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Jersey Boat Show
5th May 2018 - 7th May 2018
With the generous financial support of our sponsors Boatworks+ Guernsey, the Channel Islands Group (CIG) were able to go ahead making arrangements for booking a Stand at the 2018 Jersey Boat Show (JBS) during the Early Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
All the boat show equipment such as pop-up stand and tear flag, together with sundry boxes including WOA regalia and display board, were loaded on board Magic Legend. Other items such as the 2018 Year Book and Spring Magazine were posted to Mike beforehand. She then set sail from St Peter Port to St Helier on Thursday 3rd May, with well wishes from David Jibb, Vice Commodore and Boat Show Organiser.
The WOA Stand was duly set up on Friday 4th May. Later on in the afternoon, we adjourned to St Helier Yacht Club (SHYC) a short distance away, where a Committee Meeting was held. For further details of the meeting, please refer to the Minutes already circulated.
After the meeting, there were 12 of us met up in the Bar for an informal get together pre-show Supper. They were:
• David & Jan Ballingall (Sea Mixy)
• George & Janet Gaudin (Kishmiro)
• Brian & Liz Stuttard (Lady Sinclair)
• Mike Tai & Julie Payne (Magic Legend)
• Mick & Jan Taylor (boatless at present)
• Peter & Vicky Warren (Temptation of St Helier)
In the course of the evening, a list of volunteers to man the Stand and to help out at the Pontoon Party was finalised. Obviously their enthusiastic involvement and support was very much appreciated.
The Boat Show opened on Saturday 5th May with fanfare, in the presence of Royal Navy corvettes and a Royal Marine Band. It was a warm and sunny day and so all went well, with apparently the highest numbers of visitors to the JBS ever recorded since its inception. A large number of visitors signed in at our Stand. Sunday 6th and Monday 7th were just the same, well attended by visitors. On Sunday afternoon, between 16.00 and 18.00, a Pontoon Party was held with drinks and nibbles.
During the Show, 3 members were recruited into the WOA with a possibility of at least 2 more likely to join subsequently.