Boleh back in Portsmouth for the new season

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We are delighted to say that, thanks to Dean and Reddyhoff’s generosity, Boleh will be based at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour for the 2018 sailing season.  She is again looking forward to a varied and busy programme of charitable sailing, Open Days and corporate hire.  This year Boleh will also benefit from the Trust’s new links to the Association of Sail Training Organisations and the Royal Yachting Association.

Picture shows Boleh approaching her new home in Haslar Marina, Gosport on arrival from Chichester and her winter maintenance programme.

Boleh heads for the Oscars

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Not only has Boleh made a recent TV appearance with Michael Portillo (she can be seen towards the end of his Great British Railway Journeys episode that travels from Chichester to Cowes), she now stars in her own video on the My Classic Boat channel!   Filmed by Bob Aylott, founder of the channel dedicated to classic sailing boats, Boleh’s unique design and history are explained on YouTube as she enjoys a boisterous day’s sailing in the Solent.  Click on the link below or go to and get afloat!

Boleh joins the Navy!

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We are delighted to finish the year on a positive note and report that Boleh’s first full sailing season since her restoration concluded with a month on charter to the Royal Navy.

Based alongside HMS BRISTOL in Portsmouth harbour, she delivered a day-sail programme for Naval cadets. The picture shows Boleh – designed and built in 1949 by Naval fighter pilot Robin Kilroy DSC – heading down harbour towards the Navy’s new Aircraft Carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.

This will be our last news item of 2017 and we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our friends and followers for their continued support throughout the year and wish everyone a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Boleh Sails Old Friends

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Boleh’s programme this Summer has included sailing many old friends and it was a special day in August which reconnected Portsmouth’s Charter Academy with the Boleh workshops at Henderson Road. The Boleh Trust worked closely with Academy pupils during the vessel’s restoration and Luke, pictured with fellow former pupil, Laura (now a qualified Skipper), has followed Boleh’s progress since Year 7.

We are grateful to John Gillard, Principal of the charity Oarsome Chance and a former adviser to the Boleh Trust, for arranging this welcome reunion. The Oarsome Chance Foundation (see link below) aims to help young people who are not succeeding in mainstream education. The charity is setting up a boatbuilding facility in Gosport and has similar aims to our own. As Boleh will be based in the Marina there next year, we hope we can work together to our mutual advantage.

Boleh helps the Gwennili Trust

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The Boleh Trust has fully compliant Safeguarding Policies for children and vulnerable adults. We are proud to say that we have therefore been able to work with the Gwennili Trust during our sailing programme this year.

The charity, which can be found at the link below, sails disadvantaged groups, including from Help for Heroes, and can also take wheelchair users to sea in the specially adapted catamaran Spirit of Scott Bader. Picture shows Gwennili Trust clients enjoying the Hampshire sunshine before setting off for their days sailing in Boleh.

Sail Boleh

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We are happy to say that Boleh’s sailing programme for 2017 involves us with a wide range of ‘customers’. In addition to our prime charity targets (adults as well as young persons), we have bookings from the Combined Cadet Force, Army Sailing, Corporate clients, and Friends of Boleh – some of whom last sailed in Boleh over 50 years ago!

In order to share information with potential users about Boleh and her availability, and to provide a dedicated route for booking enquiries, we have added a ‘Sail Boleh’ feature to our website. Click on the ‘Sail Boleh’ button on the Home page or visit the ‘Sail Boleh’ page. Here you will see general information about Boleh with interior photos and a ‘Submit an Enquiry’ button which then shows her availability calendar and provides the opportunity to send us an enquiry. It should all be very straight forward!

So we hope to receive your enquiry soon and welcome you on board!

Boleh in Dorset

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We are delighted to report that Boleh has completed a very successful fortnight based in Portland sailing students from the local area. More than 30 young people from 5 Schools have benefited from this experience, in part funded by the Chesil Sailing Trust’s ‘Sail for a Fiver’ scheme. Picture shows students from Dorset Studio School enjoying their day on board Boleh.

We are also very grateful for the support of Dean & Reddyhoff who provided free berthing in their Marina and for the time generously given by 2 of our Boleh volunteer crew, John Tweed and Gordon Fraser. In the words of one School, the programme “…. was a fantastic opportunity to inspire our students and promote a ‘can-do’ attitude ….”. We look forward to returning to Dorset next year.

A Green Gift for Boleh

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Once again we are indebted to the Payne Galwey Charitable Trust for a generous donation which will provide Boleh with state-of-the-art equipment. We are also delighted to acknowledge the kind donation from the Ian Agnew Charitable Trust. Thanks to both donations, a new electric outboard motor and inflatable dinghy will now complement Boleh’s innovative diesel electric auxiliary propulsion.

There is no need for onboard petrol stowage as the lightweight 2.5hp Torqeedo 1003CS outboard can be charged from Boleh’s own electrical system. Clean, convenient and environmentally friendly, we are proud this addition to our inventory enhances Boleh’s green credentials.

Boleh at Gosport Marine Festival

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Come and see us at the Festival! Boleh will be alongside in Haslar Marina as one of the Historic Ships exhibited at this annual community event, open to the public from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 27 May. You can find out more about the many things to do and see at the Festival by visiting the website at – entry is free. And, of course, we look forward to welcoming you on board Boleh.

Allez Boleh!

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We are delighted to have been sent by a well-wisher the 1 March 1952 edition of the French nautical magazine ‘Le Yacht’. Contributors to this edition included the renowned British ocean sailor and designer Captain John Illingworth with an article on ‘Offshore Stratégie’, an early description of constructing a vessel in glass fibre (en fibre de verre moulée), and a full page on Capitane de Frègate Kilroy’s design for his yacht Boleh.

The article on Boleh, entitled ‘Du nouveau dans la conception du yacht de crosière’ (Something new in cruising yacht design), has a detailed description of Boleh’s design and unique rig, illustrated with Robin Kilroy’s drawings of the mast and sail plan. The picture shows the original page in the magazine but Boleh’s unusual wishbone booms seem to defy translation!