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Outer Harbour Project and Eastern Channel dredge

Outer Harbour Project and Eastern Channel dredge 28/11/2018

As many of you will be aware, Homes England (formerly The Homes and Communities Agency) has informed Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) that their East Cowes development partner Victoria Quay Estates Limited (VQEL) has decided they are unable to proceed with the Victoria Quay development and will be terminating their agreement with Homes England. CHC understands that Homes England will now require a review period to determine the options and way forward for the East Cowes Regeneration and Outer Harbour developments. CHC raised concerns over the last year to both Homes England and the IWC about the risk that VQEL may not deliver on the development agreements based on the following two main read more

The Sugar Store joins Classic Buses and Beer event


31/08/2018

The Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend 2018 is on its way, taking place on 13th and 14th October 2018. Joining the event this year with a brewery artefacts exhibition and local historic displays, is The Sugar Store at Shepards Marina, owned by Cowes Harbour Commission and run

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Cowes hosts Contessa 26 Nationals


31/08/2018

The 2018 Contessa 26 National Championships is taking place in Cowes over this weekend, 1st and 2nd September. The event is hosted by the Island Sailing Club, and is sponsored via the Club by Wight Vodka. Shepards Marina is helpfully providing moorings for visiting boats at Rally

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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

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Lessons learned from harbour incidents and MAIB reports


31/07/2018

The cause of many leisure vessel incidents in Cowes Harbour can be traced back to just a couple of key factors, lack of proper preparation and planning. Last year, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) Patrol Officers were called to over 70 incidents that could have been avoided through proper

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Must read Notices and Lendy Cowes Week news


31/07/2018

Local Notice to Mariners No. 17(T) has now been issued for Lendy Cowes Week 2018 with details on start and finish lines, racing mark buoys, The Precautionary Area, plus safety and navigation advice. Additionally, skippers taking part in the regatta are advised to familiarise themselves with all

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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race – a mighty challenge


31/07/2018

The 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will start on Sunday, 12th August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes. This Race is undoubtedly one of the toughest of all yacht races. First organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in 1995, the 1,805nm course is reputedly harder

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Classic Boat Museum opens its doors


31/07/2018

We are pleased to hear that once again the Classic Boat Museum's yachts, motor and lifeboats are now open to view by the public in Cowes. Over 50 yachts and boats have a new home in Cowes in one of the historic boat sheds under the Hammerhead Crane.  The shed required extensive work to ensure

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Dredge and Works Licence Application - construction of lay-by berth


26/07/2018

Red Funnel applies for licences for the construction of the new lay-by berth in East Cowes. This application, submitted to Cowes Harbour Commission by Ramboll on behalf of the Red Funnel Group, seeks to secure consent to complete dredging and construction work to establish the new lay-by

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Welcome to Cowes Harbour Services


17/07/2018

A big welcome to our first newsletter for “Cowes Harbour Services”, the new division name for Cowes Harbour Commission’s marine services, including all our moorings, the Boatyard, storage options, fuel, and commercial operations. We have been busy with site improvements for the Cowes Harbour

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In the yard this month


17/07/2018

The 38ft classic yacht Whooper was built by Attrill’s yard in St Helens and launched in 1939. She has been far afield in her life to date, and now she’s back as a true Isle of Wight girl! Owner Giovanni Belgrano told us: “I’ve had Whooper for the past 18 years, and we are having tremendous

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Commercial marine projects


17/07/2018

Our multi-disciplinary afloat team at Cowes Harbour Services has been working hard on a variety of local marine contracts recently. These have included a diverse range of jobs for Red Funnel over the last few months, which are carried out at night where necessary to avoid disruption to ferry

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Spotlight on two of our team at the Boatyard


17/07/2018

Jon Lucas started working at Shepards Wharf in 1996, where his father had been Yard Manager for many years. Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) took over Shepards Wharf in 2001 and Jon then moved up to what was Kingston Marine Services to help set up the new boatyard for CHC in 2004. Now Boatyard Team

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Join us at Shepards for Lendy Cowes Week


17/07/2018

Shepards Marina is once again an official Lendy Cowes Week shoreside venue at this year’s regatta from Friday, 3rd to Saturday, 11th August. The friendly marina has a shoreside bar plus a fantastic range of entertainment planned, and will be open from breakfast until 0200 during the

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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

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2018 changes to General Directions


27/06/2018

Following completion of the statutory consultation process with the Harbour Advisory Committee, Chamber of Shipping and RYA, a revised set of Cowes Harbour General Directions has been ratified and will be introduced on 1st July 2018. General Direction 3.19 “VHF Communications within Cowes Harbour”

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July event highlights in Cowes


28/06/2018

Eight days to go (as of 28th June)The countdown is on to the 2018 Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay with 1,186 boats entered as we write. The start times and fleet flags are shown on the event website, with the first start at 0630 on Saturday, 7th July. The Sailing Instructions

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Consultation on Tranche 3 of Marine Conservation Zones


27/06/2018

Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has opened a public consultation on the third Tranche of the Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), to seek the public’s views on proposals to designate 41 new MCZs and to add new features for conservation in 12 existing MCZs. Sites

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Cowes welcomes new Harbour Commissioners


25/06/2018

The Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners (CHC) has recently welcomed James Evans and Steve Cooper as new members. James Evans has practised as a barrister in London since 1993, specialising in commercial law and with experience of international litigation and arbitration of inter-governmental

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Enjoy summer 2018 at Shepards Marina


13/06/2018

A big welcome to all our readers, whether you’ve been coming to Shepards Marina for many years, or have just signed up to our newsletters to find out more about what we do. Shepards Marina is one of Cowes Harbour’s main marina facilities and we offer a full range of services and amenities

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Test Webcam


29/06/2018

Annual Report 2017-18 published and Public Meeting agenda


21/05/2018

The Annual Report for 2017-2018 has now been published and is available to view and download from CHC’s website. • View the CHC Annual Report 2017-2018 The Harbour Master and Chief Executive’s Annual Summary of the Report focuses on six key issues that will form the framework for the

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Works Licence Application - Red Funnel Seabed Investigation


15/05/2018

Seabed Investigation at Red Funnel Terminal, East Cowes This application, submitted to Cowes Harbour Commission by Ramboll on behalf of the Red Funnel Group, seeks to secure consent to complete investigative work to establish the nature of the seabed, to depths of 30m, in the vicinity of the

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