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’.
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.
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.
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 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.
“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 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.
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.
We’re thrilled to report a successful and largely sunny first week for our Portland Schools programme. Students from Dorset Studio and Wey Valley schools have been able to swap their classrooms in exchange for a day on the water with Boleh. The Trust’s decision to press on despite Covid restrictions has paid off and Boleh, for the first time since 2019, is back teaching children about the sea.
This has been achieved thanks to the Chesil Sailing Trust whose ‘sail-for-a-fiver’ scheme sponsors this Boleh programme. We also appreciate the effort required from Schools to arrange these opportunities for their students while complying with Covid protocols. Picture shows one happy student enjoying her ‘trick’ at the helm with John Tweed, Chair of the Chesil Trust, instructing.
We’re happy to say Boleh enjoyed a spot of fine weather and a cracking sail last week. Volunteer Skipper and Trustee Simon Springett took advantage of favourable winds to stop off at Lulworth Cove on passage to Portland. Picture shows Boleh at anchor against a backdrop of Dorset cliffs, with bathing ladder down for what turned out to be a bracing swim! Now alongside in Portland Marina, Boleh will be sailing local schoolchildren for the next fortnight.