Wait­ing for the tide

Giv­ing it some beans...

Practical Boat Owner - - Editorial - with the ed­i­tor To re­ceive the ed­i­tor’s monthly email news­let­ter, go to our web­site: www.pbo.co.uk Rob Melotti

As I write, the heat­wave has fi­nally bro­ken – Eng­land’s hottest sum­mer since 1976 seems like a shim­mer­ing mi­rage, al­though more 30°C days are pre­dicted for Au­gust. Dur­ing the hottest week, I was in the far north on the shores of Lake Win­der­mere en­joy­ing a spot of sail­ing in the driz­zle, which was glo­roiusly cool and damp, but con­cealed the ma­jes­tic moun­tain­ous back­drop.

Boat­speed on Win­der­mere is strictly lim­ited to 10mph un­der power and al­though the shores were swarmed with tourists, the wa­ter it­self seemed sur­pris­ingly empty. Hav­ing never ex­pe­ri­enced the lake be­fore the speed limit, I am un­able to pass com­ment on how un­com­fort­able life once was for sail­ing folk, but I do re­mem­ber when the speed limit was still be­ing de­bated and how ran­corous re­la­tions were be­tween the motor and sail fra­ter­ni­ties ev­ery­where.

Has that all changed, or am

I out of touch? It seems to me that re­la­tions be­tween sailors and power­boaters have im­proved in the last decade.

Now, I am not a big fan of high-speed power­boat­ing, I am much more par­tial to the ad­ven­tures of Tony Smith and his en­gine-less East Coast cruis­ing (page 72). Yet I find my­self won­der­ing about Win­der­mere and the ‘no mo­tor­boat zone’ it has ef­fec­tively be­come... At just 10 miles long, it may be good for row­ing and rac­ing around the cans, but it’s ap­par­ently Heaven sent for wa­ter­ski­ing – surely there is a way to let ev­ery­one en­joy the wa­ter?

Low-speed wa­ter­ski­ing on Eng­land’s largest Lake, Win­der­mere, may be good for be­gin­ners, but why the blan­ket speed ban? Surely there’s room for fast and slow?

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