Massive wooden sailing ship arrives ahead of Barclays Jersey Boat Show

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THE world’s largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship has arrived in the Island ahead of the Barclays Jersey Boat Show.

The show – the largest free-entry public event in the Channel Islands – regularly attracts more than 30,000 people. It is being held across all three days of the bank holiday weekend at the St Helier Marina and Weighbridge.

One of the highlights of this year’s event is the Götheborg of Sweden sailing ship, which is visiting Jersey for the first time.

Commenting on life aboard the vessel, deckhand Kimberly Andreasson (31) said: ‘The ship becomes your world; you live in a bubble. It’s only the ship, it’s only the job and the people.

‘You don’t have any signal on your phone, so you don’t know what’s going on in the world.’

Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (35688883)

HMS Hurworth, a hunt-class mine counter-measure vessel, will be berthed alongside Victoria Pier.

Tickets to go aboard Götheborg and HMS Hurworth can be found online via the Jersey Boat Show website.

There will be a range of displays, demonstrations and stalls to view, as well as trips on the water organised by boat tour and charter companies Le Mourier and Jersey Duchess.

The Weighbridge will feature entertainment on the Solent Stevedores main stage and a variety of food and drink concessions.

Harbourmaster Captain Bill Sadler said: ‘This year’s event is shaping up to be a great day out for Islanders. It will inspire people interested in maritime matters, and provide everyone with musical entertainment, catering stalls, and a chance to look around a variety of vessels.

‘We’re delighted that Barclays is continuing to sponsor this show, alongside our other sponsors, marine traders, exhibitors and participants.’

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