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Old 03 October 2011, 08:39   #1
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Day on Windermere spoiled

I'm not usually bothered by the many cruisers/wakeboats etc. speeding on Windermere as they tend to give slower boats a wide berth but Saturday afternoon was completely spoiled by several totally INCONSIDERATE IDIOTS who seemed intent on swamping/capsizing me or the many other smaller boats afloat. One particular w####r buzzed me twice in 30 mins at about 20mph, less that 15 yards away. Lucky i tie my drybag to the grab handles with some paracord otherwise i'd have lost it o/b. My complaint was met with utterly foul & abusive language, infront of his 2 kids- maybe 6 and 9 years old. I found out later the Wardens had the highest number of complaints on Saturday for ages.

Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, in contrast were really enjoyable.
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I was stunned at the speed and proximity some of the large gin palaces came flying through the flotilla of small fishing boats off Hengistbury Head/Christchurch Ledge on their way back from Poole on Sunday. You'd think they would either slow down a bit or take a smallish detour around them....I guess that would burn an extra 100L of fuel though ; )
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Many of us experienced similar issues this weekend, all the idiots were out and about this weekend. Heard commercial operators complaining about powerboats going through harbour entrance at full speed not being aware the speed restriction is still at 10Knots through the entrance of poole harbour while unrestricted in main channel upto certain points. Also large rib was reported harressing yachts in the entrance, same chap who did not want to wait in a queue of boats going through the bridge in poole, same chap who turned around in the channel at cobbs infront of about 20 boats and dis not seem to know what he was doing, nearly made a catamaren smash into the back of me. And of course usual jet skis causing chaos.

The Police and Harbour Master dont seem to be interested in my opinion. Probably same story all over the country, made weekend.
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I was stunned at the speed and proximity some of the large gin palaces came flying through the flotilla of small fishing boats off Hengistbury Head/Christchurch Ledge on their way back from Poole on Sunday. You'd think they would either slow down a bit or take a smallish detour around them....I guess that would burn an extra 100L of fuel though ; )
It does seem to have been the last 'hurrah' for a lot of people with a lot of sillines going on ( thank fully all some distance from me ).

Aries - were you launching at Christchurch about 9am Sat morning ? , having had rear tubes 'fixed' ? If yes I think you are on my old mooring down there .
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Many of us experienced similar issues this weekend, all the idiots were out and about this weekend. Heard commercial operators complaining about powerboats going through harbour entrance at full speed not being aware the speed restriction is still at 10Knots through the entrance of poole harbour while unrestricted in main channel upto certain points. Also large rib was reported harressing yachts in the entrance, same chap who did not want to wait in a queue of boats going through the bridge in poole, same chap who turned around in the channel at cobbs infront of about 20 boats and dis not seem to know what he was doing, nearly made a catamaren smash into the back of me. And of course usual jet skis causing chaos.

The Police and Harbour Master dont seem to be interested in my opinion. Probably same story all over the country, made weekend.
That'd be the pillock in the rather nice black rib that did nothing all day but nail up and down the length of the Training Bank.

We thought he was scared of going out further than his mum's apron strings reached.

There was some seriously stupid goings-on Saturday. However, the gin palaces seemed to go out of their way to avoid the boats that were fishing. It made a change.
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Whilst I in no way condone the stupid behaviour of some boat owners, I do wonder why so many fishing boats drift in the main channels within Poole Harbour and particularly in the entrance. Its only 350m wide and with the chain ferry usually taking up a significant part of that, leaves very little room to give anyone a wide berth.
I have seen that black RIB doing the same thing many, many times over the summer, the furthest I have seen it go, is over to Old Harry. Seems to be operating at pretty much WOT from the beach by the Haven and up the Swash and return.
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