Lively conditions set pace at premier east coast regatta
Winds gusting 23kts and choppy, wind-against-tide conditions made for a thrilling start during the opening weekend of Burnham Week 2016 (27 August-3 September).
A healthy entry of over 130 racing teams braced themselves for a lively first day and, although there were ultimately a few thrills and spills including a collision in the hotly contended 707 fleet on the first day, the first Bank Holiday Weekend Series at this premier east coast regatta was deemed a huge success.
The festival spirit around town was also in full flow with today’s celebrations to mark the annual Bank Holiday Monday Quay Day. This event, supported by Burnham Week organisers – Joint Clubs Committee (JCC) – has become one of the highlights of the first weekend and continues to attract thousands of visitors to this iconic east coast town. Crowds flocked to the waterside in glorious sunshine to enjoy the pirate-themed shore side activities in the presence of ‘Johnny Depp’, and to watch gig rowing, and racing, which today started off the quay for all to enjoy.
Racing throughout the weekend in the 14 classes was particularly intense with results in many fleets going down to the wire. In an effort to encourage all-comers, and to build up momentum for next year’s grand 125th anniversary event, the JCC has made it possible for a huge selection of classes to take part including IRC Class 1 boats, multihulls, keelboats, and cruisers. This year a seven-strong Finn fleet made its regatta class debut in the popular dinghy section and it is hoped there will be even more next year. The largest fleet by far, however, was the Squib keelboat class with 24 boats.
Fambridge Yacht Haven are, once again, proud sponsors of Burnham Week with a special association with the dinghy regatta.
Visit www.burnhamweek.com for more information and full race results
Photo credits: Roger Mant, Sue Pelling