“Cracking Sail” for Boleh in the ASTO Cowes Small Ships Race

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Another Milestone for the restored Boleh – a first time start in the annual Cowes Small Ships Race, run by the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO)!  This proved a testing day of wind and rain for 23 Sail Training Vessels and their young crews battling it out in the Western Solent from the Royal Yacht Squadron start line.


Boleh, skippered by volunteer Kevin Hood with volunteer Mates Richard Metcalfe and Gordon Fraser, was crewed by Antonio, Nina and Sam from Southampton University, Henry from Portsmouth Grammar School and Jamie from Carisbrooke and Medina College.


Picture shows Boleh crossing the Royal London Yacht Club finishing line in thick weather.  We’re proud to say that after the race ASTO General Manager, Lucy Gross commented: “You really looked like you had a cracking sail out there, well done”

“Once in a lifetime” Boleh reunion proves an “emotional day for all”

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In 1978 Roger Angel rescued the fire ravaged Boleh and restored her, supported by family and friends.  We are happy to report that 3 heroes who helped save Boleh then – Roger’s widow Wendy, Dave Sully and son Adrian – have again been able to sail together in Boleh, for the first time in 30 years.  They were joined by family members, travelling from as far away as Australia and New Zealand.


In thanking the Boleh Trust for this “once in a lifetime experience”, Dave said the memories had made this “an emotional day for all”.  An account of the part played by Wendy (pictured with Dave Sully in the background) and others involved in Boleh’s first restoration is recorded in Dave’s booklet ‘Arising From The Ashes’.  This can be found in the Archive section of the Boleh website – click here to access.

Boleh – “What an Amazing Day!”

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Sue Harper wasn’t sure what was in store when she heard she’d won a day afloat in Boleh.  But the Naval Families Federation competition winner was in for a very pleasant surprise.   Skipper Jeff Leigh-Jones and Mate Gordon Fraser made sure that Sue (pictured with family members Sue and Chloe Newton) had an enjoyable, event packed day.  A video of their adventure has been posted on our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/BolehProject/)  and Sue summed up her Boleh experience with “What an amazing day!”

Boleh’s support to Military Community recognised

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We are very proud to report that our work sailing Service schoolchildren has recently been rewarded with a generous grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund.  This Fund supports members of the Armed Forces and their families in the local community, helping them enjoy the benefits of family life.  Thanks to the Fund, Boleh will now be able to continue her sailing programme for Pompey Military Kids and the Naval Families Federation in partnership with Portsmouth City Council

Generous support for Boleh

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We are very grateful to the Whirlwind Charitable Trust for their generous grant towards the core operating costs of Boleh, enabling us to reach out and inspire children along the South Coast.  The highlight of this year’s programme so far has been Boleh’s fortnight based in Portland Marina, working with local schools.  Picture shows a group from All Saints School, Weymouth about to get afloat for the first time to share the Boleh experience

Family Reunions at Boleh’s Open Day

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We are happy to report a successful Open Day for Boleh at Haslar Marina, Gosport last Saturday, with details of her history and HLF funded restoration on display.  Among our visitors we were delighted to see Boleh reunited with members of Roger Angel’s family and with former Boleh Apprentice Will Wiltshire and his family

Boleh Reclaimed Material Mementoes For Sale

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We have a unique opportunity to support the Boleh Trust by offering the chance to buy limited addition Wood products made in Norfolk by a craftsman/artist containing original material reclaimed at the time of the renovation and refitting of Boleh in Portsmouth 2009 to 2014.

There are 2 fantastic items on offer

  1.  Tip Top Tables approximately 20 inches tall x 18 inches diameter (3) only 1 remaining £350 plus p & p at cost
  2. Bottle Stoppers (as shown in picture) only 20 available, boxed as shown £29 plus p & p at cost

Each product is accompanied by a short outline of Boleh history and voyage in 1950.

Enquiries to Jeremy Rusher 01832 273307 or jrusher@myepost.co.uk



Charity bid for Boleh buys brilliant day

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We are pleased to report that the team from Teknis Ltd told us they had a fantastic day last week enjoying the unique Boleh sailing experience.  Their bid at a City charity dinner for a day on the Solent brought them good weather, good company, good food and great sailing.


5 out of 6 from Team Teknis had never sailed before – now they all want to go again, and those not able to go are asking when the next trip is!  Boleh looks forward to welcoming them again next year.  Picture shows the team before embarking on their adventure.

Boleh Open Day 4th August 2018

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Boleh is open for public viewing from 11:00 to 16:00 Saturday 4th August at opposite Trinity Lightship, Haslar Marina, Gosport, Hampshire.

Everyone is welcome, just pop in and take a look around our historic wooden boat and hear her fantastic story.

Volunteers help Boleh deliver Chesil Trust’s ‘Sail-for-a-Fiver’ scheme

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Thanks to the Chesil Sailing Trust and free berthing at Dean & Reddyhoff’s Portland Marina, Boleh delivered a fortnight’s day sail programme last month for Weymouth area schools. We are proud to quote 2 comments from the schools: “The transformation in the students from start to finish was amazing to see.” and “We would relish the opportunity again next year to send more of our students aboard BOLEH.”


The success of this programme reflects the dedication of our volunteers, Skippers Simon Springett and Chris O’Connell from the Boleh Trust, and Chesil Trust Mates, John Tweed and Fabian Malbon.  We are very grateful to all those who give their time freely both to crew Boleh and to support her charitable operations.  Picture shows Mate Fabian explaining a point of seamanship to one of the young sailors.