A proud day for Cowes

We would like to thank everyone who helped make the on-water activities such a success the other week. Cowes sparkled in the sunshine to welcome HM The Queen as she reviewed a Parade of Sail of impressive Superyachts before coming ashore at Trinity Landing to be greeted by thousands of well-wishers. At the same time, the Commodores' Cup, the Metre & Classic Keelboat Regatta, and the first ever UK Superyacht Cup took place, giving a truly vibrant feel to Cowes and providing a stunning spectacle on the water.


Now we are fast approaching Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week which promises to be another fantastic event with some special highlights including a "Best of British" celebrations day on Friday, 17 August and a visit by members of the British Olympic Sailing Team.


Good luck to all of the crews and to the many spectators, enjoy the racing and all that Cowes has to offer!

Best Regards,

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Captain Stuart McIntosh,

Cowes Harbour Master


CHC team prepare for Cowes Week

All the team at CHC are currently working hard to ensure that everything is ready in Cowes Harbour for the start of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week on Saturday, 11 August.


Kingston Marine Services (KMS) have been contracted to lay 200 extra swinging moorings for Day Class boats (utilising their Multi Cat Seaclear), as well as moorings for the start and finish lines and Alpha buoy which separates the White Group start line from the Black Group start line.

 Seaclear at work in Cowes Harbour.


Once Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is underway, KMS also have the important task of providing an escort for the Red Funnel car ferries throughout the race starts, and during the afternoon until all returning fleets have cleared the Fairway in Cowes.


CHC also provide a Chain Ferry patrol service during Cowes Week when one of the Harbour Authority vessels will be out on the water to assist the safe passage of boats up and down the River Medina.

Chain Ferry patrol, River Medina.


The centre of operations during race start sequences is of course the Royal Yacht Squadron starting Platform where a representative from Cowes Harbour Commission, ABP Southampton, and Red Funnel will assist the race officers in executing starts. It's quite a complicated operation to time large commercial shipping and ferries so that they don't cross through the fleets of race boats either waiting to start or having just started.


Overall, CHC's No. 1 priority for Cowes Week is managing Cowes Harbour's statutory and safety responsibilities and a team of around 30 staff are involved in everything from preparing and reviewing risk assessments, setting extra harbour safety patrols, prepping Shepards Wharf marina for "Peppermint" - Cowes Week's official crew enclosure, to providing hundreds of extra moorings.


Cowes news for all

If you have friends or family who live or work in Cowes, come on holiday to Cowes, sail from Cowes or have an interest in the town's activities on and off the water, then please share this newsletter with them. They can register to receive CHC news here.


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 Harbour Master, 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 recent LNTMs:

No. 26(T) of 2012: Cowes Week 2012

No. 23 of 2012: Cowes Harbour Fairway

No. 20 of 2012: Approaches to Cowes Harbour

All current Notices are available on the CHC website.


Above:  HM The Queen & HRH The Duke of Edinburgh pass the 62m Superyacht Athos on arrival at Trinity Landing, Cowes.
Cowes Schools Art Competition winners

As part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and in honour of Her Majesty's visit to the Island on 25 July, Cowes Harbour Commission organised a fun art competition for Cowes schools. Open to children aged 11-12, the challenge was to create a picture of the East Cowes built steam launch Kariat, set against the Jubilee River Thames Royal Pageant in which Kariat participated.

Cowes Harbour Commissioners were delighted to receive 56 entries for the art competition from Lanesend Primary School, Cowes Primary School, Gurnard Primary School, and also Priory School in Whippingham.


Judging took place a few weeks ago and in the end, first place was awarded to Ellie Raven of Lanesend Primary, second went to Jack Oliver of Gurnard Primary, and third was won by Holly Brimble of Lanesend Primary. Prizes will be awarded to each winning entry, with the school of the winning submission receiving a prize of 300. All prizes have been donated by Cowes Harbour Commission.


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Spotlight on Commissioner Jeremy Dale

Cowes Harbour Commissioner for Personnel & Marketing, Jeremy Dale, was first appointed to the role in 2009 and is now serving his second term of office.

Jeremy has been involved in the marine industry most of his working life, and started out as a boat boy hiring out boats at the age of 12. Over the years, his career has included such diverse projects as running one of the UK's first windsurfing schools through to management level involvement in production boat building, boatyard management, and small passenger ferry operations. He has lived on the Isle of Wight for 10 years and is currently owner of SeaSafe Systems in Cowes.


Talking about his role as Personnel Commissioner, Jeremy said: "I feel it is important to ensure that all Harbour Commission staff work together as one large team. I like to get involved and engage with staff so that people can come to me and look on me as one of the team.


"In the past I've served my time as an apprentice on the shop floor, and know what it's like at ground level right up to management, and it's this experience that I bring with me into my role as Commissioner."


Jeremy is proud of his strong engagement with the local community, primarily in Cowes, stemming from his long-standing business connections, but he also has close links with several other Island organisations.


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Sailing safely at Cowes Week

Concentrating on marine safety and education are key priorities for Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) in the run up to this year's Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. 

A new safety booklet was published last week by the organisers of the world famous regatta, with input from Cowes Harbour Commission, and this is now available as a download on the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week event website.


Back in April, a safety film was also released - designed to assist competitors in sailing safely at the eight day event; a film which contains much useful guidance that will be of great interest to other Solent sailors as well. We encourage you all to watch the short film if you are going to be on the water, either competing or spectating during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week this year.


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RYA agree Harbour Revision Order

Cowes Harbour Commission submitted an application for a Harbour Revision Order (HRO) to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) in June 2012. The main purpose of the Harbour Revision Order is to enable CHC to make General Directions for local harbour legislation in a more efficient manner than the previous byelaw process which will be superseded when the new General Directions are introduced.


The benefits of consulting the stakeholders, including the Advisory Committee and the RYA during the development and drafting of the Harbour Revision Order, is paying dividends now that the Marine Maritime Organisation are conducting the statutory consultation phase.


The RYA's Legal Officer, Gus Lewis has confirmed last week their agreement to the MMO on the proposed Cowes Harbour Revision Order following resolution on a few legal points. The MMO will consider all representations prior to determining the Harbour Revision Order.


The Commissioners are hoping that the HRO will be ratified by the autumn. This will enable a formal consultation over the winter period on the proposed new General Directions which will take over from existing byelaws and therefore enable new General Directions to be published and brought into force in time for the 2013 season.


The proposed HRO and supporting documents are available to view on CHC's website.

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