60 years on
A 63-year-old junk-rigged yacht has been restored in Portsmouth and is to be opened to the public. Boleh is the story of two men: artist and naval war hero Commander Robin Kilroy, DSC, who designed and built her 60 years ago in Singapore before sailing her back 15,000 miles to the UK; and Roger Angel, joiner and entrepreneur, who found her an insurance write-off in 1978 and painstakingly brought her back to life in a Rye harbour mud berth.
She is to provide training for young people facing challenges in their lives. ‘Boleh’ means “can do” in Malay and it is this philosophy which drives the project.
The workshop opens from 1pm on Sunday 27th October ready to welcome everyone. This is a rare chance to see the restoration, as it is happening. There will also be a gallery of Robin Kilroy’s artwork. You will be able to talk to the apprentices, shipwrights and others working with the trust.
The Old Pump House, 199 Henderson Road, Eastney, Portsmouth PO4 9JF.
For all enquiries please contact: Katy Hutchinson – Boleh Project Coordinator
Office: 02392 297 222