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OYT South bulletin 22nd May 2020

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

* COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
There are three 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

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 last 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 Annual Report - new
OYT South’s Annual Report and Accounts for the last financial year is now available online as a pdf – we aren’t producing a printed version for the moment. it includes a lot of stories, photos and quotes as well as the financial statements, so do have a look. It covers the last financial year which ended before the COVID-19 crisis began, and the changed situation is reflected in the financial statements; but this doesn’t alter the fact that the sailing season in 2019, covered by this report, was an outstanding success. The report is therefore offered as a celebration of a great year, in recognition of the staff, volunteers, donors, sponsors, suppliers and other supporters and friends who did so much to help all the young people who sailed with us in 2019. It also celebrates the achievements of the young people who often did more on board than they had ever dreamed possible.

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* New Trustee and Treasurer
At OYT South's Board meeting last night, we were delighted to elect Martyn Powe as a Trustee, and he becomes our new Treasurer. Many of you will know Martyn as one of our first mates:


He's been involved with the finance side of the charity for some time now and it's great to make this role official.

Which means it is time to say a HUGE thanks to Brian Eyres who has been our Treasurer for many years and played an enormous role in building up the Trust. He's remaining on the Board and will remain a very valuable source of experience and wisdom!


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* Fundraiser Nathan nominated for an award!
Recent editions of this newsletter have reported on 16-year old trainee bosun Nathan Kelsall as he ran 2.6 miles every day for 26 days to raise money for us (a total of 67.6 miles). This week we heard that his local newspaper, the Stoke Sentinel, has nominated him for an award for his efforts. He has been put forward for an Our Heroes Award in the Bright Young Thing category! Thoroughly deserved and we are so much looking forward to the time when we can have him back on board Prolific again.…


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* Andy, Sally and Hannah Brown’s video
If you don’t look at our Facebook page you might have missed the fact that each weekend we are getting different people to take over and do a series of posts about their involvement with the charity. Last weekend it was the turn of the Brown family – Andy and Sally who sailed with the OYC in the 1970s and met on board, and their daughter Hannah who has grown up with the charity and joined both her parents on our list of sea staff. They did lots of great Facebook posts on their takeover weekend but one thing particularly worth sharing is this video:


This gave us the idea for – gradually – putting together an oral history project collecting memories from lots of people who have sailed with the Ocean Youth Club and its successor charities.

Do you have a story to tell? Could you record yourself telling your story, or could we record an interview with you? We can offer technical help and advice on putting something together. But if you would like to take part, please email It may take a while to build a collection but we do want to hear your stories and your voices!

We are obviously only in touch with a limited number of past OYC and OYT sailors so do please feel free to pass this on to anyone else who might be interested.

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* Josh’s video

Our major sponsors, Marina Developments Limited, are giving us fantastic support as ever, and are currently running a project encouraging berth-holders in their marinas to donate to the charity. They asked Josh to make a video giving a very brief introduction to what we do and why we need money at the moment. It’s on the Facebook page of every MDL marina and it’s been getting huge numbers of views!

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* Susanna’s fundraising masks

Last week we reported that one of our watchleaders and former refit team member Susanna Paynter has been making masks for vulnerable and elderly people in Bristol – she’s made loads of masks and is doing really well at using this to raise some money for us:



Keen sailors will note red and green ties to port and starboard as they should be!

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* Financial appeal

Big thanks this week to the Royal Cruising Club for a very generous and unexpected 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 – TWO days left to 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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* Prolific news
Most of you know that Josh our Staff Engineer has been looking after Prolific all alone since the start of lockdown – he’s done a great job but it really was time to give him a break so he has gone on furlough for a while. We all owe a big thanks to Josh who has done sterling work all this time!


Fortunately former staff member Holly, who spent the first part of lockdown even more isolated than most as she was sailing across the Atlantic, bringing a boat back from Cuba, has been able to volunteer to step in to keep Prolific in good condition while Josh isn’t working. Here she is setting herself up comfortably in her hammock!


Holly has been doing some work on the Prolific recipe book which was started by Georgia and is apparently going to be a fantastic resource on future voyages. She’s also been tackling the window surrounds in the deckhouse as they were suffering from mould and mildew – she’s been sanding them and will be treating them to keep the mould at bay in future.

It’s quite windy now so all Prolific’s mooring lines have been swapped end-for-end to avoid wear falling in the same places all the time – Josh had been moving the bowlines regularly but it’s good to have things changed completely. She's also done the engine checks and ran the engine for a while to make sure all was working as it should.

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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.

At this time in 2004, we were having a maintenance week, during which Craig the bosun ended up doing an interview for Radio Oxford and was only slightly thrown when the interviewer asked him if John Laing had a crow’s nest … Meanwhile, Julian “Dinghy Boy” Watkins who had been volunteering for us went off for an interview to see if he could get sponsorship for his university course, and found that the interviewer was a former OYC staff skipper. We’ve always said that sail training experience could help interview candidates stand out!

We then did a couple of day sails including one for a team from CHASE Children’s hospice whom we had first met through a fundraising project the previous year involving the cricketer Adam Hollioake and several other prominent sportsmen. That’s mainly all for a different story … except it’s worth mentioning the moment Craig the bosun offered to try a bit of sparring in John Laing’s saloon with heavyweight boxing champion Scott Welch, who was about eleven times Craig’s size…

In 2005 the newsletter reported the end of the stylised BBC weather forecast symbols on a static map which had been in use for nearly 30 years, as they moved to modern graphics and swooping around the map. For a while viewers found it complex and confusing, especially since those early versions tended to induce a slight seasick feeling in viewers’ living rooms – and meanwhile we concluded that the weather itself was fighting back by being as varied and unpredictable as possible. Tuesday saw sailing cancelled as a force 8 gale blew through and then on Wednesday skipper Wolf phoned to boast that he was enjoying blazing sunshine, sailing along in shorts and t-shirt. No sooner had he completed this call when the fog came down and the visibility fell to under 200 yards – and stayed that way for hours. Meanwhile Di Roberts, our surveyor, was starting her third mate’s assessment!

In 2006 Dave Carnson was skippering John Laing while Mark, then our staff skipper and now our chief executive, was enjoying the attentions of a Michelin-trained chef on a superyacht in the Mediterranean, as he spent a few days as Chief Mate on the vessel captained by another OYT skipper, Ru Parkhouse. Mark obviously missed John Laing a great deal and was forced to console himself with top-quality food plus air-conditioning, a walnut bridge-deck with leather seats, and freshly-laundered shirts laid out for him every day.

John Laing welcomed him back with a forecast of Force 9 winds and high seas, for a crew based largely around a college group from Harrogate.

Harrogate crew

They did manage some good sailing, and the team also went to a local open mic night and were introduced to the folk-music talents of third mate Bob Worthington. Meanwhile Rosie Allen, now an active second mate, was just starting out as a trainee relief bosun.

In 2007 we had a short voyage with the girls from St Gabriel’s school in Newbury, and then sailed to Torquay with a mixed crew, including a group sponsored by Cardiff Rotary Club, and another small group from Toynbee Hall, a London charity which went on to do a lot of voyages with us. They had a great trip to Swanage, Weymouth and Dartmouth, ending with a cruising chute passage to Torquay so we could prepare for a Small Ships Race from Torquay to Guernsey the following week.

Toynbee Hall was back in 2008 for the first of four voyages – hoping for Guernsey, they were turned back by seasickness but gradually built up confidence through a week of local sailing so that the final verdict was “this voyage was a real triumph of turning round a group of young people who started out very apprehensive about the whole experience, and found it really quite challenging, and ended as an enthusiastic and happy team of sailors.”

Alfreton Park Special School was back in 2009 and 68 miles sailed in five days was a great achievement for a group with so many challenges. Seventeen-year old Luke’s catchphrase for the voyage was “I love my life”; while Elliot liked to have a distinguishing characteristic associated with the people he meets, to help him remember their names, so on being introduced to one of the watch leaders, caused much amusement by stating confidently: “Geoff – no hair!”

This was followed by a weekend voyage for St Gabriel’s school. Most people said the highlight was the crème caramel game, which teacher Anna said she was now going to introduce at dinner parties!

Then there was a half-term voyage for a mixed group: seven people from a Hertfordshire young carers’ group; three girls who were introduced to us via the Scoliosis Association (for spinal curvature), and two individual bookings. It was a good week for getting to know each other and making friends, and most calls from the boat seemed to involve chocolate and/or water pistols. And, clearly, fishfingers:


Ben Martin was starting his first mate’s assessment:


And Jez Snead was doing his third mate’s assessment:


This week in 2010 started with a short voyage for Cheltenham Ladies’ College, and then Park House School sailed across to Cherbourg and then back to Chichester.

Park House School

That was followed by a couple of day sails and then a group sponsored by Cardiff Rotary Club. Frederik Ferner passed his third mate assessment on this voyage and Simon Jinks passed his skipper’s assessment!

Cardiff crew

In 2012 we were sailing with Hampshire’s children in care team once again. They planned a beach BBQ in Chichester and got the first dinghy-load of people and food ashore - when the skies opened and torrential rain came down. They retired to John Laing and cooked the BBQ in the oven! Otherwise they had a great week though perhaps not quite for all of the people all of the time:

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Then came a couple of adult day sails. Always nice to see Jonathan Cheshire on board, as he ran the Ocean Youth Club for many years and likes to check up on us from time to time!

Jonathan Cheshire

That was followed by glorious weather with a mixed crew including some from a local school and others funded by Comic Relief or the Hampshire Bursaries programme:

Summer voyaging

In 2013 it was Park House School once again, with highlights including crew member Matt’s 13th birthday; a tour of Portland Coastguard (thank you very much to them); a rather messy game involving bananas; and the crew’s habit of drawing on the faces of anyone who fell asleep on deck!

Why you need to be careful about where you fall asleep

This year one of the teachers who came with the group, George, was someone we could remember coming sailing with us as a young person.

It was Park House again this week in 2015 – a cheery group despite a brief encounter with Force 8 winds and hail!

Park House

Martyn Powe completed his first mate assessment on this voyage.

That was followed by a young carers’ weekend on a busy Solent bank holiday weekend – at one point we had to avoid a 150-boat racing fleet.

Emily and Will Parker’s dad organised a half-term Scout group voyage which sailed to Guernsey,  Sark and Alderney with much fishing and crab-catching.


Park House School normally books in late May every year so it was no surprise to see them again in 2016, getting to Alderney and Cherbourg, with a lot of hard sailing for a crew aged only 12 and 13.

Park House

You won’t be surprised to hear that it was Park House again in 2017 - for their first voyage in Prolific! We were still getting used to her speed and this voyage left Studland at 0700 and arrived in Cherbourg at 1430, about 4 hours earlier than the skipper had originally estimated!

Park House

In 2018 were reporting on the first two voyages of our project with Ormiston Academies involving girls sailing with inspirational women mentors. The idea was to have girls working alongside women who have interesting jobs, with time to get to know one another properly, developing bonds through the shared activities on board. It was fantastic to watch the girls growing in confidence as they relaxed and got to know the mentors.




The mentors did a tremendous job, in particular being very open about how they had achieved their career success. Not all of them were confident or ambitious as teenagers; and not all of them had entirely smooth paths through education, or clear ideas about what they wanted to do and where their true talents lay, and it was great to see them sharing these experiences with the girls. We certainly saw substantial changes in the students just over the course of these two short voyages, with girls very obviously growing in confidence and saying that in future they would be more willing to try something new. OYT South and Ormiston hope that the experience of sailing with these mentors will have a lasting effect on these students. There were some really interesting sessions on setting goals and thinking hard about how to make the most of this experience. The whole thing was perhaps best summered up by the 15-year old who wrote in our Comments Book: “An amazing experience that has changed everything for me.”One of the mentors, Kate Oliver, wrote this fantastic blog about surviving adversity and setting examples. And we made several videos on the Ormiston voyages – this was one of them:


This time last year it was Park House School again – the big difference this time was that teacher Nyssa Hutchings who had sailed several times as a group leader was now a qualified third mate! The crew was  were asked to make a genuine choice about their voyage: the weather meant that sailing to France was a possibility but there were also good arguments for staying on this side of the channel - more chance of sea breezes whereas the winds across the channel might have been very light. They also had to weigh up the merits of two long passages versus a larger number of short passages, visiting more places, sails up and down more often, and so on.

In the end the majority choice was to head west, so they had a great week of sunny sailing, games and beaches.

Park House

This was followed by a voyage with Hillingdon's virtual school for children in care - another of the year's special voyages. Their groups are made up of exceptionally deserving young people aged 16-18, often including asylum seekers and others who have never had the opportunity to do anything remotely like this, and they are invariably affected by the family atmosphere on board. They joined late on Friday for the start of half term, and the staff commented that they have never seen such big smiles at the beginning of a voyage. Not one of the group had ever been to a beach before so an evening walk to watch the sun set in Cowes was quite special. Back on board it turned into an evening when it was impossible to send anyone to bed - the atmosphere was so lovely, with everyone talking and making friends, and so relaxed.

The banana game got a bit out of hand, though...

Banana game

The staff wrote afterwards: "Whilst each individual young person developed in different specific ways throughout the voyage, it feels important to mention that every single one of them was gracious, kind, and a total credit to everything they represent. The sea staff created a supportive environment where the young people were given room to work things through without sudden intervention, and this rubbed off on the young people themselves as they then began to help each other. The entire voyage was humbling, and a delight from start to finish. Everyone is absolutely welcome back, and should be supported in getting on future voyages if they get in touch. It was a real life-changing sail training voyage."

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

Lots of people are working hard to keep up a flow of interesting posts but we need more of you to engage with them! We’re currently running quizzes, a poetry section and regular takeovers where different people take charge of adding things to our Facebook page for a couple of days. Fundraising runner Nathan Kelsall has done a takeover, as has Charles Kingston who played the piano for us, and the Brown family last weekend; 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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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 provides quizzes, colouring packs and more on their page of educational resources for young people, and there are videos and more, with categories for different age ranges: everything from lower primary (age 3-7) to upper secondary (14-18) and all groups in between.

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

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

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

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

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

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 - 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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2020 sailing programme
It is not yet clear when we will be able to start running voyages again, either for young people or adults – as soon as we have any information it will be announced in this newsletter (and everywhere else – website, social media etc.)

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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.

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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