18, 2016 Burnham-On-Sea's
new gig rowing club launches £10,000 boat
Members of a new Burnham-On-Sea pilot gig rowing club held
the first launch of their £10,000 boat from the town's beach
at the weekend.
James Heappey was among the crew who rolled up their sleeves to
'put their oar in' for the first launch from the town's beach
on Saturday (January 16th).
was raised in nine weeks to fund the purchase of the full-size
wooden gig, which is manned by over 60 members of the town's new
Wills from Burnham Sailing Club, the group that has overseen the
launch of the new club, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was
great to see the boat launched here in Burnham on Saturday on
such a perfect day."
club has been running up in Bristol Docks since the end of September
but we'd never launched in Burnham until this week."
boat has been based there so we could work closely with the Clevedon
gig rowing club to gain experience and check we were operating
have such an enthusiastic group of people signed up that we really
wanted to launch the boat in its home waters."
the calm weather window opening up on Saturday we thought we'd
give it a go - and it went really well on such a beautiful day.
It was great to have our MP along to join in the milestone."
new group is growing quickly, he added. "We have 63 people
signed up so far and we're still getting more enquiries. In fact,
there have been so many that we're already reaching the point
where we're considering whether to get a second boat."
Price, one of the sponsors, said it was a special day for him
to see the gig launched because the boat is named in memory of
his late partner, Jayne Campbell.
Sailing Club was also recently successful in being awarded £1,000
of grant funding from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council towards
the purchase of the boat.
Club members have also given donations and other grants have been
received to enable the purchase of the traditional boat to go
MP James Heappey, pictured here in the centre, was among the rowers
for the boat's first launch in the town.
gig rowing club members enjoyed a superb view of the town's seafront
from a different vantage point.
rowers taking the strain during Saturday's launch in Bridgwater
boat was launched from its trailer onto the beach and then rolled
down to the water's edge.
tractor is used to transport the new gig rowing boat onto the
beach each time it is launched.
interested in finding out more about the club can contact Burnham
Sailing Club on The Esplanade for further information.
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