Boleh helps Gosport Futures Framework

Boleh helps Gosport Futures Framework

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We’re delighted to report that 2 cohorts of Service children from schools in the Gosport & Fareham Multi Academy Trust (GFM) have already benefitted from the Boleh experience.  Referring to the GFM’s excitement at securing ‘a wonderful relationship with the Boleh Trust’, their spokesperson said the children had worked so well together as a team under the brilliant instruction of Skipper Glenn and Mate Jonathan.

GFM consider the range of skills learned while sailing Boleh to be very important for their children and to be ‘heavily focused on GFM’s Gosport Futures Framework’.  Picture shows one happy student onboard Boleh with his eyes fixed firmly on a bright future.

Boleh Finally Reunited With Sappers At Lymington Meet

Boleh Finally Reunited With Sappers At Lymington Meet

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After almost 60 years Boleh has been officially reunited with the Royal Engineers  – commonly known as the ‘Sappers’ – at their annual Yacht Club rally in Lymington.  Boleh, at one time sail training vessel for the Junior Leaders Regiment, was skippered by William Barker-Wyatt, son of the late Brigadier ‘Spike’ Barker-Wyatt.  Brigadier ‘Spike’ introduced Boleh to the Sappers and ran her from Dover for 3 years in the 1960s.

Boleh spent late September cruising the Solent with Sapper and Honourable Artillery Company crews, before finally joining the Sapper yachts in Lymington.  Picture shows Boleh and volunteer Skipper William ready to entertain Sapper race crews returning from their annual contest with the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

New Schools Partnership For Boleh

New Schools Partnership For Boleh

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Boleh starts a new partnership with Schools on the Gosport peninsula this month. The Children and Families Team from the Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust were given a  taste of what Boleh has to offer for Service children.  Picture shows the Team getting ready to board Boleh with skipper Glenn and mate Jonathan.  Highlighting the opportunities, team leader Lesley Ure said it was ‘an absolutely fabulous day’.

Devon Army Cadets Bring Boleh Back to Salcombe

Devon Army Cadets Bring Boleh Back to Salcombe

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We’re very proud to have at last brought Boleh back to her historic Salcombe home for the first time since Portsmouth apprentices completed her restoration in 2015.  Young people have also been involved in this latest voyage – 2 Devon Army Cadet Force teams crewed Boleh from Gosport down to Salcombe and then back to her Gosport base.

Starting with the ASTO Mayflower 401 Rally in Southampton, Cadets took Boleh on to Cowes, Studland, Lulworth Cove and Weymouth where teams changed.   Team 2 – pictured on arrival Salcombe – took Boleh back to the Solent having also visited Portland, Dartmouth, and Yarmouth.  All Cadets were presented with Certificates by Skipper Richard Metcalfe on completion of their tour.

Gosport Marine Festival

Local MP visits Boleh

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Happy to say we had lots of visitors to Boleh during the Gosport Marine Festival. As well as regular friends and a VIP delegation of former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band and the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Mark Hook, we were particularly pleased to welcome Boleh’s local MP, Caroline Dinenage.

Caroline takes a keen interest in Boleh’s work with local schoolchildren and we hope to get her to sea with us next year.  Picture shows Caroline beside Boleh with Chris Austin, our host for the Festival and Trustee responsible for the Portsmouth and Gosport Schools programme.

Boleh Celebrates in Salcombe

Boleh Celebrates in Salcombe

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We’re thrilled to report that, despite Covid restrictions and adverse weather, Boleh has at last been able to celebrate the postponed anniversary of her arrival in Salcombe from Singapore on 1 September 1950.  Skippered by volunteer Richard Metcalfe and with a Devon Army Cadet Force crew, Boleh was escorted in to Salcombe harbour before mooring off the town centre where she attracted much attention.

A reception was later held in the Salcombe Yacht Club to mark the occasion, with a display provided by the Salcombe Maritime Museum of the press and photographic coverage of Boleh’s arrival 71 years ago.  Guests at the reception included direct descendants of 3 of the original crew, Skipper Robin Kilroy (from Salcombe), John Rusher and Peter Aplin.  We hope to post more coverage of Boleh’s historic return to Salcombe shortly.

Boleh Open Day

Come And Visit Boleh On 4 September!

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Boleh will again be open to the public at the ‘Gosport Marine Festival 2021’ on Saturday 4 September.  Come and see us alongside at Haslar Marina, Gosport and learn about Boleh’s unique design, her historic voyage from Singapore, and the charitable work of the Boleh Trust.  We will be open from 11 to 4 and look forward to welcoming you onboard.  The Marine Festival provides a great day out for the family – find out more by clicking here.

Boleh Hosts “Aggies” Helpers

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“Aggies”, the sailors’ charity, links military school children in the Portsmouth area to sailing days onboard Boleh and we are delighted to report that Alex and Nikki from the charity recently sailed in Boleh.

Hosted by Trustee Chris, Skipper Glenn and Mate Jonathan, they were able to learn at first hand the benefits a day on the water brings to these children.

We are grateful to “Aggies” and to our major funder, the RN&RM Charity, for enabling Boleh to continue offering Pompey Military Kids this popular sailing programme.

Astute Enjoy a Glorious Boleh Day Out

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Astute Electronics were lucky winners in MBDA’s Defence Industry 2019 charity auction for Armed Forces charities.

Their prize, donated by the Boleh Trust, a day at sea in the iconic junk yacht Boleh.

Though delayed by Covid, the prize was clearly worth the wait.  Thanks to volunteer skipper Jonathan Clare and Mate Glenn Upton the Astute Marketing team reported a day in the sun with ‘so much fun and a history lesson too’.

The picture shows the Astute team enjoying their day on the water with HMS Prince of Wales in the background.

Boleh Briefing

Boleh Briefing

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Day sails in Boleh for Portland Schools start with a Safety and Covid security brief.  Picture shows students from week 2 of our programme being briefed by Volunteer Skipper Chris O’Connell with Halcyon Mate, Glenn Upton ready to demonstrate the lifejackets laid out on the cabin top.  While onboard, students help hoist sails, take the tiller under sail and power, learn some sailors knots and are introduced to the effects of wind and tide.

With the added help of fair weather, dolphin sightings and close ups with square riggers and massive cruise liners in Weymouth Bay, feed-back from Boleh’s Portland deployment has been very positive.  Boleh is now back in Haslar with an eye on next month’s adventure, Covid permitting, the ASTO ‘Mayflower 400’ Race to Dartmouth with Army Cadets embarked.