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Nice to see that the views of the Broads Authorith carry so much weight. Previously it appeared that many people thought their views were pretty much those of the devil.
But plainly that has changed and their view that swimming is unsafe is now holy writ.

What a change.

I think we all welcome the new enthusiasm for the National Park branding.

A small hint of hypocrisy perhaps?

Bill

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Apr-03-2018 @ 10:09 PM                           Permalink
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batrabill, I truly cannot see the point of your post. Other than the OP, no member here has mentioned the BA policy on swimming, which, let's face it, is aimed at holiday-makers, who have little, if any, recognition of the dangers of swimming in the Broads rivers. The competition is targeted at experienced open-water swimmers. If anyone cannot see the difference, they shouldn't even think about swimming in the Broads.

Each year, people attempt to swim across the Channel. I'm not aware of anyone who, having read about such exploits, has thought it a good idea to try it on their own. The BNP side of it just doesn't enter into the equation. Have you nothing constructive to add to the discussion?

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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There does seem to be an assumption that swimming the Waveney will be safer than swimming at sea. Perhaps, but are like for like assessments possible? The issue of angling activities has been raised, hugely relevant on the Broads but not so in the open sea. People are right to be concerned.

Jolly Rodger

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Hi, it's a while since I posted over here but I have been keeping a watchful eye in events here and I felt moved to congratulate you on the manner in which this discussion has taken place.

In case my views were drowned out by the avalanche of anti feeling elsewhere I would like to state that the event has my full support subject to a thorough safety analysis which Mel,  the organiser, stated has been conducted.

Sadly I am prevented from adding comments elsewhere as I have had my privileges suspended.

Being a beccles boy I am heartened that this event will take place in this very attractive part of the broads and hope that the publicity will help boost the local economy.

Anyway thanks for the opportunity to register my opinion.

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quote:"......
People are right to be concerned
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The only thing that concerns me are the people who would put up silly arguments against this event taking place.

Looking at the web page, it doesn't appear to have been conceived on the back of a fag packet and though it's absolutely none of our business, if they are happy with the safety of the event, so be it.

Every water bourne activity carries with it an element risk. Hey, we even have skiing and wake boarding on the southern rivers; is that not risky?

In the unlikely event it all goes horribly wrong, then and only then can the naysayers say I told you so.

I can't even swim, but I wish them every success.  Smile

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Apr-04-2018 @ 11:20 AM                           Permalink
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I’ve nothing to say pro or con the organisation of this event, I’m not the greatest of swimmers and won’t be participating. I’d be more interested in, and take more notice of, the comments of an experienced Wild Swimmer. But I guess they’re more likely to be training rather than sitting at a computer keyboard. And most of the posters on this, that and every other Forum won’t be anywhere near the Waveney on that day, if they even have a boat!

But, like Smellyloo (“Being a beccles boy...”), I AM directly affected in that Luise is berthed at WRC and I frequently use that stretch of water.

And? If it’s a nice day I shall go to my boat and give the swimmers a cheer. If Burgh Road has a lot more traffic than usual I shall leave earlier and drive more slowly. If WRC’s carparks are jammed I shall leave my car somewhere else. If I absolutely need to move by boat I shall. If I don’t, I shall have a few drinks on board or in the Waveney Inn. If it’s a nice evening I shall sleep on board, if not I’ll drive home.

Perhaps I’ll see some of you there?

Peter

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I would like echo Marshmans comments on the attitude being shown here.
A "glass half full" outlook always leads to a happier and more contented life. A "glass half empty" attitude is simply a recipe for frustration and grumpiness. So good on this forum for taking the first of those two on this subject.
Harlequin / Exile.

PS Paladine....I will eventually get round to trying your password solution to solve my identity crises. Blush !

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Quite agree. We boaters do not own the river. I'm proud to contribute to the process of maintaining it and I welcome everyone who wants to share in it within sensible bounds.

That includes closing the river for brief periods.


Bill

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Hello Smellyloo
We have to admit that typing the above greeting was quite formidable  Smile .
It's really nice that you and Luise are local people and it would be nice to hear the opinion of Beccles people not just boaters because if they favour the event then it should happen with great gusto.
We have always been made welcome in Beccles shops,hostelries,cafes and people only to willing to help you find your way.
It's your river too, so if the local people of Beccles wan't the swim to take place then it should.
These are just our thoughts and nothing political or derisory to anyone that reads them.
Kindest Regards
Marge and Parge

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quote:"......
as I have had my privileges suspended
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I got that treatment in december for having the nerve to make a post taking the pee out of myself for getting a board warning (I reacted to someone trying to stir things for the original board warning, I accepted I shouldn't have risen and should have worded it better too).
They call it the friendly forum too!
I'm still suspended now.

Dave.
Formerly 'LeoMagill'

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