I heard from David Walter recently (whose fine photographs often adorn the pages of Sea Breezes) that the Scoot Ferry Company launched a new fast ferry service between Cowes and Portsmouth on the 5th November 2015 with the new catamaran ferry Scoot 2.
The vessel has capacity for 41 persons and a crossing on the service of 45 minutes. Scoot Ferries also started a new service between Yarmouth and Lymington on the 1st September 2015 with the catamaran Scoot 1.
A third vessel Scoot 3 also operates on the Cowes-Portsmouth service. This adds a little extra competition in the foot passenger market on routes to the Isle of Wight.