April 24, 2011
crowds watch water skiing championships in Burnham-On-Sea
crowds of spectators lined Burnham-On-Sea seafront today (Sunday,
April 24th) to watch the opening round of this year's British
Water Skiing Championships.
Kirkland, team captain of the GB squad, was in blistering form
and won the main race with the Burnham-based boat 'The Lions'
skippered by Steve Cox and Steve Bird.
World Championship water ski racing silver medallist told Burnham-On-Sea.com
he was "very happy" with his win which came in what
he described as "perfect racing conditions."
Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We've
had a superb day's racing with great weather and competitive action."
was fantastic to see such a large amount of support from spectators
along the seafront."
added that he is "optimistic" that the event can return
again to Burnham in 2012.
Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clarke, and BARB
President Neville Jones presented the awards at the prize ceremony,
which was held outside the seafront BARB hovercraft station.
Second in the Formula One race was Jamie Cramphorn and third
was Steven Moore. The Formula Two race top three were Dave Sewell;
Richard Kirk and Will Newland, while the Formula Three trio were
Dave Sewell, Will Newland and Kirt Brooks.
ladies race was won by Paula Newland with Clare Taylor in second
and Lucy Gale in third.
The seniors race top thee were John Grimes; Glenn Manchett and
The juniors were Jake Frame, Toby Duggan and Scott Brooks while
the open event was won by Chris Preece.
Burnhams' Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke told Bunham-On-Sea.com: "It
was a great day's racing that was enjoyed by big crowds along
the seafront. I'd like to thank the organisers for all their work
in ensuring the event was so successful and a special word of
thanks goes to Burnham Sailing Club for accepting a little disruption
to their sailing season."
50 water skiers were in action during the two-day Easter spectacle.
It was the first time that the UK's national water skiing championships
have been held in Burnham since 2007.
skier Darren Kirkland (centre) with team mates Steve Cox and Steve
aptly-named Screamin Demon was one of the speedboats towing the
skiers through Bridgwater Bay in the main race
crowds lined Burnham's sea wall to watch the action unfold in
water skiing officials Derek Blackmore and Tony Williams said
they were both very happy with how the Burnham event had gone
speedboat seemed to take flight across Bridgwater Bay
delighted children won prizes in the Brit Kids competition
of the skiers battling it out for the placings during Sunday's
boats streaked across the bay during the 40-minute main race
more photos of the water skiing and prize ceremony click here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com and John Haynes