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OYT South bulletin 5th July 2019

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* ONE last voyage place available!
Owing to an unavoidable cancellation we have ONE LAST place now available: 16-22 July, Falmouth to Brixham, 6 nights, £575 per person. Other bookings are all aged 15-18. Passports needed as we may have the opportunity to sail to France, weather permitting. This is going to be a great voyage with a lovely crew - who wants to join us? Email office@oytsouth.org. Please share - it would be SUCH a waste to sail with an empty berth when someone would have had a brilliant time if only they had known the opportunity existed!

at sea brixham

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* Voyage news

Three bits of good news which came in too late for last week's bulletin: 13 crew members earned RYA Competent Crew certificates - a great achievement (the other two people had this qualification already); and congratulations to Hal Strode who was signed off as a bosun and to Tom Knight who passed his second mate's assessment!

This week's voyage was with a client new to OYT South: Dame Allan's School, all the way from Newcastle. They joined in Poole on Sunday with most of them having started the day at 5am, so after initial briefings they settled on a short passage to Swanage on the first evening, putting the main and mizzen up with reefs in a reasonable breeze. They spent the night at anchor and on Monday set off for Cherbourg and sailed all the way across on one tack.

Dame Allan's School crew

At sea

Although they had reached Cherbourg in daylight, it was late so they waited until next morning before going ashore to explore, and bought French cheese and bread for lunch before setting off to the Channel islands. there was less wind than expected so they had to motor in order to be in the tidal race at the right time. They took the scenic route between Guernsey and Sark before altering course for St Helier in Jersey, where they were made very welcome. They had time to explore the town and go to the beach on Wednesday and then got ready for a night passage in a brisk north easterly with a couple of reefs, pointing at Cornwall. They had a fabulous sunset and sunrise, and in between there were stars with the Milky Way clearly visible; shooting stars, dolphins, calm seas, favourable winds and the boat mainly doing 9-10 knots - who could ask for more?

Dame Allan's School crew

At sea

They arrived in Lantic Bay outside Fowey in the morning and anchored in the sunshine with time for a trip ashore to the beach in the afternoon. That evening there wasn't much wind so they motored to Polhawn Cove, just to the west of Rame Head outside Plymouth, and spent a night at anchor with the night watch teams writing stories in turn.

Today they are doing some sailing exercises as the wind direction had been so perfect for all the long passages that they had barely needed to tack or gybe. The plan is that when that's done they will get the young people planning navigation and pilotage so they can take control of the vessel for the final passage to Brixham.

This has clearly been a lovely crew who have been incredibly fortunate to enjoy near-perfect conditions for their voyage. They are all working hard towards RYA qualifications.

Dame Allan's School crew

Dame Allan's School crew

Dame Allan's School crew

Big thanks (and just a bit of jealousy from all our other staff and volunteers!) to sea staff Nic Crawford, Ben Whinnett, Matt Lovett. Tom Knight, Di Roberts and Josh!

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* Can you nominate OYT South for a Justgiving Award - before July 17th?
Please nominate OYT South in the Justgiving Awards 2019 - details here. It only takes a few minutes!

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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 the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency!

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!

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Vessel maintenance days - help needed

Please make a note of the list of maintenance days during the season when we would really appreciate lots of help:

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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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.

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
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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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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