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OYT South bulletin 15th May 2020

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

* COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
There are two statements about COVID-19 on our website from Ocean Youth Trust South’s Chief Executive, Mark Todd: an initial statement from 18th March and an update issued on 15th April.

The April statement outlined the issues facing charities like OYT South and our concerns that the measures currently announced by the government either do not go far enough, or simply overlook those charities like us who have had to cease operations on a temporary basis. It also explains the role we believe we can play in the longer term, helping young people recover from the social and psychological impact of COVID-19.

We asked members and supporters to help us by writing to your local MP and we had a fantastic response – thank you so much to everyone who got involved. Some MPs sent brief replies or standard form letters, but a significant number were genuinely interested and engaged, and took up our cause; and several asked to meet us in due course in order to find out more.

We had four key requests, two of which concerned the furlough system which was the subject of an announcement from the Chancellor this week. We welcome the extension of the scheme to October and we await details on the plans for part-time working: one of the things we had been asking for is salary support for people on reduced hours rather than the current scheme which only allows for a furlough if people are not working at all.

Our third request is for financial support for charities currently unable to operate, if their services will be needed in future – most of the schemes announced so far concern charities in the frontline against COVID-19, which we fully support; but we need to keep making the case for a second wave of support for other charities.

Our fourth request is for public support and more long-term funding for youth services and outdoor education generally, especially where we can offer confidence-building, teamworking, resilience and communication skills as part of a programme which will contribute to supporting young people as they recover from the social and psychological impact of COVID-19. We will want to campaign hard for this in the longer term but we appreciate this needs to follow more immediate concerns such as deciding when schools can safely return.

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* OYT South mentioned in Parliamentary report!
One of the most striking results of all our campaigning in recent weeks is that OYT South earned a mention in the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee report on the Covid-19 crisis and charities (pdf). A short report covering all the thousands of charities in the UK actually found room for a paragraph on sail training!

Our evidence is directly quoted (page 9): “Charities that facilitate sailing trips for disadvantaged children, as another example, cannot furlough those who maintain the vessels, despite a collapse in income. Ocean Youth Trust South therefore calls for “a more flexible furlough scheme with salary support allowing small charities to reduce staff hours, rather than the current choice between working or not working at all”.

OYT South called for four specific actions as part of our evidence, and we set out here how the report addresses these issues:

OYT South requested action

Relevant committee conclusions

A more flexible furlough scheme with salary support allowing small charities to reduce staff hours, rather than the current choice between working or not working at all

“We recommend that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport works with the charity sector and HM Treasury immediately to review the measures in place to support businesses, and to ensure they fully meet the needs of the charity and voluntary sector. In particular, the Government should introduce a separate Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for charities within four weeks. The scheme should enable furloughed employees of charities to volunteer for their organisations providing appropriate safeguards are met.” (page 15)

Ensuring that the Employee Retention Scheme continues for sectors still facing restrictions, even after other sectors have returned to more normal working

“We also ask the Government to guarantee that six weeks’ notice will be given of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ending so that charities can plan accordingly, and to phase the ending of the scheme to support any charities that are unable to return immediately to full capacity.” (page 15)

Financial support for charities to be extended to those who have had to cease operations temporarily but will have a role to play later in the recovery from the crisis

“Many charities and voluntary organisations perform essential work that, while not directly tackling Covid-19, underpins the fabric of our society. Losing their services in either the short term or after the country emerges from this crisis will cause untold damage to individuals and communities. It cannot be allowed to happen.” (Page 15)

In addition to the support that has already been announced, the Government should establish further funding to assist charities and voluntary organisations to stay afloat throughout the Covid-19 crisis. This should be available to organisations facing financial pressures, even if they are not involved in the frontline response to Covid-19. We request that the Secretary of State updates us, preferably via an oral hearing as well as in the Government’s written response to this Report, on what progress has been made in securing additional support for charities and tailoring the business measures to them, as well as the Department’s plans for monitoring the ongoing impact of this crisis on the charity sector’s financial resilience. Given the urgency of the matter, we request that we receive this update by Friday 5 June.” (page 16)

Official public backing for and investment in this type of outdoor activity as a key player in helping young people recover from the social and psychological effects of COVID-19, to the lasting benefit of families, employers and communities as well as individuals.

Not addressed.

Ocean Youth Trust South welcomes the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations which directly address three of the four points we raised. As mentioned above, changes to the Job Retention Scheme have already been announced, but we sincerely hope the Government will act on all the Committee’s recommendations.

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* Nathan completes twopointsixchallenge
16-year old trainee bosun Nathan Kelsall has completed his fundraising challenge to run 2.6 miles every day for 26 days for us!


That’s a total of 67.6 miles (more than two and a half marathons) - despite a knee injury which meant he had to walk rather than run for a few days. He never gave up and is now fully-recovered, finishing the challenge today with a fantastic personal best time, all to support OYT South’s charitable work. It’s been a phenomenal tale of courage, commitment and determination which has been rewarded by the need to raise his fundraising target on several occasions – he started out hoping to raise £260 and is now well over £700. The fundraising page is still open for a couple more days if anyone wants to add to the celebrations for today’s final run!

Personal best time

Nathan's final route

Josh and Holly from Prolific’s team both ran the same distance this morning in solidarity … only another 65 miles to go to match Nathan!

Southampton route

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* JP’s article: “Volunteering with OYT South is good for your mental health”
Last week’s round-up of past voyages included a video from JP who had first sailed with us in 2003 at the age of 13 and is still involved as an adult. He’s now sent us this article which he wrote last year on the benefits of volunteering with OYT South, after joining us for a weekend towards the end of refit - he thought some of our members and supporters might like to read it:

“The beginning of the year was a very difficult time for me: my dad was in hospital trying to recover from a broken hip and was also very ill with terminal cancer.

I drove down to Southampton on the Saturday morning and arrived on board Prolific and met up with the amazing team who always make me feel so welcome. Saturday was spent doing lot of cleaning, washing up, tea breaks making new friends and a lovely lunch. At the end of the day we beat a retreat back to the refit house. We walked a short distance to a local pub for an evening meal and lots of conversation with new friends.

On Sunday we moved kit back on to Prolific and put the refit kit back in storage. After a lot of hard work, Prolific was ready for her shakedown voyage.

I called in to Basingstoke hospital to see dad on the way home. We had a nice chat for about an hour, and then I headed back home.

I felt so refreshed after my weekend with OYT South: it was like having a massive weight lifted off me for a weekend.

Dad sadly lost his battle with cancer about a month after the refit weekend.”

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* Susanna’s fundraising masks

One of our watchleaders and former refit team member Susanna Paynter has been making masks for vulnerable and elderly people in Bristol – if you know anyone in that area who might need some, do get in touch! And Susanna is trying to raise some money for us while she’s doing it – at the same time as keeping up with her university work and exams.

Susanna's masks

A few OYT South people have already asked if they can buy masks from Susanna – she’s overwhelmed with local orders at the moment but if she’s able to make masks for our members in future we will let you know.

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* Financial appeal

Big thanks this week to the Sport England Community Emergency Fund for a very kind donation!

As with all businesses and charities, OYT South is under tremendous financial pressure due to COVID-19, with a very significant loss of voyage income for an extended period. We realise that many of our friends and supporters will be facing financial difficulties of your own, but if anyone is in a position to make a donation to help with our core costs over this period, we would be more grateful than we can say.

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.

Huge thanks to all our individual supporters and friends who have already responded with such kindness and generosity to this appeal. 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.

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* Take one minute to help us win £1,000 – please vote and share the link
A year ago we won £1,000 from the Ecclesiastical Movement for Good Awards based on a really successful drive to get as many people as possible to nominate us. Now we have a chance to do it again – can we ask everyone to vote, to encourage friends, family, colleagues and others to vote, and to share the link as widely as possible? Having succeeded last year it would be a huge shame if we couldn’t do the same this year – and it’s SO quick and easy to do.
Just go here:

Put in our charity number 1079959. Press the search button and the charity name Ocean Youth Trust South should appear automatically in the next box.
There’s a drop-down menu to select charity type – pick “Education and Skills”
Then you have to put in your own details (you can only vote once from your email address) and that’s it – unlike last year, you don’t even have to write reasons for nominating. The whole thing can be done in a minute or two.
Which means your only remaining step is to share the link with others and ask them to do the same.
Closing date 24th May. PLEASE do it – it’s one of the easiest possible ways to make £1,000 for OYT South.

Movement for Good

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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 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! You really won’t want to miss the lockdown WOM stories and you won’t even find out what that is unless you are checking our social media.

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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* Prolific news
Massive thanks to Josh who is looking after Prolific at the moment! This week he has carried on working on the capping rail; he's devised a new system for the preventers to keep them out of the way; he's done a complete boat wash; he launched the dinghy and ran up the outboard; and he's working on replacing the lines that hold the dinghy in place, with webbing straps which will produce less wear.





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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 the third week of May 2004 we were doing day sails to the accompaniment of skipper Wolf’s obsession with Take That’s Greatest Hits, followed by another group of siblings of life-limited children using CHASE children’s hospice, who had a BBQ in Weymouth and a sand sculpture competition won by crew members Jess and Billy who made a dolphin.

In 2006 we were sailing with young people from Devon and Cornwall branches of the Foyer Federation, a charity which offers accommodation and training to homeless people aged 16-25. They lost one day to miserable weather but followed that with an absolutely cracking sail to Dartmouth, covering 45 miles in 5 hours and occasionally surfing at 12 knots! The crew members saw it all as a real life-changing experience: “one-star hotel accommodation, five-star food, five-star sailing!” The five-star food was largely down to the fact that first mate Graeme Cole was acting as skipper all week while the official skipper, Dave Carnson, had nothing to do but cook!

In 2007 we had a couple of day sails for sponsors and donors in weather so appalling that on the Sunday, the skipper offered a crew from International Paint the chance to turn back from the driving rain and howling winds and was genuinely disappointed when they chose to keep sailing! Luckily things improved during the afternoon and Fred Cole wrote later: "It was a great day out, we all felt that the ridiculous weather made it better rather than worse!”

That was followed by another eagerly-anticipated voyage with Alfreton Park School, a regular client whose voyages involve six young people with physical and learning difficulties, plus six adult carers. As with all our voyages, everything revolves around the abilities of the young people - which in this case means shorter and gentler sailing than usual, combined with a lot of learning, activities and entertainments in harbour. They completed 42 miles on the voyage - a fraction of what we might have done with a different group, but in terms of achievements per mile, a superb week. Huge strides were made by all the young people during the voyage - one person who had sailed the previous year was able to look after others and show them how to do things; another had never been away from home but overcame nerves and homesickness to become really happy and enthusiastic on board. Some became much more communicative, or learned new skills - the staff saw positive changes in everyone.


On the May 2008 day sails we took Sally from the office team to sea in John Laing for the first time!


Then a crew of siblings from Naomi House Children’s Hospice sailed to Cherbourg and Guernsey and had a fantastic time:

Naomi House

In 2011 we were doing a mixed voyage – some people from Steve Lacey’s Dorset youth group; some from a Gosport project which was sending a number of young people all through this season; and a couple of older ones sponsored by the Peter Dixon Mohawk Trust, both with an interest in youthwork:

Crew photo

In 2013 it was another Alfreton Park voyage:


In 2014 it was our first voyage with the Prince’s Trust Get Started Programme, with young people from Southampton. They had a good voyage to Yarmouth, Weymouth and Lymington where they found one of our sea staff, Emma Buckels, working as assistant harbourmaster for the summer!

This week’s voyage in 2015 was sponsored by HMS President - London’s Royal Naval Reserve Unit - and involved young people from a local college who have an interest in possibly joining the armed forces or the reserves. They planned an overnight passage from Poole to Guernsey but quickly encountered big seas and the off-watch crew discovered that even lying in their bunks was difficult as they were airborne for half the time! So they had a rethink of the plan and turned east instead for a glorious sail off the wind. They saw the sun go down in a clear night sky and saw it come up again in the morning before arriving in Cowes at 6am.

HMS President crew

That day there was no wind so Vince the skipper took the crew on a 5km run!

In 2016 we were joined by seven young people from St Matthew Academy, Lewisham and five from Bethnal Green Academy, all aged between 12 and 14 and once again selected and funded by HMS President. After a discussion with the crew about what they really wanted to achieve, it turned out that Geoffrey, aged 12, had never in his life been to a beach so that became a key goal for the week as they sailed to Alderney. It was a week of early starts, icecream and smiling all the way!  

HMS President voyage

This voyage account sums up the experience, from Day 1 “David could not steer at all!!!” to Day 5 “David steered us to Poole in a straight line”:

Voyage log

This week in 2017 was very special as OYT South’s Patrons very kindly arranged a Commissioning Dinner for Prolific at the Royal Yacht Squadron and invited many of their friends with a view to raising a significant amount of money through an auction to support the new boat. This is Lord Iliffe and Libby Purves before we sailed from Ocean Village to Cowes:

Lord Illife and Libby Purves

The event was a tremendous success with huge numbers of guests visiting Prolific before the dinner and then a fabulous meal. Our Youth Trustee Jack Dignan was guest speaker and really moved the audience by describing what the charity has meant to him. And this photo shows some of the OYT South team as they have never been seen before or since:


Prolific was in her first season sailing with OYT South and the previous week’s crew came from Cornfield School, West Sussex, which caters for students who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. They sailed to Sark and though it was a challenging group with a lot of complex behaviour and colourful language, all the young people had moments where they showed great interaction and participation – even if sustaining this for extended periods was too much for them.


The following week saw a very welcome return visit for St Matthew Academy from Blackheath, once again funded by London’s Royal Naval Reserve Unit, HMS President:

HMS President

This time last year we were delighted to be involved with the Gosport Marine Festival, and Prolific offered a day sail for eleven people as part of the show. This was a mixed group of adults and young people, families and individual bookings. Everyone enjoyed a great day on the water but rather than offering our own description, here's a version by one of the crew, Zella Compton, who wrote about the day in the Portsmouth News.

We were then in the second year of the Ormiston Trust's Leading Lights Project, a fantastic initiative which brings young people from Ormiston Academies on board with inspirational mentors. The idea is that students have time during the voyage to get to know adults with interesting jobs - including OYT South's staff and volunteers as well as the mentors - and to find out how their careers developed, and perhaps start to get some new ideas about what might be possible in their own futures. The previous week had been a voyage for girls and women mentors: this time it was male mentors and boys – including Nathan who has done such a great job raising funds for us!

The boys came from two schools in Stoke on Trent, and one of the highlights was an anchorage and BBQ in Worbarrow Bay:





This was followed by a fabulous weekend at the inaugural South Coast Boat Show in Ocean Village. MDL supplied us with ingredients to provide bacon rolls for visitors and other exhibitors in exchange for donations:

South Coast Boat Show

South Coast Boat Show

One of the best things about the weekend was seeing two young crew members, Millie and Ciaran, then aged 14 and 15, showing visitors round the boat and talking about the charity with such articulate passion and commitment.

It was fantastic to see Prolific being used as one of the focal points of the show and we couldn't be more grateful to Scott the marina manager and all of the MDL team who do so much to support us – and are giving Prolific a home while we can’t sail at the moment.

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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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 …)

Some great RYA resources here for all types of sailors including junior / young people section.

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 has launched “Water Safety Wednesdays” on Facebook, so young people can continue to learn essential and lifesaving water safety for when the time comes when people can safely visit beaches again. Water Safety Wednesdays are aimed at parents, guardians, grandparents or teachers, providing a selection of fun, free and engaging activities to help children learn at home or in the classroom how to stay safe in, on and around the water. Water Safety Wednesday includes a live chat at 1015am. The RNLI also 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. And for adults as well as young people, there is even a video described as “60 minutes of Ambient Relaxing RNLI Lifeboat Footage & Music for Winding Down, Meditation, Study.” (Big thanks to OYT South volunteer Willoughby Matthews for this).

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? 

Check out the RYA’s #SailFromHome which has everything from fun activities to expert advice and coaching sessions.

There is also a play list from the RYA with videos on all sorts of topics.

Our friends at SeaRegs Training have a schedule of sessions which people can book on subjects ranging from collision regulations at sea to what to do in the event of a disaster at sea - you can see the dates of courses and which ones still have spaces available here. They also 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. Three of these courses are essential: Child Protection in Sport and Active Leisure, Food Hygiene and Safety, and Safeguarding Adults. But if you've already done those, there's a list of other courses at the bottom of the page, including  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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2020 sailing programme
It is not yet clear when we will be able to start running voyages again, but we would like to encourage bookings as much as possible so that as soon as it is safe to sail again, we can get as many young people as possible on board. We realise that the current uncertainty makes it difficult for people to plan, so we can announce that from 20th March, any NEW deposits received for voyages will be held and if your chosen voyage is unable to go ahead, you will be able to transfer that deposit to any suitable later voyage, even if that happens to be in 2021, and if this proves completely impossible, your deposit will be refunded in full. This means that you can book voyages now with complete security.

The situation is more complex with bookings agreed before COVID-19 and we are in discussions with clients on a voyage-by-voyage basis as it becomes clear which voyages will not run.

We are also looking to bring forward the publication of a 2021 voyage programme so that people unable to sail this year will be able to make advance bookings for next year.

For those wishing to make a booking this year, places available on 2020 voyages have been divided into four types:

Voyages in blue: ideal for 11-17 year olds and potentially suitable for those needing a gentler introduction to sailing. Open to older and more confident crew members as long as they understand the nature of the group and are happy to join in - and maybe support others.

Voyages in green: ideal for age 15 - 25 unless otherwise specified, DofE gold residentials and others looking for an exciting, adventurous voyage. Younger crew members can be included if they would fit with this sort of group.

Voyages in red: currently open for group bookings (max 15 places) rather than individuals. These voyages may be released for individual bookings later on if they are not booked by a school, youth group, charity etc.

Voyages in purple: specific age ranges or other details given on a voyage-by-voyage basis

Places currently available:

Mon 6 July – Sun 12 July, Poole to Brixham, 6 nights, £595. Passports required. Up to 8 places left. This voyage was previously listed as Poole to Brixham but is now scheduled for Southampton to Brixham instead.
Tues 14 July – Mon 20 July, Brixham, 6 nights, £595. The first few bookings here will influence the shape of the voyage - once we have some crew members signed up and know the age range etc., we will advertise for others who will fit with them.
Tues 21 July – Sat 25 July, Brixham, 4 nights, £405. The first few bookings here will influence the shape of the voyage - once we have some crew members signed up and know the age range etc., we will advertise for others who will fit with them.
Sun 26 July – Fri 31 July, Brixham, 5 nights, £505 - tbc
Sat 1 Aug – Fri 7 Aug, Brixham, 6 nights, £595. Passports required. 6 places left.
Sat 8 Aug – Fri 14 Aug, Brixham to Southampton, 6 nights, £595. Passports required. 5 places left.

Sat 22 Aug – Thurs 27 Aug, Dartmouth to Poole, 5 nights, £505. Passports required. Up to 6 places left.
Fri 28 Aug – Weds 2 Sept, Poole to Southampton, 5 nights, £505. Passports required. Up to 7 places left.

Mon 12 Oct – Sat 17 Oct, Southampton, 5 nights, £505
Mon 19 Oct – Fri 23 Oct, Southampton, 4 nights, £405
Fri 23 Oct – Tues 27 Oct, Southampton, 4 nights, £390 (Friday evening start to allow for people who are at school during the day). 1 or 2 places left.

To make a booking for any of these voyages now, please email

See here for the full 2020 programme.

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2020 adult voyages
As with youth voyages above, from 20th March, any NEW deposits received for adult voyages will be held and if your chosen voyage is unable to go ahead, you will be able to transfer that deposit to any suitable later voyage, even if that happens to be in 2021, and if this proves completely impossible, your deposit will be refunded in full. This means that you can book voyages now with complete security.

There is an adult weekend currently on the list for later this year:

9-11 October 2020, Southampton, 2 nights (8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday), age 18+, £205 per person.

Open to anyone aged 18+ but particularly suited to volunteers who want a chance to practise your skills without having to supervise young people at the same time, or to anyone who might be interested in joining our volunteers and wants to find out more, or any other adults who just want good sailing in good company.

Email to reserve a place.

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2021 draft sailing programme

We now have a draft 2021 sailing programme.. It’s not too late to make changes to dates, ports and durations if required – please email and we’ll see if it is possible to include a voyage on the programme to suit you. We can take provisional bookings for next year – if we get more than one enquiry in this early period for the same voyage dates, priority will be given to clients who were booked on a 2020 voyage which was unable to sail.

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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.

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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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