Just after 6:30 p.m. the sandcastle’s spire crumbled to the ground, only seconds after Jarrett moved out of the way.
The event was caught on video (about 13 minutes in) thanks to NJ Discover Productions’ live streaming web cameras that have allowed the world to observe the entire sandcastle construction process since the first day.
By Saturday morning, Jarrett had devised a recovery plan and, midday, he and a team of volunteers began packing sand into forms to create a new spire, fully intending to break the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
“I had sculpted about 27 feet down when the spire toppled, so now I’m up there on a ladder,” Jarrett said in a press release. “It’s not ideal, but it’s reality and I’m still going to do everything I can to get New Jersey this record. The folks from Guinness World Records will be here Tuesday and I have every intention of making the trip worth their while.”
As darkness fell Saturday night, Jarrett remained on the ladder, continuing to add height to Sandy Castle. He has no doubt he can finish sculpting in time, when representatives from Guinness visit the castle around 5:30 p.m..Earlier this year, Ed Jarrett’s first attempt to break his current tallest sandcastle record (37 feet, 10 inches) resulted in a 30+ foot sandcastle (“Sandy Castle”) that raised more than $50,000 for Hometown Heroes.
Fueled by his project’s fundraising success and the promise he made to more than 2,500 children (4,500 volunteers in all) who helped build Sandy Castle, Jarrett decided to make a second attempt at breaking the record – as well as continue raising awareness that people are still in need of assistance in their recovery after the storm – and he is currently sculpting Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition.
About Ed Jarrett
Jarrett volunteers his time to build sandcastles for charity. He
set his first Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle in 2003
when his creation standing 29 feet, four inches tall in Falmouth, Maine
broke the record previously held in Finland. Since then, he has broken
his own record twice and holds the current record of 37 feet, 10 inches,
set in 2011 in Farmington, Connecticut.