We have recently returned from our fourth visit to Sharm, staying this time at the Baron Palms Resort (for the second time.) We go for the fabulous snorkelling, but were horrified by the introduction of speedboats at the resort since our last visit in November. The outlook from the beach used to be idyllic - the odd tanker ship meandering past Tiran Island - and the dive boats slowly arriving and mooring off-shore - bliss! But now the peace is shattered by speedboats whizzing up and down Ras Nasrani towing banana-boats. The speedboats then moor at the end of the pontoons, which were specifically designed and intended for divers and snorkellers to enter the sea. On one occasion whilst snorkelling, one of these boats reversed towards me with the driver shouting "no problem, no problem." Excuse me, I don't think so! After complaining to the hotel manager, an additional piece of pontoon was added for the boats to use. But they are still ejecting theiir fuel emissions directly onto the coral which, of course, will help to destroy it. On putting this point to the manager, I was told that a paddled dinghy would be used in future to ferry people from the pontoon to the boats. I am not a killjoy, but most people tend to come here for the diving and snorkelling. It is the safety issue that concerns me most. On one particular day, where the speedboats had been whizzing up and down earlier, we saw snorkellers in the very same spot. I am dreading a serious, or even fatal, accident if these speedboats continue to operate in this way. I have appealed to the hotel management for "Bobo's boats" to be banished from Ras Nasrani - we''ll see. Any comments greatly appreciated. Thanks. Bob.