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Cowes welcomes Big Class yachts

Some glorious Big Class yachts graced the Squadron start line during the second running of the Westward Cup. Pictured above are Eleonora and Mariette alongside Trinity Landing in Cowes. Both of these yachts competed in the Westward Cup and we were delighted to provide mooring at Trinity landing which enabled these two fantastic vessels to be in full view of the public in Cowes.


Meanwhile, at the beginning of June and as a part of the Island's support for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, CHC provided craneage for steam launch Kariat, and transport to and from London was provided by Steve Porter Transport and Red Funnel, all at no charge - to enable Kariat to represent the Isle of Wight in the Jubilee Thames Pageant. 


This coming Saturday, 30 June, sees the annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and we hope that all involved will enjoy a great day on and off the water.


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Best Regards,

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Captain Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Harbour Master


Rallies at Shepards Wharf Marina

Shepards Wharf Marina continues to promote the marina and its facilities for rallies and regattas. Pre-booked rallies can stay from 2.30 per metre per night, now inclusive of showers.

Contact Shepards on 01983 297821 or email shepards.chc@cowes.co.uk to make a booking.


New Cowes lifeboat station in operation

Another proud maritime milestone has been achieved in Cowes with the opening of a new replacement lifeboat station for the RNLI.

The extensively refurbished old Custom House, replacing a small temporary facility at Shepards Wharf Marina, is finally operational. From now on the station will be able to respond more quickly to emergencies in the Solent.


Referring to the new station's former role, Lifeboat Operations Manager Mark Southwell said: "For 300 years boats have been launched from here; a lifeboat station is a wonderful new use of this historic maritime site.


"The volunteers, who make up all the crew and those on shore, are overjoyed and much impressed with the quality of the refurbishment and the thought that has gone into making the building operationally efficient."


Meanwhile, a crowd turned out to see a brand new Atlantic 85 RIB lifeboat, the Sheena Louise, welcomed to Cowes RNLI lifeboat station on Friday evening, 8 June.

The Sheena Louise was helmed into Cowes by Scott Armiger, who works at the ILC in East Cowes and actually helped to build the lifeboat. This is the first time that a lifeboat has been built from start to finish on the Isle of Wight.


Read more on COWES.co.uk


Please keep in touch!

Don't forget that Cowes Harbour Commission is always happy to gain feedback on its services and on the issues it is tackling on your behalf. If you want to talk to the Harbour Master, Capt Stuart McIntosh or to Rod Hodgson, the Deputy HM, please feel free to call into the Harbour Office on Town Quay, or phone and make an appointment on:
01983 293952, or

Cowes Harbour Commission also owns and operates the following commercial services: Shepards Wharf Marina, Kingston Marine Services, Cowes Harbour Moorings and Cowes Harbour Fuels. 

You can keep up to date with all the news on our website:


CHC Local Notices to Mariners (LNTMs)

Sailors and boaters using Cowes Harbour are advised to regularly check current Notices to Mariners.

Links to the most recent LNTMs:

No. 19(T) of 2012: Round the Island Race: Saturday 30 June 2012. Central Solent - Traffic restrictions

No. 18(T) of 2012: Cowes Port Handbook - Tidal information error 


All current Notices are available on the CHC website.


Above:  Big Class yachts Eleonora and Mariette on Trinity Landing during the Westward Cup. Photo: Dan Matthews.
CHC appoints Olympic design champions

Cowes Harbour Commission are pleased to announce that Atkins, engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Games, has been officially appointed to project manage the procurement of the harbour infrastructure elements of the  Cowes Outer Harbour Project (COHP).

Cowes Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh said: "Delivering the Outer Harbour Project for Cowes is the Commission's most important infrastructure priority and we are therefore delighted to have the expertise and experience of Atkins on board."


Atkins is the engineering expert behind London 2012 and responsible for the design and engineering of Dean & Reddyhoff's new 600-berth Portland Marina which will play host to sailing events for the Olympic Games this year.


Cowes Harbour Commission, as stated in the CHC Annual Report, are taking the lead in the delivery of the harbour infrastructure works and working closely with the Homes & Communities Agency to maintain the Outer Harbour Project as one of the priority projects. The HCA will retain responsibility for the procurement of the marina developer/operator.


The Commission remain fully committed to continue communicating and consulting with local stakeholders on behalf of project partners as this important but challenging project moves forward. 


Read the full story on COWES.co.uk 

Cowes Harbour developments

The latest news on the Cowes Outer Harbour Project was one of the main topics covered during the presentation of the CHC Annual Report at the well attended Annual Public Meeting in May.

Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh also talked about CHC's focus on safety and security and the creation of the new small craft channel and other harbour developments such as the new RIB mooring pontoons at Town Quay. Updates were given on conservation, training, communications, as well as news on commercial services including the recent purchase of Kingston Wharf.


Read the full story on COWES.co.uk

Safety & security

Cowes Harbour Commission have developed a number of initiatives to reduce avoidable risks and improve safety for users of Cowes Harbour. Recent positive measures by CHC include the creation of a new Small Craft Channel, supporting the production of a safety video by Cowes Week Ltd, and the introduction of a new CHC patrol craft.


Cowes Harbour Commission also continue to invest in staff training. Six CHC employees based at Shepards Wharf Marina and Cowes Harbour Fuels have recently obtained their Emergency Response Open Water certification.


This award is an assessment in practical lifesaving skills that may be needed by anyone working adjacent to open water; it is designed to train and assess the candidate's competency in safe 'land based' rescue techniques, basic first aid and Life Support (CPR). The CHC staff are the first on the Isle of Wight to hold this certification.


In addition, all CHC afloat staff, including Berthing Masters and Patrol Officers, have recently benefited from a bespoke training session provided by the Hampshire Marine Police unit.


The session provided specific guidance on the latest protocol to be followed when educating users of Cowes Harbour and the steps to be taken when enforcing the harbour Byelaws, regulations, and gathering evidence after an incident.


Cowes Harbour Commission will continue to educate river users by offering advice and/or warning in the first instance but will not hesitate to take further action against persistent offenders or for more serious offences. On summary conviction of a Byelaw offence, offenders are liable to a fine of up to 1,000 plus costs.

Cowes sail-past by 7 P&O ships

This year sees the 175th anniversary of P&O Cruises and to mark this proud moment a spectacular meeting of all seven P&O ships has been planned for 3 July in Southampton.

For viewers in Cowes, P&O Cruises have told us that the seven P&O ships should pass Cowes at approximately 1935 on the evening of 3 July.


Read the full story on COWES.co.uk.
Cowes Port Handbook 2012 - tidal information error

An amended edition of the 2012 Cowes Port Handbook is being distributed due to a publishing error. The Cowes tide table on page 150 was printed incorrectly in the original version which affects the period Thursday, 9 August to Wednesday, 15 August 2012.


Any edition of the Cowes Port Handbook which does not have a printed amendment on page 150, clearly identified by the words 'CORRECTED DATA', should be disregarded. Distribution of the revised Cowes Port Handbook is due to be completed by Friday, 29 June.


See Local Notice to Mariners No. 18(T) for more details.

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