Gosport Marine Festival

Local MP visits Boleh

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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.

Boleh Celebrates in Salcombe

Boleh Celebrates in Salcombe

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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 Open Day

Come And Visit Boleh On 4 September!

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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.

Boleh Hosts “Aggies” Helpers

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“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 Enjoy a Glorious Boleh Day Out

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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.

Boleh Briefing

Boleh Briefing

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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.

One happy student enjoying her ‘trick’ at Boleh’s helm.

Boleh’s Back In Business!

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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.

‘Hands To bathe’ From Boleh!

‘Hands To bathe’ From Boleh!

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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.

Refreshing the Boleh Partnership

Refreshing the Boleh Partnership

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Boleh’s ‘refresher’ programme for Skippers and Mates concluded with a day in the sunshine for the Managing Director of our partner organisation, Halcyon Yachts.  Picture shows Pete (right) with our lead volunteer skipper, Richard, proving that Summer has arrived.  We hope Boleh will continue to have fair winds for her Portland Schools programme this week.

Halcyon Yachts

Halcyon Continues Support For Boleh

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Once again we’ve signed up Halcyon Yachts Ltd to help deliver Boleh’s charitable sailing programme for the Season ahead.  Under MD Pete Green’s direction, Halcyon will provide yacht management and crewing services to support our team of volunteers.  Pete himself is an experienced Boleh Skipper and any of his crew charged with Boleh are similarly qualified and inducted in to the mysteries of this unique historic vessel.  Both parties are now looking forward to a successful sixth year of working together.