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 www.gosportmarinefestival.org.uk – 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!

Join the Boleh Volunteers!

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We are very pleased and proud to report a good response to our call for professionally qualified volunteers to crew Boleh. Very many thanks to the first 2 batches of volunteer Yachtmasters who have successfully completed the Boleh induction course. The picture shows the first group of 5 Boleh skippers in front of our 2 instructors: lead volunteer skipper and Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor, Kevin Hood; and Yachtmaster and Boleh Naval Architect, Graham Westbrook.

Our volunteer Skippers and Mates are essential to the delivery of our 2017 sailing programme aimed at providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and improving mental wellbeing for adults. We need more volunteers to build up our crewing resources and so increase Boleh’s ability to help people benefit from the experience of sailing in her. If you feel you can help, please contact the Chairman of the Boleh Trust, George Middleton at rewe_farm@hotmail.co.uk or 07545 769421.

Boleh all set for 2017

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We are encouraged by the interest shown over the last few months in the fully operational Boleh and grateful for the response to our call for volunteer skippers and crew – more always welcome. During the 2017 season Boleh will be sailing injured service men and women, inspiring school children and promoting maritime heritage at Open Days, starting with the 27th May Gosport Marine Festival.

To support Boleh’s activities we have produced an A4 brochure summarising her recent history and showing off the quality of her restoration. The brochure includes plan drawings by our Naval Architect, Graham Westbrook and photographs by professional photographer Julian of Blue Harbour Creative Media. There is also a ghosted underlay using some of Robin Kilroy’s original 1949 design drawings.

Boleh to work with Gwennili Trust

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We are pleased to announce that one of the charities Boleh will be working with during the forthcoming sailing season will be the Gwennili Trust. Gwennili was set up over 20 years ago primarily to give disabled ex-service men and women the chance to sail offshore. Since then, over 5000 disabled/disadvantaged people from a wide client base have shared this experience. We look forward to Boleh making her contribution to the impressive work of the Gwennili Trust. Learn more at www.gwennili.org.uk.

Sailing towards 2017 – can you help Boleh help others?

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Boleh has certainly had a stormy passage through 2016 but we are delighted to say our plans for the New Year look set fair for some plain sailing. We are working closely with organisations and charities in the South East and expect this to provide Boleh with a varied sailing programme throughout 2017.

As always, we are extremely grateful for the support we have received throughout the year. To support the 2017 programme, we will need more volunteer skippers and mates so if you can help, please contact George Middleton 07545 769421. We are also aiming to provide Boleh sailing bursaries for those at a disadvantage. If you would like to donate towards this then please go to our ‘Supporting Boleh’ page and select the ‘Donate’ option from the side menu.

Once again, many thanks to all our supporters past, present, and future and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!”

A busy weekend for Boleh!

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Boleh has been busy renewing her connections with Portsmouth. After a swift passage from Chichester to Gunwharf Quays we welcomed a steady flow of visitors onboard Boleh while she lay alongside in bright sunshine over the weekend of 14 October.

This is the first time since returning from Falmouth that the public has been shown this beautiful historic vessel, now fully restored thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Among the Boleh guides were our former apprentice, Jason Rankin and former Project Manager, Tim Gallier.

At the end of the weekend we were also proud to offer passage back to Chichester for the prizewinners of Sussex University Royal Naval Unit’s auction in aid of maritime charities. Picture shows Boleh returning to her berth in Chichester after her weekend away with lucky prizewinners Tom Meineck and his father among the crew.

Portsmouth Open Days for Boleh

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We are delighted to announce that Boleh will be open to the public at Gunwharf Quays during the weekend of 14 October.

Having recently returned from Falmouth, she is now based in Chichester and re-establishing her links with the local area. Boleh’s main purpose is to sail those with a challenge in their lives but, when her programme allows, she can also be hired commercially.

Boleh will be open to the public at Gunwharf on Saturday 15 October from 10.30 to 4 pm. She will also be alongside Gunwharf on the Friday and Sunday and can be visited by prior appointment. We hope to see you there!