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Seen in today's EDP
http://new.edp24.co.uk/content/news/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&tBrand=edponline&tCategory=news&itemid=NOED30%20Jun%202007%2010%3A02%3A38%3A810

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So as the BA have effectively admitted they don't give a t*ss for the environment, the reedbeds or the wildlife that nest in them, when are they going to raise the speedlimits for everyone. Come on lets have a level playing field. Hirecruisers allowed to go flat out on the Southern rivers, gin palaces allowed on the plane to stop the sooty smoke. Whilst were at it, there really is no reason for the ban on jetski's either. The BA really have created one rule for one and one for another. Well as from today if I'm faced with a wakeboarder coming towards me, I will be flat out to get out of the waterski zone as fast as possible and maintain as much steerage as possible to avoid fast moving boats coming towards me. Let the BA nick me if they want, they will face every challenge I can make in the court. My other option, move the boat to the North side and stop going South, sorry that is NOT going to happen.

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Good points Keith, I'm with you on this one.  Wonder how fast 'Broad Ambitions' new engine will push her along in the water ski zones then eh?  Evil Grin   -  Griff

One of these decades we WILL finish Broad Ambition !!

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Here's a jolly wheeze. Why not let the hydroplanes from Oulton Broad have a free run of the Waveney, oh! and while were at it lets have drag boat racing on the New Cut! boat-power

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Agree with you 100% mate.

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Sorry but I know Im being thick and its a Saturday, but why cant they allow wakeboarding/water skiing etc.

Bit of rules here though.

1. They can only take place on Breydon water (between two points and not outside).

2. The activity can only take place 3 hours either side of high tide, allowing those who wish to cross Breydon to do so without the fear of being overcome with wash and having their belongings strewn about their boat.

3. Anyone caught outside this one and only water skiing/wakeboarding zone, participating in these two activities will be fined £5000 or have their boat(s) confiscated.

Quite simple really, but that is probably why I am a sailie and not part of the BA. I can think of easy answers.

Edit to insert "either side"

Gary.



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Gary, very very sensible proposals, and ones which I'm sure very few if any would have objection to. However the BA don't listen to reasonable proposals. Far better to create a two tier system. Wash is wash no matter who creates it. So why is it ok for a waterskier or wakeboarder to create wash, but not for anyone else.

Breydon has long been suggested as a suitable place, especially at high tide.

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As boat insurance is not yet compulsory, do we know if waterskieers / wakeboarders have to have insurance?
I only ask as if it isn't then at least I know I can look to the BA for redress for allowing a sport with adequate thought for other river users (it is already acknowledged it is a "high risk" activity)

As the BA has granted permission then I for one would like to see the risk assessment submitted to the BA by the clubs in relation to other river users, be that stinky, saily or sculler etc.

Without adequate insurance, a damn good risk assesment how can this occur?

Of course as this is a trial does that mean we will see Nav Rangers monitoring the activity? Or will it be a case of self policing becuase the BA shuts at 5pm

I will email the BA on Monday and ask to see their risk assessment for this activity during peak hours and for a copy of the one submitted by the clubs.
The BA risk assessment would hopefully give a planned response time to any incident involving a high speed high risk craft.

As the sport does involve risk to non participants I'll have an ask around work to see what legislation (if any) covers the activity

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MArc, taken from the BA website,
The Eastern Rivers Water Ski Club (ERWSC) is now the only recognised club on the Broads. This club was created through an amalgamation of the existing clubs. They continually strive to maintain the management measures which have been implemented since 2003. These management measures are as follows:

Skiers must be members of Eastern Rivers Ski Club;
Skiers must adhere to byelaws laid down in the Speed Limit Byelaws;
Boat drivers must have British Water Ski, Ski Boat Drivers Award;
Skiers must have compulsory third party insurance.

I still think though that anyone suffering an incident as a result of Watersking or wakeboarding would have a fairly good case against the BA as the navigation authority for having assessed the risks and letting it continue, especially in the face of much opposition.

I would also add that I recently witnessed a boat being launched on The Waveney with waterskier on board. The boat looked brand new, had no reg marks or toll plaques, guess they probably weren't a member of the appropriate ski club either, but it didn't stop them.

Keith

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