An illuminated night-time procession of boats began the 2006 Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club Regatta on Friday night (June 30th).

Onlookers lined the town’s seafront to watch a procession of 22 illuminated boats, which left the town’s pontoon in the River Brue at 10pm before moving into Bridgwater Bay and past Burnham.

“Every boat was lit up, with anything from candle lanterns to outdoor fairy lights – it was an incredible sight,” said Sailing Club Commodore Terry Moule.

Several hundred people flocked to the seafront to watch the spectacle, which looks set to become an annual event after this year’s success.

The regatta continues on Saturday (July 1st) with the main yacht races of the weekend between 9.30am and 1pm.

Then Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Eric Gill will officially open the club’s recently extended pontoons at 2pm and a tug-of-war will be held at 4.30pm between the RNLI, BARB, Sailing Club and other groups. On Sunday (2nd July) further yacht races will be held between 11am and 2pm, followed by a barbecue. A prize-giving ceremony will be led by the Mayor at around 3.30pm.

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