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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

Annual mooring licence renewals 2018


18/12/2017

All Cowes Harbour annual mooring holders should have received an invitation to renew their mooring for 2018, and we would be grateful if you could please return the annual licence renewal form to us as soon as possible. • Please note that annual mooring renewal payments are due by Friday, 5th

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Christmas comes this time each year


18/12/2017

Christmas comes this time each year, and all those Christmas songs, remind us of the cheer and fun, and where the heart belongs. Families nestled round the tree, with brightly coloured lights, please spare a thought for those at sea suffering long and lonely

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CHC promotes cruise calls to Cowes - Isle of Wight


28/11/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission is working proactively with Destination Cowes and the Island’s tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight to promote Cowes as a unique destination port-of-call, encouraged by the rising demand in the cruise ship market, including growth in the Northern European luxury cruise

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Emergency response training exercise


29/11/2017

On Friday, 24th November, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) afloat teams from Kingston Marine Services and Shepards Wharf Marina underwent a day of emergency response refresher training covering oil spill response, vessel towing, fire fighting, and man overboard rescues. CHC’s working vessels

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IW Council update on Chain Ferry


29/11/2017

The Isle of Wight Council (IWC) stated in a press release on 8th November that the findings from a review into the design, build and delivery of the new Cowes Floating Bridge (Chain Ferry) will be made public in January 2018. Alongside the review, major efforts are ongoing into bringing the

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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

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Annual Moorings Survey results


30/10/2017

We would like to thank all our customers who completed the recent Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings questionnaire. The survey closed on Friday, 20th October with 212 entries submitted, a very good return and representing over 40% of annual mooring holders. We are keen to listen to what our customers

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Community projects for Cowes Harbour


30/10/2017

Last month, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) proposed a number of community-based projects that CHC could potentially help facilitate for the harbour and River Medina. After discussion and feedback from September’s Harbour Advisory Committee meeting, the focus will be on expanding opportunities for

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CHC Marine Services Review 2017


30/10/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has recently completed a review of its marine services, which comprise Shepards Wharf Marina, Kingston Marine Services, Cowes Harbour Moorings and Cowes Harbour Fuels. Regular reviews are carried out in order to ensure that the Commission provides and invests in

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Water taxi service stakeholder dividend


30/10/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission invites all water taxi operators to apply for a stakeholder dividend towards the delivery of a reliable water taxi service for mooring holders, stakeholders and visitors to Cowes and the River Medina, for the 2018 season. Full details on qualifying criteria,

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economia magazine interviews CHC Chairman


30/10/2017

economia, the business, finance and accountancy magazine, has interviewed CHC Chairman David Riley for their October publication. David Riley, a veteran of the financial world, and partner at haysmacintyre, combines accountancy with his passion for sailing as Chairman of Cowes Harbour

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Secure winter berthing at Shepards


03/10/2017

Treat your boat to a safe and sheltered winter berth: Once again, you can enjoy all the benefits of a marina this winter with great value, sheltered winter berthing at Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes. From 1st November 2017 to 31st March 2018, Shepards is offering winter berthing on a

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Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings Survey 2017


28/09/2017

Cowes Harbour Moorings is conducting a survey to find out our customers' views on Annual Moorings, to help inform Cowes Harbour Commission's continued investment into our mooring facilities. Unless you have already completed the 'Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings Survey', you may fill in the

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Harbour water taxi service provision


28/09/2017

In order to ensure harbour users had a 7-days-a-week water taxi service, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has been providing a stakeholder subsidy contribution to Cowes Water Taxis Ltd for the 2017 season. This subsidy was discussed and agreed with the Harbour Advisory Committee at the beginning of

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Vacancy for Harbour Designated Person


28/09/2017

Maintaining a safe harbour for all users is Cowes Harbour Commission’s overriding priority. In accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has an appointed ‘Designated Person’ with direct access to the Board of Commissioners who provides independent assurance about

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Limit your speed and wash


28/09/2017

You’ve had a great day on the water, a delightful run ashore for dinner and you’ve arrived safely back aboard for a peaceful night in your bunk. You’re just drifting off when you hear an ominous rumble drawing closer at a worrying pace. You prick up your ears at the sound of shouts from adjacent

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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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Winter boat storage savings in East Cowes


18/09/2017

For winter 2017-2018, Kingston Marine Boatyard is offering competitively priced winter storage both in the yard and under cover in the ‘Kingston Boat Store’. If you bring your boat ashore between now and 8th December 2017, and stay until 31st March 2018, you will receive free weeks of

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Kingston Marine Services autumn 2017 newsletter


18/09/2017

Welcome to the Kingston Marine Services autumn 2017 newsletter. Click on the link below to read all about: • Winter storage savings • Yacht refit projects • Night works for Red Funnel • Seaclear survey • Island Yacht Refinishing joins onsite businesses •

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Wavedancer fit out at Kingston Boatyard


20/09/2017

Wavedancer’s story: Back when Sir Robin Knox-Johnson wanted a boat to take part in The Golden Globe, he initially turned to Lymington-based British designer Colin Mudie; so when a new, part completed 60ft cutter rigged sloop, also designed by Colin, came onto the market - it was a proposition

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