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The Boleh Project

Welcome to the Boleh website!

This website tells the story of the historic junk yacht Boleh; her original design and build in Singapore by Robin Kilroy in 1948; the voyage to England in 1950; Roger Angel’s rescue of Boleh as a fire damaged hulk in Rye 30 years later and his painstaking restoration; and finally, in 2008, Boleh’s arrival in Portsmouth for her current restoration, now completed through the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund and many corporate and individual sponsors.

Please take a look around the website to see what has been achieved with our apprentice training and community engagement programmes in Portsmouth. We hope you will share our pride in the restoration and support the next stage of Boleh’s journey, bringing her ‘can do’ approach to sail training for young people. - George Middleton, Chairman, The Boleh Trust.


“Helping young people now and in the future”

Boleh, a historic junk-yacht of unique design, has been restored in Portsmouth and turned into the perfect vessel for providing inspirational training to young people facing challenge in their lives.

Boleh was built in Singapore in 1949 and sailed to the UK. Boleh means “can do” in Malay and it is this “can do” philosophy, which has driven the project to restore Boleh and put her to work training and inspiring young people.

Throughout the restoration the Boleh Trust has supported young people by enabling apprentices to gain practical experience in conservation and shipwright skills.

Into her future, the Trust is supporting young people to discover the best in themselves through skills and sail training.


News and Events

Sail Boleh!


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...

Boleh in Dorset


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...