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WATCH: Bienvenido! Replica Spanish galleon sails in for the Boat Show

WATCH: Bienvenido! Replica Spanish galleon sails in for the Boat Show

Friday 03 May 2024

WATCH: Bienvenido! Replica Spanish galleon sails in for the Boat Show

Friday 03 May 2024

A full-sized replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon will be on display at this year’s Barclays Jersey Boat Show.

The show, which is the largest free-entry public event in the Channel Islands and regularly attracts more than 30,000 people, takes place from Saturday 4 May until Monday 6 May.

The nearly 50m-long life-size replica, El Galeon, was meant to be at last year's show but technical issues led to its visit being cancelled.

Ports of Jersey said crew from the ship would be on hand at the Albert Pier to explain the history of the vessel and the Spanish fleet in which the original featured.

There will also be stunt displays from professional jet-skier Jack Moule.

Galleons were originally constructed to navigate the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They played a leading role in many of the world's trade routes and transported essential products such as wheat, olive oil, wine, fabrics, weapons, and tools from Spain. When the galleons returned from America and the Philippines, they primarily carried gold, silver, ivory, silk, and precious gems.

Other attractions include two Royal Navy Archer Class patrol and training vessels, which are used for mine hunting, and a Viking amphibious armoured all-terrain vehicle, which can land troops ashore.

There will also be a Royal Navy dive tank and dive team.

Visitors to the show will be able to look around many of the vessels on display.

Alongside the boat displays, there will be a catering village at New North Quay, a kids' zone in Marina Gardens and, an outdoor and active zone from Geomarine and stalls along Albert Pier.

Harbourmaster Bill Sadler said: "Over the years, the Barclays Jersey Boat Show has become a firm favourite in many people's calendars, as there really is something for everyone.

"It showcases the very best of the Island's maritime community to both residents and visitors.

"We're delighted that Barclays is continuing to sponsor this show, alongside our other sponsors, marine traders, exhibitors and participants."

Barclays' managing director and head of Crown Dependencies, Paul Savery, said the show was a "fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best of our island's thriving maritime, leisure and tourism industries".


Pictured top and above: El Galeon captured sailing into Jersey by David Ferguson.

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