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Please watch your speed and wash

Please watch your speed and wash 27/06/2018

It is not just your boat speed but also the wake from your vessel that can have an impact within the harbour. Excessive wake from vessels creates an unsafe environment for all harbour users and too much wake can cause damage. Whilst CHC works hard to ensure effective promulgation of the rules on speed and wash within our jurisdiction, there continue to be some vessels flaunting them. The sections from our General Directions highlighted in blue below are sometimes forgotten by harbour users but are a very important aspect of maintaining a safe harbour environment for all. CHC educates mariners wherever we can, although some claim that they are completely unaware of the rules. However, there read more

Royal opening of CECAMM


28/09/2017

Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, carried out a number of engagements during her visit to the Isle of Wight on 13th September 2017. After visiting Shanklin Chine and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, The Countess travelled to East Cowes to officially open The Isle of Wight College’s new

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Disposing of out-of-date flares


28/09/2017

Flares contain explosives and once they are past their expiry date it is essential that out-of-date flares or Time Expired Pyrotechnics (TEPs) are disposed of carefully. Ultimately, the responsibility for the safe disposal of TEPs rests with their owner. The eventual disposal of TEPs should become

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Cruise ship Ocean Majesty calls at Cowes


28/09/2017

Cowes makes a fantastic port-of-call for cruise lines catering for northern European cruises. Cowes Harbour Commission is working to increase the number of small to medium-sized luxury cruise ships visiting the Island and we were therefore extremely pleased to welcome cruise ship MS Ocean Majesty

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Floating Bridge - Cowes Chain Ferry - latest update


31/08/2017

FLOATING BRIDGE TO BE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE The Leader of the Isle of Wight Council has today (Thursday, 31 August) announced that as of Monday (4 September) the Floating Bridge will be removed from service until such time as it can be demonstrated that the bridge, and the service it provides,

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Floating Bridge - Cowes Chain Ferry - news update


25/08/2017

The Isle of Wight Council (IWC), in consultation with their marine engineering consultants Burness Corlett Three Quays (BCTQ), have carried out further surveys and adjustments to the Floating Bridge ebb tide check chains over a 3-day period of the current large spring tides. These works and

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57 years of powerboat racing at Cowes


23/08/2017

This Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday, 26th and Sunday, 27th August will see the 57th year of offshore powerboat racing at Cowes. Cowes is recognised as the birthplace of international powerboat racing. It is therefore fitting that every year some of the biggest, brightest, loudest and most

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Advisory Committee meeting notice


23/08/2017

The next meeting of the Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee (CHAC) is on Friday, 1st September 2017 and all harbour users are welcome to submit their ideas or raise any issues of concern for discussion by the CHAC. You can use our web contact form to send your suggestions direct to the

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Raising awareness on dangers of CO


23/08/2017

At approximately 1200 (UTC) on 12th November 2016, the owner of the 7.75m motor cruiser Vasquez fell unconscious after being overcome by carbon monoxide (CO) that had been emitted from failed rubber bellows forming part of the inboard engine’s wet-exhaust system. Although rescuers came to the

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CHC news update on Cowes Chain Ferry commissioning works


31/07/2017

At their 28th July Board meeting, Cowes Harbour Commissioners (CHC) discussed the ongoing commissioning works for the Isle of Wight Council’s (IWC) new floating bridge / Chain Ferry, and in particular the issues regarding current restrictions to navigational depths and clearance depths over the

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IW Council news on Cowes Week Chain Ferry service


28/07/2017

The Isle of Wight Council issued a press release on 27th July 2017 regarding the Lendy Cowes Week floating bridge / Chain Ferry service:During Lendy Cowes Week 2017, the Cowes floating bridge will offer an extended service during the early hours of the morning, throughout the week.While over the

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CCTV enhances harbour security


26/07/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has just completed a major project to install an innovative IP-CCTV system to improve the safety management and security of our harbour for the benefit of all users. The primary purpose of this new CCTV system is to assist CHC in fulfilling its statutory duties and

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Lendy Cowes Week preview


26/07/2017

Regatta organisers Cowes Week Ltd have recently welcomed Lendy - The Property Platform, on board as title sponsor as the next phase of the regatta begins and the event continues to evolve as 'Lendy Cowes Week'. For regular competitors, those returning to the regatta after a break, or first

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Summer sun, sea and swimming


26/07/2017

Although the water can look extremely inviting on a hot summer’s day, we would like to remind all harbour users and members of the public that swimming is prohibited in Cowes Harbour. There are two main reasons why you should not deliberately enter the water within the harbour:  • There are a

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Rolex Fastnet Race preview


26/07/2017

The world's largest, most prestigious offshore sailing event, the Rolex Fastnet Race, will set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on Sunday, 6th August 2017. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), this will be the 47th edition of the biennial race. The non-stop race course from

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Council reports Chain Ferry enters final commissioning stage


18/07/2017

The Isle of Wight Council released the following press statement on Monday, 17th July 2017 regarding the Cowes Chain Ferry: The Cowes Floating Bridge will enter the final phase of commissioning this week, at the end of which, all being well, the Floating Bridge will officially become the

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Round the Island Race preview


28/06/2017

The Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay takes place this coming Saturday, on 1st July. Whether you are an old-timer or a newcomer to the race, there is something very special about taking part in this iconic event. As is the norm with this much loved yacht race, there is a

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On-the-go with CHC’s responsive website


28/06/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has just launched an upgraded responsive designed website to meet on-the-go demand for informative content about the harbour and its services. The website at cowesharbourcommission.co.uk has been developed to feature a fully responsive design, adapting its display

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Introducing Assistant Harbour Master for Cowes Ed Walker


28/06/2017

Ed Walker from Pembrokeshire in southwest Wales was appointed as Assistant Harbour Master at Cowes in May of this year, joining Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) after a seagoing career spanning 15 years throughout various sectors of the marine industry. As Assistant Harbour Master (AHM), Ed is

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International fleet gathers for Dragon Edinburgh Cup


28/06/2017

With 38 teams from as far afield as Russia and Turkey and across the UK and Europe already entered, and 40 boats expected on the start line, the 2017 edition of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup is lining up to be a bumper edition. Sponsored by Oliver Morgan Architects and Stoneham Construction and hosted

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Celebrating classics in Cowes


28/06/2017

Cowes Harbour hosts two major classic yacht regattas in July of each year, the Panerai British Classic Week and Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week. Panerai British Classic Week, the annual regatta of the British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC), will see the 16th edition being held this July

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Keep the Solent waters safe


28/06/2017

With the sailing season in Cowes well under way, and several major events of the year just around the corner, we feel it is the right time to remind all harbour users and visiting yachtsmen to dispose of black water from their boats responsibly. All boaters are encouraged to make use of the

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Get involved with the Harbour Advisory Committee


28/06/2017

Did you know? The Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee (CHAC) represents the different stakeholder groups within Cowes Harbour and plays a key role in maintaining successful two-way communications between harbour users and the Harbour Commission. Our harbour users vary from leisure sailors to

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