July 2, 2006
club pontoons officially opened at regatta
summer weather attracted crowds of people to Burnham-On-Sea on
Saturday (July 1st) as the town's annual sailing regatta got underway.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
regatta began on Friday evening with a superb night-time procession
of illuminated yachts in the bay.