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Harbour and marine employment sites of strategic importance

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 Whippingham, and Medina Yard in Cowes. Cowes Outer Harbour Project (OHP) CHC continues to fulfil its commitments to the government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) led Outer Harbour Project and has been ready to deliver Phases 2 and 3 of the harbour infrastructure, a dredged Eastern Channel and extension to the Shrape breakwater, since December 2016. However, the 'Harbour read more

Winter 2016-17 water taxi service


25/10/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission has been informed by Sally Water Taxis that they will not be operating a service over the winter 2016-17. Therefore, CHC is now providing a water taxi service between the hours of 0900 and 1730, seven days a week, up to 31st March 2017. The 'Cowes Harbour Taxi' service is

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RORC relax 100ft limit for 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race


25/10/2016

Next summer’s pinnacle of offshore racing, the Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts from Cowes on Sunday, 6th August 2017, is likely to be an even greater spectacle, with the event being opened up to yachts larger than the 100ft Leopard and Commanche. The biennial event is the world’s biggest offshore

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IW Council Chain Ferry Works Licence Application


24/10/2016

The Isle of Wight Council has submitted a Works Licence Application to secure consent to complete remediation and improvement works to the Cowes Chain Ferry slipways at both East and West Cowes in order to accommodate the new Chain Ferry. The works are anticipated to take place between January and

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CHC recruiting for position of Assistant Harbour Master


18/10/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is looking to recruit an additional Assistant Harbour Master / Pilot to support and provide cover for the Harbour Master's team. Rod Hodgson, the current Deputy Harbour Master will be taking up a new role with another port in January. Reporting to the Harbour Master,

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CHC supports Visit Isle of Wight at World Travel Market


17/10/2016

In brief: Visit Isle of Wight looks to the global tourism market to grow visitor numbers over the next five years. Today (Monday, 17th October 2016), Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) has announced plans to showcase the Isle of Wight at the World Travel Market this November. This new initiative is one of

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Autumn 2016 news from Cowes Harbour Moorings


14/10/2016

Welcome to the Cowes Harbour Moorings autumn newsletter where you can find out about the new Cowes Harbour Moorings annual mooring holders' benefit for winter berthing at Shepards Wharf Marina, get information on water taxi services for winter 2016-17, and read some timely advice on looking after

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CHC Chairman's response to County Press letter


07/10/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission's response to the letter from Keith Hayden published in the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, 7th October 2016: With reference to Keith Hayden’s letter on the planned new Victoria Marina in East Cowes (CP, 07-10-16), Cowes Harbour Commission would like to provide

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End of season advice for boat owners in Cowes


06/10/2016

As the 2016 boating season draws to a close for most, we have been looking at what boat owners can do to prepare for winter and reduce the risk of damage to their craft. Working with leading online insurer, Craftinsure.com, we have identified some of the most common problems and can pass on the

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Autumn 2016 news from Kingston Marine Services


06/10/2016

The October 2016 newsletter from Kingston Marine Services promotes the new 'Boat Store' at the yard that offers year-round under cover storage, and tells you about some of the ordinary and extraordinary "special projects" that the KMS afloat team undertake on the River Medina and locally in the

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1st Class Covers joins onsite businesses at KMS


05/10/2016

1st Class Covers, who specialise in marine, automotive, domestic and commercial upholstery and cover work, have recently moved into Unit 8 in the main workshop at Kingston Marine Services. Owner Billy White started out as a young apprentice on the Isle of Wight, progressing to sailmaking at

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Decision made on final OHP design layout


26/09/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has now agreed the final Outer Harbour Project (OHP) design layout with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and their development partners Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate. Following consultation with Natural England, CHC is now applying to vary

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Pilot safety day at Shepards Wharf Marina


26/09/2016

The 2016 conference of the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA) was held in Cowes on 14th-15th September, in association with local lifejacket and coat manufacturer SeaSafe Systems who are celebrating their 50th anniversary of business. The second day of the conference concentrated on the

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Memories of Cowes Week 2016


26/09/2016

The title of overall Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week winner went again to Adam Gosling’s JPK10.80 Yes!, which finished the regatta counting only first places in IRC Class 3 to earn Gosling a class win and also victory in Black Group overall. Nigel Grogan’s Rehydrated gave a performance that

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Bertrand wins Etchells Worlds


26/09/2016

“I love coming to Cowes, it is one of my favourite places to sail anywhere in the world…” (Steve Benjamin) The 2016 Etchells World Championship, which was hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes from 5th-10th September, was won overall by Australian John Bertrand, representing the

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Cowes Cougar triumph for Curtis


26/09/2016

The 2016 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race will surely go down as the roughest ever run; only three boats made it to Torquay within the time limit and only two made it back to Cowes.With a calm ride through the Solent, the 14 starters were then faced with Force 7 westerly winds, which made the trip to

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New Kingston Boat Store opens for business


26/09/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is continuing a programme of investment into its Kingston Marine Services site in East Cowes with the recent development of a new indoor storage facility. The new ‘Kingston Boat Store’ on the top terrace has just opened for business, offering year-round under cover

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New CHC berth holders’ benefit


26/09/2016

We have been taking on board feedback received from our Cowes Harbour Moorings customers with regard to winter berthing in the harbour. As a result, CHC has taken the decision to introduce a discount on winter berthing at Shepards Wharf Marina, exclusively for Cowes Harbour Moorings annual berth

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Army divers train in Cowes Harbour


26/09/2016

At the beginning of September Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) welcomed a team of Army divers into Cowes for a training exercise held alongside the Red Ensign training ship MV Sea Trident. The Marchwood based 10-strong team arrived on their dive support vessel, mooring alongside Sea Trident, to

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Applications open for marine apprenticeship at Shepards


13/09/2016

Applications are now open for an exciting new Port Operative Apprenticeship, which commences in autumn 2016 at Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes. This is an excellent opportunity for young people with enthusiasm for working in a marine environment and a great way to start your career. As an

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Etchells teams from around the globe prepare for Worlds


31/08/2016

Fifty-eight teams from all over the world have entered the 2016 Etchells World Championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes, with racing scheduled from 5th-10th September. Entries include at least 13 current and past Etchells World Champions, as well as Olympic medallists,

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56 years of powerboat racing at Cowes


30/08/2016

This weekend (3rd - 4th September 2016) will see the 56th year of offshore powerboat racing at Cowes. Once again the Solent will reverberate to the sound of high powered, high octane powerboats when the Cowes Classic 2016 Powerboat Race roars into town. Just as the hubbub of Cowes Week has died

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Autumn refit and winter ashore made easy


26/08/2016

Kingston Marine Boatyard in East Cowes, one of the biggest yards on the River Medina, is a convenient place to come ashore for an autumn refit with extensive facilities for up to 150 boats from the easily trailered to yachts and motor boats up to 40 tonnes. The Boatyard is now taking bookings for

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