With just days to go, final preparations are well underway for this Bank Holiday weekend’s Barclays Jersey Boat Show.
Taking place in and around the award-winning St Helier Marina and Weighbridge Place between Saturday 05 and Monday 07 May, the show promises a wealth of great activities to entertain the crowds – whatever the weather!
The show pontoons in St Helier Marina will be awash with the highest number of vessels on display, ranging from super-yachts to more practical water craft, all of which will be open to the public. Local and visiting marine traders from the UK and other Channel Islands representing some of the world’s leading brands, including Sunseeker, Fairline, Princess, Jenneau and Beneteau will also be present on the pontoons, which are open daily from 10am until 5pm (last entry 4:30pm).
The Flybe ‘Outdoor & Active Zone’ on the Albert Pier, will play host to a busy programme of activities both on and off the water as well as a dedicated area for local leisure operators offering a number of products and services, including kayaking, rowing and stand-up paddle boarding. Confirmed on-water activities, demonstrations and displays include Stand Up paddle board races, the Duke of Normandy tug boat demonstrating its efficiency and capability by undertaking a series of buoy recovery demos, charity duck races organised by Barclays, RIB trips along the south coast of Jersey together with the welcome return of Gipsy Moth IV, in which Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the globe in 1966. The 53-foot yacht, which will be berthed alongside the Albert Pier, will be open to visitors during the weekend. On land demonstrations include RPM, a bike trials team, formed from some of the UK’s most experienced demonstration riders and, for the first time at the show SkyDive Jersey will demonstrate its members’ skills with a Skydive into St Helier Harbour every afternoon. A full list of activities, including times and locations, which will be subject to suitable weather and sea conditions, can be viewed here
For the younger children, the Kids Play Zone (extra charge) will be set up in the area by the Steam Clock and there’s also the opportunity to climb aboard a replica of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, which will be in the Island to promote a local stage production based on the hit film, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.
Local talent will once again be showcased on the Solent Stevedores Main Stage, which, this year, will be located in Weighbridge Place. The varied programme includes appearances from crowd-favourites and daily headline acts, Take This (05 May), Inside Job (06 May) and Little Big Band (07 May). Other appearances during the weekend will include ladies fun choir Hot Bananas, Midriff, BackBeat, Serkeidian, Jersey Music Service and Alfie Butel. A full list of performance times can be viewed here
The Royal Navy has played an active role in the annual show for many years and in 2018 will be bringing HMS MERSEY to our shores. The 79-metre River-Class offshore will be berthed alongside the Albert Pier and will be open to the public between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday only. She will be joined by two visiting University Training Ships, HMS SMITER and HMS RANGER as well as Offshore Raiding Crafts. Weighbridge Place will see a Military Village, featuring a Royal Marines Armoured Support group (RMASG) Viking All-Terrain Vehicle alongside an Offshore Raiding Craft (ORCS). The Jersey Field Squadron will also be showcasing its locally based assets. Weighbridge Place is also the location on Sunday morning for the public inspection of Jersey’s young Cadets, by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Stephen Dalton. The event commences at 10:30am and will include the presentation by His Excellency of the Jersey Cup to the visiting crew of the Royal Navy vessel deemed to have provided the most efficient and effective service over the previous 12 months.
A Jazz Band contingent from the visiting Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon is also due to perform on the Solent Stevedores Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday, subject to operational duties.
The Jersey branch of the Royal British legion has been selected by title sponsors, Barclays, as the beneficiary charity from this year’s show; a poignant choice as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. The Barclays ‘Duck’ has become an icon of the show since its first appearance in 2010. It is a firm favourite with all ages playing the ‘Hook a Duck’ game, with proceeds donated to the designated charity. This year’s duck theme is ‘Superheroes’ and the chosen duck ‘Bubble’ will be joined by a team of fellow ‘SuperHeroes’, who will be encouraging visitors to the show for a ‘Waddle Walk’ around the arena.
As the local community is very much part of the annual show, a number of charities and welfare associations will be taking part this year. These also include representatives from some of the Island’s Emergency Services; States of Jersey Police, Jersey Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting, Jersey Coastguard, Jersey Fire & Rescue Services and RNLI Lifeguards who will all be offering practical advice and tips. Over the weekend, a team of 40 riders on static bikes will be attempting to ride approx. 700 miles in memory of the late Neil Hussey who passed away from an unknown heart condition in 2015. The charity, which was formed in 2018 aims to raise funds to support heart screening in Jersey, especially among young people.
Whether you are looking for the latest in maritime and lifestyle related gadgets and gizmos, advice and assistance in taking to the water, picking up a Genuine Jersey product from one of our local artisans, trying your hand at on water activities or simply looking for a quirky gift then you’ll find it all at the show with over 80 exhibitors showcasing their products and services along the quaysides. And your taste buds will be in for a treat with an abundance of catering and refreshment concessions throughout the arena and Weighbridge Place.
On behalf of Ports of Jersey, Myra Shacklady says, “The annual Jersey Boat Show was launched in 2008 as a way to showcase our marine leisure industry and this continues to be our remit. Each year it goes from strength to strength, clearly demonstrated by the high level of interest and participation not only from our many maritime partners but from across many other industries, include retail, hospitality, catering and finance. Coupled with a wonderful programme of activities both on and off the water as well as a showcase for local music talent the show clearly reflects a real community effort and has a great buzz about it. Whether you’re an experienced mariner or not the show promises something for everyone, whatever the weather. As always, it’s a great chance to blow away the winter blues and welcome in the summer. Fingers crossed, the weather will be fine and this is a great way to kick start it”.
The 2018 Barclays Jersey Boat Show is open between 10am and 6pm on Saturday 05 and Sunday 06 May and between 10am and 5pm on Monday 07 May. Entry is free. St Helier Marina pontoons are open daily from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4:30pm.
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