Despite poor weather conditions the annual Barclays Jersey Boat Show continued to attract visitors over the spring Bank Holiday weekend.
Saturday’s fine weather attracted large volumes of visitors to the show, with St Helier Marina alone recording in excess of 5,000 people on the pontoons viewing the watercraft. Similarly, quayside exhibitors and caterers recorded positive trading and the day’s programme included stage entertainment, with performances from Backbeat and The Jersey Bounce as well as on water displays and demonstrations, including fly-boarding and jet-skiing. .
Throughout the weekend images and updates was posted via the show’s social media channels, which allowed it to reach a larger audience and generate further interest. These responses and comments were very favourable, clearly demonstrating how popular the show remains.
On behalf of Ports of Jersey, Myra Shacklady, original founder of the Jersey Boat Show, says, “Despite the weather conditions we have once again delivered a successful show in terms of planned activities and offerings. Every outdoor event organiser will agree that despite the best intentions we are ultimately in the hands of the weather, regardless of the time of year. On behalf of the team I would like to say a sincere thank you to everyone who has supported us this year, whether as a sponsor, exhibitor or participant as well as, of course members of the public who visited the show. This was our 10th show and we look forward to doing it all again next year, albeit in more favourable weather conditions”
The future of Jersey’s boat show, which remains the largest free-entry event in the Channel Islands is guaranteed for a further two-years thanks to an extended agreement with its title sponsor Barclays. The show remains entirely self-funded by Ports of Jersey with no public investment or government grant given. Commercial sponsorship and exhibitor fees allow organisers to stage the event and retain its free entry policy.
The 11th Barclays Jersey Boat Show is confirmed to take place in 2018 and will be officially launched later this year.
About the Barclays Jersey Boat Show
The annual show is organised by Ports of Jersey with the operational support of local specialists 3D Events. First staged in 2008 as an opportunity to showcase Jersey’s marine leisure industry to a wider audience, the event continues to grow in terms of size and reputation, remaining the largest free-entry public event in the Channel Islands, consistently attracting in excess of 30,000+ visitors over the three days.
The future of the boat show is guaranteed until at least 2019 with the announcement that title sponsors, Barclays has entered into a further commercial arrangement with Ports of Jersey. This major financial commitment from Barclays ensures the show will remain a free entry event, something that organisers have strived to retain since the show’s very beginning.
All marketing, PR and media activities will be handled by Ports of Jersey dedicated in-house team, while 3D Events will look after all the operational aspects of the show together with all exhibitor, catering/refreshment concessions and sponsorship enquiries.
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