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Report of 2017 Jersey Boat Show (JBS) 29/04/17- 01/05/17

For the second year running, with the generous financial support of our sponsors Boatworks+ Guernsey and an approved budget allowance from the WOA National Committee, I was once again involved with the running of a WOA Stand in the 2017 Jersey Boat Show held during the Early Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Because of that, we were happy to see GYC members, both Cruising and Motor, also joining in the event with the benefits of discounted berthing charges and other social activities organised during the show.

Owing to the inclement weather forecast for the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, quite a few boat owners had to cancel the trip at the eleventh hour, including the following vessels:

  • Echo Beach
  • Dream Maker
  • Georgia
  • Lesia
  • Sea Legs Too
  • Whatever!
  • Zephyrine

However, it was a pleasure to have the company of John and Cath Rowe, Tim and Anne Wainwright, who chose to come over on Condor instead. Indeed Tim and Anne had booked into a hotel on their own accord in order to be with us during the show!

Other GYC members with their vessels in St Helier for the show were:

  • Banjarrd (John Falla and family)
  • Hobzie.(Jason Hobbs and family)
  • Magic Legend (Mike Tai and Julie Payne)
  • Odyssey (Colin and Sue Polson)
  • Summer Breeze (Chris and Jean Ellyatt)

Last but not least, we were delighted to have the company of 11 members of Yacht Club Pays de Saint-Brieuc, Le Legue, with a total number of 6 boats that sailed over specifically to join us for the event, under the lead of Christian and Brigette Lamy in Gwennili.

On Thursday 27th April, Magic Legend departed from QEII Marina with all the boat show equipment on board, in the company of Summer Breeze. The WOA Stand was duly set up on the following day. On Friday evening we were joined by others in the Bar at SHYC for an informal get together pre-show supper. In total there were 25 of us on 2 tables.

The boat show opened with fanfare on the Saturday morning. It was a warm and sunny day, so that all went well and apparently it turned out to have the highest numbers of visitors ever to the JBS since its inception. That included a good number of visitors to the WOA Stand and signing the Visitors' Book. Each person was then presented with a goodies bag with the compliments of Boatworks+ Guernsey. At 12 noon, a few of us including our French visitors managed to go round to the RCIYC marquee for their reception drinks.

On Saturday evening after closing the show stand, a party of 32 of us had a most enjoyable dinner in the clubhouse of RCIYC at St Brelade, overlooking across St Aubin Bay in the evening sunshine. During the dinner, Mike Tai proposed a Toast to the WOA and at the same time welcoming membeers of Yacht Club Pays de Saint-Brieuc to Jersey. Christian Lamy gave an excellent speech in response, trasnslated into English most eloquently by Brigette.

Unfortunately, the predicted bad weather, wet and windy, went downhill thereafter, on both Sunday and Monday. In spite of that, it was decided to go ahead regardless with the planned Pontoon Party on Sunday afternoon. It did turn out in the end an unforgettable and enjoyable event, with the help of umbrellas and well stocked refreshments and food! In particular our French visitors were most hospitable with their home made patisserie and bubbly cidre! In line with tradition, the Commodores and Flag Officers of local yacht clubs were all sent prior invitations to attend. I am pleased to report that our GYC was represented by John Falla, Vice Commodore. In total, there were well over 60 people at the Pontoon Party, enjoying a continuous heavy downpour and very wet social get together!

By Monday, most of the exhibitors had decided to cut their losses by packing up to leave, with the agreement of the show organisers. We too followed likewise at the WOA Stand and put away everything smoothly on board Magic Legend. All the Guernsey boats stayed on until Tuesday morning. With a gentle NE breeze, calm sea and brilliant sunshine, we all got back safely without any hitch.

Mike Tai

 All ready to go.

 Signing the visitors book.

 French yachtsmen on arrival.

 

 Sante.

 

 Reception at RCIYC marquee.

 

Dinner at RCIYC, members and guests.

 

 WOA members setting up pontoon party.

 

 Wet, wet, wet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:21
 

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