Sandy Castle July 19, 2013 Update

by SandMan on July 19, 2013

Like New Jersey and everyone who lives here, Sandy Castle, through sculptor Ed Jarrett’s spirit and determination, is Stronger than a Superstorm. While the sandcastle is not a record breaker, it is a masterpiece and its majestic presence on Jenkinson’s Beach remains a mission to raise money Superstorm Sandy relief efforts and celebrate the Shore’s resilience and continuing recovery. In fact, thanks to the support of our sponsors, 100% of the money we raise will be donated to Hometown Heroes for distribution to those still in need of relief from Superstorm Sandy. Plans for a second attempt at the tallest sandcastle world record later this year are in the works.

The first day of summer began with a small spire collapse – on the heels of five previous weather/vibration-related spire problems, the crumble rendered Sandy Castle too short to break the current Guinness World Record of 37 feet, 10 inches set by Jarrett two years ago. Dedicated during a ceremonial ribbon cutting on July 16, 2013, the Sandy Castle site is home to a 30+ foot tall sandcastle as part of a beautifully sculpted sand tribute to the New Jersey Shore, its residents, and the area’s rebirth following Superstorm Sandy. “Though we don’t know what it is, this attempt at the record failed for a reason,” says Jarrett. “This has been my most difficult and challenging build to date. I’ve learned a lot and it just goes to show it’s not as easy as it looks.”

Sandy Exhibit

Ed Jarrett and Hometown Heroes invited all of the shore municipalities from Atlantic City to Sea Bright as well as the Bayshore towns affected by Sandy to participate in the Sandy Exhibit. Today, a memorial lines the inside of the walls surrounding the Sandy Castle site.

Second Attempt

“Our progress would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of more than 4,000 volunteers as well as the support of our sponsors who are driving our momentum – we thank each of you every day for helping us get this far and encouraging us to keep going,” says Jarrett. “I promised New Jersey a record, and I’m not leaving until we get it.”

At present, Ed Jarrett is working out details for a second attempt at his fourth Guinness World Record for the tallest sandcastle. He hopes to begin the new build right after Labor Day and complete the sandcastle before the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

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