It seems Salcombe harbourmaster, Ian Gibson, has declared war on speeding boaters, issuing over 70 written warnings and fines amounting to £1680 this year alone


Over the past five years Salcombe harbour

authority has tried to reduce speeding with an ‘educate first’ policy, however

a more hard line approach is now being adopted.

This year two people have been successfully

prosecuted. One case involved a 16ft Bonwitco, which rammed into the transom of

a volunteer patrol boat, causing £1000 of damage and injury to boat watch

co-coordinator Ian Drinkwater and volunteer Graham Smith.

The second was a persistent offender,

caught on numerous occasions over a five-year period. With radar speed-gun

evidence to back up the case, he was sent to court and pleaded guilty.

Gibson told MBM,”Speeding in a busy

harbour is both antisocial and dangerous. Excessive speed considerably

increases the risk of a serious accident, which could result in serious injury

or fatality. Our primary concern is the safety of everyone who uses Salcombe

Harbour.”

Recent surveys carried out, asking local

boaters whether speeding affected their enjoyment, have shown a steady decrease

over the last few years. In 2008 54% said speeding was a problem, with that

figure dropping to only 26% in 2011.