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OYT South bulletin 2nd October 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."

As long as this is in place, we cannot operate and we face the loss of all our voyage income. We also – in common with other seasonal businesses – face the problem that even in a normal year, we do not earn money in winter.

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 – who is coming and who is comfortable with Zoom?
OYT South’s AGM will take place on Saturday 7th November, but this year it will be via video conference. The Zoom conference will open at 1745 to allow everyone to get the technology working before the meeting formally opens at 1800. The formal mailing to OYT South members with the Zoom link, agenda, Trustee election details and so on will be sent out in the next ten days.

It would be helpful if you could email caroline.white@oytsouth.org to say whether you are hoping to come and whether you are familiar with using Zoom, including the chat function (which allows people to type short responses and saves the problem of 30 people trying to speak at once). If you have never used Zoom before, you can sign up for free here https://zoom.us/ but you might want to try it out before using it to join the AGM, and if we know in advance who wants to come but isn’t used to the technology, we can give you a bit more support and advice!

There will be the formal AGM followed by the Chief Executive’s speech as usual; but in normal years this would be followed by a social event and curry evening, so we’d also like to know who might stay on the Zoom call for a social event – which could include a quiz, and people ordering or making their own curry and using the evening as a chance to catch up with OYT South friends you haven’t seen all year.

So: three questions:

  • Who is coming?
  • Are you comfortable with Zoom?
  • Would you stay online for a social event after the meeting?

We will send full details nearer the time; 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.

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* The lasting impact of sail training
We had a huge response to last week’s tale of someone who sailed with us on board Spirit of Boadicea as a teenager in 1991 and called us up almost thirty years later to tell us just how much it had meant to him. One response on Facebook came from Alice Harris who said: “Spirit of Boadicea was the reason I got involved with the OYC. When I was 10 my family’s boat was caught in a huge storm off the Thames. We lost radio comms and Spirit saw our flares, relayed a mayday and half an hour later a helicopter rescued us and a lifeboat towed my dad and the boat to safety. By way of saying thanks I was sent on a trip on Master Builder a couple of years later. I got hooked, did two refits, a stint as bosun, and the Tall Ships race and the Australia leg of the world voyage as second mate. Still using the skills I learned then. All thanks to a boat in the right place at the right time! Ten lives were saved that day and my life changed forever.”

Another response to last week’s newsletter: Brian Green wrote to say “I enjoyed reading Kit Power’s story of Duet's dismasting which recalls another dismasting. Samuel Whitbread was sailing out of the river Medway during the 1980s, just after the naval dockyard closed causing high unemployment. Samuel Whitbread was entered into the Tall Ships race and sailing as bosun was a young lady who had been unemployed for some time. While crossing the North Sea, Samuel Whitbread encountered a "merry old breeze" and was dismasted. The skipper was Bill - I cannot remember his surname, but I regarded him as an excellent seaman. The wreckage was cleared away, a jury rigged and Samuel Whitbread completed the race. You can imagine the reception when she came into port. The young bosun later applied for various jobs and attended several interviews. At one interview, for a job she particularly wanted, she met an interview panel with one particularly sour member. Towards the end of the interview this interviewer spoke up: "I see you list sailing as one of your interests?" "Yes" she replied. "Tell me what would you do if you were dismasted at sea" ..........She got the job. One of many whose life benefited from the OYC / OYT.”

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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 webmaster1@oytsouth.org and we'll publish the best in future editions of this newsletter.

In this week in 2004 John Laing was out of phone range ass the newsletter was being written and all we knew was that she was on the way back from Alderney with a crew of Dorset young people organised by Steve Lacey.

Steve had another group on board in this week in 2005 – doing very well to cope with a tough thrash to windward and a 3am arrival in Cherbourg. They came back across the Channel in much more favourable conditions, this time with a 6am arrival. It reminded us that earlier in the year, one boy had written in the visitor’s book that the main thing he’d learned from sailing was what early mornings looked like!

In 2006 we did a five-day voyage part-funded by Zurich Cares, for highly deserving young people from the Leigh Park area, Hampshire. The crew were all at the younger end of our age range and included a variety of individuals with special needs. It was quite a challenging voyage but the organisers were very pleased with the outcomes and thought that a great deal had been gained from undertaking the trip. Andy Viney passed his third mate's assessment on this voyage!

This was followed by an adult training weekend and then a longer adult familiarisation voyage for new potential volunteers, covering Southampton – Cherbourg – Alderney – Poole - Southampton in five days. Highlights included crew member Sam's 20th birthday night out in Poole, with Sam (male) wearing watchleader Dawn Marshall's jeans as absolutely none of his own clothes were deemed acceptable by the doorman at the bar;and a fantastic 11 knot-plus sail round the south of the Isle of Wight and into the eastern Solent.

This was followed by the annual voyage for Parkside School, where Hamish Lochhead teaches - a group of boys, again at the youngest end of our age range. They started with a short sail to Cowes, followed the next day by a testing beat to windward to get them to Weymouth, and an easier downwind run back on the last full day.

In 2007 we had a day sail in memory of longstanding watchleader Trevor Hewson who had sadly died earlier that year. We took a number of Trevor’s family and friends out for a calm, sunny day in the Solent so they could see at first hand the boat which meant so much to Trevor. The day brought back lots of good memories of sailing with him over the years, and it all felt like a fitting tribute to one of OYT South’s most loyal supporters.

Trevor

After that came another voyage for Drinda’s group of girls from Chichester XL Club – young people who were not coping with full-time mainstream education. Around half of them had sailed with us before, and they were all very keen to get sailing. At their own request, we started the voyage with a long and challenging overnight passage from Southampton to an anchorage in Portland, which proved quite testing as it was windy and cold. In Portland we met up with Queen Galadriel, skippered by our friend and relief skipper Dougie Walker. We arranged to go into Weymouth together, a popular move amongst our crew as QG had boys on board! After a night in Weymouth we had an excellent sail round to Poole: it was breezy and the seas were quite big, but many of the crew were beginning to get used to things and found it exhilarating. A day in Poole was filled with entertaining games – including a walk through the town centre with everyone harnessed together; and a blindfold tour of the boat with everyone clipped to a line wound round, under and through obstacles on board. In the evening, the Crème Caramel game and the chocolate game also proved popular.

Crew ashore

Then it was another group of siblings from CHASE children’s hospice had a wet and windy week in the Solent, enjoying some big squalls in which the boat heeled over and everyone got rather wet – luckily, everyone found this exciting!

In 2008 we had a mates’ training weekend in what felt like the first sunny days for ages – it brought out virtually every boat in the Solent and meant that we were trying to do reefs and sail hoists with hundreds of small yachts bearing down on us from every direction. At some cost in frayed nerves for the skipper, we did have an excellent weekend, with some great new people wanting to join our volunteer team.

Then it was the CHASE hospice sibling again, with highlights including lunch at anchor in Freshwater Bay; some periods of baking sunshine; Grant’s 15th birthday party, with balloons and cake; and a dockyard tour in Portsmouth where the general conclusion was that HMS Victory looked too difficult to sail and that they’d be better off sticking with John Laing!

At sea

In 2009 we did a day sail for the Royal Southampton Yacht Club - both adult members and cadets- unfortunately in no wind whatsoever! Then it was Hamish Lochhead’s Parkside school group of 12-year old boys again. They were incredibly lucky with both the weather and the tides, and managed to pack more into three days than many groups manage in a full week! After initial briefings on Sunday afternoon, they set off across the Channel straight away, passing the Needles as it got dark and making the crossing on an incredibly clear night - most of the boys said they had never seen such a sky. They reached the Alderney Race at daybreak and continued to Sark, where they caught some fish and explored the island.

Crew

At 4pm they set off again, with some tacking drills and sail training on the way to Alderney. Then back across the Channel next day – managing to get the spinnaker up and launching the dinghy to take some photos:

John Laing

Then a night up in the Beaulieu River, and an early start on the last morning, motoring back to Ocean Village and cleaning the boat as they went. Andrew Wilkes passed his third mate assessment on that voyage and it was noted that he “will quickly go further” – he’s now one of our most experienced first mates!

It was Parkside School again in this week in 2010, with a less ambitious Solent-based voyage and the last BBQ of the season in Yarmouth, with lots of games in the hope that some of their excess energy could be burned off!

Crew

Next came a crew of siblings from Naomi House Children’s Hospice, learning to sail the boat ahead of the ASTO Small Ships Race which was coming up at the weekend.

Crew

It was Parkside School again in 2011 – another client which tended to book the same dates year after year! They sailed from Gosport to an anchorage in Chichester where they picked up a stowaway – a tiny bat which woke to find itself heading further and further offshore before making a mad dash for home! Next it was Poole and then back south about the Isle of Wight with the mizzen staysail up.

Crew

Back in Gosport they had a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Gosport:

Mayor and Mayoress

Then it was Naomi House Children’s Hospice siblings group, again preparing for the coming weekend’s ASTO Small Ships race. They were having a glorious time – fabulous sunshine but enough wind to keep John Laing sailing.

Crew

Crew

In 2012 we were doing a voyage for a group of 12-14 year olds from the school where one of our volunteers, Hannah Bleakley, was teaching. A blustery week in the Solent with celebrations for skipper James’s birthday as a highlight!

2013’s newsletter described a voyage with TS Swiftsure Nautical Training Corps, a hugely enthusiastic group as always:

Crew

Next came a mixed crew from Dorset and Hampshire for a busy week in the Solent:

Crew

In 2015, Parkside School were once again enjoying their traditional hugely ambitious itinerary with a crew aged 12 and 13: they joined the boat and immediately set off to sail through the night to Le Havre. An afternoon on the beach and an early night before getting up before dawn to enjoy watching the moon set and the sun rise at the same time. Then they raced back across the Channel at speeds of up to 12 knots and were in the Solent in time for supper.

Crew

At sea

At sea

Next we had a voyage organised through the Saints Foundation at Southampton Football Club - nine young people from local schools plus two excellent staff. They went from Southampton to Gosport on the first night, ending the evening under an amazing moon, and moored alongside what appeared to be a pirate ship. Next they headed to Poole and back, training for the ASTO Small Ships Race which would end their voyage – though the forecast was for no wind...and fog...

Crew

2016’s newsletter included the latest exploits of Parkside School, including a great pilotage exercise into Poole, with the crew doing an excellent job of finding all the navigation marks along the winding channel.

Crew

Crew

The next group was sponsored by HMS President, London’s Royal Naval Reserve Unit, and involved young people from the London Nautical School; George Green’s School in Tower Hamlets; and St Matthew Academy, Blackheath – another group preparing for an ASTO Small Ships Race.

In 2017 we were reporting on a day sail with the Graham High Charity, who very generously help us with all sorts of things from oilskins and lifejackets to vessel tracking and crew handbooks, as well as bursary funding for some disadvantaged young people. We had a glorious day on the water with sunshine and good winds, and it was great to be able to thank Graham and his friends and colleagues for their support, as well as giving them a further insight into what we are able to achieve with young people.

Graham High Charity

Prolific

Then we had a first voyage for a new client which has since become one of our regulars: New Forest Academy. They faced a choice: Cherbourg or the west country? Initially there was a lot of enthusiasm for France, and the passage was going to involve motor-sailing in light winds whichever way they went. But looking further ahead in the forecast, there was the potential for a really good sail back from the west country on Wednesday, while the wind was much less favourable for a return from France. So they took the decision to head for Dartmouth, and were richly rewarded by the company of dolphins. Next day, heading back across Lyme Bay with one reef in the main, one reef in the mizzen, plus staysail and jib, they managed 13 knots of boat speed in force 4 winds! The plan for the week had definitely been the right one.

Crew

Crew

In 2018, we had an adult day sail for a sponsors, donors, volunteers, clients and other supporters. 84-year old Charles Wylie now claims to be the oldest person ever to have gone out on Prolific's bowsprit:

Charles

Charles had had a long career in the Royal Navy and one of his roles was training young naval officers in how to handle and berth a warship, so when he complimented Peta on how she parked Prolific, it really meant something! By chance, we heard from Charles again recently with a tale of how his maritime career began with a sailing trip when he was nine years old: “The skipper ordered me to dip the yacht’s little ensign to a battleship at anchor in the Solent. When I saw the ship’s 12-breadth White Ensign dipped in response I decided there and then to command a warship one day: and so I did. In all, at one time or another, I had 26 ships under command, including 16 RN ships and 10 NATO ships of France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey and the USA - all because my skipper said: ‘Dip the ensign.’” So Charles understands as well as anyone how a single OYT South voyage might change someone’s life!

The next voyage involved young people from Compass School in Southampton, for students unable to attend mainstream school. OYT South always enjoyed working with Compass as they send excellent staff who are really skilled at getting the best out of their students and using the voyage experience to support their development. Unfortunately in 2018 their voyage coincided with a really terrible weather forecast: brief interludes when safe sailing might be possible but lots of force 8s and 9s - not the weather we would ever choose to go out in, even with a much more experienced crew. However, we agreed with the school to start the voyage and just see how much we could achieve. They managed to sail down to Cowes with lots of people involved in steering and hoisting sails.

Crew

Next day it was impossible to get out sailing but the young people settled very well into a productive day in harbour, learning to row the dinghy in sheltered waters, helping with the engine checks and going out on the bowsprit. Everyone was co-operative and after a good lunch the young people went ashore to explore Cowes and burn off some energy with a game of football. Back on board, they enjoyed a movie night in a lovely atmosphere with people getting on well.

Crew

Although it was decided to bring the voyage to an early end on Thursday, when there were still plenty of strong winds in the forecast, and some of the young people were getting frustrated by the lack of sailing, skipper Peta commented: "This group could have been amazing if we had had better weather - until the last day it was a very positive voyage with a good feeling on board. And the group leaders were fantastic." 

This was followed by another adult day sail, despite continuing bad weather. It was a particular pleasure to have on board Barry Weatherill from the Peter Dixon Trust, one of our regular and very generous donors over many years. We have been able to offer funding to many young people who couldn't otherwise afford to sail, through the Peter Dixon Mohawk Voyage Programme. Peter Dixon served in HMS Mohawk during the war and survived her sinking in 1941 following a torpedo attack, when 41 lives were lost. The Peter Dixon Mohawk Voyage programme is offered to young people with a view to changing the direction of their lives, and was set up by the Peter Dixon Charitable Trust in recognition of those who were killed in the war, particularly those who served in or were lost on HMS Mohawk." Barry Weatherill had administered the programme since it was set up but was on the point of retiring so it was a great pleasure to see him on board Prolific and to be able to thank him in person for many years of support for OYT South.

Peta and Mark particularly enjoyed the weather:

Wet

Fortunately after all the bad weather described above, the sun came out for our annual voyage with Alfreton Park Community Special School: young people with multiple moderate to severe physical and learning difficulties, accompanied by adult carers. This is always one of our favourite weeks of the year and it is amazing to see just how much young people with these difficulties can achieve.

Crew

Crew

On the last full day they enjoyed fish and chips on the beach in Cowes, with lots of games including "Who can roll down the hill fastest?" and relay races using flip flops as batons. After that it was time for a sunset sail back to Ocean Village where the voyage ended with Lauren Mackenzie successfully completing her second mate's assessment!

This time last year we had a big weekend of adult day sails with some major donors and key supporters on board - it was great to see people who are so important to the charity in many different ways, from the Chief Executive of the Maritime Coastguard agency, to Peta's mum!

Adult day sail

Adult day sail

Then it was Shooting Star CHASE Children's Hospice again, including the Great 2019 Dinghy Race: everyone dressed up, and the mission was to retrieve three rubber ducks from the other side of the marina.

Crew

Dinghy racing

People also had time to go and explore Cowes, but witha challenge: to find eight objects to spell out the word PROLIFIC. Then it was down to the beach for a game of Giants, Witches and Goblins:

Giants, witches and goblins

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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* Prolific news and a team sail!
Big thanks to Josh who has been looking after Prolific – this week he ran up the engine, generator, heating and fire pump, and did lots of cleaning. The boat looks immaculate!

Having not been able to sail all season, we’re obviously aware of the need to keep skill levels up so Mark, Josh and Caz had a couple of days on the water in a boat very kindly loaned by Andy Kinnaird, just as a refresher with some practice at parking, and man overboard recoveries under sail.

Josh

Mark

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* Happy birthday Holly!

It’s Holly Vint’s birthday today! Many happy returns ...

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* Virtual Small Ships Race tomorrow – you can take part!

In other circumstances, Prolific would have been taking part in the ASTO Small Ships Race tomorrow, competing against other sail training vessels in the Solent.

This year there is a FREE online race which anyone can join, happening at the time of the real race – and it’s now open for practice. All you need to do is register with sailonline.org (please note that the username you choose will be your boat name!). We hope some OYT South members might join in and enjoy it!

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* New RYA / RNLI safety videos
The RYA and RNLI have teamed up to make a new series of ‘How to’ videos with advice and tips on how to enjoy being on the water in safety. The first video to be released reveals the top five reasons lifeboat crews were called into action in recent years, along with tips on how to avoid the need to call for help. Definitely worth a look!

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Financial appeal

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

See here for how to make a donation - you can contribute by cheque, phone or PayPal, but please do something if you possibly can. Don't forget that if you complete and return a Gift Aid form (pdf) we can claim back tax on your donation.

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2021 draft sailing programme

We 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?

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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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 https://smile.amazon.co.uk, 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

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