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SEATON: Let’s get sailing

Thursday, 27 March 2014

BEER Sailing Club is confident that the new season will launch as planned – even though the boats are currently stranded on the beach.
One of the after-effects of the worst winter storms in decades is that a huge wall of stones has built up on the beach, many washed around from Branscombe beach, over which it is currently impossible to launch boats.
“April 6th is the first day planned for racing so we have been in touch with East Devon District Council (EDDC) and they have promised to clear it,” said Beer Sailing Club spokesman Michael Taylor.
“We pay a lot of rent to them (EDDC) as landlords so they should provide us with the facility to sail out boats. It would be very hard work to do that at the moment as I am not sure how the winches would work over a mound of stones like that.”
The wall of stones doesn’t just affect the sailing club. Customers at all three of the beachfront cafes – Ducky’s on the west beach and Chappells and Kenno’s on the east side – can no longer see the sea from their seats while likewise the deckchair operators need the beach to be flattened out.
“Hopefully EDDC will get something done soon because everyone in the tourist trade needs the beach to be sorted out,” added Mr Taylor.
“But I am sure we will be sailing, no matter what.”
Mr Taylor also revealed that Beer Sailing Club has received permission to erect a new storage facility on the beach for their equipment for sailing competitions.

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