Sea Sanctuary Press Release

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The unique Junk yacht ‘Boleh’ brings her can do approach to Sea Sanctuary.

Sea Sanctuary, the innovative mental health Charity (based in Penryn) that uses the setting of the sea to improve people’s mental wellbeing, is gearing up for the arrival of a stunning yacht which will help increase the number of people the Charity helps each year.

Sea Sanctuary is a well-established marine based Charity- the 1st of its kind to offer sail training combined with health education aimed at improving mental health and well-being. The Charity was set-up in 2006 and has been fully operational for six-years.

Over the last year, Sea Sanctuary has expanded its operation to incorporate ‘Water’s Edge’, a land-based project which offers a range of activities including relaxation techniques, art workshops, weaving and Mindfulness.

Sea Sanctuary has been the recipient of several awards for innovation and has been nominated for the “All in the Mind “award, part of BBC Radio 4’s dedicated programme to mental health recovery and discussion.

Boleh could not be joining Sea Sanctuary at a more crucial time as currently, the Charity’s other yacht, Grace, is providing back-to-back sails with very little down time.

Boleh, whose name means “Can Do” in Malay is a remarkable 40ft wooden junk yacht which was designed and built after WWII in Singapore by a Naval Officer, Commander Robin Kilroy, DSC, who then sailed her back to Salcombe, Devon in 1950. She is constructed from traditional materials to a mixed junk/Bermudan rig design with many novel features – such as portholes made from the windscreens of Japanese fighter aircraft. Her restoration was delivered with a considerable financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as private benefactors.

As the newest member of the fleet, she will be used for delivering our flagship programme ‘Sail into Life’ - a four day residential course that combines living on aboard and sailing a classic yacht with customised group work based on clinically proven therapies, mindfulness and relaxation – as well as shorter sailing experiences, activities and training for young people struggling with mental health issues.

Joseph Sabien, Chief Executive Officer said that; ‘Having Boleh join the fleet gives us a wonderful opportunity to reach out to and help more people get to sea in a very special way, to learn techniques that will help them to improve their sense of mental wellbeing and discover healthier ways to navigate through the choppy waters of life. We only ever used classic wooden yachts because of the special feeling you get from being on board and we want all our clients to feel as valued and important as anyone else. Boleh delivers that feeling and we are excited about operating probably the most unusual sailing boat on the Cornish coastline.’

We have formed very strong ties with the Boleh Trust, the organisation established to fully restore the yacht to her original glory, and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship that will see Boleh being used for the public good and fulfilling an important role in instigating positive changes in people’s lives.

Boleh will be sailed down from Chichester in August and put into operation with Sea Sanctuary with immediate effect.

Mental Health Foundation
The Royal College Of Psychiatrists