Dover's tides are irregular and these methods give results that can be as much as 45 minutes out for high tide, though the prediction of low tide is more accurate.
If you go up to the the ybw main page (www.ybw.com) and click on 'Weather and Tides' (bottom page), the next fortnight's tides are shown. The HO is now refusing to allow free publication of its forecasts beyond that.
If you are worrying about next July, then the 45 minutes doesn't matter. For next July I suspect you want to know whether its a "morning" or "afternoon" tide, just to get dates and approximate times sorted out.
If it is next week, then 45 minute is probably OK - but if it is + or - 45 mins, then that can mean the difference between missing and catching a train / ferry / return trip etc.
If it is tomorrow, then I would want something accurate - to which I can apply my own knowledge of what is happening around me.
Chrisj,,I really only want to know if I can find a w/end in early July that has late am / early pm LW (Chatham). So I can start preplanning next years Medway Regatta. Tide times within 2 hrs would be enough!!!
Yes, the same applies to its Secondary ports. Nearly all the Channel ports have an irregular tide, most pronounced around the centre (Poole, Solent), and least at the ends. Even so, if you look at the curve for Dover in the Almanac you will see it is far from symettrical.
David, Thanks for offer but stevej has sorted it for me. It looks like the 4th-7th July 2002 (to be confirmed) Anyone interested in racing cruisers a+b, sonatas, dragons, squibs all are welcome. Free moorings and more parties than you can poke a stick at <s>