April 14, 2006
gather for Burnham's annual 'crane-in' next to the River Brue
crowds of onlookers gathered at Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club
on Friday afternoon when a huge crane lifted yachts from the town's
boat yard into the River Brue.
annual 'crane-in' is held every year at this time when boats of
all sizes are lifted from the safety of the sheltered yard into
the river for the start of the sailing season.
Friday, 17 boats were winched into the sky by a huge crane and
then carried several hundred metres to the sandy beach next to
the river. The boats are then moved over to the Sailing Club's
pontoons on the next high tide.
Club President Tony Winterburn, pictured above, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It's a spectacle that always draws big crowds."
boats get lifted down to the pontoons in April and are lifted
back into our boat yard in a similar event at the end of the sailing
season in October."
of residents and holidaymakers watched the event in brilliant
sunshine on Friday afternoon.
BBC Points West TV camera crew was also on hand to record the
event for a feature in a news bulletin.