The sun eventually came out in force along with the crowds on day two of the three day Barclays Jersey Boat Show held over this Bank Holiday weekend. Each year the show sees an increasing number of exhibitors and families visiting, held in and around the main Marina in St Helier, it has become the largest free entry event in the Channel Islands.
For 2015, The British Red Cross are the charity named by the Show’s sponsors, Barclays, to benefit from funds raised at this year’s show. Chosen to promote awareness of the vital work they do as well as to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Vega in Jersey. The British Red Cross ship provided a lifeline for islanders during the Second World War and this year’s ducks adorned in Red Cross uniforms were waiting to be won at the Barclays stand.
All the major Marina exhibitors were showcasing their craftmanship skills with displays from ribs to powerboats and inflatables to sports cruisers. The stylish luxury yachts attracted the crowds and got everyone dreaming of adventure and freedom whilst the impressive HMS Tyne along with other Naval vessels were open to the public.
Amongst the activity zone Slack Jersey Club were fun to see in action with demonstrations of this new sport by Jersey’s own Matt Fox and visiting UK champion, Ryan Bastin.
Whilst in the water Kayaks, paddle boarding and flyboarding kept the spectators enthralled.
Fresh scallops, ice creams and Champagne along with a huge array of other refreshments on the Albert Pier sat alongside stands offering plenty of retail opportunities. Whilst many of the island’s leading performers entertained on the Solent Stevedores main stage.
Looking forward to 2016 and for the first time ever Barclays are offering the chance to design the duck for the 9th Boat show. Open to all Jersey Primary school children up to the age of 11years old, all entries must reach Barclays by no later than 5pm on Monday, 18th May. Pick up a form at their stand today.