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Burnham Week 2019: The highlight of the River Crouch sailing calendar

by Sally Harbott 7 Apr 2019 09:33 BST 24-31 August 2019
Burnham Week racing action © Alan Hanna

With the new season under way here on the River Crouch, thoughts are turning to Burnham Week, the highlight of our sailing calendar.

Always the last weekend in August, making full use of the Bank Holiday, the recent changes to the format have meant exciting short series, daily trophies, as well as trophies across the week for best performance.

With racing for local handicap cruisers and day boat one designs, as well as dinghies, there is something to suit everyone. Visiting competitors are always made to feel extremely welcome both on and off the water. All details are on the website www.burnhamweek.com.

The first weekend is a great chance to get the whole family involved, as on Bank Holiday Monday, Quay Day runs with stalls and entertainments, traditional afternoon tea, with gig racing in front of the stunning Georgian waterfront. The sailing is always a spectacle with fleets of over 20 in some of the day boat classes, and also the chance to see the club one designs, traditionally built in wood and still racing competitively after nearly 90 years.

This year, Burnham Week has teamed up with the local secondary school, the Ormiston Rivers Academy, and the first collaboration is the chance for students to design this year's polo shirt. The winner is to be chosen by public vote. To get involved go to burnhamweek.com/2019-polo-shirt and vote for your favourite design, but be quick, voting closes on the 19th April. Tweet us when you have done it @burnham_week #favepoloshirt.

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Burnham Week 2019 day 7
Another fantastic sailing day on the Crouch Day 7 was breezy but dry and another fantastic sailing day on the Crouch, with a Southerly breeze. Posted on 31 Aug 2019
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Business as usual with more bright sunshine and blue skies Day Six was business as usual in Burnham Week, with bright sunshine and blue skies, although the wind was patchy and fickle, with big holes upriver for the day boats to contend with. Posted on 29 Aug 2019
Burnham Week 2019 day 5
Early morning rain clears leaving a South Westerly breeze and bright sunshine Early morning rain cleared leaving a South Westerly breeze and bright sunshine for day 5. With a building ebb, and increasing wind strengths, the boats were all able to have challenging courses with good beats, reaches and runs. Posted on 28 Aug 2019
Burnham Week 2019 day 4
Sunshine, good Easterly breezes and fantastic courses again Again, sunshine, good Easterly breezes and fantastic courses best describe day 4 of Burnham Week 2019. The haze meant visibility was short and at times murky, but this didn't detract at all from a great day. Posted on 27 Aug 2019
Burnham Week 2019 day 3
Another stunning day afloat on the Crouch A third day of fantastic sunshine and fairly consistent Easterlies meant another stunning day afloat on the Crouch as Burnham Week enjoyed Day 3 and Burnham Town saw a packed Quay Day with live music and displays, stalls and family fun. Posted on 27 Aug 2019
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A cracking start for the competitors on the East coast Champagne conditions greeted the competitors on Saturday at the start of Burnham Week 2019. An Easterly breeze of about 10 knots meant a good long beat for the Pile House fleets down river, classes 1 and 2 going as far as Whitaker No7 and Sunken Buxey. Posted on 25 Aug 2019
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