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Port Master Plan for Cowes

Port Master Plan for Cowes 22/02/2017
A ‘Port Master Plan’ for Cowes, that aims to address harbour and marine stakeholder development issues, is being proposed by Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and major stakeholders following extensive consultation. Cowes Harbour is renowned as the maritime gateway to the Isle of Wight and is a major contributor to the economy of the whole Island.A key objective in CHC’s Strategic Plan for 2016-21 is the development of a stakeholder driven ‘Port Master Plan’. This is in direct response to feedback from stakeholders on the need for a strategic harbour and marine services development plan, based on the current read more...

Works Licence Application - 01/2015

A Cowes Harbour Commission Works Licence Application has been received for the construction of a walkway and 10m floating pontoon as detailed below; a diagram of the proposed works is also available for read more...

BBC Radio Solent visits the Cowes Breakwater

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) welcomed Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Shelley Jory-Leigh to Cowes last week for the recording of BBC Radio Solent's The H20 Show. They visited the new Cowes Breakwater and read more...

Invitation to CHC Annual Public Meeting

Each year the Commission publishes its Annual Report and Accounts, and holds a Public Meeting for presentation to stakeholders. Our 2015 Annual Public Meeting takes place on 21st May at the Island Sailing read more...

Safety of navigation in Cowes Harbour

The principal aim of CHC’s harbour patrol and enforcement policy is to educate and advise harbour users of safety on the water, including relevant Cowes General Directions, and help all mariners safely read more...

Cowes tide heights explained

All sailors and boaters will be well aware of the periodic phenomenon of the tides, one of the most reliable phenomena in the world. We have received several requests for a specific explanation of tide read more...

Cowes Port Handbook 2015-2016 out now

The new Cowes Port Handbook has now been distributed and you can pick up your copy from the Harbour Office at Town Quay, from local yacht clubs, marinas, pubs, chandlers and other shops around Cowes and read more...

Springtime on the Medina Estuary

Spring is a great time to explore the Medina Estuary, both on and off the water. With the start of the new sailing season, lots of visitors and spring sunshine there’s an energetic buzz around the place. read more...

Cowes RNLI Yellow Welly Day

Cowes RNLI’s "Yellow Welly Day" is coming soon! On Monday, 4th May 2015 Cowes Lifeboat Station will be holding a fundraising Yellow Welly Day as part of a national RNLI initiative called read more...

May 2015 events in Cowes Harbour

The sailing season in Cowes is well underway now and the first two weekends in May will see the start of the Cowes Keelboat Solent Series and Cowes Keelboat Championship respectively. The Etchells read more...

Appointments to Cowes Harbour Board

Appointment announced of two new Commissioners to the Cowes Harbour Board, Christopher Preston and Jonathan Gillespie, and the re-appointment of David Riley as a Commissioner. Cowes Harbour read more...

Job vacancy - Part-time fuel berth operator

Cowes Harbour Commission requires a Fuel Berth Operator to join our team at our busy Marine Fuelling Pontoon on the River Medina. Duties include fuelling visiting craft, taking deliveries using our read more...

Final phase of Cowes Breakwater construction

2015 is set be a landmark year for Cowes Harbour with the final stages of works on the new detached Breakwater commencing in June and construction due to be completed by October.Following a successful read more...

Annual Public Meeting and launch of Strategic Policy Document

CHC’s Annual Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, 21st May 2015 and in addition to a full update on the Cowes Harbour Breakwater Project, the main focus of the meeting will be on the launch of the read more...

Tidal flows in Cowes Harbour

There was extensive tidal flow modelling prior to construction of the new detached Breakwater and whilst this modelling did predict certain changes to the tidal rates and directions within the harbour, read more...

Video - The CHC Advisory Committee explained

Ben Willows, Chairman of the Cowes Harbour Commission Advisory Committee (and Deputy Chief Executive of UKSA in Cowes), talks about the role and importance of the Advisory Committee and how harbour users read more...

Progress towards new Victoria Marina in East Cowes

Another milestone has just been reached to bring the proposed new Victoria Marina in East Cowes closer to fruition with news published of an agreement signed between preferred developer Camper & read more...

Calendar of Cowes yachting events

In just a few days' time, the 2015 sailing season in Cowes will get going with the RORC Easter Challenge and JOG’s Cowes - Cherbourg - Cowes Race, both taking place over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend read more...

February breakwater works in Cowes

We can now bring you the first news on this year’s breakwater construction works. Following a winter monitoring and settlement period of the new breakwater’s gravel core, Cowes Harbour Commission’s read more...

Commissioner selection panel

CHC would like to thank all those who responded to our recent advertising campaign for three new Harbour Commissioners; we received a good number of applications and have now commenced a shortlisting read more...

River Medina annual moorings

Going, going, gone! We still have some availability on annual moorings in Cowes Harbour, mainly in the Folly area of the River Medina, with tariffs starting from just £53 or £59 per metre per annum read more...

Marine Conservation Zones - MCZs

On 30th January 2015, Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) published a consultation on the second tranche of proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) for the UK; the consultation read more...

Admiral de Horsey and the 19th century campaign for a breakwater

The proposal for a breakwater to protect Cowes Harbour from northerly and northeasterly winds was, in fact, first tabled in 18601 by Admiral de Horsey, a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron and one of read more...




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