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OYT South bulletin 14th August 2020

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

COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Current government guidance states:

For the time being, holiday providers should not be offering overnight or residential provision for children. The Government will keep this position under review and continue to be guided by the best scientific and medical advice to ensure that the right decisions are taken at the right time."

Guidance also includes the following (affecting adults as well as children):

“You should not:

  • gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)”

Clearly there are other rules applying in specific settings, such as in a school, but at the moment we are not aware of any other guidelines that would apply to sail training and allow us to have members of more than two households below deck, or sleeping on board, or more than six people interacting on deck. We will keep the situation under continual review; and of course no-one can predict when and how the guidelines might change again in ways that could affect our ability to sail.

There are three earlier statements about COVID-19 on our website from Ocean Youth Trust South’s Chief Executive, Mark Todd: an initial statement from 18th March; an update issued on 15th April; and a response on 11th May to a Parliamentary committee report on the crisis - which quoted OYT South

One key message, particularly as evidence grows of the lasting effect that the pandemic is set to have on young people, is about the role we believe we can play in the longer term, using our voyages to help young people recover from the social and psychological impact of COVID-19. We are determined to do all we can to get through this period, when we are enduring the complete loss of all our trading income, in the best possible state so that we can start offering voyages again and helping young people as soon as it is safe to do so.

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OYT South AGM – a virtual date for your diary
, and a call for education expertise
OYT South’s AGM will take place on Saturday 7th November, but this year it will be via video conference. We will send full details nearer the time, including instructions for anyone who isn’t used to video conferences; and of course we will ensure that anyone who really can’t manage a video call will have a chance to submit questions in advance, and members can vote by proxy. We’re hoping that the event will include Mark’s usual update on the state of the charity and plans for next year, and if we can manage it, we’ll end with something fun and social which people can join in. For now, please just put the date in your diary!

In the meantime, we would be interested to hear from anyone with a background in education who might be interested in standing for election to our Board of Trustees. This might be a teacher, or someone who has worked in a school, or for a local education authority, or in education policy. We'd be keen to involve someone who has their finger on the pulse of what schools need and what pressures they are under, and can help us to ensure that we are delivering the best possible experience for clients in ways that will fit with the goals and targets of schools which are sending young people to sail with us. Please spread the word if you know anyone who might be interested, and email us to discuss it further. Trustee meetings are increasingly held by video conference, so finding someone with the right skills and knowledge is more important than location.

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* Prolific news
Big thanks to the team who are looking after Prolific at the moment! The fire pump was run up for well over an hour, and the deck was given a really good scrub:

Fire pump

Deck scrub

Then everything else was given a fresh-water wash – topsides, capping rail, bulwarks, tracks and winches. All the winches were given a spin and all still sound beautiful after the hard work by the refit team servicing them all last winter:


The team also did a repair to one of the heads.

On a lighter note, a seal came to visit Ocean Village marina:


And Josh went for his first run in a while, having injured his foot a while ago, and was very pleased to find that he hadn’t lost too much fitness as he was faster than a helicopter! (Though video evidence suggests the helicopter may have been on a low loader in a traffic jam …)

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* Why we care about sail training - send in your stories!
With no voyage reports for a while, it will be 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 and we'll publish the best in future editions of this newsletter.

In this week in 2004 we were reporting on that year’s MDL voyage for exceptionally deserving award winners chosen by our major sponsor. Their voyage started in Plymouth and they were up for an adventure so we sailed through the first night to Tresco in the Scillies.

Anchor watches that night were more demanding than usual since all the yachts in the anchorage seemed to be swinging to a different tune, and whenever the tide turned there were some worrying moments when the neighbours got very close. Finally, around 7am, another yacht came near enough to touch. We were on deck with roving fenders in plenty of time, and the other crew was also keeping a good anchor watch. They were friendly but slightly stressed, not about the two boats touching, but because they had just realised they only had three tea bags between eight people to last until the end of their trip! Our skipper Wolf turned pale and trembling at the mere thought of anyone having to survive without tea, and a plastic bag of Yorkshire’s finest was soon passed across on the end of a boat hook.

Next day we headed back to Falmouth as the weather wasn’t right for any more exploration in the islands. We got a berth alongside two ships from the Royal Navy’s University units, who were friendly and took our lines … but when we were woken early next morning by all the pipes and commands of the Navy’s early-morning routine, we couldn’t help wondering how the marina would have reacted if John Laing’s crew had made that much noise so early in the day!

We had a great time in Falmouth, with a visit to the maritime museum, beach football, rowing races and lots of games. Sample dialogue: Skipper (who had been chatting to people on the boat next door after dinner): “How did the washing-up go?” First mate (straight-faced): “Fine, once we’d got the custard off Simon.”

Leaving Falmouth, we sailed off the pontoon without using the engine, demonstrating some remarkable teamwork under the gaze of a number of spectators, and made it back to Plymouth at 3am on the last day.

The next crew were brothers and sisters of life-limited children using CHASE children’s hospice in Guildford – the first trip of what has become a very longstanding partnership. Bosun Craig said that they had a fantastic voyage, the crew were fantastic, and they went to some fantastic places and did some fantastic things. He also mentioned that a girl in the crew appeared to have a vocabulary consisting of just one word, and he thought this might have been catching, and could we guess what the word was? They sailed from Plymouth to Fowey, and then on to Dartmouth and Salcombe, where they had a beach BBQ and played touch rugby. After leaving Salcombe they anchored again and were treated to the sight of the final of the national fireworks competition between three opposing teams, for which John Laing’s anchorage provided front-row seats. The return to Plymouth was notable mainly for a rainstorm of such intensity that Craig felt it necessary to wear his wetsuit on deck.

In 2005 the planned itinerary for this week was clear: Fredrikstad (Norway) to Bremerhaven (Germany)….but sometimes life just isn’t that simple! For many of the team the true voyage start occurred in Stansted airport the previous night, as a dozen crew and sea staff slept on the floor in preparation for an 0430 check-in. Watchleader Tom Hughes lay down and announced: “This is really uncomfortable. I’ll never get to sleeZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…..” and snored like a grampus for the next four hours… Hours, planes, buses and trains later, the team finally found the boat in Fredrikstad under the command of a worried skipper with a weather forecast. The intended route to Bremerhaven was down the west coast of Denmark - completely exposed to expected very strong winds from the north west. The whole route would take us down a dangerous lee shore in very rough seas, with the entrance to Bremerhaven itself “not advisable” in these conditions.

We therefore tackled plan B, down the sheltered eastern coast of Denmark and through the Kiel Canal, and had a frantic time getting hold of charts for all the places we had never expected to go anywhere near! We celebrated skipper Wolf’s birthday in Aalborg with a riot of balloons and party streamers over lunch on the boat, plus an assortment of Danish cakes and puddings in a café later on. Then on to Grenaa where we moored in the dark and awoke to find, to our amazement, that we were actually alongside the chandlery where we hoped to buy the last few charts which hadn’t been available in Aalborg. Even more amazing, when they opened at 9am, it turned out their entire stock of charts amounted to just five – and they were the five we needed!

Now we could plan a scenic route, including a passage past Middelfart, and lots of fun for the navigators in intricate winding channels with many shallow patches. Eventually we emerged into open water and the first decent wind since leaving Norway. By 6am we were doing 11 knots on a beam reach under mizzen, main, staysail and No. 3 jib; but the wind was rising. Staysail down: still 10 knots. Reef in the main: still 10 knots. Main down: nine knots. Mizzen down: eight knots under No. 3 headsail alone.

In Holtenau, just outside the Kiel Canal entrance locks, we paused to fill up with diesel. This was enlivened by second mate Alice having to go to a local bank for cash for the fuel, setting off still in oilskins, thermals and lifejacket, discovering it was much further than expected, and much warmer, resulting in Alice peeling off several layers of clothing in the middle of the bank, a performance which will doubtless result in request for repeat bookings from the banking community of Holtenau, for whom it was evidently the highlight of their week.

By this stage we had managed to switch the planned crew change from Bremerhaven to Rendsburg, halfway along the Kiel Canal, and it was a great relief to find all but two of the incoming team had made it and were waiting to take our lines. (The other two found us eventually).

Fast forward to 2008 when John Laing was sailing from Liverpool to join the Tall Ships fleet in Norway. They had to motor as far as the Isle of Man, but after that the wind filled in and they had a great sail - including a beautiful passage past Islay as the sun set. Then the Caledonian canal: up through a series of locks known as the Neptune staircase:

Caledonian Canal

Caledonian Canal

After a night overlooking Ben Nevis, it was on to Fort Augustus and a BBQ the night before a 6am start across Loch Ness.


Finally they were out into the North Sea and a safe crossing to Maloy in Norway.

Maloy is a very small town but it certainly wasn't a small festival! The boats were berthed in beautiful surroundings, there was an exceptional programme of activities, and one of the best Tall Ships firework displays ever seen. And the locals really went out of their way to be hospitable - at one stage we received a present of so much salmon that we had to give half of it away to other boats, and were still left with 36 fresh salmon steaks and three sides of smoked or cured salmon.

The next leg of the voyage was the cruise in company from Maloy to Bergen. As usual, John Laing chose to spend a few nights away from the main centres, and explore some of the remote islands and tiny fjords in company with just one other vessel, our friends in Black Diamond. So we set off for some intricate navigation through the islands to look at possible anchorages. The first option proved so tiny that we moved on to the second and spent a peaceful night before sending most of the crew ashore to explore in the morning.


That day we were keen to explore a fjord, and after most of the day spent threading our way between rocks and islands, we turned into Dalsfjord, between high cliffs and mountains, with spectacular waterfalls, and made our way to the town of Bygstad at the eastern end. Some other Tall Ships vessels were there for the night and we had a sociable evening ashore.


The next day we set off with Black Diamond for the tiny Skifjord, with the village of Myklebust at its head. This turned out to be an idyllic little fjord surrounded by green fields; we anchored at the head and the crew enjoyed fishing and rowing the dinghy as the sun went down below the hills on a perfectly still evening.



After a run ashore in the morning, we set off south again through some of the most spectacular scenery of the voyage, narrow channels between immense cliffs. After many discussions of the plan for the day, we agreed to join a number of other vessels in the island of Fedje; but by the time we got there, the port had already filled with other vessels and even if we could have squeezed in, increasingly strong winds made for an unappealing and potentially dangerous entrance. The alternative shelter in those winds was Strusshamn, five hours away - initially a bit of a blow, but in practice a very fast downwind sail with just the no. 3 headsail up and lots of Oysterband playing, followed by some interesting navigation as it grew dark and the crew were able to join in spotting the sector lights. Strusshamn proved another very welcoming little port and we spent the next day there before going on to the Bergen festival the following morning.

For some reason the suggestion of dressing up for the crew parade was met with the response: “if we wear our shortest shorts it will look like no-one has any trousers on”….


Bergen laid on another exceptionally lively festival, with lots of live music, plenty of crew activities, dozens of stalls, and a superb fish market where so many stall holders offer free samples of smoked and cured salmon that it is quite possible to eat an entire meal just by going from stall to stall.

In 2009 we were sailing from Klaipeda to Kiel with a mixed crew from the army, navy and a Dorset youth group. They had a superb BBQ in Gedser, at the southern tip of the Danish island of Falster and the whole voyage rejoiced in lovely weather – 400 miles downwind!

After the usual great hospitality at the British Army Sailing Centre in Kiel, they were joined by a group from the school in Doncaster where second mate Sarah “Tee Hee” Tredinnick was teaching at the time. They did the Kiel Canal all in one day and spent that night in Brunsbuttel where there was a fair. Then on to Den Helder in weather described by the skipper as “yucky”, before getting back to Ipswich after eight weeks away from the UK.

At sea

In 2010 we were recovering in Hartlepool after the Tall Ships race from Kristiansand where we came 8th in class and 26th overall, beating our sister ship James Cook by two places and having done 40 headsail changes in four days!

There was time to enjoy the Hartlepool festival with our crew of Guides, and especially skipper Wolf’s birthday on Sunday. You have never seen so much cake as was produced by the Guides plus family and friends dropping in. A huge party was held on board on Sunday night, much enjoyed by all.

In 2012 we had a Senior Section Girl Guide crew – including a 19-year old Holly Vint! - sailing to Cawsand on the first night before a tough 20-hour crossing to Roscoff. They spent a day there and then tacked along the French coast before the crossing to Viveiro in Spain, where they spent a morning before moving on to Cedeira for time ashore and games. A short stop in another bay and then they entered La Coruna to take part in the Tall Ships festival.


Crew parade

In 2013 we were just leaving the Baltic via the Kiel Canal, stopping in Rendsburg and ending the voyage in Cuxhaven.

Mike Bunton completed his second mate assessment on this voyage. You can often tell when someone is doing an assessment, by the elaborate medical emergency drills:

Medical drill

The next crew made a passage to Heligoland before heading west past the Dutch Frisian islands on their way back to Ipswich.

At sea

At sea

At sea

In this week in 2014 we were sailing in West Country, beginning with a group on a cruise around Devon and Cornwall:

At sea

The following week had a similar itinerary but much worse weather – tucking themselves up the River Fal while the tail-end of Hurricane Bertha went past, and scoring a free berth in Penzance Harbour having made it there on a day when everyone else they were expecting had been turned back by the weather! Legendary ex-Ocean Youth Club skipper Anna Stratton came to visit, having helped arrange a number of this week's crew bookings, including a 15-year-old Rosalie Sanders, now a second mate!

At sea

In this week in 2015 the weather was much better and a crew joined in Poole and left that evening to sail all the way to Sark on a beautiful night full of stars. They anchored in the morning and went ashore to see horse-drawn carts, eat ice-cream and visit a chocolate factory. After a BBQ that night they went to Herm for lunch next day and then on to Guernsey for a big fireworks event. On the way back across the Channel they were able to use the mizzen staysail all the way until 20 miles out from Weymouth when the wind dropped. The young people then took charge of the final passage to Poole, but not before Nick Steel had passed his third mate’s assessment!


The next voyage had barely begun when the week’s newsletter ended, but had already invented a new dish: spaghetti flambée. Apparently when you put spaghetti in a small pan over a large flame and you’re still at the initial stage where you can’t get the full length of the spaghetti into the water until the bottom section softens, it is possible to turn your back for a moment and then find one end of the spaghetti boiling while the other end is on fire. Quickly put out and no harm done!

In 2016 the week’s newsletter began in Salcombe where there was a crab fishermen’s race all around the buoy where John Laing was moored, and a massive water-fight - our crew joined in with gusto but were no match for commercial fishermen with big deck-hoses! Then a stunning night sail with glorious stars and very light winds before the voyage ended in Plymouth. Jake Clark was signed off as a 3rd mate effective from his 18th birthday later that month!

At sea

The next voyage headed straight off to the Scillies, arriving in St Agnes in time for shore leave, a visit to the beach and ice-cream. Back to Penzance the next day and then a glorious sail to Fowey - a cracking beam reach. Fowey offered not only more ice-cream, plus showers, but also a brass band and morris dancers.



For this week’s newsletter in 2017 we were in the Baltic, at the Tall Ships festival in Szczecin. The crew took part in lots of sports and other activities, and dressed as superheroes for the crew parade. The traditional firework display was incredible.

Another group joined for the voyage to Cuxhaven, setting off early in the morning on skipper Mark’s 50th birthday with a salute to the pilot station featuring Cha Cha Slide and the Macarena. Then an overnight downwind sail in force 5 winds and rolling conditions, followed by a beat into Rostock on Wednesday night. They had a whole day in port with an outstanding welcome from the people of Rostock, and lots of fun with the crew of the sail training vessel Royalist, ending with the two crews joining together for a film night on board – but not before some good sailing:

At sea

At sea

At sea

In 2018 we were in the West Country with a crew from MACS, the charity for children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes. In Gerrans they had a fantastic beach BBQ and Prolific’s large collection of inflatables was taken ashore - Holly had to rescue an inflatable pterodactyl which made a bid for freedom and evidently wanted to float off down the coast on its own.


At sea ...

Next day there was no wind so they motored to Burgh Island for beach and ice-cream. Crew member Angel was very proud to be in charge of driving Prolific off the anchor on the following morning as they sailed all the way to Dartmouth for a night on the pontoon, with sail training vessels Golden Vanity and Pilgrim. That was pizza night before sailing to Brixham for showers and a final night of games. Big thanks to Tom Wade-West for this photo of the evening:


Archie Playdon was signed off as a bosun, Charles Smith became a third mate, and Will Parker successfully completed a second mate's assessment! Special mention also for Tom and Will's bedtime stories for the crew ...

Also thanks to the dolphins who made sure they were around and close enough to entertain the MACS crew: 


Then came a maintenance day and that evening the fantastic MDL team from Brixham marina, led by the marina manager Andrew Millar, laid on a BBQ for us, local fishermen donated fish and a great evening ensued!


Brixham MDL BBQ

Brixham MDL BBQ

This time last year Prolific had a MACS crew again but spent two whole days in Dartmouth due very strong winds - up to Force 9. They made good use of the time with a Great Prolific Bake Off competition (a carrot cake won for presentation) plus lots of teambuilding, games, trips ashore and a fantastic water fight.

When the wind dropped they had an excellent sunny downwind sail which took them to Anstey’s Cove for a beach BBQ.

At sea

At sea

The next photo is a particularly telling OYT South image: intense concentration by those with responsibilities and a job to do, alongside a lot of fun for those who are off duty for the moment:

At sea

The voyage ended in Brixham and the skipper’s report noted that some of these MACS young people had been sailing with us for several years and it was fantastic to see how much progress they had made, with people who once needed lots of support from sighted buddies now coping much more independently; people who had once been nervous of climbing out on the bowsprit or into the dinghy now managing it, and one crew member who had been largely non-verbal now speaking more than her crew mates had ever heard!

The MDL Brixham BBQ was now becoming an annual tradition:

MDL Brixham BBQ

MDL Brixham BBQ

The next crew sailed round to Dartmouth and after a very early and quick run ashore next morning, enjoyed a lovely sunny sail to Cawsand with a man overboard recovery drill and tracking practice on the way. When they arrived they discovered that once again Plymouth was hosting the British Firework Championships and it was all visible from the boat as three different companies put on their best displays!

Which 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 the value of what we do!

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* Financial appeal

Huge thanks this week to the Peter Dixon Charitable Trust for a very generous donation – they normally fund bursaries through the Peter Dixon Mohawk Voyage Programme but have kindly given us the money this year to support core costs while we cannot sail. Big thanks also to all our supporters and friends who have already 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 are just in the process of making 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. Once that is finalised, we’ll send it to everyone who lost a voyage this year so that clients who want to can pick replacement dates.

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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?

Lots of people are working hard to keep up a flow of interesting posts but we need more of you to engage with them! We’re currently running quizzes, a poetry section and regular takeovers where different people take charge of adding things to our Facebook page for a couple of days. Fundraising runner Nathan Kelsall has done a takeover, as has Charles Kingston who played the piano for us, and the Brown and Parker families; and there are some great new things in the pipeline – big thanks to our Youth Trustee Lauren Mackenzie who is organising it. PLEASE do have a look!

We are on Facebook at - please do give us a Like! If you were friends with John Laing on our old page ( please do move to the new page now.

We are also on Twitter @oytsouth so please follow us!

And Instagram @oyt_south

And LinkedIn Ocean Youth Trust South

Please note that OYT South has a policy that our adult staff and volunteers should not make or accept individual online friend requests with crew members aged under 18, 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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Useful links for young people, parents and others 
We've been posting a series of education resources and activities for parents, grandparents and other carers who are currently educating and entertaining young people at home.

Thanks to Jon Seddon for this British Antarctic Survey link with resources for primary and secondary pupils – or anyone who likes penguins …

From the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Captain James Maltby’s colouring books for younger children. (Caz likes the Walrus in Book 5 …)

The Met Office site for discovering maths and science through weather and climate, with resources for 7-11 year olds and 11-14 year olds.

And a site about climate change.

There are also educational and environmental activities for young sailors here from The Green Blue, the joint environmental awareness programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine.

The RNLI provides quizzes, colouring packs and more on their page of educational resources for young people, and there are videos and more, with categories for different age ranges: everything from lower primary (age 3-7) to upper secondary (14-18) and all groups in between.

A fantastic set of resources from the 1851 Trust, the official charity of the British America's Cup campaign, on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for 11-16 year olds.

Trinity House, which looks after the safety of shipping and the well-being of seafarers: "Buoys, beacons and bananas" education resources to help pupils learn about shipping, seafaring and safety.

And Childline's webpage with information for children and young people about coronavirus. The page includes information about: what coronavirus is; where children and young people can find help if they are worried; coping if they are staying at home; and what to do if they are feeling unwell - all written to be accessible for children.

If you spot any other useful links which we might include in future editions, do please send them in.

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Online training coursesfor volunteers - why not get qualified and improve your skills now?
If you can't get involved in your normal activities over the coming weeks, 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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Online fundraising - are you helping us raise funds?

OYT South is registered with Amazon Smile which makes donations to us when people shop - Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price on eligible purchases. If you ever shop with Amazon, do have a look - once you pick Ocean Youth Trust South as your chosen charity and start using, you don't need to do anything further, and all your other Amazon account settings remain unchanged.

We've also 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, 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.

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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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“To be honest I never wanted to come, but I'm glad I did because I have learnt and seen so much!" Charlotte