The 31st of August, sun shining here in Burnham On Crouch and the river in readiness for the Burnham Week racing this afternoon (if the wind fills in). In the meantime we see several paddle boarders making the most of the weather and the most glorious flat water - Joy.
And the forecast for September is looking pretty good too. Got yours yet?
This August Burnham on Crouch will be running the annual Burnham Week Regatta.
The event will be celebrating it's 125th year of high level river racing attracting some 200 entrants made up of many different classes. As you can see by the pictures below, the week has a fantastic buzz both on and off the water.
Burnham is the home of the Champions of Champions race, The Endeavour, where all of the National Champions from most of the dinghy classes compete against each other in the same class of boat. Why am I telling you this? because...if all the champions come here to race it must mean it's pretty good - so why not come and see if you can snatch some of the priceless trophies in these challenging waters.
The town is blessed with more clubs, pubs and restaurants than your average and all of them are of a great standard. Oh yes, and while you're here, come and visit us at the Sail Loft.
I have posted this early as I know many of you wish to plan your year, indeed for some it will be very late - so come on get on line and join in, it promises to be a tremendous week.
Get on to www.burnhamweek.com to find out more.
SEE YOU ON THE WATER!
Well that was exhausting, the things we do for our customers. Both Mick & myself are exhausted trudging the Rai Exhibition Halls looking for new and exciting products that we hope to make available for sale as soon is humanly possible.
The star of the show we felt was the "Sea Tag" which is a wristband worn super cool Man Overboard Device, and yes we know that this is yet another MOB but the major difference is it has no buttons to accidentally press. It 'Bluetooths" to your mobile via an App and once it has been activated it will show the Latitude/Longtitude and Course to Steer. Its that simple. We will get this product on the website as soon as we get confirmed price and availability. Watch this space.
Other items that we liked were the Rotating Dinghy Davit, ideal for all Boats that want to store there Inflatable Dinghy but space etc limits. This product won't disappoint. The Ecoblast Pro, most of you may have the standard pumped Ecoblast, but for those who might want something louder well this will do the job. the very cool WoW SounD Waterproof Music Speaker system, 360°Sound with 4 x 50mm Speakers, Bluetooth, 360° LED Light, fits in most cup holders, 50 + Hours plus playtime. Will float with supplied speaker float, Orange colour.
So keep a look out on our Front Banner Page for these products, as usual rely on the Wetworks to get these products to you first.
What a glorious weekend of Burnham Week sailing in some pretty lively conditions only to finish with simply the most glorious day on Monday when BOC hosted the annual 'Quay Day' attracting what seems to be thousands of visitors into the town.
The Wetworks 707 crewed by a bunch of very able young guys did themselves very proud (considering they have not sailed one of these boats for many years) coming second on day one and two, in a fleet of seven, and after having led the whole fleet on day three for most of the day they slipped out of contention in zero air to come fifth.
The river was awash with boats - yachts, dinghies, motor boats, gigs, kayaks and several paddle boards. Over the weekend we received so much interest particularly in the SUP area and are happy to have supplied quite a few that were taken directly out onto the water - marvellous.
The JOBE boards looked and performed brilliantly on the water and our resident expert and demo/trainer chap (Nobby) was really busy showing off his skills and giving help to many on the water.
We had moved the store down to ground level, outside, which worked really well allowing so many to see what we provide - and as a bonus we truly enjoyed the day with so many old and new friends.
A superb and very special weekend had by all - it is still sunny and the water is still very calm - come and see us soon and let's get you out on the water!
I know, I know, what summer? Look - you've got to grab it when you can and I am certain that it will turn out to be one of those late summers that runs out into October - glorious!
This image is of one of myself (somewhat larger silhouette) and my gorgeous good lady out for an evening paddle on the River Crouch in Essex.
As you can see there was a small breeze, however the boards performed really well, not being difficult to control at all. My better half is seen here on the Aquamarine Vapour board which is the four inch thick board, built for the lighter person. She found it had great manoeuvrability and some great pace. Given that this is an entry level board (tremendous value for a fully inclusive kit at £350) it is a superb option.
A young family has just bought one recently and it was a joy to see them out - mum, dad, the two kids and even grandad all having a go but most importantly a heap of fun.
The interest in this sport (and kayaking) is growing very quickly and already we have people asking for higher grade kit. Check out the new Jobe boards and equipment we now have in - more expensive but gorgeous!
We will help you buy right making sure you get the right size and style for your uses. We will walk through the whole process and give you some basic instruction before you start. We will also make sure you have all of the right safety kit and clothing (this being more important than you initially think). A lot of our customers want flexibility to use the boards for fitness, for fun, for surfing and for some serious paddling - we will help you identify the right route.
As we have always said, our purpose is to simply get people out on the water, in anyway we can. It has always been such a shame to us that for a nation with so much water in and around us, how so many people have not experienced it. Buying a boat can be expensive and even getting the opportunity to go on someone else's is difficult sometimes - however to try it, see if you like it and then get into boating later - what a fantastic and inexpensive way of getting out there.
We are learning so much from our customers and love passing on their knowledge and experience. Come and see us sometime and have a look at all of the weird and wonderful ways we have at The Wetworks to get you on the water and to enjoy to the full.
Come on, lets get wet - simply grab the sunshine of fun and spirit that lives inside you!
See you on the Water!