Into Great Yarmouth

Yachting Monthly - - HOMEWATERS -

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

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