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OYT South bulletin 9th October 2020

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*Staff Skipper news

Our Staff Skipper Peta Koczy is moving on!

Peta

She has been with us for four years, having joined us for the refit 2016-17 and worked as Sailing Support Officer through our first season with Prolific, to help us get the boat running smoothly and support our volunteers in learning to manage a larger and more complex vessel. She then took over as Staff Skipper in 2018 and has played a tremendous part in the success of the charity in the last few years. Her exceptional talents have been recognised well beyond OYT South - she was awarded “Young Sail Trainer of the Year 2018” by Sail Training International, and won a judges’ High Commendation at the Women of the Future Awards 2019. We hope to see her back on board as an occasional relief skipper; but she will be leaving the job in November and we know everyone will want to wish her the very best of luck in the future. There is a web page for donations to her leaving present; but in the meantime, a fitting reflection on Peta’s impact can be left to one of our young crew members, Harry, who tells his story below, describing Peta as “the most insane, interesting and coolest person I have ever met”!

However, we are not left without a skipper: we are delighted to announce that Holly Vint will be coming back to work for us and taking over as Staff Skipper!

Holly

Holly’s first-ever sailing trip was in John Laing from Plymouth to Spain in 2012, taking part in the Tall Ships events:

Crew parade 2012

That makes her the first skipper to have gone all the way through from young crew member to Staff Skipper with OYT South!

Holly earned a bosun's recommendation on that 2012 voyage and became a regular volunteer before getting her Yachtmaster Ocean and Cruising Instructor qualifications and doing two years as first mate with OYT North, followed by adult adventurous training and science research expeditions. She then came back to us full-time as Sailing Support Officer for the 2018 season. She’s been involved in all sorts of adventurous sailing since then; but she spent much of lockdown this year living on board Prolific and looking after maintenance for us.

Having succeeded Peta as Sailing Support Officer in 2018, it’s fantastic that Holly is able to follow in Peta’s footsteps once again as she takes over as Staff Skipper. We are very lucky to have two such talented and popular individuals as part of the OYT South family, helping the charity to go from strength to strength!

Peta and Holly

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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 - all the details you need for our online event
OYT South’s AGM will take place on Saturday 7th November, but this year it will be via video conference.

The formal mailing to members has gone out this week – if you think you are a member and you haven’t received it, please let us know! But the meeting is open to anyone (and if you are not a member but would like to be, you can join now). Please note that only members can vote at the AGM.

The meeting will be held using Zoom: Video conference link here (Meeting ID: 915 9948 2504, Passcode: 964302).

The Zoom conference will open at 1745 to allow everyone to get the technology working before the meeting formally opens at 1800.

All the details and papers for the meeting are available here. With members’ permission we would like to record the AGM – if you have concerns about this, please contact office@oytsouth.org.

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 very short formal AGM followed by the Chief Executive’s speech as usual, giving a review of the year and plans going forward; 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?

Anyone who really can’t manage a video call can submit questions in advance, and members can vote by proxy: in both cases, you need to email office@oytsouth.org by 1700 on Thursday 5th November with details of your question or your appointed proxy.

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* The lasting impact of sail training - Harry's story
This week we have a contribution from Harry who first sailed with his school group in 2018, when he was thirteen years old.

Harry says: “I have always been a bit different, I get nervous about small things. OYT South has, without a doubt, changed my life. A month ago, I joined my school’s CCF, and was delighted to have been put on a term placement with the Navy section, I have now been told, I am able to remain with the Navy into next term (as most people would swap to the service they had not done).

I first discovered OYT South in 2018, I was about to do an additional year at Bruern Abbey and to get to know people in the year below who I would be with, I was offered a place on the trip. As I said before, I get nervous about small things, but something like this, I was even more so. We arrived, and when we got onboard, I was still a bit nervous, but once we were all sat around the table and met everyone, it all went away. We had a great bunch of sea staff, including Georgia, Holly, Peta and one mad (well, more mad than the others) one whose name I cannot remember. In all honesty, I do not remember my first voyage in great detail. The main thing I remember is the feeling I got. I learned all sorts of things I would not have if I had not gone.

It was after my first trip, I was hooked, I started saving, I entered the Chris Ellis Award and got runner up!

I have quite a few members of my family who were in the Navy including my great, great uncle who was Second Sea Lord. Because of this, my parents are very supportive of me sailing, and my father and I have an agreement that I pay half and he pays the other half.

My second voyage was an individual one, I was more nervous then than my first time because I knew no one. However, on our second day, we were tacking and working as a team which First Mate Andy was quite impressed with. The people I was with on that trip were (apart from one) all older than me, but everyone was so nice, and it was nice to be away from my siblings and talking to people nearer my own age. It was on this trip that I found an interest in two things. While we were doing a night sail, Georgia (who was on this trip too) asked for a hand cleaning the filters on the heads. Not the most exciting job onboard, but it made me realise what goes into keeping the boat afloat, and it is something I definitely want to learn more about at some point. My second interest (well, thing I enjoyed in particular), was, surprisingly, anchor watch. I know that some people would rather be tucked up in a bunk, but for me, being up, watching out for things, writing in the anchor watch book and talking to the person you are with is so fun.

I mentioned in the beginning I am a bit of a nervous person. OYT South has given me more confidence, without this confidence, I would not have put myself forward for the Ten Tors Challenge and tried so many things.

When I think of OYT South, I think of: an amazing boat with amazing (and mad) people, great stories and amazing experiences. Above all however, I think of two people, Georgia, who got me hooked on small and big things around the boat and how they work, and Peta, the most insane, interesting and coolest person I have ever met. These are just two people that have stuck in my mind. Every member of the sea staff I have met is amazing and made an impression on me that will last a lifetime.

All I can say to those amazing people is thank you.”

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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.

It should be noted that early October is always the time for the ASTO Small Ships Solent race and a number of the photos used in this bulletin come from the official race photographer Max @tallshipstock.com. Max is always great at capturing sail training vessels and we are grateful for permission to use his images.

In this week in 2004 we were sailing with Steve Lacey’s Dorset group whose voyage included passages to Alderney and back. Steve wrote later: “Feedback from the crew since the voyage has been very positive, with individuals remaining free of substances for the week for the first time in a number of years. All completed the voyage, an achievement in itself.” One of the crew added: “Cheers for making the trip a good experience, especially to all who helped make it a possibility for R and I to gain our Competent Crew certificates!....I still haven't stopped swaying. S and I felt really "boat-sick" on the way home, and we missed everyone so bad.”

Crew

Crew

The next voyage was with our regular clients at Portsmouth Housing Association, who had some good sailing despite never leaving the Solent and then it was the 12 and 13 year olds from Parkside School.

It was Parkside School again in this week in 2005. There were a lot of other sail training boats in the Solent, ahead of the ASTO race at the weekend – we had a water fight with Leader (during which one of Leader’s crew learned that it is very unwise to try and catch a water balloon in your hands when you are not wearing oilskins), and a very satisfying conversation with a (much older) crew on board Royalist who had all been seasick on a very tough passage and couldn’t believe that our crew of very small boys were happily hoisting a pirate flag and setting off to sea! And teacher Hamish Lochhead passed his third mate’s assessment.

Hamish and his Parkside School group were back again in this week in both 2006 and 2007,  when they were followed by a mixed crew who were lucky with the tide and spent the week visiting places we didn’t often reach in John Laing – including Newtown and Buckler’s Hard, where they had a walk in the woods and some squirrel-spotting. With a very wide age range on board, we were able to split the team for a few hours next morning, anchoring in Freshwater Bay and putting some of the younger crew members ashore to expend excess energy on a walk to Yarmouth with a couple of staff while some older members of the crew, who had a genuine interest in navigation and sailing manoeuvres, had some intensive skills training as they went round under sail to pick the shore party up in time for lunch.

Parkside School was back again in this week in 2008, with a trip to Weymouth for beach games and a very fast night-time return through the Needles Channel in big seas which some people enjoyed much more than others! Their final passage from Cowes to Ocean Village was in such bad weather that there seemed to be only one other sailing boat out in the Solent, so our crew of 12-year olds could be really proud of themselves for a successful passage in those conditions.

Next came the ASTO Small Ships race, a Solent-based event for sail training vessels crewed by young people. John Laing’s crew came from Budmouth Technology College and included a lot of keen and experienced dinghy sailors. After just one day of training, they raced in a day of strong winds, but so irregular that constant sail adjustments were required. Second mate John spent the race on the foredeck and said that about 20 reefs went in and out. Meanwhile the rest of the crew were kept busy with constant sail trim. We were joined for the day by Rear Admiral John Lang, president of ASTO, who took an active part in the race and enjoyed a tight battle against Thermopylae Clipper.John Laing was eighth over the line, but sadly this only put us 21st on handicap. However, we didn’t go without a prize at the ceremony that evening: Rosie Edgeley took the award for youngest female crew member in the race, at 13 years, 5 months and 3 days.

Racing

Then it was Drinda’s group of girls from the Chichester XL Club, working hard and covering a lot of ground in a challenging week.

In 2009 we had a mixed crew for the ASTO Small Ships Solent race, including nine from a youth group in Rusthall, Kent. They had a day of training involving lots of tacking and gybing – and sailed past Roman Abramovich’s yacht, noting that her tender was almost the size of John Laing! Next day John Laing was on the start line just as the gun went, and had some very competitive tacking to the first mark in up to 30 knots of wind. We reached the downwind mark in third place, and eventually crossed the finish line in fifth place on the water, though a little further down the fleet after handicap calculations. The crew enjoyed the prizegiving party, with karaoke - third mate Emma Burrows lead the crew in performing “You’re the one that I want”! Rusthall group leader Mike wrote later: “It was quite clear, when chatting to quite a few adults at the moorings and at the party, that John Laing is held in high affection. It certainly is one of the reasons I am glad we found you!”

Racing

Racing

Next we enjoyed the return of Drinda and Chichester High School for Girls – a slightly different group from previous years as this time they were all studying for a BTEC Diploma in Public Services. We asked Drinda if this meant they were all planning careers in the police, fire or armed services, and the reply came: “They will be by the time I’ve finished with them.” A crossing to Cherbourg with lots of 8 knot sailing in rather confused seas was a great experience for them.

In 2011 we were doing the ASTO Small Ships Race with a crew from Naomi House Children’s Hospice siblings programme. This year the race took them all over the Solent in glorious weather – skipper James said the conditions were gorgeous for sailing, but there wasn’t quite enough wind to make a heavy steel boat like John Laing competitive.

Race crew

Racing

The Rusthall group were back again the following week, for a very windy voyage during which Marion Heming from our support group on the Isle of Wight came to the rescue with a generous batch of emergency flapjacks.

Flapjacks

They had a lot of competitions all week, from knot-tying to model boat-making, with the finals held as they sailed to Ocean Village on the last day.

Knots

In 2012, Parkside School arrived on board with their usual ambitious plans and set off almost immediately for Alderney - a challenging passage for a group of 12-year-olds in quite rough seas. The skipper was really impressed with how they all worked and kept going even with some of them feeling seasick. They had a good run ashore in Alderney and then a very fast passage back with no seasickness at all.

Crew

They were followed by the Naomi House Children’s Hospice siblings group, with a gorgeous sail in beautiful weather, tacking all the way to Lymington, as they trained ahead of the ASTO race.

Parkside School was back in 2013, sailing overnight to Sark on the first night and arriving at lunchtime the next day. Shore leave that afternoon and then an 0430 start for a passage to Alderney, a bit more time ashore and then a mid-afternoon start to sail back across the Channel, getting in early the next morning. This was an epic effort for such a young crew: 234 nautical miles and not much sleep in four days.

At sea

Naomi House Children’s Hospice siblings were back again the following week, once more training for the ASTO race, though the weather was so challenging - wind and driving rain obscuring all visibility – that they could only do limited training and lots of games.

Chartwork

In 2014 we had a crew from CHASE Children’s Hospice: brothers and sisters of life-limited children, plus two staff. It was a great group and as ever we were determined to use the voyage to give them a good break from the pressures at home. They experienced fog; an anchorage in Studland Bay with ice creams and beach games; a passage south of the Isle of Wight; fish finger sandwiches; and a trip up Spinnaker Tower.

Crew

Next we had a mates’ training weekend skippered by Ed Green, while our Chief Executive Mark Todd was sailing with friends in the Solent in another boat. This caused a few problems as Ed and the team were doing man overboard recovery exercises when Mark sneaked in, stole the practice man overboard and sailed off with it before dumping it in a more difficult position!

We also had a day sail for the Quilter Cheviot Foundation, which had been one of our major donors for several years. We really wanted to give some of their staff a great day on the water to thank them for all they had done for us, so were disappointed to wake to rain, grey skies and no wind. However, shortly after the group came on board, the skies miraculously cleared, a breeze got up and we ended up having a fabulous sail in warm and sunny conditions - better than anything we had dared hope for!  

Quilter Cheviot crew

The good weather continued for our second group of the year sponsored by the Saints Foundation at Southampton Football Club - local young people who were not in education, employment or training.  They anchored in Swanage in proper shorts and t-shirts weather, remarkable for October!

The Saints Foundation were back with us in 2015, competing in the ASTO Small Ships event, racing against other sail training vessels. There were very light winds, but it was a beautiful day on the water and everyone sailed the boat well. One of our vice-patrons, Michael Campbell, was out on the water in his own boat and came to see us. The crew enjoyed the party in Cowes that night.

Racing

That was followed by a crew from Sherborne Learning Centre - a lively group who had a cracking beat all the way to Weymouth. The former deputy head of Sherborne Learning Centre came to the boat to say hello and was really enthusiastic about the value of these voyages: “It’s amazing the change you see in the kids when they get back to school.”

Crew

In this week in 2016 we had a crew sponsored by HMS President for the ASTO race and just for once the conditions suited John Laing – and we came third in class C!

Racing

Racing

Racing

Then it was a new client which has since become a regular: the Limes College, a Pupil Referral Unit in Sutton. As we expect with this sort of group, there was some challenging behaviour and some very short attention spans but nonetheless they managed a really successful week overall, including a night walk in the woods in Beaulieu where they saw bats.

Crew

There was a lot of face-painting:

Josh

And Steve Lacey was doing his first mate training:

At sea

This week’s newsletter in 2017 began with a crew from New Forest Academy taking charge of a night navigation exercise to finish their voyage – while Susanna Paynter successfully completed her third mate assessment.

Then it was Parkside School again for the final voyage before teacher Hamish Lochhead retired – having organised an annual voyage with OYT South for longer than any other client except the annual MDL award winners! They had enjoyed some epic voyages over the years but this year it was a very blustery trip to Poole and back, with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of games. And Hamish got to experience Prolific after all those years of sailing John Laing!

At sea

At sea

That was followed by another voyage arranged through HMS President, London’s Royal Naval Reserve Unit, which had raised money for young people from the Prince’s Trust. These crew members were from disadvantaged backgrounds trying to access employment, education or training - one great example in this week’s crew is Prince’s Trust ambassador Robyn who had suffered an accident two years earlier which resulted in her losing her sight. Since then she has set up her own business. And Robyn wasn’t the only inspirational individual on board - skipper Andy said this was an enthusiastic and hardworking group who are up for a challenge! The bulletin ended as they were setting off to sail round the Isle of Wight while training for the ASTO race at the weekend.

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
Big thanks this week to Dave “Tigger” Heffer and Clive who have been working on the floorboards in Prolific’s navigation area. The old floorboards were rotten and stuck to the metal underneath so that we couldn’t get at it to tackle the rust, so the old boards have been removed. The next stage will be to fit new boards – which will be removable so that future maintenance will be a lot easier!

Floorboards team!

Floorboards!

Floorboards team!

No floorboards!

Tigs and Clive also helped Josh to swap the mooring lines end-for-end to reduce wear; and Josh ran up the engine and generally looked after the boat.

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* Financial appeal

Huge thanks this week to the Ellis Campbell Foundation which has approved further donations towards the salary of our Staff Cadet, a scheme designed to help young people who would otherwise have found it hard to access a career in sail training; to the Bernard Sunley Foundation which has offered a generous donation towards bursaries next year for young people who could not otherwise afford to sail; and to the staff of Phillips 66 who took part in activities to raise money for us!.

Big thanks also 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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* Andy Brown in Norway

If you have ever wondered what relief skipper Andy Brown does when he’s not on board Prolific: he has just sent us a cutting from a local paper in Norway where his ship was apparently blocking all the light from the houses on the quayside!

Andy Brown's ship

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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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