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Harbour and marine employment sites of strategic importance

Harbour and marine employment sites of strategic importance 30/10/2017

At the October Board meeting, Cowes Harbour Commissioners discussed the three strategic, interlinked harbour and marine employment sites that are currently at various stages of development. These are the Cowes Outer Harbour Project/Venture Quays development in East Cowes, Kingston Marine Park at Whippingham, and Medina Yard in Cowes. Cowes Outer Harbour Project (OHP) CHC continues to fulfil its commitments to the government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) led Outer Harbour Project and has been ready to deliver Phases 2 and 3 of the harbour infrastructure, a dredged Eastern Channel and extension to the Shrape breakwater, since December 2016. However, the 'Harbour read more

46th Fastnet Race


03/08/2015

There is less than two weeks to go until the world's biggest offshore race, the historic biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts from Cowes on Sunday, 16th August and will see 390 boats from 25 nations competing. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) the 2015 race also marks the 90th

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Aids to navigation - new UKHO chart 2793


03/08/2015

A new edition of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) chart 2793 for Cowes Harbour and the River Medina was published on 18th June 2015. The new chart contains various updates including the footprint of the Cowes Breakwater under construction, a 'works in progress' legend for the

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Cowes Harbour Berthing Master conquers the Lake District


03/08/2015

Cowes RNLI Deputy Launching Authority and Berthing Master for CHC Dave Lewis has amply demonstrated that being 50 is no barrier to completing one of Europe’s most difficult trails. Keen to show he is by no means ‘over the hill’ Dave took on not one, but many hills in the Lake District,

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Publication of ABPmer report for Cowes Harbour


30/07/2015

Cowes Harbour Commissioners at their Board meeting on Wednesday, 29th July reviewed and approved the sedimentation report from hydrodynamic consultants ABPmer. The report was commissioned by CHC as part of the Breakwater Project Review to investigate and report on the potential issues and concerns

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Cowes Breakwater Project review ABPmer report


24/07/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) regrets that the ABPmer Report prepared for the Cowes Breakwater Project review is not yet authorised for publication. The CHC will advise as soon as it is made available.

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CHC Berthing Master's 50 mile run for RNLI


22/07/2015

Taking on one of Europe’s most difficult 50 mile running and walking trail courses is not everyone’s idea of marking their 50th year. CHC Berthing Master and Cowes RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Dave Lewis had a simple explanation for undertaking such a testing undertaking: “I wanted to

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CHC reports on Cowes Breakwater Project review


16/07/2015

In the Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) E-newsletter of 4th July, we published results of the June 2015 formal review of the Cowes Breakwater Project and CHC’s decision, supported by the Harbour Advisory Committee, to proceed with the 2015 breakwater construction. The Commission is also

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Celebrating 200 years of international yachting


16/07/2015

A major highlight in the Cowes events calendar this year is the Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary International Regatta from 26th to 31st July, part of the Squadron’s celebrations to mark its bicentenary, 1815 to 2015. The Bicentenary Regatta is shaping up to be an amazing spectacle and has

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Classic racing in Cowes


16/07/2015

Entries are booming this year for Panerai British Classic Week (18th-25th July), which looks set to be an exciting regatta with many classic yachts coming from around the world to race in the Solent. A six race series gets going this weekend from the Royal Yacht Squadron line. Full details of

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Etchells Invitational Regatta returns


16/07/2015

Sailors from around the world will soon be gathering to compete in the second Etchells Invitational Regatta for the prestigious Gertrude Cup. Last year 11 countries were represented across 20 teams and a similar mix is expected in 2015. Competitors can look forward to four days of fleet

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Cowes Breakwater special project review


03/07/2015

The CHC Commissioners met on Friday, 3rd July for an Extraordinary Board Meeting to consider the formal Cowes Breakwater Project review that addressed the issues of changes in tidal flows and potential changes to the sedimentation regime as a result of the 2014 breakwater construction. The

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Sparkling conditions for Round the Island Race


02/07/2015

The 2015 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race was described as “a truly sparkling day for family and professional sailors alike” with almost unbroken sun and a west southwesterly breeze of 12-15 knots, gusting to 20 knots. CHC’s distinctive harbour patrol RIB HM1, along with our

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Cowes Harbour Commission staff to the rescue


02/07/2015

On Friday, 18th June a kayaker capsized in the vicinity of the Cowes Chain Ferry into the strong ebb tide and was subsequently separated from his kayak and washed underneath Trinity Wharf just north of the floating bridge.Seamark, one of Cowes Harbour Commission’s vessels based at Kingston Marine

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Cruise ships and Tall Ships come to Cowes


02/07/2015

Cowes Harbour is ideally situated in the Solent and a popular port of call for cruise ship operators catering for northern European cruises. A sheltered anchorage in Cowes Roads offers ships ample swinging room with only a five minute tender run to the Trinity Landing pontoons.With centuries of

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Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week


04/07/2015

The 2015 Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week (CCW) takes place from 20th - 24th July, the eighth year of this popular regatta for metre boats, Classic racing dayboats, one designs, and Old Gaffers. A number of the CCW boats will be moored together in the North Basin at Shepards Wharf Marina

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High speed catamaran building returns to the Isle of Wight


28/05/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission has welcomed Red Funnel’s major announcement yesterday (Wednesday, 27th May) confirming that the company is bringing high speed ferry construction back to the UK with its new passenger ferry Red Jet 6 due to be built in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. After receiving

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Annual Public Meeting report


28/05/2015

On a warm and sunning May evening, Cowes Harbour Commission’s Annual Public Meeting saw very good attendance at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes with over 70 people turning out to listen to the Harbour Master, Capt. Stuart McIntosh’s presentation of CHC’s Annual Report and key development projects

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Royal Yacht Squadron Fleet Review


28/05/2015

This year the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) achieves its bicentenary and will be celebrating 200 years of yachting. There are two significant events planned during these celebrations, a Squadron Members’ Regatta in June, including a Fleet Review on 5th June and an International Regatta from 25th-31st

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Cowes Port Handbook out to tender


28/05/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission is always looking for ways to improve its publications and therefore, as part of CHC’s ongoing strategic review, improvements to communications with harbour users and stakeholders are under consideration. Revised communications policies and objectives will be published in

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New Chain Ferry and public consultancy on East Cowes Regeneration


28/05/2015

As readers may already know, the Solent Gateways project announced last autumn, which is designed to improve connectivity between the Isle of Wight and Southampton, will also include funding to deliver a new Chain Ferry for Cowes at a cost of circa £4m. Cowes Harbour Commission recognises the

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Developing young people


28/05/2015

Apprenticeships are a valuable means of helping young people develop the skills and qualifications that are needed in the industry of their choice. Cowes Harbour Commission supports and is actively involved in a continuing programme of apprenticeships through the Isle of Wight College. Over the

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June events in Cowes


28/05/2015

Despite the variable weather, the season is truly hotting up in Cowes and June will see a variety of exciting on-the-water events, not least amongst these the RYS Bicentennial Fleet Review on 5th June, the J-Cup from 11th-13th June, the Westward Cup from 14th-16th June, and the J.P. Morgan Asset

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