The first sailing, using Trident V after winter maintenance, set off on Friday morning, with 20 passengers booked.
‘It’s good to be back and we got a great reception from the public as they walked by – lots of well wishers offering their support, because they know we have the competition now,’ said Herm Travel Trident managing director Peter Wilcox, returning to work after a rare winter off.
Herm Island purchased a new ferry last year to provide more flexibility for passengers. Unlike the Trident, the Isle of Herm has been offering its service throughout the winter months.
The first weekend of sailings was met with windy weather, chilly temperatures and choppy seas.
‘It’s always going to be a bit slow at the start of the season and what hasn’t helped is we had that drop in temperature. But it is great to get going, we just need slightly warmer weather now,’ said Mr Wilcox.
While operating on the early season schedule there will be four rotational trips each day, which will be increased as we get closer to May.
‘What usually triggers the season is a decent Easter weekend when people go across and have a really good experience with good weather – it’s just word of mouth.’
He said that as people walk by and notice the kiosk is open once again, the number of people booking on to the boat will gradually increase.
‘People are always kind and complimentary and we have seen people we don’t see as much showing their support.’