CHC Sep 2013CHC Sep 2013

Investing in Cowes 

After all the years of planning and preparation, the Commissioners and I are extremely glad to confirm that, subject to acceptable tender proposals and award of the construction contract, the breakwater build will start in the first quarter of next year with completion expected during 2014. This is really positive news for the future of Cowes Harbour.

Making sure that stakeholders are kept fully informed on the breakwater project continues to be a high priority for CHC, and to this end I have recently given presentations to our own Advisory Committee, Cowes Week Limited, and the Solent Forum - as mentioned in the story below. In addition, we will hopefully be presenting a full breakwater update to the Town Councils of Cowes and East Cowes.
Next month, we will be catching up with our team at Kingston Marine Services and thinking ahead to decommissioning your boat, plus winter storage and the all essential boat maintenance.

Best regards,

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Captain Stuart McIntosh,

Cowes Harbour Master


Solent Forum Meeting

CHC attended the autumn meeting of the Solent Forum at Northwood House, at which Capt. Stuart McIntosh delivered a presentation on the Cowes Outer Harbour Breakwater Project to representatives from a wide range of coastal sector organisations.

Presentations at the Solent Forum's September meeting also included an update on the Southampton Water Channel Dredge, along with reports on the Isle of Wight Special Protection Area, and Medina Valley Employment & Water Access.


The Solent Forum is an established partnership that promotes and delivers integrated coastal zone management around the Solent, with the Forum being used by the coastal community as a vehicle to inform and consult on topical coastal issues. To find out more, visit the Solent Forum website.


BMF Isle of Wight

CHC has welcomed news of the re-establishment of the Isle of Wight branch of the British Marine Federation (BMF). Following a very productive AGM on 4 September, a new executive board has been appointed for the BMF Isle of Wight region, with Chris Clayton of Seaward taking the helm as Chairman, and Cowes Yacht Haven's Jon Pridham taking the role of Deputy Chairman.


Read a message from new Chairman Chris Clayton, and find out about plans for BMF Isle of Wight here.


Cowes Small Ships Race

The 10th ASTO Cowes Small Ships Race, an extremely popular event in the sail training world, will take place on Saturday, 5 October. The ASTO Small Ships regattas are youth events open to any sail training vessel of which at least half the crew is under the age of 25.

IYWAC crew, ASTO race 2012.


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If you would like 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, phone and make an appointment on:
 01983 293952, or email: 
CHC also owns and operates the following commercial services: Shepards Wharf Marina, Kingston Marine Services & Boatyard, Cowes Harbour Moorings, and Cowes Harbour Fuels. 

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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. 27 of 2013: Small Craft Channel

No. 22 of 2013: Regular Sail Boat Racing in the Approaches to Cowes Harbour

No. 19 of 2013: Use of 'Kill Cords' On-Board Powered Craft

No. 15 of 2013: New Cowes General Directions Come into Force on the 2nd of April 2013

No. 14 of 2013: Navigation within the Cowes Harbour Fairway

No. 13 of 2013: Use of Engines by Sailing Vessels in the Inner and Outer Fairways

No. 11 of 2013: Approaches to Cowes Harbour

No. 10 of 2013: Cowes Roads and Main Harbour Areas Restricted Areas

All current Notices are available on the CHC website.
Above: Fuguro Seacore's jack-up barge in Cowes Harbour carrying out ground investigation works for the new breakwater.
Cowes breakwater delivery

We are very pleased to be in a position to publish a preliminary timeline for the construction of the new Cowes breakwater:


Final ground investigation works now completed

* Tender out to five short-listed contractors; to

   return by 18 October

* Design and build contract to be awarded this


* Construction to start in February 2014

* Construction due to be completed in 2014


How long will the breakwater take to build?

The breakwater will be delivered under a design and build, fixed priced contract. Construction is likely to take around eight months, depending on the methodology employed by the contractor with completion hopefully during 2014.


Breakwater construction exclusion area

The diagram below illustrates the exclusion zone that will be put in place at the mouth of Cowes Harbour during construction of the breakwater, with a clear route defined for traffic to and from the site, and newly re-configured small craft event moorings. Click here to view a PDF of the exclusion zone diagram. Five clusters of inflatable yellow buoys have been laid to mark the position of the breakwater which is now readily identifiable to passing vessels.


Read the full article on for additional information on the following:


* How will the breakwater construction affect yacht


* Will there be disruption for vessels entering and

   leaving Cowes Harbour?

* What will happen to swinging moorings in the



Regular updates will be included in future E-newsletters, so do check back here every month for the latest breakwater news. 

Destination Cowes partnership venture

Cowes Harbour Commission and Cowes Yacht Haven are working closely with Visit Isle of Wight to develop a partnership of local organisations and companies to help promote Cowes and East Cowes as a destination, with the aim of increasing the number of visitors, new events, and cruise ships coming to Cowes.


Recent signs of recovery in the national economy, together with a successful season bolstered by some good weather, have provided the incentive to consider a marketing initiative partnership that is modelled on a destination management organisation (DMO) and works under the umbrella of Visit Isle of Wight, which undertakes similar work for the whole Island.


A steering group, consisting of CHC, Cowes Yacht Haven, Cowes Week Limited / Cowes Combined Clubs, Red Funnel, and Visit Isle of Wight has put forward an outline proposal to the major stakeholders in both Cowes and East Cowes for consideration by their respective boards and committees.


We look forward to reporting further as efforts continue to create a mini DMO for Cowes.

Cruise ship passengers enjoy Cowes

Wednesday, 4 September dawned a glorious, sunny day in Cowes with temperatures in the high 20s Celcius, a perfect day for cruise ship MV Europa's latest visit to the Island.

The MV Europa arrived from Hamburg with 214 passengers and 272 crew on board, and anchored off Cowes at 0745 allowing passengers a whole day for sightseeing before departing at 1800 in the evening.


Martin Everett of Denholm Wilhelmsen Ltd, the ship agency acting for MV Europa, said: "Europa's passengers were tendered from the Cowes anchorage to Trinity Landing pontoon for coach tours and for some, travel around the Island in classic cars. The good weather obviously made the experience for passengers and crew that much better and helped to show off the Island at its very best!"

East Cowes regeneration 

Following confirmation of the government's 3.16m investment into CHC's Outer Harbour Breakwater, we were very pleased to receive news of major improvements to be carried out at the Venture Quays site in East Cowes which form part of ambitious plans to create a new marina to assist with regeneration of the area.


Around 2 million is being invested by the government in upgrading buildings and improving marine services at Venture Quays, with work expected to take place over the next six months. This forms part of wider plans for a new 300-berth marina at East Cowes, with a public landing facility, hotel, restaurant, up to 100 new homes and car parking.


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Cowes 2014-2015

CHC's publishing partner, Solent, are already looking ahead to next year's Cowes Port Handbook - with an increased print run and extended distribution on the Island and mainland forming part of plans for 2014.


Capt. Stuart McIntosh said: "The importance of marketing Cowes is high on the agenda and our Port Handbook and website continue to provide the most effective way of directly reaching local yachtsmen, visitors, and businesses. This is underlined by the terrific uplift in online visitors experienced over the last 12 months, a rise of 34%.


"The new mainland distribution is as a result of increased demand for the Handbook, and demonstrates the importance of Cowes as a cruising destination. Thank you for your continued and valued support."


We would be glad to receive any feedback on this year's Handbook; please send an email to


To find out more about the Cowes Port Handbook and associated website, please click here.

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