The end of Burnham Week, and the end of summer…August 31st is the last race of the week, and for My Beloved Brit, probably the year.
The town is quieter this week than in past years, but still lovely. Especially this summer, one of the warmest England has seen in years.
The shops are busy and there are not many empty storefronts. The lines for ice cream on the river front are long.
But, there are fewer boats these days racing.
Many say it is the economy. Some say people can’t afford to take the time off.
Dock talk (the general banter on the sea wall about this and that) says that the young sailors are not coming along to replace the sailors retiring from the racing circuit.
The new sailors are here, but many less than in the past.
When I first started visiting Burnham-on-Crouch for Burnham Week with my Beloved Brit over 16 years ago, the crowds were massive. Now it seems so much calmer with less crowds on the seawall, and fewer boats competing.
The streets are more peaceful, although bands of revellers still walk the sea wall at night going from yacht club to yacht club seeing who has the better band and the best sailing banter to relive the day.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds.
Will it come back to its former glory when the economy finally recovers?
Or is the golden age of racing a thing to tell stories about at the local pub?