Our Projects

Our Projects - What we deliver!

Here you can see more detail of what the Boleh Trust delivers.  Beyond the overhead (kept to a minimum, comprising administration, programming, finance, marketing and fundraising) our Trustees manage the sharp end of the Boleh Trust’s business – our Projects – under 4 headings :       Youth Projects,  Adult Projects , Charters & Operations.

Youth Projects

On completion of Boleh’s restoration in 2015, she was MCA coded and despatched to Falmouth for what turned out to be an unsuccessful partnership with a local charity targeting vulnerable adults.  Returning to the Solent, Boleh started youth programmes in earnest, including deploying to Portland to work with the Chesil Sailing Trust.  By the 2018 Season the Boleh Trust was well established with programmes for young people and now sails over 250 annually.

Service Schoolchildren

Halcyon and the Boleh Trust will work together to provide young people with an inspiring introduction to sailing

A major youth programme for Boleh targets Service schoolchildren in the Portsmouth and Gosport areas with day sails from Haslar. Many of the children may be the only Service child in their class, feeling isolated among peers with a normal family life.  The aim is to support these children where one parent may be juggling all the demands of running the family home.  The rigours of Service life and family separation are challenging and our programme provides social support for Armed Forces families and aids the individual young person’s health and wellbeing.

The programme in the Portsmouth area works through Pompey’s Military Kids (PMK), a joint initiative set up with the support of an educational psychologist by the Naval Families Federation (NFF) and Portsmouth City Council, and on the other side of the Harbour, with the Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust (GFMAT).  Boleh’s day sails, with a specifically designed curriculum, bring Service children together to learn about sailing and Boleh’s ‘can-do’ story and encourage them to interact and form peer support networks – which research has shown Service children need most.

The children that have attended a [Pompey’s Military Kids] sailing session have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. This has enabled them to discuss sailing with their Serving parent and have some shared experiences. School staff have explained how many Services children have expressed their feelings during the sessions as they know their peers understand their way of life. The sessions have also helped to inform staff about the Military lifestyle and challenges, which allows them to better support the children back in the school environment. I very much appreciate your commitment to supporting our families. Many thanks.

Nicola ThompsonFamilies Engagement Officer, Naval Families Federation, October 2019

Read the ‘Home Port’ article “Junk cruise is no junket” on Pompey’s Military Kids here.

Schools and Young People

Our youth programmes give equal priority to other areas where young people face challenge.  In partnership with the Chesil Sailing Trust, we support their ‘Sail-for-a-Fiver’ scheme for Dorset schools, with Boleh based in Portland Marina for a month. We also run programmes for Wiltshire Young Carers, providing respite for children who are the prime carers in their family, and for Fieldcrafting UK supporting vulnerable young people.  Boleh is also used to entertain and thank the donors so generously supporting these initiatives.

I would just like to say a big thanks for providing our students the opportunity to experience sailing aboard Boleh this week. In my opinion this was a fantastic opportunity to inspire our students and promote a can-do attitude using sail training as the medium. I used this experience as a reward for an outstanding attitude to learning and achievements across all subjects in school. I personally really enjoyed the experience too!

Neal BurtonDorset Studio School. July 2017

Adult Projects

The Trust has delivered sailing programmes for adults since Boleh’s return to the Solent in 2017.  In our first Season we worked with the Army Inshore Sailing Centre at Thorney Island, Help for Heroes and the Gwennili Trust, sailing Service personnel and vulnerable adults.  We are now part of the RN Recovery programme for wounded, injured and sick of all 3 Services, provide ‘Summer Camp’ cruises for Army Cadets, and support local adult charities.  Well over 150 adults, including teachers and supervisors, are sailed each year.

Armed Services and Cadets

Boleh has strong ties to the Armed Services: designed and built by a Naval Officer in Singapore and sailed to the UK by his naval crew in 1950; Sail Training Vessel for the Junior Leaders Regiment RE at Dover in the 1960’s; and owned by the Boleh Trust whose Patron and Trustees include retired Service Officers.  We sail, or have sailed, members of (among others) the Royal Navy, the Royal Engineers, the Rifles, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, and the Army Inshore Sailing Centre and have links to the RNSA and the REYC.  We also have regular programmes for the Army Cadet Force and our local Military Mentors training organisation.

In October, our students had their very first experience of sailing with a day onboard Boleh. The much-anticipated trip proved a huge success and the teenagers had a great day learning the ropes (literally!) the rules of seamanship, maritime safety, navigation and how to safely manoeuvre the vessel.

Tony WestMilitary Mentors Training Academy. October 2021
Devon Army Cadets Bring Boleh Back to Salcombe

RN Recovery programme

We are proud that Boleh is involved in the Royal Navy recovery programme for wounded, injured and sick members of the Armed Services.  Initially for the RN and Royal Marines, the programme of 5 day sailing courses from Haslar has now been extended to the Army and RAF.  The itinerary depends on weather and ‘patient’ ability with accommodation either ashore or afloat. This is our flagship course and has been judged a ‘resounding success’ with course feedback describing the positive impact of the Boleh ‘can-do’ experience delivered by our volunteers.

The lads got so much from their time on Boleh. They really bonded as a team, shared stories and experiences, and grew in confidence as the course progressed. We are all very grateful to the Boleh Trust and to our funders for this positive experience.

Johnny MorrisNaval Recovery Manager, Faslane, May 2022

Support to Local Charities and Vulnerable Adults

Boleh’s Portsmouth Harbour base is surrounded by nationally recognised significant areas of deprivation.  Our local Trustees are in touch with many of the charities tackling the issues of poverty, loneliness, and adult mental health which are symptoms of this situation.  We offer our services where we think the Boleh ‘can-do’ message could help.  So far we have engaged with the local branches of Veterans Outreach Support and Andy’s Man Club with a programme of day sails to encourage interaction and build confidence among the vulnerable adults supported.

My father-in-law and I have just got back from a fantastic tour around Portsmouth Harbour aboard the Boleh. We were blessed with perfect weather conditions to be able to put up the sails and had a brilliant few hours with a great crew, William, Nigel and Steve. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to all VOS members.

C HannaghanVeterans Outreach Support member October 2022
Boleh Says ‘Its OK To Talk’

Corporate and Private Charter

Corporate organisations

Each year, in August, we find space in Boleh’s programme to host corporate guests, usually from the defence and marine industries.  Organisations that have enjoyed a fully crewed and catered day on the Solent under this scheme include defence companies QinetiQ and Astute, and ship brokers Clarksons, while GARMIN will be using Boleh for team building.  Boleh is also offered as a regular and popular Charity Auction Prize in the annual MBDA UK’s Charity Dinner held in London, raising funds for good causes, including the Boleh Trust.

Firstly, thank you very much for a fabulous event. It was great fun and the weather was on our side. We thoroughly enjoyed our day out. Please thank the team for me.

Steve Fitz-GeraldMD Land, Maritime and Weapons, QinetiQ, September 2019

Private charter

Families and friends also have the opportunity to ‘Sail Boleh’ when there is space in her charitable sailing programme.  A day at sea aboard this historic vessel creates memories of the ‘Boleh experience’ which can last a lifetime.  The Trust offers affordable day sails on the Solent from Haslar Marina, Gosport with our professional crew; funds received support our charitable work.  A typical itinerary would be a crossing to the Isle of Wight, with an hour or so ashore for lunch and local shopping, before returning to Gosport.

Fantastic day during our holiday! We had the most amazing time, stepping out of our comfort zone and being well looked after by an incredible crew who are a credit to the Trust – we will be back!”

Linda PearceCharity Prize Sail winner, August 2022

Sail Boleh

If you'd like to sail Boleh....Please get in touch!

If you, or an organisation you support, are interested in sampling the ‘Boleh experience’ and sharing the ‘can-do’ story, please email us at projectboleh@gmail.com or give Operations Director, Craig a call on 07958 610436.  Details of Boleh and her specifications can be found in the ‘Sail Boleh’ section of the website here.  All funds raised from the commercial operation of Boleh are used to support the charitable activities of the Boleh Trust.

Boleh Operations

Junk Yacht Boleh

Boleh, her Historic Vessel status and unique character, are central to the work of the Trust.  To ensure that she can play her part effectively we need to keep Boleh fully compliant with the operational and safety standards demanded by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).  This is policed by our Naval Architect, Graham Westbrook, with Boleh’s annual winter work package, subsequent fitting out and ‘shakedown’, and then maintenance, overseen by Trustee Mark Minshull, assisted by fellow Chartered Engineer David Hadfield.

Boleh is a pleasure to sail. I think that she has been incredibly well put together in a considered and thoughtful way. Once again thank you very much indeed for the opportunity to sail this unique part of our maritime history.

Henry Kemp-GeeArmy Skipper and Yachtmaster, October 2019

Trustee and Lead Skipper Richard Metcalfe is responsible for the operational employment of Boleh from her base in Gosport. In an average Season this amounts to 120 days at sea along the South Coast from Eastbourne to Plymouth. Boleh’s annual sailing programme is put together in consultation with our ‘customers’ by Operations Director Craig Coupe – a Yachtmaster Instructor and our only employee.  He then manages the resourcing and delivery of that programme, with our dedicated and valued volunteers filling the Skipper and Mate positions.

It has been an absolute pleasure skippering Boleh – she is a fabulous yacht.

Peter GreenManaging Director, Halcyon Yachts Ltd. February 2018


Boleh relies on volunteers. They are the face of the Boleh Trust, instructing young people, looking after and encouraging the vulnerable.  Before Boleh starts her annual programme, we must ensure her volunteer crew comply with the standards required by the MCA and are confident with the challenges of Boleh’s unique characteristics. Under Richard’s professional eye and assisted by Craig, RYA qualified and DBS cleared volunteer Skippers and Mates are’ inducted’ in to Boleh’s mysteries. Thereafter, refresher training and assessments are carried out annually.

On behalf of the students, the school and myself, can I thank you for the wonderful opportunity. Both groups had an amazing day sailing. The teams that led the days were fantastic. They were super friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Please pass on my gratitude to them.

TeacherAll Saints Academy, June 2022


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