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OYT South bulletin 29th January 2021

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* 2021 volunteer training - shorebased -
book now – volunteer sea staff and trainee sea staff ALL welcome
Time to let us know if you can attend any of the online sessions we are planning for our training weekend on February 20th and 21st.

Please note that these sessions will all be friendly and welcoming - and free! If you only want to drop in for a few minutes to say hello during the Saturday social, that's fine. Young trainee mates and bosuns who might be doing online lessons for school or college all week and perhaps can't cope with too much Zoom at the weekend, maybe just come for a bit. And if you have other responsibilities, like childcare or anything else, and you need to switch your camera off and deal with something during a session, that's all fine. Basically the message is that if you think any of this sounds interesting but you are feeling a bit intimidated ... don't be!

More details below but it would be helpful to have an idea of numbers if you can let us know which of these sessions you hope to attend:

Saturday morning – youthwork
EITHER Saturday early afternoon – weather forecasting
OR Saturday early afternoon – navigation refresher
Saturday late afternoon – high latitude sailing
Saturday evening - social
Sunday morning – mental health
EITHER Sunday afternoon – VHF refresher
OR Sunday afternoon – Thinking about Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore?

The sessions have been timed to allow significant gaps between each one, so that you won’t be stuck in front of a screen all day with no chance to take a break or even get outside for a walk. The morning sessions will finish so that you have plenty of time before the afternoon sessions begin at 2pm; and on Saturday one of the afternoon sessions should end around 3pm and the alternative option at 4pm so either way you get an hour or two before the high-latitude session starts at 5pm.

  • Youthwork (Saturday morning - starting 0930): how has COVID and lockdown affected young people and how can we support them on board? This will involve a short online course (max 50 minutes). Please do this at home before the training weekend. It looks at the impact of adverse childhood experiences and how young people can be protected and supported to build resilience. There are a couple of videos which don’t seem to play but don’t worry – there’s plenty of interest and value in the course without them. The course was written pre-COVID, but as you go through it, just think about COVID as another type of ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience). Then on the day of the training weekend we will have a session with Nyssa Hutchings, a teacher who has brought many school groups on voyages (and is herself a volunteer watchleader), talking about what her school has experienced in terms of young people affected by COVID and lockdown; followed by a session with Lucinda Neall looking at what we can do on board to support these young people.
  • Looking after your mental health (Sunday morning - starting 0930): with Sue Cheshire who ran a great session for us last year. This year’s session will include the implications of COVID, and is suitable for anyone whether or not you came last year.
  • Weather forecasting (Saturday afternoon 2pm): 1-hour session with Simon Rowell (author of Weather At Sea) on getting, understanding and using a forecast – where forecasts come from and how to decide whether to trust them. An ideal course for anyone who doesn’t want to find themselves in Alderney and needing to get to Poole but with an unexpected northerly Force 8 in the forecast! Invaluable for anyone involved in voyage planning. Recommended for skippers, first mates, second mates and anyone else interested in the weather. This session will run at the same time as the navigation refresher so you need to pick one or the other.
  • Navigation refresher with Dom Coleman (Saturday afternoon 2pm):  an interactive 2-hour chart chat aimed at third mates, less experienced second mates, and bosuns – basically anyone who doesn’t have huge amounts of chartwork experience and needs a relaxed and friendly refresher. This session will run at the same time as Weather forecasting so you need to pick one or the other.
  • VHF refresher with Dom Coleman (Sunday afternoon 2pm):an interactive 2-hour session aimed at people with limited radio experience. Maybe you have done the GMDSS course but you would like a reminder after not having made a radio call for a year; or maybe you’re thinking about getting the qualification next time you have the chance but for now you’re at a level where the skipper might ask you, under supervision, to make a radio call ahead to a marina, and you’d like to know more about it. This session will run at the same time as Thinking about Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore? so you need to pick one or the other
  • Thinking about Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore? with Andy Brown and Holly Vint (Sunday afternoon 2pm): Are you thinking about tackling a Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore qualification in the next year or two? Or have you considered it and then thought it might be too daunting or you might not be ready? What does it involve, how does it work, what skills and experience do you need before attempting either qualification, and how can you use voyages in Prolific - or any other sailing you might be doing - to build yourself up to a level where you can tackle it? Suitable for second and third mates, or anyone else who is thinking ahead about these qualifications. This session will run at the same time as the VHF refresher so you need to pick one or the other
  • High latitude sailing with OYT South first mate Andrew Wilkes. (Saturday afternoon 5pm after the weather / navigation sessions): Some of you will have seen this talk online already as the Ocean Cruising Club winter lecture, but for those of you who haven’t seen it (or would like to see it again!), Andrew is the Editor of the excellent Arctic and Northern Waters Cruising Guide published by the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation. He has sailed the North West Passage as well as remote coasts throughout the Arctic. This is an overview of Arctic sailing including the North West Passage and Scoresby Sund. Roughly 1 hour.

On Saturday evening we’ll aim to have an online social event starting at 6.30pm - including a quiz – provide your own drinks!

The idea is that people can dip in and out – you might attend just one session in the whole weekend, or you might sign up to a full programme across both days – it’s up to you.

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* In this week in previous years
While the charity is unable to operate, it is good to keep reminding ourselves about the value of our charitable work, the life-changing experiences and fantastic fun and friendship on our voyages and at our vessel refits and other activities. If you have a treasured memory of sailing, working or volunteering 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.

The newsletter in this week in 2004 mentioned the joys of working with people with an exceptionally diverse range of skills – from real technical wizards to those whose best abilities were not exactly in the realms of machinery. This week the latter category included two people who were not at the station when we went to pick them up … owing to having failed to open the train door in order to get off. This was in the days when it was common to have to open the window and reach for the handle on the outside. They were carried on to the next station where fortunately someone else was also getting off! However, it would be a dull world if everyone’s skills were the same and the latecomers redeemed themselves by cooking dinner with notably outstanding gravy.

Meanwhile the core team of Wolf, Craig, Phoebe and Dinghy Boy had been augmented by one more full-time volunteer, Sarah Hughes, who joined till the end of refit. Jobs were going well despite the impact of rain on an uncovered refit. We weren’t quite in the position we had endured the previous year, when rain right up to launch day meant we had actually painted the hull by drying each section with kitchen roll first (achieving a remarkably good finish). Fraser Old returned everything wooden that could possibly be varnished, which he worked on at home each winter for many years. And regular readers may recall from a couple of weeks ago that in 2003, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chris Lane, had come along to help and had promptly been stuffed into a water tank with a pot of bitumen varnish and told to get on with it. Now a year later, Chris came on a visit, noticed the tanks had been opened up ready for treating again … and when we looked round, Chris was no longer on board!

In this week in 2006, we were welcoming Jo Rule who had joined the office team as a part-time fundraising assistant. Meanwhile, on board, the team were deep into cleaning, sanding and fertanning the bilges, and the most common position for any volunteer was something like this:

Refit

One volunteer actually acquired the nickname “Bat Girl” due to the amount of time she spent hanging upside down. Meanwhile Skipper Wolf and Bosun Dings had divided their work into two departments, known as “Right” and “Wrong”, and were wrestling with the fact that for every bit of filler they put in, a bit of old filler would come out somewhere else.

We had lots of volunteer help in this week in 2007, including a visit from four students from Chichester High School for Girls who had sailed with us in the previous season, with their inspirational teacher Drinda. They were all in the group needing extra help to access the curriculum so it was great to give them some practical experience. The Chi Massive did a big clean-up of deck and scaffolding, and ate all the biscuits.

However, the VIP visitor of the week was Mrs Helena Frost, who was one of our kindest and most generous donors until her death in 2011. We still receive fantastic support from the foundation that bears her name. But in 2007 when she visited the refit, she was 82 years old but she still managed to climb up the ladder on the scaffolding and explore all over the boat, talking to all the staff and volunteers and showing immense interest. We were left feeling as though we had had a visit from the Queen…

This week in 2008 we gained a new full-time refit volunteer as Max Parsonson came along to help us while waiting to join the Navy in April. We also announced the result of the 2007 Chris Ellis Award, a prize for the best account or artwork from the season’s voyages. This year Flossy Elford took the major prize and Helier Heath was runner-up. Sadly we no longer have copies of their entries.

In 2009 we had a good volunteers’ weekend and powered through lots of work though judging by this picture, there was a bit still to do:

Refit

This newsletter has reported on a number of awards for the charity and our staff and volunteers over the years, but the first major national award for OYT South came in this week in 2011 when our Chief Executive Mark Todd, known to a generation of young crew members as skipper Wolf, became the inaugural winner of the MCA Award for Command Commitment to Sail Training.

The award was announced at the ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) annual conference, where Mark was presented with a sextant by Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey, formerly Second Sea Lord and now Chief Executive of the Maritime Coastguard Agency, and by James Stevens, Chairman of ASTO.

Award

Award

The MCA is a UK executive agency working to prevent the loss of lives at sea and is responsible for implementing British and International maritime law and safety policy. Sir Alan spoke of the MCA's support for UK Sail Training and said that he saw the award as recognition of the fact that in sail training, just as in the rest of the UK's commercial fleet, the skipper has a unique role: "Mark particularly impressed us with his ability to grasp what it means to be in command and ultimately responsible for everything that happens on board his vessel. The sea can produce such a straightforward link between cause and effect, and the skipper's responsibilities create a clarity of vision that does not always exist in other walks of life." He added that the process of selecting the inaugural award winner had been extremely rigorous and that the MCA had been delighted by the range and quality of the candidates, but that Mark had been the unanimous winner.

James Stevens described Mark as "a first class skipper for one of the UK's most successful sail training organisations, OYT South."

The award criteria included not only professional seafaring competence, but also personality, leadership, ability to inspire and enthuse, work with young people and volunteers, management skills and authority.

Mark himself said that he saw this award as a tribute to everyone involved with OYT South and the successful charity we had built up together. The real value of our work is the effect we have on young people's lives, and the award brought important recognition from a respected external body for the impact we can make.

This is a member of the refit team expressing unconfined joy at the news:

Refit

In that year we were testing three different kinds of antifouling for International Paint, on different parts of the hull, so we were grateful for a lot of volunteer help.

In 2012 we were refitting in the water, and polishing the hull was presenting some interesting challenges:

Refit

In 2015 the newsletter was claiming that we had reached the point where the boat was starting to look better rather than worse. Photos taken at the time are not altogether convincing:

Refit

In 2016 Josh had found himself the perfect place to live for the season:

Josh

And the rest of the team were loading the torpedoes:

Refit

In 2019, Vortec Marine came along and fitted our new staysail tracks:

Refit

Danny was living in the fire pump locker:

Refit

And Georgia and Josh were getting things ready for the mast and boom to come out:

Refit

We were about to come out of the water for a short period to fix the bow-thruster and antifoul the hull, a task which needed huge amounts of help – this bulletin was promising loads and cake plus one of Peta’s famous motivational chats for anyone who turned up.

On several occasions over the years, including 2020, there was no bulletin on the last Friday in January because the team were all at the annual conference for ASTO (the Association of Sail Training Organisations) – several of us are attending this year’s online conference as this newsletter is going out.

Please send in your contributions for future issues. We hope these forays into the past are entertaining you while we cannot sail at the moment – and reminding everyone of how much effort so many people have put in over the years to ensure that we can keep helping young people develop the skills to succeed in life!

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* Prolific news

Big thanks to Holly who is looking after Prolific at the moment.

She has been painting under the chart room floor:

refit

Sanding the tired woodwork (including the faded footstep patches on the stairs):

Refit

And making sure she looks after her own morale properly while she does all the work:

Refit

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* The OYC in 1973
Thanks to John Hepburn for this:

“Ocean Youth Club's Equinoxe in her last Old Gaffers' Race with the club in 1973 at Cowes. Lots of people wanted to say farewell, and we had a crew of about 20, most of them sitting on the weather rail (v un-gafferlike!). I put a handy billy on the sheet of that big jib so I could tweak it (also v un-gafferlike). We didn't win, but we got a consolation best non-winning trophy, which came with two bottles of fizz. Those WERE the days! Pic by Roger M Smith of Cowes.”

Equinoxe

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Jake’s research – can you help?
One of our second mates, Jake Clark, has been studying Outdoor Education at the University of Chichester and is doing a research project focusing on the interpersonal relationships between sail trainers and their participants, as well as looking at the pedagogical/holistic development benefits of this – and he needs sail trainers to help him!

Jake

He’s looking for sail trainers to interview - a maximum 30-minute story telling interview around the end of January/February. He’s particularly interested in skippers and first mates but others are welcome – ideally people holding the minimum qualification of day skipper as well as being an active member of a sail training organisation based in the UK, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience. If you fit the bill and would like to help Jake, please email jakeandreclark@live.com.

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Passports – be prepared

Since 1st January 2021, British passport holders travelling to the EU will need to ensure that on the day you travel, your passport has at least 6 months left, and it must also be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left). If you’re planning to sail with us once we get up and running again, do make sure your passport is in order in case your voyage might be able to sail to France. You might find it convenient to get it renewed while travel isn’t possible so that you don’t have to send it off for renewal later on!

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First aid certificates
If your three-year RYA first aid certificate is expiring while a full face-to-face course is impossible due to COVID, the RYA is currently allowing a one-year extension (not a full three-year renewal) via video conference. This is a much shorter course (around 2 hours) and you can see further details and a list of centres offering the course here. If you do one of these courses, please let us know how it goes so we know what to recommend to others!

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Refit plans this winter - postponed

We had hoped to be running Prolific’s winter refit at the moment but no-one will be surprised to hear that we have postponed bringing the team back together on board. Obviously we don’t want to put our staff at risk and it’s important to help protect the NHS.

This year’s refit will be as small as possible and won’t need to take very long, and we won’t be calling for the usual army of volunteer help. Once we can start the refit work, if anything comes up where we do need help and can manage it safely, we will let you know; but in the meantime we want to thank everyone who has worked so hard on Prolific in recent years and ensured that the boat is in such a good condition that we only need to tackle the bare essentials this year.

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2021 sailing plans

We are determined to do everything possible to sail this year and not spend another full season with Prolific in harbour. There are still a lot of unknowns about what might be possible with voyages in 2021 and there will need to be some changes to the draft programme: but we DO hope and expect to be needing volunteer sea staff in 2021!

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2021 volunteer bookings
- send in your bids now
We don’t yet have anything like enough sea staff bids to be able to start allocating voyages but despite all the uncertainties, we DO want to hear from you!

Because we hope to be sailing in 2021 and we know that volunteer sea staff need to have dates in your diaries so you can also make other plans, we want to take sea staff bookings as normal. We obviously have to accept that not all voyages will necessarily go ahead exactly as planned, but it is much better to have a team of volunteers provisionally booked and available for each voyage period rather than struggling to put teams together at the last minute.

Therefore, if you want to sail as a volunteer in 2021, PLEASE in details of when you are available and how much time you can spare, just as you did last year - but please read the rest of this section before doing so!

If you have had a skipper's recommendation (which means that EITHER you have sailed on a youth voyage and been told at the end that you have been recommended to come back for bosun or watchleader training, or you have done an adult voyage and been given a recommendation at the end) but are not yet an assessed and qualified member of sea staff, your next step is to sail on a youth voyage of four nights or more, for further training and assessment. Not all voyages are suitable for this but please send in details of your availability and we'll aim to match you with an appropriate voyage.

Qualified sea staff (anyone who sailed with us as a watchleader, bosun or engineer in 2019 or previously) - ideally please give us voyage numbers of anything you would like to do (see here for voyage numbers); or give us names of any regular clients you'd particularly like to sail with. But if you have really flexible availability, the easiest thing is to tell us the maximum number of days you can offer in 2021.

Please note that we DO need you to send in details of when you can sail (whether specific voyage numbers, or an idea of the times of year you can or can’t do - e.g. if you can only sail in school/college/uni holidays - in which case do give us exact dates) and/or how much time you can offer - please DON'T email to ask what voyage dates are available. The reasons for this are complicated but it’s basically all about the need to put together teams of sea staff with the right blend of experience, qualifications and skills, rather than booking people one-by-one.

We really need to get bids in from as many people as possible before we can start the allocation process. If you really need an answer quickly then please tell us your deadline and we will do our best for you!

Once the main round of allocations is completed we will advertise any remaining gaps, but you may find there's not a lot of choice at that stage. Please send bids or questions to webmaster1@oytsouth.org.

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2021 volunteer training – on board

Because none of our volunteers have sailed Prolific for a year, we will aim to run some refresher trips at the start of the season.

Obviously plans can change and things may need to be postponed but we’re currently looking at the possibility of sailing with volunteers on the following dates (with youth voyages starting after that):

A) Friday 2nd April 8pm – Sunday 4th April 5pm
B) Tuesday 6th April 8pm - Thurs 8th April 5pm
C) Friday 9th April 8pm to Sunday 11th April 5pm
D) Tuesday 13th April 8pm to Thurs 15th April 5pm
E) Friday 16th April 8pm to Sunday 18th April 5pm

We may not be able to sail with a full boat so places are likely to be limited. First priority will go to relief skippers, first mates and second mates. If there are spare places we will then look at those third mates and bosuns who are applying to do quite a few voyages; and only if there are spare places after that will we allocate them to occasional 3Ms, bosuns and trainee mates. This is simply because if we get the more senior team and the regulars happy and comfortable on board again, they will be in a good position to supervise and support others as needed on youth voyages. Skippers, 1Ms and 2Ms need to be ready to take on their usual responsibilities as soon as we start sailing with young people - others can more easily get extra help if you are a bit rusty!

However, none of this should stop people at any level from applying for these voyages – we might as well know who would be available and keen if there are spaces. We just want to be clear that we may not be able to fit everyone in and we don’t want you to be disappointed if you apply for something and don’t get it.

So please email now to say which of the training voyages A to E you could do, if they go ahead on those dates. If possible please give us some flexibility so we can fit others around anyone who has limited availability. And if you can sail on weekdays then please do offer, in order to free up weekends for those who have limited annual leave and would like to take it later in the year to sail on youth voyages.

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* Financial appeal

Special thanks this week to the Vokins Charitable Trust and to Fred Cole, for very kind donations.

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

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

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Raise funds for OYT South if you're shopping online!

"What a fool I was!" says Mark Todd.

"For ages I've seen in the bulletin that Easyfundraising is a good way to raise money for charity, but I never got round to doing anything about it, and when Caz told me how easy it was, I didn't listen.

I thought it might be a hassle, or that I'd have to remember to do something when I bought stuff online, or that it probably wasn't really worthwhile.

This week I finally got round to it and it turns out it's a REALLY EASY way to raise money for the charity I care about ... and I definitely should have done it sooner.

It takes a minute or two to sign up; you can do it on a desktop, tablet and/or phone, and you can install a widget that flags up when a donation is available. Once that's done, imagine you're looking to buy - say - a rainbow unicorn: just put "rainbow unicorn" in your usual search box, and the list of results shows you which sites come with donations, and how much. It's up to you what to pick and whether to accept the donation from the site, but a huge choice of sites will offer a donation - and it doesn't cost you a penny.

I don't know why I didn't do it sooner ... but if there's anyone else who has been like me and just not got round to it, PLEASE click the link now and sign up!"

Easyfundraising

OYT South is also registered with Amazon Smile which makes donations to us when people shop - Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price on eligible purchases. If you ever shop with Amazon, do have a look - once you pick Ocean Youth Trust South as your chosen charity and start using https://smile.amazon.co.uk, you don't need to do anything further, and all your other Amazon account settings remain unchanged.

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

We are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oytsouth - please do give us a Like! If you were friends with John Laing on our old page (https://www.facebook.com/johnlaingsailing please do move to the new page now.

We are also on Twitter @oytsouth so please follow us!

And Instagram @oyt_south

And LinkedIn Ocean Youth Trust South

Please note that OYT South has a policy that our adult staff and volunteers should not make or accept individual online friend requests with crew members aged under 18, or vulnerable adults. Crew members can use the sites to stay in touch with the boat and with each other, but not with individual staff and volunteers.

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

Our friends at SeaRegs Training have online distance learning systems for the theory courses for Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean. And OYT South second mate Dom Coleman also runs an excellent sea school offering RYA online courses fully supported by phone, email or video.

OYT South offers basic navigation training in-house through the RYA's Essential Navigation & Seamanship course - and we can also arrange the PPR course (RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities) for sea staff. 

Please do ask for advice if you are not sure which courses are right for you.

We also offer a range of courses outside sailing and navigation, for our volunteers - including vital courses on Safeguarding and Food Hygiene, as well as things like Mental Wellbeing in Sport and Physical Activity, Preventing Bullying, Online Safety, Concussion Awareness and all sorts of other things - do have a look. Just one £10 payment (special price available only to our volunteers and prospective volunteers) gives you access to ALL these courses.

It would be great if we could get back up and running with lots of our volunteers having additional skills and knowledge!

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Branded clothing
OYT South branded clothing available - please see here. You can buy hoodies (in a wide range of colours), fleeces, short- and long-sleeved t-shirts, baseball caps, beanie hats, polo shirts and more, all with OYT South's logo!

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Raise And Sail - website for anyone looking to raise money to come sailing
Raise And Sail is a section of this website full of ideas, information and support for young people who would like to raise money in order to come sailing with us. Huge thanks to Fiona Keen and Emma Burrows for putting Raise And Sail together. We hope you will find it useful - let us know how you get on as we can add success stories and new ideas to the site in due course.

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New readers' welcome and introduction
If you have recently registered your interest in OYT South, welcome to our newsletter, which is sent out almost every week, normally on a Friday, and is also copied onto the website.

If you have just started receiving this newsletter by email, it is because we believe you have signed up and consented to receive it - perhaps by emailing us to ask for it, completing a form on our website, or adding your email address to the book on board where people can sign up to receive news, as well as leaving comments. If this was a mistake or you simply decide you want to stop receiving the newsletter, just press “reply” to the email and write UNSUBSCRIBE at the top, or email webmaster1@oytsouth asking to unsubscribe.

Each week the newsletter includes a wide range of news from the boat and from the charity, including details of voyages available for young people; adult voyages; opportunities for adult volunteers both ashore and afloat, and much more. We find that while some people read the bulletin almost every week, many others dip in and out, and read it when it's convenient - which is why some items are repeated. New items are marked with an asterisk * so that if you did read it last week, you can see which sections you can safely skip.

Please feel free to join in any OYT South activities - nothing here is restricted to long-standing members or people who already know one another. New people are always very welcome!

If you need an introduction to the work of OYT South, you should find a lot of useful information on our website. But essentially, we are a registered charity (no. 1079959) which exists to offer adventure under sail as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, from the widest possible range of backgrounds. A high proportion of our young crew members are disadvantaged or deserving in some way: many of these sail in groups organised by other charities, youth clubs, special schools and so on, and will fill the bulk of our term-time voyages. But those from more fortunate backgrounds are also welcome to sail, either in groups or by coming as individuals on a mixed voyage. Every year we run a variety of shorter local voyages plus longer adventure trips - sometimes including Tall Ships races during the summer holidays. If you are aged 12-25 and hoping to sail as a crew member, take a look here - and this section is also useful for adults who are thinking of organising a voyage for a young person. Adults planning to organise a full group voyage should also see here. Adults who want to sail themselves should see here.

We have a professional staff skipper and engineer, but our watch leaders are normally all volunteers, who combine sailing skills with an interest in working with young people. You can find more information here - how the system works, how to join, and profiles of existing staff and volunteers.  

To volunteer for OYT South ashore, please see here. To help with the vessel's annual refit, see here.

It is a very expensive business maintaining a boat, running an office and employing staff. If you want to help us, please become a member of OYT South. Or see here for information on making a donation.

If you have any questions, please do email - or contact the office.

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“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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