Record-breaking temperatures enticed more than 35,000 people to visit the Jersey Boat Show over the three-day bank holiday weekend, making it one of the most successful shows since it began 11 years ago.
It seems after a washout Bank holiday last year which led to the free event closing early on the last day, the sunshine and beautiful weather this year - where a record-breaking temperature of 26.3 degrees on Monday made it the warmest early Bank Holiday on record - was a welcome boost to Jersey’s largest free event.
Although all the boats stayed where they were meant to be at the Jersey Boat Show, the same couldn't be said around the island as one boat owner in St. Clement was left high and dry, when this boat became stranded on a rock.
Pictured: One boat owner was left high and dry in St. Clement. (Alan Aubert)
Visitors to the 11thBarclays Boat Show, made the most of the glorious sunshine by mooching around the super yachts and boats on display around St. Helier’s marina and Royal Navy vessels as well as the number of exhibitors selling leisure equipment, lifestyle products and food and drink, who have reported buoyant sales from the event.
This year’s new features to the show, including the parachute performances from Skydive Jersey, stand-up paddle board and charity duck racing, trial-bike demonstrations all seemed to please the crowds.
The maximum temperature of 26.3°C recorded at Maison St Louis yesterday makes it the warmest Early May Bank Holiday on record. Far exceeding the previous high of 20.8°C recorded in 1999. pic.twitter.com/iHv3HDcpLV— Jersey Met (@Jersey_Met) May 8, 2018
The re-location of the Solent Stevedores main stage to the Weighbridge Place, and the introduction of a ‘big screen’ to broadcast activities live, helped attract large numbers to enjoy the local and visiting entertainment acts including ‘Take This’ and ‘Inside Job’.
The organiser of the Jersey Boat Show, Myra Shacklady, said: “Ports of Jersey is delighted with what appears to be one of our most successful shows yet, in terms of attendance numbers, business that’s been generated and positive feedback received."
She added: “We would like to thank everyone who has played a part in this year’s show and in particular the public who continue to show their enthusiasm by coming down and supporting us. This weekend’s event truly reflects the community spirit that exists in our Island and that we should continue to embrace. It also clearly demonstrates why the Barclays Jersey Show remains the largest free-entry public event in the Channel Islands.”
Barclays Managing Director for the Channel Islands, Paul Savery, commented: “Every year the Barclays Jersey Boat Show attracts islanders and visitors alike to spend time enjoying a wide variety of activities in and around St Helier Harbour and 2018 has been no exception.
Pictured: Jersey Boat Show visitors were welcomed by various big Barclays ducks.
“We are over the moon with the response we have had this year. In particular our fund-raising activities on behalf of the Jersey Branch of the Royal British Legion has raised some much-needed funds and of course I must mention our Barclays Duck, ‘Bubbles’, who has gone down a treat with people of all ages. Our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported us this year and we look forward to doing it all again in 2019 when Barclays will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its association with the show.”
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