New text service to help Broads boaters

Tide to Text logoBoaters can get information on the best time to cross Breydon Water on their mobile phones.

The Broads Authority is trialling a new text method of sending out the predicted best time to reach the mouth of the River Bure at Great Yarmouth during May and June.

For the cost of 6p plus their standard message rate boaters can text the word “Tide” to the number 60777 to receive the predicted low slack water times at Great Yarmouth Yacht Station and the time of sunset for the day of the request and the following day.

It is important to cross Breydon Water at slack water, which is about an hour after low water, to provide maximum clearance under the Great Yarmouth bridges and because the tide, particularly at the confluence of the Rivers Bure and Yare, will be less of a hazard.

Steve Birtles, Head of Safety Management for the Broads Authority, said: “Tide tables can be found in the Broadcaster visitor magazine, the Green Book, a booklet sold by the Broads Authority for £1 and on the Broads Authority’s website, However, if none of these are available  the telephone text can provide an instant and hassle free service for the boater, resulting in a more relaxing trip over Breydon.  If it is successful we will consider making the service permanent.”

Thursday 1 January 1970