photos: Crowds flock to international
water ski event in Burnham
of Europe's leading water skiers were welcomed to Burnham-On-Sea
on Sunday when the town hosted an international water skiing competition.
of skiers competed in three hours of racing that may lead to a
round of the European Water Skiing Championships being held in
Burnham next year.
racing was watched by large crowds along the seafront, and Barry
Frame, Chairman of British Water Ski Racing, described the event
as a "great success."
been a marvellous day of racing and I have high hopes that we
will come back with a bigger event next year," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We had several overseas
water skiers taking part in what was a very successful day. The
weather conditions were perfect and we were delighted with the
numbers of spectators."
have our fingers crossed that we can get the European championships
next year - it would be a real coup for Burnham and would really
put us on the map for the sport."
was local success at Sunday's event with Rooksbridge speedboat
driver Rod Jenkins crewing the winning team in the main race.
Skier James Bartlett from East Huntspill was third in the formula
two race, while race co-organiser Steve Bird, from Burnham, was
the observer on the winning formula three boat.
the one incident of the day, Jack Lynch, a skier from Norfolk,
suffered whiplash injuries when he took a fall. He was taken to
hospital as a precaution. Barry Frame, Chairman of British Water
Ski Racing, later said he was fine and recovering well.
Mayor, Michael Clarke, who visited the event, said: "It was
great to see large crowds out watching the action on the seafront
and I pass on my congratulations to the organisers."
full speaker system was set up along the seafront so that those
watching would be able to hear a live commentary while watching
the action. The event was part-sponsored by Burnham's Sunspot
two rounds of the UK's national water skiing championships have
been held in Burnham in 2007
skiers sped across Bridgwater Bay during Sunday's racing
of spectators watched along the Burnham's seafront
30 boats and their crews took part in Sunday's rcaing
awards ceremony was held outside Burnham hovercraft station
impressive array of silverware and medals was presented to the
of all ages took part in the series of races held on Sunday
abounded for the winners, proudly holding their trophies
Bird with Barry Frame and Phil Gibbs from sponsors Sunspot Amusements
water skier Toby Duggan and Steve Cox from Middlemoor Water Park
near Burnham were still smiling despite their boat suffering a