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Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race 2018

Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race 2018 16/08/2018

Now in its 58th year, this August Bank Holiday weekend (25th-26th August 2018) sees the return to Cowes of the historic Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat race, and the smaller Cowes-Poole-Cowes race. With over 30 boats already entered, including boats from the UK, America, Belgium, Bermuda and Sweden, this year promises to be the biggest for many years. Swedish entry Going Lean - Photo Mikko OikariThe 200-mile Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race has long been recognised as one of powerboating’s toughest challenges, and comparisons have been made with motorsport events such as Le Mans and the Indy 500. Competitors will be racing for the prestigious Harmsworth Trophy as read more

Studies on estuary sedimentation management


03/05/2018

Over the past few years, Cowes Harbour Commission has gained a greater understanding of sediment movement in the estuary through studies and monitoring. This work will inform a potential new and innovative approach to maintenance dredging in the estuary, which will be discussed and developed with

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Cruise ship Astor at Cowes


03/05/2018

Cruise guests from the Astor received a warm welcome to Cowes on Sunday, 29th April, in spite of the chilly spring weather! Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services, who were handling the Astor’s visit, were very pleased with the local support from Cowes Harbour Commission, Visit Isle of Wight

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Chamber networking breakfast at The Sugar Store


03/05/2018

Cowes Harbour Shepards Marina is much looking forward to hosting the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce’s June Business Networking Breakfast at The Sugar Store Events Centre on Friday, 1st June, from 0730 to 0900. The event is open to all IW Chamber members and places are limited so do please make

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Cowes hope for business boost as cruise ship comes to town


26/04/2018

Sunday, 29th April 2018 will see the second cruise ship this year moor off Cowes, thanks to work by Cowes Harbour Commission, Visit Isle of Wight and Destination Cowes. It’s hoped that cruise passengers will enjoy the Isle of Wight’s famous hospitality and come back for a longer

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CBA April Networking Event at The Sugar Store


06/04/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission is delighted to be hosting this month’s Cowes Business Association (CBA) Networking Event at The Sugar Store Events Centre on Wednesday, 25th April from 1730. The April Event at The Sugar Store is open to all CBA members to encourage networking with other local

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Cowes Harbour Services - one team - one name


29/03/2018

Cowes Harbour Services is the new division name for the marine services arm of Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC), encompassing moorings, boatyard, storage, fuel, and commercial. Following the Marine Services Review last autumn, the Commission has taken the decision to amalgamate its marine services

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Seasonal water taxi service


29/03/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission has just granted a stakeholder subsidy contribution towards the operation of a 7-days-a-week water taxi service to operate daily from Thursday, 29th March to 30th September 2018. In late 2017, CHC sought applications for a stakeholder dividend towards the provision of a

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General Directions - what are they and why are they important?


29/03/2018

“The Master of any vessel loading or unloading cinders, bricks or dung shall cause a canvas cloth or sheet to be fastened from such vessel to the wharf or quay”. So said Cowes Harbour Byelaws as recently as 1972!Around 400 BC Plato argued, “Good people don’t need laws to tell them to act

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Key Notice - Safety of navigation within Cowes Harbour


29/03/2018

Local Notice to Mariners No. 05 of 2018 highlights the basic safety guidance that everyone should be aware of, whether they are just visiting Cowes or a resident mooring holder. It covers some of the key General Directions (regulations) that apply to all vessels using the harbour, as well as

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Date for your diary - CHC Annual Public Meeting


29/03/2018

The date has been set for the Commission’s Annual Public Meeting, to take place on Thursday, 24th May at The Sugar Store Events Centre, which is conveniently located at Cowes Harbour Shepards Marina on Medina Road and close to the Chain Ferry to East Cowes. The Annual Public Meeting provides

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Risks to marine industry if Medina Yard application approved


20/03/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission has repeated its warnings to the Isle of Wight Council Planning Authority on the risks and threats to Cowes and Island marine industry and jobs if the Medina Yard planning application is approved. Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and the Harbour Advisory Committee both

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Cowes Harbour stakeholder benefit projects


28/02/2018

Cowes Harbour is a Trust Port and run for the benefit of the port’s stakeholders, who are all those with an interest in the harbour, whether they live or work here or come as visitors. In accordance with government guidance, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is encouraged to use some of the surplus

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New Classic regatta at Cowes


28/02/2018

The inaugural Cowes Spring Classics, a regatta for wooden classic yachts designed before 1970, is to take place from 11th-13th May 2018 at Shepards Wharf Marina. This new regatta is being supported by Destination Cowes, which is a partnership of key local organisations working to encourage new

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Marine apprenticeship opportunity


28/02/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission is offering an exciting ‘Marine Operative’ apprenticeship, providing a great opportunity for the right candidate to gain extensive knowledge and a valuable qualification in a challenging and rewarding industry. This apprenticeship will cover all aspects of the

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Success for apprentice Sam at Shepards


28/02/2018

Twenty-two-year-old Sam Saunders was selected in November 2016 as the first Apprentice Port Operative at Shepards Wharf Marina. He said: “After trying a few different jobs, I was fortunate enough to be offered an apprenticeship at Shepards in Cowes. This was an exciting job prospect for me as I

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Studio School sets sail


28/02/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission recently received an application from the Isle of Wight Studio School requesting stakeholder support for the School’s Mini Tonner yacht. The Commissioners agreed at their January Board meeting that the application matched a number of stakeholder dividend objectives; namely

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New Designated Person appointed


28/02/2018

In accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code, Cowes Harbour has a “Designated Person” to provide independent assurance on the operation and effectiveness of CHC’s Marine Safety Management System and to ensure compliance with the Code. The Designated Person (DP) is duty bound to carry out regular

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Island Stowaway


28/02/2018

Island Stowaway is a successful family run business catering to the needs of boat owners, businesses, and households requiring that extra storage space. Owners Glenn and Rachael Hobson have provided a flexible, bespoke and friendly service over the years but are now retiring from the

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Careers with CHC


28/02/2018

There are two job vacancies open with Cowes Harbour Commission, for a Seasonal Marina Operative and a Seasonal Patrol Officer. Seasonal Marina Operative Shepards Wharf Marina is looking for someone with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, who can assist in all aspects of marina operations

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Commissioner vacancy


02/02/2018

In brief: Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is seeking to appoint a new Board member. Would you like to play an important role in helping to determine the policy and business decisions for Cowes Harbour? If so, then CHC is looking for exceptional people with enthusiasm and a genuine interest in

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Destination Cowes reports on a successful first year


15/12/2017

Following the launch of “Destination Cowes” last autumn at London’s World Travel Market, the partnership has had a busy first year working to attract increased cruise ship business and new events to Cowes, and has also laid strong foundations for further achievements in 2018. Destination

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Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 information


15/12/2017

The Harbour Office will close for the Christmas break at 1200 on Friday, 22nd December 2017 and re-open at 0900 on Tuesday, 2nd January 2018. 

Over the Christmas break, phone calls will be redirected to CHC staff at Shepards Wharf Marina who can be contacted directly on 01983 297821 for visitor

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