The Cowes Harbour authority can be reached at:-
Below is a copy of the mail I have just sent them.
During a regular visit to The Folly Inn on Saturday the 2nd June in our 6.5M RIB, myself and my family were stopped at the entrance to Cowes harbour by a Harbour Authority officer in a large Yellow RIB.
We were politely asked to keep an eye on our speed and glance back occasionally to check our wake, a reasonable request, and something we always make every effort to do.
However on moving on up river I was distressed to notice that all RIBs were being stopped, whilst large motor cruisers travelling in excess of the speed limit and causing a large wash were allowed to pass with no interest from the officer. On discussing the situation with various friends who also on the water that day they were all stopped by the officer in their RIBs. Many noted the same situation with regard to RIBs being targeted and other harbour users seemingly allowed to flout the speed limit and wake monitoring by the officer.
Has a policy decision been made to target RIB users in this way?
Was the officer acting on instruction to target RIB users, or on his own initiative?
Has any RIB owners group been consulted in respect of any policy decision?
I understand that the increase in RIB ownership can bring with it an element of less considerate users, but am concerned that we are targeted in this way and all tarred with the same brush.
I'm sure you understand that the occasional interaction with the Harbour Authorities can only be seen as a good thing by the likes of myself and my family, but being targeted in this way was a sour point in an otherwise glorious days boating.
I look forward to your comments.
At this stage I have not informed them of the public nature of this discussion and request, but will ask their permission to publish their answer when I receive it.