Burnham Week 2023 6 Sep 2023
In its own way, this proved to be a classic Burnham Week, with a mix of conditions, tricky tactical decisions to be made, lots (and lots, and lots…) of short tacking, lucky breaks, boats pushing their luck and the limits (and beyond) on depth despite what their echo sounders were trying to tell them, and all culminating in champagne sailing conditions for the final day with the tightest Town Cup finish in quite a few years.
While the keelboat classes were the mainstay of the week, it was great to see a healthy number of cruisers and racing boats out for much of the week, and the dinghy fleets both upriver and down were very much up on numbers with a mix of Otters and adults in the ILCA fleet in particular.
The Squibs were numerically the largest fleet with nearly 30 boats and continued to live up to their advertising slogan – “From Otters to octogenarians” – but the wider mix of class veterans and stalwarts mixed with a younger generation of sailors made for some great fun on and off the water. Never has the theory that ‘rough is fast’ been tested by so many!
Some of our newer members who joined us via the Discover Sailing days ventured out at the weekends with one of the club 707s and acquitted themselves well, not least with their stylish mooring technique under spinnaker on the final day, and several of them were also our during the middle of the week on various boats.
With the final day providing champagne sailing and close racing we couldn’t have asked for a better end to a great week of sailing and socialising. Congratulations to all of the trophy winners from the Royal Corinthian – and there were many! – we’ll try to get the full list published in an upcoming SailMail.
Of course, none of this is possible without a veritable army of people, from the safety boat crews, mark layers, Ed Aspinall for his daily videos, Edwin Buckley and Team Phoebe, Bill and Barbara Wright for everything from managing the trophies to ensuring we had correct results (and for which they were rightly recognised by the Burnham Week Committee), the course setting committee, Sheena for continually outselling all of the other clubs for the duck race, and finally Annie Reid for the myriad tasks that need to be organised in order for Burnham Week to happen. If I have forgotten anyone then please accept my apologies!