boatssOrganised by Jersey Marinas on behalf of Ports of Jersey, the show regularly attracts in excess of 30,000+ visitors over the three days and provides both residents and visitors alike with the opportunity to dip their toes into all things nautical and discover up close the wealth of maritime related activities and services available in the Island.

Attracting some of the leading global yacht manufacturers, including Fairline, Sunseeker and Beneteau, organisers are expecting in excess of 20 on water exhibitors this year representing up to 26 boating brands together with upwards of 65 vessels gracing the pontoons, many of which will be open to the public to step on board and view.

The Royal Navy will once again have a presence at this year’s show, including the welcome return of HMS SEVERN. The 79-metre River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel will be joined by two university ships, HMS RANGER, a P2000 Archer Class Patrol Vessel, HMS PUNCHER, a P2000 sea-based training platform and four Offshore Raiding Craft. All of these vessels will be open to the public at no charge throughout the weekend.

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Commando Training Centre from Lympstone, Devon will also be appearing, performing two public evening ‘Beat Retreat’ ceremonies on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 May, which will be guaranteed crowd pleasers.

The show prides itself on its family atmosphere and this year will feature an outdoor & active zone, which includes a charity bungee jump initiative, action-packed water demonstrations in the harbour as well as a dedicated kids zone play area. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground and simply soak up the festival atmosphere there’s a great entertainment programme on the main stage, including performances from Inside Job, Sgt. Pipon and Parklife Choir as well as information talks by Durrell.

And as you’d come to expect there’s a great selection of food and refreshment stalls to tantalise your taste buds or a chance to pick up a bargain or two from the numerous stallholders along the quay, ranging from leisurewear clothing and local artisan products to the latest in marine related gadgets and gizmos.

Other highlights over the weekend include the opening ceremony on Saturday 3 May, including the raising of the official flag as well as the young cadet inspection on Sunday morning carried out by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey followed by the traditional Sea Sunday Service.

The 2014 Barclays Jersey Boat Show opens on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May between 10am and 6pm and on Monday 5 May between 10am and 5pm – and please remember it’s free admission.

So why not come along and join in the fun – it’s a great way to blow away those winter blues and kick start that summer feeling. Find out more here