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General Directions

The Cowes Harbour General Directions were introduced on 2nd April 2013, after being ratified by Cowes Harbour Commission. The General Directions replaced the previous Cowes Harbour Byelaws.

A revised set of Cowes Harbour General Directions came into force on 1st March 2016, taking into consideration the completion of the new Cowes Breakwater and the requirements of the revised Port Marine Safety Code issued March 2015. This will see the introduction of three new General Directions, an amendment to General Direction 5.18, the removal of references to our Byelaws (which have now all been superseded by General Directions), an updated diagram to show the new Cowes Breakwater and buoyage, and minor type corrections.

New General Directions:
3.18 – Restricted Visibility – ‘During periods of restricted visibility (defined as less than 2 cables) all vessels of 30m length overall and above shall not intentionally pass each other within the Inner Fairways of the harbour north of Medina Wharf, this includes overtaking.’

3.19 – VHF Communications within Cowes harbour - All vessels of 30 metres length overall and above are required to give notice of entry, movement or departure within the area of jurisdiction of Cowes Harbour on VHF Channel 69 as detailed in the Cowes Local Notices to Mariners.

7.8 - Landing on Breakwaters - No person shall land, or otherwise trespass on, either the detached breakwater or the East Cowes Shrape breakwater except in emergency or with the written permission of the Harbour Master.

Amended General Directions:
5.18 – Use of navigation buoys as race marks – The use of Inner Fairway navigation buoys, small craft channel buoys and beacons as race marks is prohibited without the written permission of the Harbour Master.

See the relevant chapter for full details on individual General Directions.

Cowes Harbour General Directions 1st April 2013 (as amended)


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