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Pontoons are for all users
of the waterways
I would like to clarify information provided in readers’ letters
published in the last two issues of Afloat regarding illegal use
of boat ramps by commercial operators – Feb’17 & Mar’17; and
removal of debris from boat ramps – Mar’17 (see below).
General Manager Boating Operations,
Roads and Maritime Ser vices.
Commercial vessels using boat ramps facilities
(Ref: ‘Commercial vessels block access to recreational
pontoon’ – Feb’17.)
In 2014 the NSW Government announced funding of $37.5
million under the Boating Now program for 192 priority projects
to improve boating facilities across NSW. These projects included
construction of new boat ramps and pontoons.
Letters in February and March editions suggest that the
use of these facilities by commercial vessels is illegal since the
facilities were funded by recreational boating fees.
Roads and Maritime Services funds the Boating Now program
from both recreational and commercial vessel fees, with these
facilities being provided for all users of the waterways. Maritime is
aware of the sometimes less than co-operative use of some boat
ramp and pontoon facilities by a small number of vessel skippers.
While the vast majority of these facilities are ultimately owned
by local councils and are thus regulated under their powers, our
Boating Safety Officers will step in and remind vessel skippers
of appropriate conduct when launching, recovering and using
public facilities when needed.
Concerns regarding on-water operations at a particular
waterway or facility can be reported to Maritime on 13 12 36,
select option 2.
Removal of debris in Sydney Harbour
(Ref: ‘Illegal use of boat ramps by commercial operators’ –
The letter inaccurately informs readers that Roads and
Maritime Services only removes debris up to the low water mark
and council is responsible for removal above the high water mark,
suggesting a gap in accountability exists. In Sydney Harbour,
Maritime is responsible for removal of rubbish up to the Mean
High Water Mark (MHWM) and Council, or other responsible
landowner, is responsible above the MHWM. Both parties clean
the extra yard or two beyond this line when it is practicable and
It’s not for the sake of
a ribboned coat
I agree with David Salters comment about Wild Oats again
“ throwing in the towel” in the last Hobart, ‘Man v. Machine: Are
supermaxis fair? ’ (Afloat Mar’17). Didn’t the same thing happen
in the previous Hobart?
From memory the reason they withdrew then was due to a
torn mainsail and it wasn’t a safety problem. Why didn’t they
continue under headsail? They would still have beaten many
yachts to Hobart. It seems to me that they picked up their bat
and ball because they couldn’t win. What if we all did that!
1. First start right on 1 o’clock for say, boats up to 50ft, i.e. most
of the fleet.
2. Ten minute later second start for 50-70 footers.
3. Ten minute later third start for the maxis.
That way everyone gets clear water and mostly clear air. The
spectator boats would then be inclined not to come into the race
zone until the maxis are away.
One Sleep Wonders
I believe there is some truth in Tony Cable’s opinion about One
Sleep Wonders (Afloat Mar’17) March 2017 – after all the Sydney
Hobart yacht starts from The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia,
not The Maxi-Yacht Racing Club of Australia.
Over the years, I have had many gear failures including a torn
main but continued to the finish knowing we won’t get a place. I
believe it’s poor sportsmanship if we pull out because we can’t
win. What if you are down in the pointscore someway through
the season and know its impossible to win the trophy. Should
we all stop racing because we can’t get some silver?
I think most of the smaller racers to Hobart know they have
no hope of line and little chance of handicap honours but they
continue and compete. The tail enders on the first or second
day would probably know they have no chance but keep going.
So what happens next year, withdrawal again because they can
only finish in the middle?
Hunters Hill, NSW.
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