Ocean Stars Team 2

Thoughts about the trip in meeting 1

OceanStars :: Tuesday 19th April 2016 :: This Story


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Lorna: I have always wanted to go and work for a charity. I have been to Kenya and I gave out food whilst I was there. The experience filled me with happiness. I am brining in my dream of having a gap year in this one week of volunteering for Ocean Stars. I also want to increase awareness in the UK of the work Ocean Stars does in Sri Lanka.

Reanne: When I heard about the trip to Sri Lanka I knew I wanted to be part of the team. I have always wanted to give to others. I feel that we can change how people feel. My wants are their needs.

Amy: I heard about the trip from my friend Sophie and I wanted to be part of it. I am training to be a teacher.

Sophie Sowden: I have known Amali and the family for a long time yet in never has seemed the right time to go to SL. I went with the team to SL in 2015 and I felt warm inside. It is a beautiful country. People are so friendly. We walked along way in rain and floods. Coming back on the plane I knew I wanted to return.

Howard: I have been retired for 8 years. At the moment I am coaching children in a Junior School. I enjoy working with children. I have 3 children and 4 grand children. I spent my working life up in London and I hope I can make a difference. My friends Jill and Mike went on the trip last year and they told me they had a fantastic time. So I have taken the plunge. I am hoping I can make a difference to the disadvantaged communities Ocean Stars works with. I am looking forward to being part of the team.

Sandra: This is Take 2 for me and I am very excited. I had an amazing experience. The people so appreciate what we do. Whatever happens happens.

Sophie: I have raised money for Ocean Stars for a long time. I think it will be a great experience to see the work you do. I want to be part of the children's lives.

Calthorpe Park School fund-raising

Students from Calthorpe Park School have been busy fund-raising for their Sri Lanka trip in October 2016. They have so far raised £2120.00. The students received their fund raising t-shirts at their last meeting.

OceanStars :: Thursday 24th March 2016 :: This Story

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Tsunami Memorial Service

The memorial service of the 11th anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004

OceanStars :: Wednesday 20th January 2016 :: This Story

The memorial service of the 11th anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004  that took place in Navalady Beach, Kalladay, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, was attended by our Ocean Stars Lanka Staff. They handed out buns to the families of the bereaved that attended the service.

New equipment for Siththy Vinayagar High School

Calthorpe Park School, Fleet students raise funds for their link school Siththy Vinayagar High School in Batticaloa Sri Lanka.

OceanStars :: Tuesday 8th December 2015 :: This Story

The school now has a photo copy machine, a laptop, a screen and a multi media machine.The Headteacher and staff at the school were very happy to receive these gifts and said that it would greatly enhance the educational opportunities available to their students.

Choosing printer Photo copier working School Gifts School Principle and Dilanee

Ocean Starts Trip October 2015

18 students and staff from Calthorpe Park School Fleet and Volunteers from Fleet Methodist Church leave for Sri Lanka this week!

OceanStars :: Thursday 22nd October 2015 :: This Story

Calthorpe Park School BLOG


Follow our trip with Beyond Boundaries  here is the link

Amali and Sophie leave for Sri Lanka to volunteer for Ocean Stars on Tuesday 20.10.15



Amali and Sophie leave for Sri Lanka to volunteer for Ocean Stars on Tuesday 20.10.15

OST Team1 from Callthorpe School in Fleet


18 students and staff from Calthorpe Park School Fleet, known as OST  Team 1  and two members from OST Team 2 ( general volunteers) leave for Sri Lanka on Wednesday 21.10.15

Members from Fleet Methodist Church leave for Sri Lanka Thursday 22.10.15Members from Fleet Methodist Church leave for Sri Lanka Thursday 22.10.15

Members from Fleet Methodist Church leave for Sri

OST Team2 ready for their trip to Sri Lanka

Lanka Thursday 22.10.15

Dilanee and Heather leave for Sri Lanka

Kate's journey to Brazil

Kate who has been sailing in Stage 1 of the Clipper Round the world challenge with her crew in the boat UNCEF is due to arrive in RIO this Friday 2nd October

OceanStars :: Monday 5th October 2015 :: This Story

Please have a read of Kate's diary entry of her nights under the stars.


RACE 1 - DAY 22

One of my best watches when the skies are clear is the 2200 to 0200 shift. I go to sleep in daylight at around 1800 and wake up in time to go on deck at 2200 after the sun has set and the temperatures are starting to drop.

Climbing up the companionway to be met by a cool breeze and a canopy of stars is second to none. As I lie on deck looking straight up into the sky and past the top of the mast I regret not knowing more about the celestial bodies around us. The constellations are there to be identified and as we move further south the familiar 'Plough' and 'Orion's belt' occupy unfamiliar places in the night sky. We will soon be south of the Equator and the 'Southern Cross' and southern hemisphere stars will replace all that is familiar. Stars shoot across the sky and if you look carefully satellites can be identified as they appear to travel through space, faster than aeroplanes though slower than shooting stars. The Milky Way presents as a ribbon of light from one horizon to the other, star studded with bright and not so bright stars. Somewhere up there is the star my daughter, Becca, gave me for my birthday. 

Yet to be identified but I know that it is up there looking down on us both. We have been blessed with a bright moon for most of the journey so far and this along with the light from the stars means that we have not been sailing in total darkness, though a new moon for the past couple of nights has made it difficult to see at times, especially if there is any haziness around.

Closer to hand is the sea and all that it has to offer in terms of animal life. Flying fish are frequently seen during the day as they fly away from the boat to avoid colliding with our blue hull, but after dark and when there is a light shining on the spinnaker these flying fish head straight for the boat, attracted by the light we surmise. They can be heard landing with a thud as they hit the deck, or there is a loud screech as someone is hit on the head by one. Waking up in the morning to find numerous dead fish on deck or in the sails is a common occurrence, as is finding everywhere covered with scales. As we crossed the Bay of Biscay many days ago there was a screech from one of the crew, a light was turned on, and on the deck lay a squid. Now, has anyone heard of flying squid?

Dolphins are always a welcome attraction whether day or night though once it is dark there is always an added element of magic. Phosphorescence is a welcome companion at the best of times but when dolphins are added into the mix the magic and mystery is taken to a different level. These sea creatures can be tracked through the water as fast moving ribbons of light, weaving in and out with each other. When they come up for air there is a break in the trace of light which is accompanied with a short snort as the creatures take a gulp of air before diving back down under the water again.

They appear to be having a lot of fun, weaving, ducking and diving around the boat as we all sit and stand in awe at the beauty of their creation.

Night is also the time for big ships and tankers to pass silently by, their lights twinkling in the distance as we try and identify red from green; is it travelling towards us or away? Computers help to identify hazardous cargoes or fishing boats with limited maneuverability and we can only guess at where their destinations might be. A couple of nights ago we passed through the Cape Verde islands, close enough to see the evidence of human occupation with street lights, an aeroplane taking off, for who knows where, and a number of navigation lights on the ends of significant promontories. Strange to be in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and to be presented with the ability to make phone calls home and to send text messages.

Our senses are heightened when darkness falls. Sounds of the boat are louder, the noise from the water as we pass through it is amplified and the snorts from the dolphins announce their arrival before they can be seen.

On stormy nights the sound from the flapping sail is cacophenous as we struggle as a crew to put in a reef and reduce sail, the wind whipping and howling around the mast and making life very difficult. Even on calm nights the sails snap as the wind comes and goes in the stillness of a nearly windless night.

Night time is different. It is special in it's own way as we experience the darkness, sights and sounds that are unattainable in everyday life.



Fundraising Car Boot Success

Well done to Sophie and Kerry!

OceanStars :: Monday 5th October 2015 :: This Story

Sophie Sowden member of Ocean Stars Team 2 and her mum Kerry did a car boot sale on Sunday 20th September in Farnborough and raised £155 for the work of Ocean Stars!

Well done Sophie and Kerry! 


Countdown to Departure

Students from Calthorpe Park School travelling to Sri Lanka on Wednesday 21st October 2015 had their pen ultimate last week.

OceanStars :: Monday 5th October 2015 :: This Story

They received their kit for the visit and here are some photos of the team in their new kit.

The team to date has raised £6820.00 for the work of Ocean Stars. An amazing total!

They are all looking forward to the trip that has been a year in planning.



Christmas Craft Event

Come, have fun and make some cards in aid of Ocean Stars

OceanStars :: Friday 18th September 2015 :: This Story

On Saturday 17th October at

Church on the Heath,

Elvetham Heath GU51 1HA

10am-12.30 pm


Cost: £10

For which you will make three cards, have fun and raise money for a worthwhile cause


Refreshments will be provided

There will be a raffle with some great prizes


To book your place please contact

Christine: 01252 647237

Or Tracey-Anne: 01252 786371

Clipper Round the World Challenge


OceanStars :: Monday 7th September 2015 :: This Story

Clipper ChallengeTo follow Kate's progress please go to:

Katewhyatt.blogspot.com/my round the world adventure

This is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it's a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. All that is asked of participants is a good level of fitness, an age over 18 - and a thirst for adventure into the unknown. Divided into eight legs and 16 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew.

To support Ocean Stars through Kate's voyage please go to:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/KateWhyatt

My Round the World Adventure

kate whyattLast December I made the decision to join the Clipper 15-16 race and to race around the world in a 70 ft racing yacht.  I had come to a time in my life where I needed a change in my day to day routine.  I was thoroughly enjoying my GP14 sailing, helping out with Sailability at Frensham on Thursdays and Saturdays, and volunteering for Ocean Stars Trust, a charity that works with children in Sri Lanka, but my heart was not in my work anymore and I felt that it was time to take a break.

Why sail around the world you may ask?  Because it's there, is one reason, but I also want to see the world from a different perspective.  I don't think I have appreciated the size of the planet as I have travelled around at 30,000 ft so it is time to really understand how large and powerful the earth is as I go around at mean sea level.  To experience sailing in the Southern Ocean, to watch the stars rise and set while on night watch, and to see the birds and sea life I have never seen before, are all reasons to make this trip.  Fewer people have sailed around the world than have climbed Mount Everest – this is my Mount Everest. 


What is the Clipper 15-16 race all about?  This is a bi-annual race that was first launched back in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, this one being the tenth.  The boats are a matched fleet of 70 ft ocean going vessels that have been specially designed to circumnavigate the world with an amateur crew.  The course takes the boats more than 40,000 nautical miles right around the world, from west to east, and crew can either sign up for the complete circumnavigation or for one or more of the eight individual legs.  This is a serious race and points are scored in a similar way to F1; 12 points for first, 11 for second, etc, with extra points for reaching a gate first, but also points deducted for, for example, rule infringements and equipment damage. 

On board the clipperThe skipper is a professional sailor and is responsible for guiding his/her amateur crew through the vagaries of the weather and sea states, and safely back to England.  Ages vary from 18 to 70+ years with a mix of men and women from all walks of life.  Amazingly, approximately 40% of those who sign up have never sailed before.  Now that needs courage!! 

As I travel the world I am hoping to raise money for two charities close to my heart, Ocean Stars Trust www.oceanstars.org.uk and Frensham Pond Sailability www.frenshampondsailability.org.uk   To this end I have set up a Virgin Money Giving page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KateWhyatt and all donations will be split 50:50 between the two charities.  Please support this epic adventure, a journey that is going to take me 45,000 miles around the world over 11 months, that is going to challenge me both physically and mentally and that will, at times, be terrifying.

Finally, in order to keep friends and family informed as to what I am up to as I prepare for and take part in the race I am writing a blog, so please have a look at www.katewhyatt.blogspot.co.uk