A chance to see behind the scenes at the Portsmouth project

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63-year-old junk-rigged yacht being restored in Portsmouth is to be opened to the public next month.

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

free-entry workshop will be open from 1pm to 4.30pm on Sunday 27 October and all are welcome.

This

is a rare chance to see the restoration, as it is happening, talk to the project’s trustees, shipwrights and apprentices about their experiences and to meet two

of the nephews of Robin Kilroy, Boleh’s designer and creator.

There will also

be a gallery of Robin Kilroy’s artwork and Southsea Choir will be singing sea

shanties throughout the afternoon.

Activities

for young visitors will include model boat racing and knot tying.

Katy

Hutchinson, Boleh Project Coordinator
 said: ‘This Heritage Lottery Funded

project has allowed us to recruit four apprentices from Highbury College and

given them the opportunity to learn traditional boat building skills through

the restoration of Boleh.’

Visit

The Old Pump House, 199 Henderson Road, Eastney, Portsmouth PO4 9JF.

www.bolehproject.com

Picture: Boleh at work in the 1950s.