The winners of Burnham-On-Sea’s annual Sailing Regatta have been announced after two weekends of yacht racing in Bridgwater Bay.
Burnham-On-Sea’s MP James Heappey presented the Harry Gratton Trophy to the crew of the winning yacht, called Super Sapphire, during a presentation at the town’s Yacht Club on Sunday evening (July 17th).
Dave Jackson, Stuart Harvey and Dave Barrett were named the overall winners following a series of handicap and pursuit races.
Dave Jackson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “It wasn’t over until the last moment of the final race – the second-placed yacht Walrus was closing in on us at the finish, so it’s great to have won!”
He added: “Light winds and plenty of sunshine provided ideal conditions for this year’s regatta and it was such a pleasure to take part again.”
James Heappey added: “The sailing club here is an important part of Burnham-On-Sea and there’s nothing better in a seaside resort than to have lots of yachts sailing. It’s great for residents and visitors and I do hope the town continues to give its support to the gig racing and sailing.”
During the races, the handicap race over three races was won by Walrus, with Super Sapphire in second and Roo in third. In the pursuit race, Super Sapphire was first, while walrus was in second and Water Lilly was third.
Overall, Super Sapphire was first while Walrus was second and Water Lilly was third.
Rod Southwell, Sailing Master, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “It has been a great regatta with two good weekends of racing that have been enjoyed immensely bvy everyone at the club. I would say, though, that we would like to see more yachts taking part next year – we used to have 14 boats competing so hope more will come forward.”