Into Great Yarmouth
be a new one and shining in a different quarter of the sky.’
Last summer my brother Ned and I, along with Bertie and Ruth ( Peter Duck’s ex-children), decided to take ourselves ‘out of our knowledge.’ We would turn Peter Duck’s bows northwards from the Deben and use our week of summer holiday to 'go foreign’ in Norfolk. Our passage planning was minimal. We intended to spend the first night in Great Yarmouth and I’d expected to be able to pick up the new edition of East Coast Pilot (Imray, £23.50), which recently extended ‘The Knowledge’ that extra few miles across the Suffolk and Norfolk boundary from Lowestoft to Yarmouth. Sadly, the chandlery was out of stock – we would have to go without an updated guide. Great Yarmouth port control confirmed that the entrance to the Yare is clearly separate from the newly-completed outer harbour. It is light-controlled and straightforward, though the tide runs hard. Where to bring up for the night? The yacht station is beyond the Haven bridge but a request for the bridge to be opened can only be made Monday to Friday in office hours. This was Sunday.
The harbour master advised us we could moor two miles upriver against the Town Hall Quay. ‘You’ll want to make your own assessment of its suitability,’ he added disconcertingly.
Great Yarmouth outer harbour is no place for a small yacht