April 23, 2011
Thick fog delays British water skiing championships in Burnham
These were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (April
23rd) when Bristol Channel sea fog almost led to the cancellation
of the first day's action in the British water skiing championships.
of the UK's top water skiers are in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend
to take part in the first round of the UK's championships - however,
Saturday's races almost did not take place.
Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were plagued by very
thick fog, which caused a 90 minute delay for the start of the
"The fog rolled in off the Bristol Channel and was so dense
that visibility was too poor to race."
"Just as we were taking the decision to postpone racing,
the fog lifted and the spectators were rewarded with a superb
The youngsters racing event was won by Lee Holland (1000), second
was Ben Manchett (991.72), third was Sam Clark (922.49) and fourth
was local racer Grace Cox (872.89).
Over 50 water skiers will be action during the two-day spectacle
over the Easter weekend. It
is the first time that the UK's national water skiing championships
have been held in Burnham since 2007.
Sunday's races will start at 10.45am and will see the UK's leading
adult skiers in Formula One, Two and Three competing. There will
also be further races for ladies, juniors and vets, with the main
race of the weekend will be held at 12.15pm.
After the fog lifted, the water skiing action
in Bridgwater Bay began (Photos: Nick Whetstone and Mike Lang)