Local Charity helps Boleh sail Portsmouth children

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With help from Sussex-based Ian Askew Charitable Trust, Boleh has again been able to introduce Service schoolchildren to our maritime heritage and the ‘can-do’ message.  This time the students were from the North Parade Junior School – pictured here on completion of their sail with Skipper, Pete Green and Mate, Jeff Leigh-Jones.


Later this month Boleh is off to Portland to deliver a sailing programme for Dorset children

Boleh ‘adventure’ for Naval schoolchildren

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Thanks to Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity funding, Boleh has been able to start a programme of day sails for Portsmouth area schoolchildren from Naval families.  Students from Mayfield School, Portsmouth were introduced to the principles of sailing a traditional vessel and Boleh’s ‘can-do’ message by volunteer Skipper, Kevin Hood and Mate, Will Barker-Wyatt.

We look forward to working with the Naval Families Federation and Portsmouth City Council to arrange further day trips for Service children.  Picture shows Mayfield School students on board Boleh with Kevin and Will in the background

New website with the ‘Sail Boleh’ message

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We are delighted to announce that a generous donation from the Hedley Trust has given the Boleh Trust a new website. This has been designed and built by the Droxford-based company, ‘one2create’, with the help of long time volunteer and former Boleh Trustee, Sara Lamond. The new site will be managed by volunteer Katy Bater (our previous Project Co-ordinator who was with us throughout Boleh’s restoration) and will focus on the inspirational sailing experience offered by Boleh and her ‘can-do’ story.

Visit the ‘Sail Boleh’ Page to find out when she is available to book


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 myclassicboat.com 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.