boat but enough to rule out a group wanting a full-boat booking for a particular purpose.

Having therefore narrowed down a certain number of voyages for individual bookings, we then have to get an idea of who might be interested in which dates in order to set a rough outline of what sort of young people we might have for each particular voyage. This is in order to avoid having nervous 12-year olds wanting a gentle introduction to sailing on the same voyage as adventurous 19-year olds looking for some real challenge and excitement!

We now have an idea of the shape of a number of next year's voyages and the following dates are NOW OPEN for individual bookings:

Weds 15 April – Sun 19 April, Southampton, 4 nights, £405 - ideal for 11-17 year olds and potentially suitable for those needing a gentler introduction to sailing. Open to older and more confident crew members as long as they understand the nature of the group and are happy to join in - and maybe support others.
Mon 6 July – Sun 12 July, Poole to Brixham, 6 nights, £595 - ideal for age 15+, DofE gold residentials and others looking for an exciting, adventurous voyage. Younger crew members can be included if they would fit with this sort of group. Passports required.
Sat 1 Aug – Fri 7 Aug, Brixham, 6 nights, £595 - ideal for age 15+, DofE gold residentials and others looking for an exciting, adventurous voyage. Younger crew members can be included if they would fit with this sort of group. Passports required.
Sat 8 Aug – Fri 14 Aug, Brixham to Southampton, 6 nights, £595- ideal for age 15+, DofE gold residentials and others looking for an exciting, adventurous voyage. Younger crew members can be included if they would fit with this sort of group. Passports required.
Sat 22 Aug – Thurs 27 Aug, Dartmouth to Poole, 5 nights, £505 - ideal for 11-17 year olds and potentially suitable for those needing a gentler introduction to sailing. Open to older and more confident crew members as long as they understand the nature of the group and are happy to join in - and maybe support others. Passports required.
Fri 28 Aug – Weds 2 Sept, Poole to Southampton, 5 nights, £505 - ideal for 11-17 year olds and potentially suitable for those needing a gentler introduction to sailing. Open to older and more confident crew members as long as they understand the nature of the group and are happy to join in - and maybe support others. Passports required.
Fri 23 Oct – Tues 27 Oct, Southampton, 4 nights, £390 (Friday evening start to allow for people who are at school during the day) - ideal for 11-17 year olds and potentially suitable for those needing a gentler introduction to sailing. Open to older and more confident crew members as long as they understand the nature of the group and are happy to join in - and maybe support others.

To make a booking for any of these voyages now, please email office@oytsouth.org.

The following voyages are still potentially available for bookings but we haven't made a final decision on what sort of voyage each one should be. They may be open to organised groups or to individuals, and we are still open to ideas about age range or ability level.

Tues 21 April – Sun 26 April, Southampton, 5 nights, £505
Tues 14 July – Mon 20 July, Brixham, 6 nights, £595
Tues 21 July – Sat 25 July, Brixham, 4 nights, £405
Sun 26 July – Fri 31 July, Brixham, 5 nights, £505 - it seems likely that this voyage will be booked for some Explorer Scouts but they won't quite fill all the places and would welcome enquiries for 12-17 year olds who would like to join them. It will include Explorers from two different groups so they won't all know each other.
Mon 12 Oct – Sat 17 Oct, Southampton, 5 nights, £505

If you might be interested in any of these six dates for an individual or group booking, or if you would like to be kept informed once we have more information about the nature of each voyage, please email office@oytsouth.org.

See here for the full 2020 programme.

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* Refit news - and help needed

Big thanks to everyone who has been helping this week: Josh, Georgia, Oran, Jake, Andy Gissing and Barry Walker.

Lots of sanding, taking toilets apart, and a bit of priming!

Refit closes at the end of today and we wish all the team a great Christmas. The first day back is not until Monday 13th January because the team are involved in staff training in a small boat for a week.

PLEASE come and help!

For those who haven't been involved in an OYT South winter vessel refit before, this involves several months of servicing, repairs, cleaning, modifications, sanding, painting and much more - and we need plenty of help!

We have a full-time team who will be around through the winter - our three seagoing staff, Peta, Josh and Georgia, and some core team volunteers including Oran Ronald and Jake Robshaw who have joined us until March. In addition, we want to encourage plenty of other volunteers to come and help for a day, a few days, a week or more. The refit is normally closed at weekends in order to allow our core team some time off when their friends and families are around, but obviously we know that plenty of you aren't able to help with refit on weekdays so we have scheduled a number of volunteer weekends when we would really like to see you. Remaining dates are:

18-19 January
7-8 March

There isn't usually a February refit weekend as we have the shorebased training weekend instead.

Refit will be closed for a Christmas / New Year break but apart from that, Peta and the team will generally be delighted to have help on weekdays as well as the designated volunteer weekends. We can't have people sleeping on board during refit but the core team has a rented house and other volunteers can always ask us about accommodation - it just depends what space we have available at the time. Refit volunteers should generally be aged 18+ but it may occasionally be possible to include 16 and 17 year olds who have sailed with us and earned bosun recommendations - it depends what jobs are being done, who is around and what supervision is available. It is not normally possible to have under-16s at refit. No particular skills are required (though skilled help is always welcome) - we can find work for anyone who is enthusiastic, reliable and prepared to muck in.

Volunteer sea staff please note: if we get multiple applications to sail on popular voyages next summer, then people who have helped at refit (or raised funds, or brought us new bookings, or supported us in other ways) may well get priority over people who haven't been involved over the winter!

Please email refit@oytsouth.org or call the boat phone 07990 518915 to book yourself in to help.

Prolific will be on her usual berth in Ocean Village. Refit helpers can call the boat phone 07990 518915 on the day of your arrival to sort out parking permits and gate codes. The postcode for the marina is officially SO14 3TG but that is likely to lead you to the area around the marina office on the north side of the marina. In practice, Prolific’s usual berth is here, on the south side of the entrance to Ocean Village marina (NB there is usually no parking on this side):

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Do you know a young person in Dartmouth who deserves a FREE voyage?
Dartmouth is one of the twelve towns participating in the National Mayflower Partnership and throughout the twelve months from Thanksgiving November 2019 will be commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to the New World, with a series of exciting events and projects, some of which will leave a lasting legacy well beyond 2020.

Prolific will be visiting Dartmouth in August 2020, taking part in a race from Southampton to Dartmouth with a visually impaired crew. The next voyage, Dartmouth to Poole, 22-27 August 2020, is open to individual bookings but Dartmouth Mayflower 400 has reserved four places which will be awarded FREE to deserving young people aged 12-18 living in or attending school in Dartmouth. It might be someone who has never previously had the chance to sail – perhaps someone who has had limited opportunities for holidays or adventure. It might be someone who has struggled or been through hard times and needs a confidence boost. Perhaps someone is a young carer, or has shown an incredible act of courage. Perhaps you are concerned about a young person and want to give them a chance of a positive activity. Please think about whether you know anyone you could nominate - and PLEASE share this with anyone who has family, friends or other connections in the Dartmouth area, or contacts in schools, youth groups, clubs, charities etc. in Dartmouth. Or just spread the word on social media!

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RYA Day Skipper courses available

Mark has now confirmed two RYA Day Skipper practical courses for next year:

9-14 Feb - 1 space available
7-12 April - 2 spaces available

Cost £340 per person.

This course would be ideal for second mates who so far only have the RYA Watchleader certificate, as well as third mates and bosuns and maybe some new volunteers with reasonable sailing experience. The pre-course requirement is 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht so most people who have done a voyage with us should have covered this; but you should also have some knowledge of navigation - ideally to the level of Day Skipper theory. If you are interested, email webmaster1@oytsouth.org.

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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! The list is full of small items which we need over the winter, and if you would like to buy something for us before the staff have to order them, we really would be incredibly grateful.

This year's refit will involve a LOT of painting, so things like sandpaper, brushes and gloves would be particularly appreciated!

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 https://smile.amazon.co.uk 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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2020 adult voyages - including training for current and potential volunteers
Our 2020 programme includes two adult weekend voyages:

27-29 March 2020 (this one is possibly full, depending on provisional bookings being confirmed, but we can add names to a waiting list if required)
9-11 October 2020 (places available)

Both these voyages start and finish in Southampton and run from 8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday. Cost is £205 per person and they are open to anyone aged 18+ but particularly suited to volunteers who want a chance to practise your skills without having to supervise young people at the same time - including current volunteers but also adults who are interested in getting involved and want to find out more.

There will also be a longer adult voyage:

7-12 June 2020, Southampton to Poole, 5 nights, age range 18+, £505 per person, ideal for training current and potential volunteers but also suitable for other adults.

Email webmaster1@oytsouth.org to reserve a place.

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Calling all supporters who work in the marine sector!
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this initiative so far - including:

  • an offshore surveyor
  • a vessel traffic services operator
  • a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Deck Officer Cadet
  • a dinghy instructor
  • a sail training skipper
  • a renewable fuels trader
  • a tug captain
  • a freelance sailor
  • third officer on a cruise ship
  • Chief Officer and Senior DPO on Subsea Construction Vessels
  • Researcher, BBC Natural History Unit
  • the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency!

Have a look here to see what other people have sent in, and then please do write your own!

Whether you work at sea, or you are based ashore doing something with maritime connections, can you help us with some information about how you got into your job and what you actually do?

OYT South sails with hundreds of young people each year and most of them are not aware of the huge range of jobs available in the marine sector. But we know there are jobs at every level of qualifications, skills and experience, from professional seafarers, sailing instructors, marina managers and dockmasters, riggers, surveyors, sailmakers, yacht designers, to specialists in paint or electronics or water systems or engineering. There are people working as managers or admin assistants in the offices of marine companies; there are those who clean or repair boats; there are chefs on cruise ships; there are staff in chandleries; there are coastguards and lifeboat crews; there are lawyers and accountants and insurers specialising in the marine sector; there are marine photographers and artists ... a broader range of careers than we could possibly list.

Our idea is to put together a folder to keep on the boat containing a page each from as many of our friends and supporters as possible, briefly describing any job you currently hold or have previously held, connected to the maritime sector in some way - so that young people who sail with us can leaf through it and get some ideas. It would be left handy for people to browse when off-watch. We're not looking for lots of detail - a page from each person would be fine. Just enough that it might spark some interest and lead a young person to look into things more thoroughly!

If you can help, what we are looking for is:

1) Your job title (and your name if you like, though we are happy to leave this out if you want)
2) A photo of you at work (or of something work-related if you prefer not to appear)
3) How did you get into your current job? What qualifications and experience did you need?
4) What sorts of things might you do in a typical week?
5) What's the best thing about your job?
6) One piece of advice for a young person who might one day like a job like yours?

The target audience might not be anywhere near applying for real jobs - they may just be wondering what GCSE options to take, or what college course to apply for ... and if we can inspire them by showing them some different career options, they can start making choices that set them on the right path.

Email it to caroline.white@oytsouth.org and we'll start putting the folder together.

Please help us to inspire young people. You never know, you might change someone's life! Here are some examples to get you started.

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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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Online fundraising - are you helping us raise funds?

We've been mentioning Easyfundraising in this newsletter for a while but we know a lot of our supporters haven't tried it, so we just wanted to highlight how easy it is! All it takes is to go to Easyfundraising and sign up (which is extremely quick and simple). If you want (it's entirely up to you) then you can even install a donation reminder on your web browser so that whenever you do a search for online shopping, you'll see whether each seller offers donations and how much (it's still up to you whether to make a donation for any particular transaction) - and it won't cost you a penny. If, instead of doing a search, you go direct to a seller's website, you may get a popup showing that donations are available.

There are really significant donations available for some larger purchases such as flights and hotels, and it still doesn't cost you anything. Some charities are making substantial amounts of money through easyfundraising, so please try it if you can.

There's no cost to you, and all it does is remind you of donations available so you can't forget it when you shop online - you can still opt out any time you like.

OYT South is also 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.

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

If you have enjoyed a voyage with OYT South this year 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 19. 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 period for sending in bids for volunteer berths is generally from November to early January. There's no point sending in bids until we ask for them as we won't be taking bookings any earlier - but 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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“To be honest I never wanted to come, but I'm glad I did because I have learnt and seen so much!" Charlotte

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