Lack of Brean wind a test for British Land Yachting Championships competitors
With freezing temperatures and little wind, contestants in the latest round of the British Land Yachting Championships faced tough challenges when they gathered at Brean at the weekend.
But the weather is always part of the challenge for yachtsmen and women and they rose to the occasion. The third round of the championships attracted 30 entrants and Saturday provided stronger winds, even though they were only around 10 miles per hour. The yachts can travel at 60 miles per hour with the right conditions.
The earliest records of land yachting on Brean sands appear around 1920, when locals sailed for fun, having made yachts from the remains of First World War aircraft.
Nearly a century later, Brean Land Yachting Club is still going strong and offers trial sessions for novices. Brean has also produced many fine ‘pilots’ who these days ‘fly’ in far more 21st century vehicles.
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