On Wednesday evening (May 12), giant cranes towered over the Burnham-On-Sea sailing club as numerous yachts were lifted into the River Brue during the town’s traditional crane-in.

The tradition is organized by the sailing club every year when yachts are hoisted from the boatyard and brought into the river at the start of the sailing season.

The event was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown, but the 2021 event continued this week with additional security measures – and the added challenge of wet weather.

The club’s sailing master David Barrett told Burnham-On-Sea.com, “This was later than we’d like, but we needed it to move on to step two of the government’s lockdown-easing plan and give our members time give to prepare their boats. “

“As we are still under Covid restrictions, we have planned a low-key event with teams of no more than six people to comply with current government guidelines. We have kept the number as low as possible and only held the event with our membership by invitation. On this occasion we asked them not to invite friends and family to come down and watch. “

“For 2021 we’ve organized a water sports program with our usual races, Bristol Channel cruises and gig rowing events throughout the summer.”

“Stuck after 18 months in the At the shipyard, many of our members are itching to be safe on the water again! “