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Judges charmed by the Sound of the Sea

Judges charmed by the Sound of the Sea 31/01/2019

A Natural Response Wins Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition A sculpture design inspired by the Isle of Wight’s seaside heritage, natural beauty and the seascape and shore sculptures of the great 20th century British sculptor, Dame Barbara Hepworth has won the competition to produce a theoretical design for a piece to be sited on the Cowes Breakwater in the historic maritime harbour. Despite the strength of the field, an impressive 29 entries from four schools and home-taught students, Sound of the Sea, designed and named by Year 9 GCSE Art & Design student Ada Kohlmaier-Sims of The Island Free School was considered “an elegant and eloquent response to the read more

Sheltered winter berthing at Shepards


10/10/2018

Cowes Harbour Shepards Marina offers great value winter berthing rates afloat in the marina or ashore in the serviced yard. Conveniently located on Medina Road near the Chain Ferry, Shepards Marina is just two minutes from Cowes High Street and within easy reach of nearby transport links to the

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Sailing is not just for summer


10/10/2018

In addition to the full marina facilities available at Shepards Marina, there are several independent businesses based on-site; the Basque Kitchen restaurant, Solent Sails, Island Divers, Salty Sailing, and RigIt UK. This month, we hear from recently launched sailing school ‘Salty

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Red Funnel ferry incident in Cowes Harbour


27/09/2018

The Red Funnel vehicle ferry MV Red Eagle, whilst departing East Cowes for Southampton at 0530 this morning (Thursday, 27th September), had an incident in the Inner Fairway of Cowes Harbour. In restricted visibility, the Red Eagle departed the fairway in the vicinity of the No. 4A beacon and

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New Cowes webcams


26/09/2018

New to the Cowes Harbour Commission website this month are three webcams for stakeholders to view online. The webcams use images taken from the Cowes Harbour CCTV system, which is in operation 24hrs a day. The images are updated every five seconds and provide an overview of what is happening

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Small Ships Race and Tall Ships


26/09/2018

Every year, on the first Saturday in October, a unique fleet gathers in Cowes, when up to 25 UK Sail Training vessels used to teach teamwork and life skills to young people, meet for their annual Small Ships Race. The race is like no other; 100-year-old gaff rigged vessels compete with modern

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Cowes Offshore model powerboat racing


26/09/2018

The Offshore Model Racing Association (OMRA) is to hold its first ever race at Cowes, on 29th and 30th September 2018, at Trinity Landing by The Parade. OMRA races use powerful offshore race boats 4-6ft long, similar in design to their full-size Deep V and Catamaran counterparts, and often

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Little Britain 2018 race report


26/09/2018

The great and the good of the construction industry started arriving on Thursday evening, 13th September for the 31st running of the Little Britain Challenge Cup, together with the majestic 32 metre Baltic Trader Queen Galadriel, host ship of The Cirdan Sailing Trust, which berthed on the outer

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Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition launches


31/08/2018

The Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition was launched on Monday, 3rd September 2018 to find an inspirational design idea for an iconic “welcome” landmark to be sited on the detached Cowes Breakwater at the mouth of Cowes Harbour, on the Isle of Wight. Organisers Cowes Harbour Commission

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Marine manufacturing and the Medina


31/08/2018

Navigating a path to economic growth and protecting jobs - Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh talks to Tom Stroud of the Chamber’s Island Business Magazine about how Cowes Harbour Commission balances the views of stakeholders on “the main road into the Island”. Read the interview on the IW

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IW Council consultation on future regeneration


31/08/2018

Earlier in the summer, the Isle of Wight Council launched its draft Regeneration Strategy with the aim of ensuring the Island becomes an inspiring place to grow up, live, work and visit. Following July’s Regeneration Conference, the discussion about the new draft strategy continues online with a

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Cruise ships calling at Cowes


31/08/2018

Wednesday, 22nd August saw cruise ship MS Europa, operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, pay a visit to the Isle of Wight, anchoring off Cowes and tendering her passengers in to Trinity Landing. Visit Isle of Wight’s Travel Ambassadors, along with our own German speaking Moorings Administrator from

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Little Britain Challenge Cup preview


31/08/2018

The third weekend in September sees the return of the Little Britain Challenge Cup 2018, an annual regatta for the construction industry organised since 1988. This year, therefore, is its 31st running. The event grew from the very modest beginnings of three co-consultants on one particular

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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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