06 May 2010
Last weekend Shelley joined by Jersey's TV Chef Shaun Rankin opened the third annual Jersey Boat Show. The show, in association with Barclays Wealth, attracted thousands of Islanders to the Port of Jersey for the festival weekend, with marine traders reporting buoyant and strong sales.
Bob Gallichan, Managing Director of Gallichan Marine, was one of the local exhibitors: “I am delighted with the show particularly as even by Saturday we had sold a number of boats. The show had a lovely atmosphere with plenty of visitors and the organisation behind it was very good indeed. Marine life is so much a part of the Island and the Boat Show is a great celebration of this and a fantastic promotional event.”
Over the three days, visitors flooded down to the marinas to visit boats, sample seafood and Genuine Jersey delights in the fisherman’s village, and lap up the maritime atmosphere.
UK ‘Windy’ sales representative and ex Zapcat Racer, Ben Toogood, brought boats over specifically for the Jersey Boat Show, “We are very pleased to have come over for the show. Everyone here in Jersey has been very helpful and it has all been incredibly well put together. We have enjoyed the good atmosphere and it really has been a very positive experience for us.”
Attractions were busy, with families enjoying the chance to experience a taste of life at sea, treading the decks of a vast variety of working boats moored at the special ‘Condor Get on Board’ pontoons. The Royal Navy’s 79-metre Fisheries Protection vessel, HMS Mersey; the tall ship, Lord Nelson; the Port of Jersey tug, Duke of Normandy and two of the Navy’s training vessels, HMS Tracker and Trumpeter, all lowered their gang planks for the weekend.
Boats of all shapes and sizes lined the pontoons for those who wanted to gaze and dream of the sea, while staying ashore. Visitors also enjoyed a varied and colourful array of more than 120 exhibitors.
‘Youth’ was the theme of this year’s Jersey Boat’s Show, with the focus carrying through all the elements the event, aiming to introduce as many young Islanders as possible to the opportunities of a life at sea with representatives from the Royal and Merchant Navies, the fishing industry, the yachting world and voluntary and charitable maritime services.
Commercial Director Myra Shacklady said: “The show was also an opportunity to educate everyone on how to enjoy our wonderful marine environment, safely and responsibly. With this in mind, it was fantastic to welcome so many representatives from such a wide variety of organisations, including local Royal Navy youth and cadet organisations, Island sailing and yacht clubs and local businesses. The show is now hugely popular with Islanders and I think its success is based on the fact that it is a free event for all the family, appealing to all generations and everyone whether an experienced mariner or not. All our traders, from the luxury to the smaller end of the market, have reported good business, reflecting the real range of opportunity in the maritime world. It really is a fantastic showcase for the marine industry, which brings significant benefits for tourism, trade and the Island as a whole.”
Picture copyright Matthew Hotton