Channelyacht, sir, with greatest respect, would you please read some of the post above and try to be more in tune with this forum. Most people on here try to avoid sort of aggressive attitude which is spoiling other HUW fora.
I would urge everybody to show respect and be polite at all times. It is only my opinion. Many thanks for changing your previous post. I also apologise for not noticing that my phone had changed YBW to HUW.
Have a good day, looks perfect from here.
The people with the whip hand in all this are the harbour authority and their bosses in the council - under the HA bye laws ( here), any commercial operation in Cardiff bay has to have written permission from the harbour master who can of course withdraw this if he sees fit.
However, back in 2009 when this issue first came to my attention I wrote to the HA and the council pointing out the obvious risk in the high speed differences in the bay - mobos doing 30 knots and at the same time 6 year olds learning to sail oppies. We followed this up in person at a harbour authority consultation meeting that happened later that year, but the HA representatives did not seem too worried even when we pointed out that our concerns were on record and would undoubtedly come out into the open were there to be an accident. You can imagine the coroners comments.
So far the HA have been right - there has been no accident. But it seems to me that there will be no real change unless there is one. TBH its not the pros in the ribs that worry me so much as the much less skilled leisure users in speedboats.
As for colregs rule 1 states "These rules shall apply to all vessels upon the high seas and in all waters connected therewith navigable by seagoing vessels". Are locks "connections" in the legal sense. I suppose it will take a court to decide - common sense is never enough for the law.
Bosun, I completely agree. Personally I think it is only a matter of time before an accident happens but never mind the HA are prepared to take responsibility.
As far as col regs are concerned I believe they apply. If the bay was inland water we would need the same sort of certificate as narrowboats. I can't remember what it's called.
The reality is the yellow ribs rides are customers of the HA so you won't see the HA guys banning them any time soon, nor do I think they need to be banned.
Though I do think the HA have a responsibility to 'have a word' with the skippers and operators of the rib rides and spell out what is sensible practice. The rib operators want to give their punters an exciting ride hence the
Manic circling and crossing their own wakes but they should consider others when doing so e.g. Not 50 ft away from dinghy sailors. Ditto the HA need to make clear on VHF to the barrage lock users that priority IS being given to the yellow ribs and one should expect them to appear to cut across those queuing and appear to push in. But we also need to recognise that we all share the bay and no one has a god given right or priority of way and common sense should prevail, and there are those whose livelihoods depend on these operators and us Sunday sailors shouldnt really complain if they are making waves on the ocean heaven forbid!
Allan, Col Regs do indeed apply to Cardiff Bay and it is classed as a Category C water body by the MCA.
Who says the ribs have the right to push in and jump the queue at the locks?
If this is the case it should be stopped.
See the rainbow not the rain
I did not say they have the right, but there is clearly a working understanding with barrage control and harbour authority that the always let them squeeze in ASAP when a lock opens, once you realise this is the way they operate just go with the flow, life will be a whole lot more relaxed.