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OYT South bulletin 18th December 2020

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* Can you help us win £1,000? Act now!

Ecclesiastical is once again giving £1,000 donations through Movement For Good, to charities nominated by the public. Just go to Movement for Good’s 12 days of giving website and put in our charity number 1079959 and select "Education and skills" under "charity type". Then add your details and submit. It only takes a few seconds.

We've won donations from Movement for Good before, so there genuinely is a realistic chance of winning, but the more nominations, the greater the chance so if you can get friends, family and colleagues to nominate too, it really could make a difference. Deadline 22nd December.

MFG

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* Happy Christmas

After a very strange year we know this will be a very different sort of Christmas for many people, but we hope all our supporters are safe and well. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us during the year in so many ways, and we look forward to sharing much better times with you in future.

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* Happy birthday Sally
Happy birthday for tomorrow to our Finance Manager Sally Croly!

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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.

As so often back in those days before we could manage professional boat tenting, the newsletter in this week in 2003 told of battles against the elements. Staff bosun Craig had worked really hard to construct a deck tent, and when a severe gale came along, his structure and fastenings held brilliantly … but unfortunately the material of the tent itself disintegrated! That meant the only person working under shelter was Phoebe who was basically living inside the cockpit locket, having mastered a technique called “left elbow in right ear, and knees wrapped round the back of the neck”.

In 2004, by contrast, we were enjoying refit luxury as the boat was inside a warm toasty shed. We were never allowed to get used to this!

In 2005 the work on the boat was going well but the team was mightily relieved to have come close to finishing one key refit task: eating all the remaining tins of food which had come off the boat at the end of the season and wouldn’t keep until the start of the following season. They had chomped their way through endless tinned fruit, rice pudding, tinned pies and tinned peas … but were still looking for original ideas to make the last few cans of spaghetti in tomato sauce more interesting, while undertaking a magical mystery tour with a few tins whose labels had come off. Refit volunteer Gizmo was supposedly a vegetarian but somehow managed to eat a whole Fray Bentos chicken pie.

Meanwhile Ceri (aka Bridget) was hoping to be let out before Christmas:

Refit

In 2006 the bulletin was appealing for help from “small wriggly people who can fit inside the water tanks”. Our surveyor Di Roberts had finished her investigations for the year and we were excited to report that she had been testing the plate thickness of the steel hull – including places which are impossible to reach on the inside without ripping the boat interior apart – and found that, having started with 5mm thickness when John Laing was launched in 1990, we still had at least 4.7mm as the very minimum anywhere on the boat. This was fantastic news and a real tribute to the hard work of a large number of people over many years to keep the hull in good condition. 2006’s hull sanding team included watchleader John who temporarily became known as “the Octopus” when he mastered the art of working with a sander in each hand.

The newsletter in 2007 announced the appointment of Liz Key who was taking over from Laura Aldrich-Blake as Staff Bosun. It would appear that Laura had earned her escape:

Refit

Laura had been one of our tallest bosuns and the skipper was left wondering who would get things off high shelves for him now, while not missing her ability to rest her pint casually on his head …

Meanwhile there was a Christmas party and maybe someone can explain what was happening here with Skipper Wolf and volunteer Paul “Cakes” Barber?

Refit

In 2008 we had a busy volunteers’ weekend and the skipper was pleased with progress, even if some of the team looked less than thrilled with their tasks:

Refit

In 2009 bosun Liz was having to spend some long cold hours up the mast, made worse by the fact the skipper James was wearing a jumper the same colour as the deck so that from the top of the mast, she couldn’t see him.

2010’s newsletter reported that Sarah Norbury, Editor of Practical Boat Owner magazine, had visited the refit and was going to write about us in the January issue of the magazine. With the team of bosun Liz plus core team volunteers Fiona, Audrey and Elizabeth working alongside skipper James, there were some concerns that the whole set-up might be reported like an episode of Charlie’s Angels…

Refit

In 2011 we were getting some great work from Patrick whose story we heard in the newsletter a couple of weeks ago, alongside the other core team volunteers James, Meg and Yves:

James and Meg

Yves

We had huge amounts of volunteer help in the run up to Christmas 2012, though the explanation for this photo is lost in the mist of time:

Refit

In 2013 it was Staff Bosun Dave’s turn to move on after completing his two years in the job and he was very pleased that people had contributed enough for him to have a new watch as a leaving present:

Dave

The bulletin that week also contained a Christmas message from previous staff skipper James and his team, then a third of the way through their voyage to Antarctica and back:

Elinca

In 2014 we reported on a special refit training weekend for our younger trainee bosuns: it’s great to look at this photo and see how many of them are still involved and how far they have come in recent years (including two second mates, one of whom is our Staff Cadet!)

Bosun refit training

But back in 2014 they were all starting out as volunteer bosuns and learning about the daily checks that are carried out during voyages, and getting a tour of the engine room; doing loads of sanding; and learning how to service winches.

The 2015 team were busy refitting two boats, with a basic refit continuing for John Laing which still faced one more season in service, while huge amounts of work were being done on board Prolific:

Refit

The big news in this week in 2016 was that Prolific had a new mizzen mast:

Mizzen

Mizzen

We had also received a copy of the school magazine from the Vyne, one of our regular clients, including this article:

“In October, Ocean Youth Trust South once again gave our Vyne students an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity. Their generous sponsor made it possible for ten year 9 students, and two staff members, Mrs Pavey & Mrs Conduct, to join six sea staff on the John Laing. The John Laing is a 72ft yacht with confined living space. The sleeping quarters contained 12 bunks, 3 bunks high. With this in mind, our students had to find patience they didn't know they had, as did Mrs Pavey and Mrs Conduct - Not mentioning any names, but let's just say, one student owes Mrs Pavey - for life!!! They had to cook, clean, put up sails, take down sails, take the helm, but most importantly, they had to make the tea! All the students worked really well together. They looked out for each other, especially when the weather was a bit rough. Each student had a role to fill within their team and they all did it with pride, at times having to find an inner strength they didn't know they had, to help them overcome some aspects of the voyage. The effort they put in, even when not feeling well was something, we as a school, were really proud of.

The voyage was well planned out and a route was chosen based on the weather. We were split into watches (teams) of 6 and carried out our designated duties. Each watch took it in turns to ensure the smooth sailing of the boat. They pulled ropes, held ropes, let out ropes, tied knots, kept watch of obstacles in our way and took the helm. Two students at a time took it in turns at making breakfast, lunch and dinner. And what feasts they served up, truly delicious. Each of the Vyne students worked really hard getting on with the tasks at hand, without complaint. They asked questions, learnt new skills and made new friends. After dinner games were played, including spoons and switch hands. Of course, Mrs Pavey had to win the game of spoons!

We were all exhausted upon our return to Basingstoke on Sunday evening. What an amazing adventure… A big THANK YOU, once again, to OYT for making this possible."

2017’s newsletter announced an addition to OYT South’s team of Vice Patrons: Paul Heiney, the renowned sailor, writer and broadcaster.

OYT South’s Patron is Lord Iliffe, and Paul was joining an established team of six other Vice Patrons: Michael Campbell, Libby Purves, Nicholas Bonham, Jamie Sheldon, Professor Khalid Aziz and the Rt Hon. the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers. They all give fantastic backing to the charity, both at our major events and behind the scenes, and we are immensely grateful to all of them for their support and commitment.

Meanwhile the refit team and friends were enjoying a Christmas party:

Party

Party

In the same newsletter we were welcoming a certain Holly Vint who had joined us for a year as our Sailing Support Officer – and a year later we were saying farewell at the end of her 12 months in the post. Luckily it turned out to be au revoir and not goodbye! But this is how she and Peta felt about Holly’s departure in the 2018 newsletter:

Peta and Holly

The 2018 refit team had to recover from this sadness with a lot of Christmas music and dancing alongside all their hard work:

Peta and Georgia

Refit

And JP (Jonathan Pinnock) had once again turned up with a donation of oil:

JP and Josh

The big news in this week in 2019 was the completion of the engine rewiring:

Engine and engineer

Meanwhile plenty of other jobs were underway:

Refit

Refit

Anthony (above) had been helping at refit for several weeks but was now moving on, and the core volunteer team of Oran and Jake was about to be joined by Ian Sillett, whose story is told below.

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 - Ian’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); Amy Broderick, formerly Amy Brown (core team 2013-14), and Danny Ballantyne (core team 2018-19). This week: Ian Sillett (core team 2019-20):

Ian

“I helped out during the 2018-2019 refit and was a core volunteer in the 2019-2020 refit, which was a bit weird rushing to get finished and then the season not being able to start! I have to say that refit taught me so many things, I improved my practical abilities in all sorts of Jobs from painting to splicing to rust busting and so so many more. The main single skill I learnt from all the amazing people I got to work with was problem solving; there Is always a solution - it just might take 3 of you, 6 cups of tea and few emotional moments to find it! Oh and now I am much better at working in spaces far too small for me to fit into, and at the end of refit I would normally only bang my head on Prolific's workshop door once a day....”

Here's Ian (right) with last winter’s other core team volunteers, Jake and Oran:

Jake, Oran, Ian

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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* Prolific news

A busy week on board as the team has been getting everything ready to start proper refit work in January. Georgia and James have been busy getting lots of stuff to the store, including clearing all the galley items that won't be needed for a small refit team, so there is less to keep clean. They have also cleaned out lockers and scrubbed and deflated the dinghy and packed it away.

Dinghy

They ran up the fire pump and did a salt water deck wash, and then went round with hot soapy water to clean metal and moving parts.

Cleaning

Georgia also did the engine and generator checks, and swapped out the usual halyard and topping lift for refit ones (all the other ropes had been replaced with mousing lines).

Georgia

Big thanks to Holly, Josh, Georgia and James for lots of work fuelled by coffee, cake and homemade cinnamon buns.

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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. Skippers, 1Ms and 2Ms need to be ready to take on their usual responsibilities as soon as we start sailing with young people - others can more easily get extra help if you are a bit rusty!

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 - more details for February 20th and 21st

We are not planning the usual face-to-face February shorebased training weekend in 2021 but we are looking at a weekend of online training via Zoom. We have had some great suggestions for sessions and we’re currently looking at options including

  • Youthwork (Saturday morning): how has COVID and lockdown affected young people and how can we support them on board? This will involve a short online course (max 50 minutes) which we will ask you to do at home before the training weekend, looking at the impact of adverse childhood experiences and how young people can be protected and supported to build resilience. Then on the day of the training weekend we will have a session with Nyssa Hutchings, a teacher who has brought many school groups on voyages (and is herself a volunteer watchleader), talking about what her school has experienced in terms of young people affected by COVID and lockdown; followed by a session with Lucinda Neall looking at what we can do on board to support these young people.
  • Looking after your mental health (Sunday morning): with Sue Cheshire who ran a great session for us last year. This year’s session will include the implications of COVID, and is suitable for anyone whether or not you came last year.
  • Weather forecasting (Saturday afternoon 2pm): 1-hour session with Simon Rowell (author of Weather At Sea) on getting, understanding and using a forecast – where forecasts come from and how to decide whether to trust them. An ideal course for anyone who doesn’t want to find themselves in Alderney and needing to get to Poole but with an unexpected northerly Force 8 in the forecast! Invaluable for anyone involved in voyage planning. Recommended for skippers, first mates, second mates and anyone else interested in the weather. This session will run at the same time as the navigation refresher so you need to pick one or the other.
  • Navigation refresher with Dom Coleman (Saturday afternoon 2pm): an interactive 2-hour chart chat aimed at third mates, less experienced second mates, and bosuns – basically anyone who doesn’t have huge amounts of chartwork experience and needs a relaxed and friendly refresher. This session will run at the same time as Weather forecasting so you need to pick one or the other.
  •  VHF refresher with Dom Coleman (Sunday afternoon 2pm):an interactive 2-hour session aimed at people with limited radio experience. Maybe you have done the GMDSS course but you would like a reminder after not having made a radio call for a year; or maybe you’re thinking about getting the qualification next time you have the chance but for now you’re at a level where the skipper might ask you, under supervision, to make a radio call ahead to a marina, and you’d like to know more about it.
  • High latitude sailing with OYT South first mate Andrew Wilkes. (Saturday afternoon after the weather / navigation sessions): Some of you will have seen this talk online already as the Ocean Cruising Club winter lecture, but for those of you who haven’t seen it (or would like to see it again!), Andrew is the Editor of the excellent Arctic and Northern Waters Cruising Guide published by the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation. He has sailed the North West Passage as well as remote coasts throughout the Arctic. This is an overview of Arctic sailing including the North West Passage and Scoresby Sund. Roughly 1 hour.

We are still looking at options for additional / alternative Sunday afternoon sessions – any ideas or requests?

On Saturday evening we’ll aim to have an online social event – provide your own drinks!

The idea is that people can dip in and out – you might attend just one session in the whole weekend, or you might sign up to a full programme across both days – it’s up to you. There may be another course or two to add so no need to get in touch and book anything until we publish the full programme, but at some stage in the New Year we will ask for rough numbers for each session. 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

Huge thanks this week to the DCR Allen Charitable Trust which has just agreed a very generous donation to support our work in 2021. And regular readers will remember that a few weeks a bursary fund was set up in memory of Howard Gross who had sailed with us in his teens but died very suddenly aged only 62: Howard’s friends and family have been superbly generous and this has become a significant fund which will pay for lots of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to sail in future.

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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Raise funds for OYT South if you're 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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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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