We had 31 boats that either had their moorings cut or untied during the early hours of July 15th. It was a daunting sight to see that whole stretch of water empty of boats in the morning of July 16th.
I believe this was a planned attach as the person who did this came prepared with the tools to cut through thick rope and also the means to get around 31 boats to carry it out. I absolutely do not think it was a random act of vandalism.
Harwich Haven were quickly on the scene at the club, local coastguard was notified and kept in touch and the Police took statements and are following through obtaining local CCTV footage – although clarity I am sure will be an issue.
I believe this attack was carried out in order to create chaos at the club for whatever reason known only to the individual who did it, however, the opposite was achieved! Members with small boats quickly took to the water and retrieved every boat without fuss or panic. All boats were back within that morning tide on the Tuesday. A couple of the boats were in line of sight at Manningtree the rest were further down the estuary. All affected boat owners were contacted straight away.
We had luck on our side in terms of weather on the Monday evening and weather and tide on the Tuesday morning – otherwise it could have been a different story.
No boat was vandalised/damaged and nothing was stolen from any boat although some moorings were damaged causing disruption and extra work and cost for those mooring holders.
Sarah Howlett – Commodore