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OYT South bulletin 5th March 2021

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


COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
See here for the latest statement from our Chief Executive Mark Todd.

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* Prolific’s Big Virtual Voyage – 817 miles pledged already - please get involved and start fundraising!

We’ve had 817 miles pledged by 18 people towards Prolific’s Big Virtual Voyage next month, with several other people having said they will take part but not yet having made their formal pledge! That’s far enough to see us halfway down the coast of Portugal in one direction, or reaching Aalborg in Denmark in another direction!

Based on the pledges we are getting, the distance for the week will be longer than we could ever manage in a real week but that doesn’t matter – we will just have to imagine that someone sneakily installed foils during Prolific’s refit and the virtual voyage is achieving spectacular speeds.

Pledges so far range from walking 10 miles in the week to cycling 125 miles; but even if you can only pledge a couple of miles, it all counts; and if you can't contribute any miles, you can always think about sponsoring someone else (we have £1,310 in sponsorship already). Here’s how it works:

Usually at the end of March we’d be wrapping up the winter refit and welcoming young people on board Prolific for our first sail training voyage of the season. This year our trips are being delayed by the pandemic, but we’re still as keen as ever to get back to working as a team.

Given that we’re not able to get out on the water just yet, we want to set you (our volunteers, supporters and young crew) a challenge: to get Prolific ‘sailing’ again.

Over the course of a week (Monday 22nd March to Sunday 28th March) we’re going to virtually recreate a typical trip, and we want you to help us go the distance by travelling as many miles as you can, by any method you’d like. Of course we’d all ordinarily choose to sail, but for now we want you to cycle, run, walk, swim, cartwheel, skateboard… and with each mile travelled, we’ll get Prolific closer to the next port. Day by day we’ll add up everyone’s combined mileage and see how far we’ve got – maybe 10 miles towards Cowes, a further 40 miles towards Weymouth, or how about 60 miles from there towards Cherbourg?! Plus we’ll need to make it back through the Needles to Southampton again, so as the week progresses we might need even more help to cover the distance back towards home. Each day we’ll post an image of the chart with a position marked showing where Prolific has got to based on the miles which everyone contributes to the total.

In the run up to this week, we’d like you to choose your activity, pledge a mileage that you’ll aim for (whether that be in one big go on the Saturday, or a bit every day of the week), and then as you’re training to achieve your goal, get sponsored! We’d love to raise some money for the charity so spread the word of our upcoming feat and we’ll see what we can achieve together. We have set up a Justgiving page to make it easy to collect donations but of course you can set up your own page if that works better for you. Our Justgiving page is being updated with a list of confirmed pledges so you can see who you might sponsor.

Go for something that is going to stretch you out of your comfort zone, a distance that will push you to achieve big in the ways that a voyage on Prolific might otherwise have done. Local restrictions permitting, make it something that will impress your sponsors! For some, this may be walking 2 miles every day for 7 days. For others, this might be running their first marathon! You could even see how far you can cycle from your indoor static bike whilst catching up on Netflix after school/work. It’s entirely up to you what you choose to aim for – every mile will help propel Prolific towards the next beautiful anchorage!

If this sounds like your kind of challenge and you're keen to get involved, email hollyvint@oytsouth.org with your pledge. And if you can’t join in yourself, please sponsor someone else and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same!

There will also be other ways to join in during the week. Maybe you would like to take responsibility for one of the virtual meals during the week? Your recipe can be posted on Facebook in advance and we can invite others to get the ingredients in and cook along with you. Maybe we can try some ideas that are a bit different from our regular boat meals – either things we could never do on a normal voyage, or perhaps something that might be added to Prolific’s repertoire this year!

Virtual Voyage

Here are just a few examples of the pledges that have been coming in:

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* Prolific refit news

The team is back together! Josh and Georgia have returned from furlough and are now working on board with Holly!

They have been enjoying the sunshine this week, working on the capping rail, doing a deck wash, swapping the mooring lines end-for-end to reduce wear and tear, checking the fenders and more. They have also run up the engine, done some work on the engine start panel, continued varnishing the interior woodwork and exercised the windlass.

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They have also had two fantastic donations this week – former crew member JP from JPS Fuels once again supplied an incredibly generous stock of oil and antifreeze. And a neighbouring boat which had recently replaced all their fenders very kindly gave us their old ones!

JPS Fuel donation

Josh’s reaction to being back from furlough was: “It’s amazing! So nice to see people again and lovely to be back working. I’ve even missed the capping rail.”

Of course we still need to take all necessary precautions against Covid, and so we are keeping the refit as small as possible and we won’t be calling for the usual army of volunteer help. If anything comes up where we do need help and can manage it safely, we will let you know; but in the meantime we want to thank everyone who has worked so hard on Prolific in recent years and ensured that the boat is in such a good condition that we only need to tackle the bare essentials this year.

If you want to support the refit team then the occasional phone call to the boat, an encouraging message on social media or anything else you can think of to boost morale is always welcome!

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2021 sailing plans

Of course nothing is certain yet and the government has stressed that each stage in lifting restrictions is dependent on the success of the previous stage, and no dates are set in stone. However if all goes well then there is a chance that residential voyages with young people may be possible after 21st June, and perhaps staff and volunteer training and maybe even some day sails with young people could be an option sometime after 17th May.

We have therefore been contacting clients whose voyages were cancelled last year and for whom we are still holding payments or deposits, to see who wants to sail this year and when they might be available. We obviously can’t confirm anything yet but it is good to be able to start thinking about some plans.

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2021 volunteer bookings
- send in your bids NOW!
Big thanks to everyone who has already sent in voyage dates but we now want to move towards actually allocating voyages to volunteers from June 21st. So if you have already sent in dates but your plans have changed, or the later season start date affects what you would like to do, please let us know; and if you haven’t yet sent in any bids but would like to sail this season, please email now.

What we need to know is when youare available and how much time you can spare - but please read the rest of this section before emailing!

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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* Online training courses for volunteers – safeguarding and more

If you know you have certificates which will expire this year (or have already expired), we have new EduCare licences available – if you would like one to complete your courses, either pay through the website link or get in touch with the office and we’ll talk you through what’s needed -  we can tell you what’s expired and what’s still valid, and what dates apply. If would be great if everyone can get on and ensure all qualifications are up to date so we don’t have to chase people for important pieces of paper at the last minute!

See previous issues of this newsletter for details of online RYA training which may be of interest.

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2021 volunteer training – on board
– probably May / June rather than April
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. We had previously advertised some possible dates for training voyages in April but clearly there will still be restrictions on contacts and household mixing at that time, and we’re looking at options for dates in May and perhaps early June instead. We’ll advertise specific dates in this newsletter in the coming weeks.

As previously stated, priority on these refresher training voyages will go to relief skippers, first mates and second mates. If there are spare places we will then look at those qualified 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!

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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.

In this week in 2004 we were 5 days away from relaunching John Laing, with the first voyage due to start in 14 days – and a lot of jobs still to be done. The newsletter ended: “So no more jokes and a long, head-scratching search for a witty pay-off line to this refit bulletin: I’m off right now to catch a train back down to the boat, and I hope to see as many of you as possible there … Don’t leave it to everyone else – they may be leaving it to you.”

The pressure wasn’t so great in this week in 2005 as we had just successfully secured an extra week in the shed, delaying the launch by a week. There was snow and ice on all sides and Jolie Brise, which had been next to us in the shed, had already been moved outside, so that her refit team offered a daily demonstration of the miserable fate we were fortunate to have avoided as we put our boat back together in comfort! We just needed to complete some interior painting and get all the kit back on board.

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In 2006 we were just finishing the antifouling – this was a year of testing a new product for International Paint and we were wearing a wide stripe of the previous product with the new version below it, so that IP would be able to compare how they had performed when we came out of the water the following November. Meanwhile we were busy taking down the refit tent, an interesting task as it was covered in snow which we really wanted to avoid dumping on the deck. Instead, we  created a series of small avalanches down the sides, which invariably landed on the heads of our helpers working at ground level to pull the plastic off. The second problem was that the whole structure was rather stronger than anticipated, and we understood how it had managed to withstand Force 11 winds when it also – for a while – seemed capable of withstanding the efforts of the entire OYT South demolition team. Staff Bosun Dings had spent much of the refit being ridiculed for his collection of knives, which appeared to have been amassed in preparation for an alternative career as a circus knife-thrower; but once he had armed the entire refit team, we got on much better. Frenzies of tent destruction were carried out in freezing darkness by a bunch of exhausted people who couldn't feel their fingers or feet and were constantly on the lookout for poles bent under tension springing back in their faces when their cable ties were cut.

In 2007 we were only five days away from the launch. A team of seven people from Zurich Insurance came to help and painted the galley and also completed the first coat of antifouling in record time. We were also installing new radiators. And we had decided that tent construction and destruction were better left to the professionals, and the calm efficiency of IMS Shrinkwrap proved an enormous contrast to the previous year's efforts by the refit team, when we didn't really know what we were doing, grossly underestimated the time it would take, and finished the job amidst darkness and a snowstorm. This year all we had to do was hurriedly move all the kit off the scaffolding.

The newsletter in this week in 2008 began with the sad news that Sir Maurice Laing had died at the age of 90. It was he who provided the yard for the building of the Robert Clark ketches, the previous generation of OYC vessels sailing in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the major donor behind John Laing, which was named after his father and named by his wife, Lady Laing, in 1990. OYT South continued to receive substantial donations from a charitable trust associated with the Laing family for many years, and Sir Maurice, a keen sailor, continued to take an interest in our work. Sir Maurice was also immensely distinguished in other fields: the first chairman of the CBI, he was part of British industry's powerful elite but even in the 1960s was speaking out on behalf of ordinary workers: "Employees are human beings and not just resources," he said, and must be treated "at all times with equity and fairness" - perhaps a feeling which grew from having started work in the family firm, aged 17, as an apprentice builder on £1 a week. Wartime government contracts to build new airfields and barrage-balloon stations gave him a chance to rise fast, and by the age of 21, he had 5,000 men working for him. He then managed to join the RAF, despite the opposition of his father, who pulled strings at the Air Ministry to try to stop him. As a flying officer he piloted the second British glider carrying troops across the Rhine and was lucky to survive. In peacetime, he led the Laing company to build the first section of motorway in the UK, part of the M1; he built Coventry's new cathedral (on a no-profit contract) and was a director of the Bank of England for 17 years.
Everyone who has enjoyed sailing with the OYC or OYT owes Sir Maurice an enormous debt of gratitude.

Meanwhile at refit there was lots of frantic painting and things being put back together.

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In 2010 we were just about to start a volunteers’ weekend with the aim of finishing off all the big, labour-intensive jobs of the winter. The tent was coming down:

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And we appeared to have broken the bosun:

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In 2011 we had just been relaunched and were looking very shiny:

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We were also announcing the winners of the Chris Ellis Award for the best piece of work in memory of one of our founders. Top prize went to Chloe de Mornay, aged 12, who had written her poem during her voyage. Highly commended was Jack Trevail.

In 2012 we had a nail-biting wait as the yard had a backlog of boats to launch and we weren’t sure if we were going to get in the water on the right date or not. In the end it all happened at breathtaking speed - John Laing was launched on time and the masts went back in on the same day, and by the next night John Laing was already doing an epic first voyage of the season: the move back home to Ocean Village. This was a stressful passage because the team ran out of biscuits on the way. Otherwise we were just in the process of putting everything back together. This is how many people it took to carry John Laing’s boom:

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This week’s bulletin in 2013 announced two staff appointments, with Andy Viney,  who had been volunteering with us since 2006, set to succeed James Boyce as Staff Skipper, while Ben “Sparky” Whinnett, who had never really been away since he began volunteering in 2008, taking on a full-time role as Operations Support Officer, a 6-month contract designed to help us make real progress with the New Boat Project by taking some of the workload off the Chief Executive and Business Manager to ensure that we had time to focus on how to replace John Laing. These two appointments really helped lay the foundations of what became the Prolific project as we made real progress with planning and fundraising during Ben's time with us, which enabled us to buy Prolific when the time came; and then it was Andy who organised her refit and skippered her first season.

Meanwhile the refit team was involved in the usual rush of painting and reassembly, but the full-time team managed a night off to see the Kaiser Chiefs courtesy of core team member Neil who had been at uni with the bass player!

Kaiser Chiefs

We also reported on the 2013 training weekend where 67 courses had been completed in first aid, radar, diesel, sea survival, GMDSS radio, youthwork and chart corrections.

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The 2014 training weekend report noted 88 completed courses, in diesel engines, youthwork (with the Prince’s Trust), radar, GMDSS, first aid and chart corrections.

Meanwhile on board we were busy painting the deck and deck fittings:

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2015's shorebased training weekend saw 75 courses completed in GMDSS, first aid, diesel, radar, disability awareness and chart corrections. We also had two special presentations: one to Brian Eyres, former skipper and later OYT South’s treasurer, in honour of his 70th birthday; and the other to John Parkin, who was retiring from first mating after many years.

In 2016 Joe Macgregor organised a tour of the Oyster Yachts factory for the refit team, who were still in the process of wrapping up the work on board Prolific for the time being, and instead focussing on getting John Laing ready for her final season with us.

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In 2017 we were working up to Prolific’s first season with the charity and we were out on the water practising skills and drills for a few days in weather that was sunny and surprisingly warm for February, before ending up in Gosport in the evening. The training weekend in 2017 was a little different  - we did the usual GMDSS, first aid and diesel courses, and ran a chart corrections session, but otherwise a lot of time was spent on Prolific familiarisation, with teams of people going right through the boat learning where everything was and how it all worked.

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There was the usual mass catering effort from Nix and Tony in the Sea Cadet Unit:

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We had a big team lined up to move Prolific back to Ocean Village on Monday, but sadly the weather was dreadful and the team did jobs on board before finally completing the move at the end of the week. The big triumph of the week was that for the first time we successfully froze something solid in the new freezer, to prove that it was definitely working! We were also at the stage of publishing documents and videos describing the operation of fire pump, windlass, bilge pumps and much more, and were working hard on a complete update of the Voyage Handbook and had got to the point where, though not yet complete, many sections had been made available online. By this stage we had a small number of people who were getting comfortable and familiar with a very different boat, but the newsletter showed that we were well aware that some volunteers had only had a day or two on board and others not even that, so the message we were putting out was “DON'T PANIC!”. We were making sure that every voyage had a core of experienced and competent people so that others could be given training and support as we went along. As we look forward to a return to sail in 2021 after such a long break, the approach should be much the same!

In this week in 2019 we had a new batch of Chris Ellis Award winners to announce. Top prize went to Rachel Parry, who was only 12 when she sailed with us and made this model of Prolific:

Chris Ellis Award

The text above Rachel's model reads: "Everyone was really friendly. So I started to talk to everyone. My watchleaders were so funny. I could never have imagined myself being on a boat. Being the helm. Cooking. I felt bubbly, brave, confident and happy. At the end I was sad to leave but it left me feeling happy and proud of myself. The feeling has lasted."

The runners-up were Nikita Melnyk (14), a keen photographer who put together a great video using the images she had taken during her voyage, Thomas Rowe (14), for a very lively and well-written account of his voyage - including plenty of humour: "That night it was my watch’s turn to cook and we were told that we were doing spaghetti. I was on onion cutting duty for the bolognese and it’s safe to say that it was a mistake. I received one or two complaints about how big I left the onion, with one person saying they thought it was golf ball”, and Harry Lack (14), who put a lot of effort into an account of his school voyage: "I had loads of fun getting to know the people from my school who I don’t know better and working together raising the sails and laughing listening to Vince doing impressions. It was the best five days of my time at school so far."

Meanwhile another refit team was hard at work:

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That brings us almost up to the present day. Please send in your contributions for future issues.

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

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* Tony Whiting and Equinoxe

It was good to hear from former skipper Tony Whiting this week. Tony writes: "As there was a picture of Equinoxe in a recent newsletter, this photo of Equinoxe in the 1970 Old Gaffers race, which was on the cover of Yachting and Boating, might be of interest. In the picture I am on the bow of Equinoxe.

My first sailing experience was with the OYC in 1968 or 1969.

In 1975 I started working full-time on sailing boats, initially with the Island Cruising Club. Later I went on to do seventeen seasons as skipper for OYC/OYT; and in
2010 at the Club's 50th anniversary, I could count 26 different vessels I had sailed on that the club had operated, which I think was the highest number of anyone at that time.

I have not been practically involved with the Trust for quite some time but
when not in lockdown I do some instruction and examining on smaller vessels."

Equinoxe

Equinoxe

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* Financial appeal

Huge thanks this week to P66 and their staff who raised money for us with a “February 10K step nominate challenge” plus a contribution from the company for everyone who completed the challenge. P66 really have been doing a superb job for us while we are their nominated charity, with all sorts of events and activities, and we are so grateful for all their efforts.

Big thanks also to all our other 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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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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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!"

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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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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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