Piecing Together The Boleh Puzzle

Piecing Together The Boleh Puzzle

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What creates a successful sailing Season for Boleh?  There’s a complex mix of activities for our committed Team to sort: repairs and winter maintenance, ongoing technical support, safety equipment and MCA Coding, volunteer crew availability and training, RYA qualifications, berthing, insurance, operational and compliance documentation, and of course our customers’ needs and wishes.

All this leads to a full and exciting programme for 2022 but with one key piece still missing to complete the jig-saw – funding from generous donors!  We are therefore proud and grateful that the RN&RM Charity has again stepped forward to fund this year’s popular Boleh programme for local Service children.  So our puzzle is complete, and we can enjoy this Boleh jig-saw created by long term Boleh volunteer Skipper, Chris O’Connell and his wife Rosie.

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Boleh In Print

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Boleh’s supporters who are members of the Royal Naval Sailing Association will be delighted to see that Boleh features in the recently published RNSA Journal for 2020/21.  Pages 55 and 56 contain a well illustrated account by Boleh’s volunteer Mate and RNSA member, David Critchley, of last Season’s successful cruise to the West Country with Devon Army Cadets embarked.

Emphasising Boleh’s connection with the Armed Services, Boleh also featuted in the 2020 Royal Engineer Yacht Club Journal, celebrating her historic connection with the Sappers, as well as in earlier RNSA articles.  The year ahead will see Boleh taking on a new role, supporting the RN Wounded, Injured and Sick Recovery Programme.

Boleh Seeks Operations Director

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The start of 2022 has brought about a hugely exciting development for Boleh, as the Trust is seeking to employ an Operations Director for the first time.

The full job advert is available here but the successful candidate will be given the enviable task of overseeing Boleh’s annual 120 day sailing programme.

The Trustees are looking for an individual who is seeking to develop a management career in the Youth or Sailing sectors, or who already has the administrative and management experience to take on the full responsibilities of the role immediately.

A competitive salary is offered, and the appointment will commence in April 2022.

For more information, or to receive the full job description and application procedure, please contact Boleh Trustee Brook White.

New Year Cheer For Boleh

New Year Cheer For Boleh

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We’re delighted to report that Boleh’s New Year has made a great start with donations from the charitable funds of Blackburn Chemicals and of Wealth Manager, St James Place.  We are very grateful for this generosity which will help the Trust meet the costs of repairing hi-tech battery chargers and some rot in 2 frames.  Picture shoes Boleh being lifted out at Birdham for her winter maintenance.

All change at Boleh

All change at Boleh

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The New Year brings in changes to the Boleh Trust management team: Henry Middleton takes over the Chairmanship from his elder brother, George; Chris Austin becomes Vice Chairman; and new Trustees Catherine Mylet and Brook White take on the roles of Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer respectively.  George steps down having, with fellow founder members Henry and Chris, led the Trust since its inception in 2009.  Picture, taken after his final meeting as Chair, shows George and Chris symbolically holding a carved Boleh stern board, demonstrating that Boleh remains in safe hands!

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A Christmas Message From Boleh

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The past year has been full of obstacles.  Thanks to the support of our donors and volunteers, we are proud to say that Boleh has taken these on, delivering a full and successful charitable sailing programme.  So, as we head towards another uncertain festive period, let’s remember Boleh’s ‘can-do’ message.

This year’s Christmas Card by Carole Westbrook Designs, entitled ‘Beam Reach’, is inspired by a photo looking up the mast with sails billowing in perfect conditions.  Something to look forward to in 2022!  A very Happy Christmas and a safe and peaceful New Year to all our supporters.

Boleh Beds Down At Birdham

Boleh Beds Down At Birdham

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We’re happy to report Boleh is now bedded down for her winter maintenance with Tim Gilmore and team at Birdham Pool.  The work programme will be carried out thanks to a generous grant from the Nuffield Trust, recognising our support to the Armed Forces, and a welcome donation from our steadfast supporter the Payne-Gallwey Charitable Trust.  Picture shows our volunteers squaring off Boleh after a cracking passage from Haslar to Birdham.

Its A Soldiers Life With Boleh

Its A Soldiers Life With Boleh

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Throughout the year we are proud to say that Boleh has been involved in supporting the Armed Services and their families. This year we have also sailed Army Cadet Force members and, for the first time, teenagers from the local Military Mentors Training Academy who have set their sights on joining the Forces.  Picture shows soldiers on course at the Army Inshore Sail Training Centre enjoying a breezy day on board Boleh.

Boleh Ends Sailing Season With A Smile!

Boleh Ends Sailing Season With A Smile!

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‘Two fantastic days sailing’ put a smile on the faces of pupils from St Jude’s School.  They were among the last children from Service families to enjoy the unique experience of a day out in Boleh this Season.  We are very grateful to our local schools who, in difficult circumstances, have persevered with Covid protocols to enable these children to, in the words of their supervisor: ‘learn new skills, work as a team, make memories with their peers and enjoy a day of fresh air.’

Picture shows volunteer Skipper and Mate, David and Chris, with a group of happy young sailors.  We look forward to renewing our relationship with our Gosport, Fareham and Portsmouth friends next year.

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.