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OYT South bulletin 11th December 2020

In this Bulletin
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* Raise funds for OYT South if you're Christmas shopping online!

"What a fool I was!" says Mark Todd.

"For ages I've seen in the bulletin that Easyfundraising is a good way to raise money for charity, but I never got round to doing anything about it, and when Caz told me how easy it was, I didn't listen.

I thought it might be a hassle, or that I'd have to remember to do something when I bought stuff online, or that it probably wasn't really worthwhile.

This week I finally got round to it and it turns out it's a REALLY EASY way to raise money for the charity I care about ... and I definitely should have done it sooner. I've signed my mum up already and when I can get hold of my wife's computer I'll do it for her too.

It takes a minute or two to sign up; you can do it on a desktop, tablet and/or phone, and you can install a widget that flags up when a donation is available. Once that's done, imagine you're looking to buy - say - a rainbow unicorn: just put "rainbow unicorn" in your usual search box, and the list of results shows you which sites come with donations, and how much. It's up to you what to pick and whether to accept the donation from the site, but a huge choice of sites will offer a donation - and it doesn't cost you a penny.

I don't know why I didn't do it sooner ... but if there's anyone else who has been like me and just not got round to it, PLEASE click the link now and sign up!"

Easyfundraising

And today, if you’re registered with Easyfundraising, all you need to do is click this link and you could win a £250 donation to OYT South – even if you’re not buying anything now!

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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* In this week in previous years
While the charity is unable to operate, it is good to keep reminding ourselves about the value of our charitable work, the life-changing experiences and fantastic fun and friendship on our voyages. If you have a treasured memory of sailing with us, or a tale of a voyage you will never forget, or a funny story, please send it to webmaster1@oytsouth.org and we'll publish the best in future editions of this newsletter.

The newsletter in this week in 2003 talked of lots of useful work being undertaken, but also the need to fix a light that had been broken by members of the refit team skateboarding in the forepeak. Everyone who remembers the size of John Laing’s forepeak can marvel at this, while Skipper Wolf issued an edict: no more skateboarding in the forepeak without an RYA Competent Skateboarding Certificate.

Wolf had to attend a meeting of other OYT regions in Liverpool during some of the worst gales of the winter, and spent the whole time worrying about John Laing, propped up in the yard – he kept muttering: “Are you sure Craig would ring me if she fell over?”. An interesting fact which readers may not know:  on the rare occasions when boats propped up in a yard do fall over in a gale, they commonly fall into the wind. The reason is that the gusts put all the pressure on the leeward props as the boat leans away from the windward props – so in a worst-case scenario it is those windward props that come loose, and when the gust eases and the boat comes back upright and the weight should come back on the windward props, that’s when they can slip. Luckily none of this happened to John Laing!

In 2004. Skipper Wolf was off doing his First Aid at Work certificate, where he learned to his surprise that there is first aid equipment other than his trusty Diazepam Rectal Dispenser which he had been using for some time to deter anyone from admitting to illness or injury. Meanwhile we had a team doing a collection for us at Waterloo Station, enlivened by one of them jangling a bucket under the nose of a passer-by who turned out to be her boss … who didn’t know she was out of the office!

In 2005 we had a return visit from Phoebe who had been part of the core team two years earlier but was now at university and studying the Crusades, which she said sounded just like refit as she found this quote: “Crusaders (Refitters) were members of a select group defined by its commitment to a demanding and unpleasant activity and many of those who answered the pope’s (Wolf's) summonses must have regretted the vows that they had made on the spur of the moment in fevered public gatherings.” Meanwhile the hull was being sanded and everyone was wandering around wearing a layer of fine pink dust…

In 2006 we were welcoming a new Staff Bosun, Laura Aldrich-Blake:

Laura

In this week in 2007 the team was consumed by cleaning the water tanks and angle-grinding and sanding. This is Paul "Cakes” Barber who was one of that year’s core team volunteers:

Paul

Meanwhile the BBC was screening a documentary featuring one of our young crew members and partly filmed on board, telling the hugely inspiring story about how her growing passion for sailing had helped her move on from a history of issues with her mental health.

This week’s newsletter in 2008 welcomed James Boyce who was joining the team to share skippering duties with Wolf for one season as well as filling in as first mate when needed, before becoming the full-time Staff Skipper the following year. James had done the ASTO skipper training scheme plus two seasons as first mate on OYT North West’s Greater Manchester Challenge, and had passed a skipper’s assessment the previous summer. Here’s James starting as he meant to go on with a display of what was to become his hallmark: a passion for tidiness and order.

James

Meanwhile the heater was broken for four days and hard physical labour was the only way to keep warm in temperatures as low as +2 degrees C, so the boat was buzzing with work and the team stormed through loads of jobs.

Last week we introduced the Refit Fox who was living in the yard – this week the team found him curled up asleep in John Laing’s dinghy …

In this week in 2009, John Laing was being relaunched, having only had a short lift-out that year to tackle some essential jobs. She still looked quite clean and shiny:

John Laing

In 2010 the boat was being re-tented after a heavy snowfall took down a section of the roof:

Snow

They also had a winch servicing party:

Winch servicing

In 2011 we had a mini-tent with John Laing still in the water:

John Laing

This allowed for a lot of work on deck:

Refit team

In 2013 we had said farewell to Dave Bland after two seasons as Staff Bosun, and we were welcoming his successor, Harri Smith:

Harri

The verdict on Harri’s first week was “she has already proved expert at karaoke, spag bol, garlic bread, and angle grinding.”

Cooking was a major feature of the newsletter at the time as we also noted that core team volunteer Amy Brown had excelled herself by making a fabulous roast lamb dinner for 15 people at a volunteers’ weekend but, as a vegetarian, forgot to make anything for herself!

This time in 2014 the core team of Joe, Dom, Amy, Aga, plus Katie Outlaw, Nikki Abbott and skipper Andy were grinding and sanding the hull and making an incredible mess inside the tent. It really was all about the dust:

Dust

Dust

The only difference in 2015 was that it was Prolific dust rather than John Laing dust, and the boat was so much bigger that the scale of the task required a panoramic view:

Dust

Sanding

2016’s bulletin this week started on a different note as we had had an email from someone who had sailed with the charity in 1979 (and by 2016 was in his fifties). He gave us permission to share it with our members as a great example of how all the hard work that so many people put into the charity can have a profound and lasting positive impact on those who sail with us. After all the trials and tribulations of 2020 it is worth sharing again to remind you all of why your support for the charity matters:

He said of his 1979 voyage: "For me, not coming from any sort of nautical background, it provided a complete change from my normal environment, which was exactly what I needed following my mum’s death whilst I was only just 17. I found I had time to reflect especially when I was on the night watch and each of the adult crew was approachable. Not like teachers, more like much older siblings. I had a little tearful moment one morning, it was only a few weeks after she had gone so emotions were raw. One of the crew members noticed. Quietly went and made a couple of cups of tea. And didn't say anything directly but just stayed with me for a while drinking his tea. And I got through that moment and felt better. It was the year of the Fastnet disaster when a massive storm cost several lives and we were outside the harbour unable to enter until the waves died down a bit. And for a lad who was even a little uncomfortable on a cross channel ferry, I have to say I was one of the only crew that wasn't sick that night. Everything seemed safe - we had lines to secure us in the event of being swept overboard, and I seem to remember I was positioned as a lookout at the front of the boat being hit by the spray from the waves, and I found it exhilarating. I've never had a problem with nervousness since that experience. Now you're going to think I'm being a bit over-dramatic, but I remember thinking I have survived the death of my parent which also meant losing my home and even my dog was given away, that I could deal with any troubles in life. The boat going up and down all over the place became a positive exciting experience, as I was able to rationalise that I'd taken all the safety precautions and our boat was if I remember 75' long and not some little dinghy. I went home feeling I’d grown up just that little bit more. Truthfully was the best experience at just the right time.”

In 2017 the team was hard at work rust-busting the windlass:

Refit team

In this week in 2018, the newsletter happened to come out on the day of core team volunteer Danny’s birthday – which means we can now say happy birthday to him for this year, and mark the occasion by featuring Danny below in the section on “How refit changed my life”!

Danny

Other than that, it was a busy week with lots of volunteers on board:

Refit

Refit

Refit

This time last year Peta was away at the Sail Training International conference and the team of Josh, Georgia, Oran and Anthony were working to show her just how much they could achieve in her absence:

Georgia

Oran

Anthony

That brings us almost up to the present day. Please send in your contributions for future issues.

We hope these forays into the past are entertaining you while we cannot sail at the moment – and reminding everyone of how much effort so many people have put in over the years to ensure that we can keep helping young people develop the skills to succeed in life!

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* How refit changed my life - Danny’s story
Every winter we take on a few full-time volunteers to join the staff and form a core team who work together for the whole winter. The core team volunteers get food and accommodation as well as useful experience and hopefully a lot of fun and friendship. Some core team volunteers end up sailing with us and staying involved long-term; others move on. We thought it would be interesting to catch up with a few previous volunteers and see how they look back on their refit winter – and find out if the experience has made any difference to their lives. It’s often fascinating to see how involvement with the charity doesn’t just make a lasting difference to young people on our voyages, but also to people who are involved with us in different ways.

In previous issues we have heard from Patrick Kelly (core team 2011-12); Carrie Potter (core team 2012-13) and Amy Broderick, formerly Amy Brown (core team 2013-14). This week: Danny Ballantyne (core team 2018-19):

“I first sailed with OYT South when I was 24 through a partnership trip with another charity called Outdoor Lads, a charity dedicated to supporting the welfare of GBTQ+ men through outdoor activities and experiences. Prior to my trip aboard Prolific I had no previous sailing experience at all, the likes of Mark, Martyn, Holly, Glyn and Josh completely changed my outlook on sailing and indeed life over that next week! Safe to say I was bitten by the OYT sailing bug!

Later that year after I had been travelling around Europe in my VW Camper, Peta got in touch and offered me my second trip to end the year. Little did I know at the time but at the end of the trip Peta went on to offer me a chance to join OYT South for their winter refit, where I joined, Peta, Holly, Josh, Georgia and Ben full time for the next 6 months.

Refit in itself is a part of my life I will never forget, being adopted by the OYT family was the most supportive, positive environment I've ever known. I also don't think I've ever laughed so much either! Not just the laughs but the learning curve was huge, the team made sure I had chance to learn about every aspect of Prolific. Having no sailing or boaty background meant it was all new for me, but I was trained how to use new tools and how to service various parts of the boat. Peta made sure to keep us well occupied over the refit; where we replaced the electrical system which included running zillions of miles of new wiring around the boat, took the mast out for rigging work, and also came out the water. So I had a great overview of how the boat was put together.

Following refit Caz gave me lots of opportunities to sail that year, allowing me to build my confidence and knowledge so I was able to reach 3rd mate. It was one of the best years of my life, I feel incredibly lucky to have been given these chances. It must also be pointed out that no matter your circumstances OYT will adapt and support you as much as they possibly can. I'm partially sighted which I was really concerned would affect my chances of sailing, but Peta, Mark and Caz supported me no end throughout the year, putting in place support where necessary ensuring my and everyone else's safety, but still allowing me the independence to love sailing. 

Though OYT I've been introduced to hundreds of people, including Sail Training International where I was given the chance to work at the Tall Ships Races In Norway which was an incredible experience!

Sadly due to my limited sight I will never be able to work on board a sail training boat, however I've got the next best thing In being the given the chance to sail with OYT as Sea Staff. I'm now a Director of the charity Outdoor Lads and run my own Business Development Consultancy which also means I get as many holidays as I want which means more sailing! 

Thanks to everyone at OYT for being awesome!

Always remember - "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone".

This is Danny in the centre:

Danny and crew

We'd be interested to hear from everyone who has been part of a winter refit core team – whether or not you are still actively involved with the charity – to find out what you are doing now and what effect joining the full-time refit team has had on your life.

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* Baby news
Huge congratulations to our Trustee and first mate Ben Martin and his wife Helena on the birth last week of Harry Stephen Zuppinger Martin. All well and getting used to sleepless nights without the benefit of a guaranteed four hours on and four off.

Harry already has a berth reserved for a Prolific voyage in 2032, which will give him a big advantage over his dad who didn’t start sailing with us until he was seventeen (back on a Tall Ships race in 2005 – we think this is him on the helm):

Tall Ships 2005

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* Charity single for Crisis released by OYT South Trustee
Regular readers will know that our Trustee Eddie Bishop plays the fiddle (and more) in the band Police Dog Hogan. They have a new single out with all proceeds from downloads going to Crisis This Christmas, supporting people who are homeless and alone. OYT South has done several voyages in partnership with projects helping young people who have experienced homelessness and we fully support the work of charities like Crisis.

Click below to watch the video (and see if you can identify Eddie) but if you want to contribute, you can download the single for 99p on iTunes or Amazon, and there are other options for donating here.


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* Prolific news

Holly has been busy driving around this week - meeting our Treasurer Martyn Powe and Penny to hand over charts which he is going to correct (huge thanks to Martyn for taking on this job) and also for Holly to get advice on budget and expenses. The Jon Buoy and medical kits have been dropped off for servicing:

There have also been some final bits of de-rigging, and some dried and tinned food that was bought for last season and won't be eaten over the winter or keep until next season has been sorted to go to a food bank.

Meanwhile Andy Gissing very kindly provided some goodies for the boat team:

Chocolate

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Refit plans this winter

As we explained in more detail at the start of November, we are doing a refit this year but for reasons of cost and COVID-safety, we are keeping it as small as possible and won’t be calling for the usual army of volunteer help. If anything comes up where we do need help and can manage it safely, we will let you know; but in the meantime we want to thank everyone who has worked so hard on Prolific in recent years and ensured that the boat is in such a good condition that we only need to tackle the bare essentials this year.

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2021 sailing plans

As we explained in more detail at the beginning of November, we are determined to do everything possible to sail next season and not spend another year with Prolific in harbour. There are still a lot of unknowns about what might be possible with voyages in 2021 and there will need to be some changes: but we DO hope and expect to be needing volunteer sea staff in 2021!

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2021 volunteer bookings
- send in your bids now
Because we hope to be sailing in 2021 and we know that volunteer sea staff need to have dates in your diaries, we plan to take sea staff bookings as normal. We obviously have to accept that not all voyages will necessarily go ahead exactly as planned, but it is much better to have a team of volunteers provisionally booked and available for each voyage period – it would be quite impossible to put teams together at the last minute.

Therefore, if you want to sail as a volunteer in 2021, you can now start sending in details of when you are available and how much time you can spare, just as you did last year - but please read the rest of this section before doing so!

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 in 2019 or previously) - 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 2021.

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 it’s basically all about the need to put together teams of sea staff with the right blend of experience, qualifications and skills, rather than booking people one-by-one.

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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* 2021 volunteer training – on board
dates announced – book now!
Because none of our volunteers have sailed Prolific for a year, we will aim to run some refresher trips at the start of the season.

Obviously plans can change but we’re currently looking at sailing with volunteers on the following dates (with youth voyages starting after that):

A) Friday 2nd April 8pm – Sunday 4th April 5pm
B) Tuesday 6th April 8pm - Thurs 8th April 5pm
C) Friday 9th April 8pm to Sunday 11th April 5pm
D) Tuesday 13th April 8pm to Thurs 15th April 5pm
E) Friday 16th April 8pm to Sunday 18th April 5pm

We may not be able to sail with a full boat so places are likely to be limited. First priority will go to relief skippers, first mates and second mates. If there are spare places we will then look at those third mates and bosuns who are applying to do quite a few voyages; and only if there are spare places after that will we allocate them to occasional 3Ms, bosuns and trainee mates. This is simply because if we get the more senior team and the regulars happy and comfortable on board again, they will be in a good position to supervise and support others as needed on youth voyages. Whereas skippers, 1Ms and 2Ms need to be ready to take on their usual responsibilities as soon as we start sailing with young people.

However, none of this should stop people at any level from applying for these voyages – we might as well know who would be available and keen if there are spaces. We just want to be clear that we may not be able to fit everyone in and we don’t want you to be disappointed if you apply for something and don’t get it.

So please email now to say which of the training voyages A to E you could do. If possible please give us some flexibility so we can fit others around anyone who has limited availability. And if you can sail on weekdays then please do offer, in order to free up weekends for those who have limited annual leave and would like to take it later in the year to sail on youth voyages.

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* 2021 volunteer training – shorebased
- dates announced: February 20th and 21st
We are not planning the usual face-to-face February shorebased training weekend in 2021 but we are looking at options for a weekend of online training via Zoom. We have had some great suggestions for sessions and we’re currently talking to trainers about:

- Youthwork: how has COVID and lockdown affected young people and how can we support them on board?
- Looking after your mental health
- Weather forecasting
- Navigation refresher
- VHF refresher
- Leadership, teamwork and incident prevention
- High latitude sailing

We’ll announce more details once we have things confirmed - for the moment, please just save the weekend of February 20th and 21st in your diary if you can.

Meanwhile, Jo – who is currently working one day a week – has been going through the list of active volunteers to see who has expired qualifications or anything that will need renewing during next season. Please do make our lives easy by responding to emails from Jo if needed, and if you need to renew your first aid qualification, for example, please do arrange something locally (the RYA website has a list of course centres) since we can’t offer our usual face-to-face training in February. We really don’t want to find people keen to sail on youth voyages next season but lacking the required qualifications for their role, so do please think about it now.

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Financial appeal

Big thanks to all our supporters and friends who have responded with such kindness and generosity to our appeal this year. We are not thanking everyone individually in the bulletin only because quite a few people have asked to remain anonymous; but we are truly grateful to all of you. Everyone who has contributed and is still contributing is playing a huge part in getting us through this long period with no voyage income, and ensuring that the charity will be strong enough to do important work with young people who will need us more than ever, as soon as we can safely sail again.

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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2021 draft sailing programme

We have made some revisions to our draft 2021 sailing programme, partly because we now have dates for some races and events which will require changes to the original draft, but also because we want to make sure there is extra time for thorough cleaning of the boat between voyages, which has ruled out those occasions when two voyages were scheduled in quick succession without much of a gap between them. We’re trying to contact everyone who lost a voyage this year to see what we might be able to rearrange for you next year and how it can work, but it's already clear that a lot of schools and other groups are simply not in a position to make a quick decision – please bear with us as it will take a while to contact everyone and we often have to wait for replies from one group before we know exactly what dates we can offer to the next group!

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OYT South social media – please get involved
One of the simplest ways you can help us while we can’t sail is to keep looking at our social media pages and share, retweet or like as many posts as possible. This all helps to make sure other people hear about us too – and the more we can keep alive the interest in our charitable work, the more people might help us now or start to think about sailing with us in future. Maybe you’ve got a community group, a local page, even a street WhatsApp where members might like to know that you are involved with a charity that could be of interest to them?

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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Online training courses for volunteers - why not get qualified and improve your skills now?
If you can't get involved in your normal activities at the moment, maybe it's a good time to think about some qualifications and training? 

Our friends at SeaRegs Training have online distance learning systems for the theory courses for Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean. And OYT South second mate Dom Coleman also runs an excellent sea school offering RYA online courses fully supported by phone, email or video.

OYT South offers basic navigation training in-house through the RYA's Essential Navigation & Seamanship course - and we can also arrange the PPR course (RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities) for sea staff. 

Please do ask for advice if you are not sure which courses are right for you.

We also offer a range of courses outside sailing and navigation, for our volunteers - including vital courses on Safeguarding and Food Hygiene, as well as things like Mental Wellbeing in Sport and Physical Activity, Preventing Bullying, Online Safety, Concussion Awareness and all sorts of other things - do have a look. Just one £10 payment (special price available only to our volunteers and prospective volunteers) gives you access to ALL these courses.

It would be great if we could get back up and running with lots of our volunteers having additional skills and knowledge!

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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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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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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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