Published: August 27, 2010
In video: Illuminated yacht procession held in Burnham-On-Sea

A colourful illuminated procession of yachts took place in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (August 27th).

A dozen members of the town's Sailing Club took to the sea in a flotilla of boats decorated with electric lights.

They set sail from the Yacht Club at around 9.20pm and the boats were lit up earlier than planned between 9.30pm and 9.55pm.

A number of spectators lined the seafront to view the spectacle, which was last held two years ago due to bad weather cancelling it during 2009.

Ken Sowden, Commodore of Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club, told after Friday's event: "
The procession went really well and we're delighted with the number of decorated yachts that took part."

"The light-up did go ahead slightly earlier than scheduled due to higher than expected winds. We apologise if anyone missed the event as a result."

This year's event was held in honour of the club's long-standing president, Tony Winterburn, pictured below, who is stepping down next year.

"Tony watched the procession from a motorboat anchored off the pier, where he took the salute from members as they sailed past," said Ken.

The dozen illuminated yachts made their way around the estuary twice

Spectators lined parts of Burnham seafront to watch the event

The yachts did two laps of Bridgwater Bay during the lit procession

The event was held in honour of the Sailing Club's long-standing president, Tony Winterburn, who is stepping down next year

The view from onboard one of the illuminated boats during Friday's event


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