Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: July 2, 2006
New Burnham-On-Sea sailing club pontoons officially opened at regatta

Hot summer weather attracted crowds of people to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July 1st) as the town's annual sailing regatta got underway.

Burnham-On-Sea Mayor Eric Gill and Mayoress Gilli Kenyon-Gill joined Sailing Club Commodore Terry Moule and Dave Humphries to officially open the town's new sailing pontoons.

The facility has recently been expanded to allow additional boats and yachts to moor there. Rising demand for additional moorings at the mouth of the River Brue has prompted the expansion.

Both Saturday's handicap yacht race and Sunday's pursuit race were abandoned due to falling wind at the top of the tide, however that did not spoil the weekend.

A wide range of entertainment was laid on including skittles, boules, music, a raffle, a book sale and a bric-a-brac stall.

During Saturday afternoon, crew members from Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft and lifeboat teams competed in a tug-of-war, which was won by the BARB crew after a hard-fought battle!

BARB was presented with the Emma Humbug trophy, a glass rose bowl filled with humbugs, that had been donated by Gloria Robertson whose yacht 'Emma' lost a bilge keel last year and was shepherded in by the Burnham lifeboat.

The regatta began on Friday evening with a superb night-time procession of illuminated yachts in the bay.


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