Regatta 2017

Thanks to all those who took part in this seasons Regatta and those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it such a great success. It all started over the weekend of the 12th & 13th August and whilst the weather wasn't particularly kind with strong gusty winds, races were able to be held in both sailing & rowing classes. There were other activities including a tug-o-war, BBQ, an evening party on Sat 13th Aug, Sunday lunch and finally a closing awards ceremony on Sunday 20th Aug. All in all it proved to be a fantastic event and full credit to all the members that took part and worked hard to make it a great spectacle and event. Here's to next years Regatta! All members photos of the

The SS Nornen's Last Journey - 1897

It all started during the first days of March 1897 when a howling south westerly gale swept up the Bristol Channel, bringing with it high seas, driving snow and sleet. Many ships soon found themselves in distress, among them the Norwegian barque SS Nornen which had tried out to ride out the storm in the lee of the Lundy Roads but had found her anchors dragging. She was being driven towards Berrow mud flats. The crew desperately tied to save her, but were fighting a losing cause. When the mists cleared on the morning of March 3, the crippled ship was spotted just off Gore Sands, her sails blown to rags by the gale. Down the ramp to her aid went the Burnham lifeboat, the John Godfrey Morris wh

Burnham On Sea - Through The Years

Burnham was a small fishing village until the late 18th century, when it began to grow because of its popularity as a seaside resort. It forms part of the parish of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge and shares a town council with its neighbouring market town of Highbridge. The position of the town on the edge of the Somerset Levels and moors where they meet the Bristol Channel, has resulted in a history dominated by land reclamation and sea defences since Roman times. Burnham was seriously affected by the Bristol Channel floods of 1607, with the present curved concrete wall being completed in 1988. There have been many shipwrecks on the Gore Sands, which lie just offshore and can be exposed at l

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