Exciting changes that include opening up the entry of the Town Cup to all IRC/SER yachts rated 0.890 and above helps to re-establish Burnham Week as one of the prime sailing events on the east coast.
This popular family regatta, which runs from 29 August to 5 September 2015, offers a week of challenging racing and legendary shore-side activities including Bank Holiday Monday Quay Day.
The success of the three-part regatta format, introduced several years ago to give competitors the chance to race one or all three independent sections (first Bank Holiday Weekend series, week series, and final Saturday Trophy Day), was one of the first steps to modernise and encourage more participation at the event. Now the organisers – the Joint Clubs Committee (JCC) – have taken further steps and introduced fresh ideas to account for changing trends.
Breaking with tradition and opening up the entry of the Town Cup on the final Saturday to all yachts rated under IRC/SER instead of the traditional IRC Class 1 yachts, offers more competitors a chance to win the coveted prize. With the finish line set just off the Town Quay, spectators will also have the opportunity to really embrace the excitement of the racing as it unfolds in the closing stages of the race.
One of the organisers’ key objectives, to make the event accessible to all comers, triggered the idea to introduce additional features including motorboat, and rowing gig events during the Bank Holiday weekend. In an effort to encourage the growing population of motorboaters on the east coast to join in the Burnham Week fun, special prizes – with results based on predicted logs – will be awarded to motorboat participants. The gig racing, which proved highly popular last year is expected to be even more competitive with at least 18 boats already signed up for the JCC-supported Quay Day racing.
Jo Barker (Chairman JCC) commented: “Valuable competitor feedback over the years has allowed us to constantly make improvements. The changes and interesting additions this year means the event is more ‘inclusive’ and we hope that this will help to encourage more and more people to get involved in the future.”
About Burnham Week
Burnham Week has been running for over 100 years, which makes it one of the oldest regattas of its type. It is organised by the Joint Clubs Committee known as JCC, which incorporates Burnham’s four clubs – Royal Burnham YC, Royal Corinthian YC, Crouch YC, and Burnham SC.
Because the event has always taken place at the end of August, historically it marked the closure of the racing season and, in its heyday years between the late 50s and 70, Burnham Week attracted some of the largest racing boats on the circuit. Many of these ocean racers headed to Burnham for the final regatta of the season after completing the Fastnet Race.
The Town Cup contested by the largest yachts at the regatta on the final Saturday, is one of sailing’s most prestigious trophies. It was first presented in 1927 and is awarded on an annual basis by the Town Mayor at the prizegiving ceremony at the Crouch Yacht Club. The winners are obliged to fill the cup, and parade it around the Town. One of the most popular winners, in 1972, was the then Prime Minister, Right Hon. Edward Heath MP and his team aboard Morning Cloud.
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