Another successful Season is behind us and, sadly, we now have to say goodbye and a big thank you to three Trustees who are stepping down: Chris Austin, founder member of the Trust and Vice Chairman; Simon Springett, Ocean Yachtmaster and volunteer Skipper; and Catherine Mylet, Hon Secretary of the Trust.  At the same time we are happy to welcome a new face to the core Boleh Team: Ant Atkinson-Willes, former Army Reservist, volunteer Boleh Mate and fundraising team member, who takes over the important role of Trust Secretary.

Chris’s contribution to the Trust from its inception in 2009 included setting up and running the shipwright apprentice programme – a key part of the Boleh restoration – and subsequently the development of the Portsmouth and Gosport Schools sailing programme.  Picture shows Chris being presented with a BOLEH picture by Chair, Henry Middleton after the recent Boleh Board meeting.  Concluding his tribute, Henry said “Thank you, Chris, for your 14 years of outstanding service and for your wise, ever cheerful and invaluable counsel – we shall miss you!