Jet-ski driving scum in particular.
I very rarely do angry posts on my blog, in fact this one might be the only one i have ever done but today me and my DSLR got a total drenching from a group of morons driving jet-ski’s in the Tamar river.
Right now i should be writing a reflective piece, to be called ‘reflections’ about my 2 years as owner of a Hunter Liberty. This morning looked like being the nicest day of the year so far so i put some food together, grabbed a sleeping bag and my camera and decided to head down the river doing some photography and filming for the last time with WABI”’ . The title of today’s planned post came straight to mind as it was the sort of morning when the river was almost mirror-still so i was getting strong reflections of everything i pointed the camera at. It was also one of those quiet mornings when the only people on the river were rowing boats, canoe’s, kayaks and me ghosting along under sail.
What happened next was the first of my 2 encounters with the group of about 5 jet-ski’s.
For those that know the river, the Tamar is a very ‘natural’ river that high up with a few farms, lots of reed beds and salt-marsh. Most of the ambient sound was just the gentle lap of miniscule waves against the bank and quite a bit of birdsong. The peace was abrubtly shattered by the whining snarl of 5 jet-ski’s coming round the next corner at speed. Most of the group initially slowed right down and then 2 did a swerving ‘hoon’ past me almost deliberately to create a wash and spray. The bloke at the back had the good grace to be embarrassed and actually apologised for the bad behaviour….so then they disappear upstream and the last i saw of them was a welter of spray and noise as they hooned around in circles making lots of waves, spray and wash.
I just thought ‘morons’ and settled back down to sailing and filming the bank sliding slowly past for about half a mile…..when, once again i heard the same ugly whine from astern. At this point i was well over on river left, ghosting along and filming so i turned the camera astern. Instead of passing to my right where there was lots of space they all passed at speed and close aboard down my left side. The last one passed so close that he threw a large wave over my cockpit that doused me and my DSLR totally. I was soaked to the skin. There is no way that the action of the last one was anything but aggressive and deliberate. I tried to give chase just in case i could get downriver fast enough to find there put-in point and get pictures of car registration numbers but i was still some 5 miles or more upstream of their likely launch spot. Completely soaked and steaming mad i headed back to the yard to pick up dry clothes from the car…..having taken all my spare kit off the boat last week.
At the yard Chris the boss told me that i should have reported the incident to the QHM and that had they had a police launch in the water that they would intercept the jet-ski’s. Unfortunately i hadn’t thought of that and was probably out of line of radio contact anyway but i did report the incident by phone when i got in tonight. The bloke on the QHM desk asked me to do an incident form which i have done and next i thought to process the video and post that online. Unfortunately i must not have been on video mode at that moment as all i recorded was one stills photo astern and not a video clip.
There are a couple of ways of looking at this, one is that their actions were merely ignorant of how to behave in the river, second is that the soaking i got was a deliberate and aggressive response to my filming them. I happen to think it was the latter. Now….the thing is that these lads can’t be ‘bones of arse’ because the jet-ski’s all looked modern and expensive so they will be worth a bit plus they had all the gear (but no idea) and probably running flash cars to boot. You could say that it was a classic confrontation between 2 sides that utterly despise each other….them despising what they might describe as sailing ‘tampons’ and me hating everything about the loutish, chavvy and moronic jet-ski behaviour which is sadly common.
Jet-ski’s = Vermin….wish we could just shoot them.
With this post i thought i would go back to adding readers comments so :
Alan : That’s not a good day I hope the camera has survived OK, I think it should be like clay shooting line them up call “pull” and the biggest difference would be not a 12 gauge but mmm 20 mm Gatling at about 50 yards no make that a 100 don’t want to get splashed.