Betty Alan comes to Burnham


Betty Alan arriving in Burnham
Betty Alan arriving in Burnham  – photo by Shirley Tribe

On Saturday October 1 2011 at about noon we motored over the tail of the Swallowtail and switched off the engine, unfurled headsails, hoisted topsails, and began to sail the last leg of our delivery of Betty Alan from Lymington.

With barely steerage way at first we came up the river, the breeze finally building so that we were doing the best part of six knots over the ground. The breeze just hung on, and we reached Burnham under sail at the very moment of high tide.

The town can never have looked better, with a big tide filling the river and the scene flooded in miraculous October sunshine and the temperature only just short of 30 degrees in new money. Priors Boatyard was having their annual mini-regatta and had the bunting out: Robin and his family came out to welcome us in their launch. All was as well with the world as it ever can have been.

Later that afternoon, at her mooring. Photo by Chris Roberts.