30,000 people attend free show

Organisers are hailing the Jersey Boat Show as a success despite mixed Bank Holiday weather in the Channel Islands.

Last year’s attendance of 30,000 is believed to have been matched, although exact numbers are hard to measure because the event is free.

The Port of Jersey’s commercial director, Myra Shacklady, said: ‘The mixed weather didn’t dampen visitors’ spirits and the show was a real success despite the challenging conditions.

‘The show is hugely popular with both residents and tourists and I think its success is based on the fact that it is a free event for all the family, appealing to everyone whether an experienced mariner or not.

‘It is a fantastic showcase for the marine industry, which brings significant benefits for tourism, trade and the island as a whole.’

More than 60 boats were on display at the show, including the Royal Navy’s 79m fisheries protection vessel, HMS Severn, and Fleur de Lampaul (pictured).

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