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14th May 2019 CHC Newsletter

14th May 2019 CHC Newsletter

14 May 2019
"I’m pleased to report that next week will see Cowes Harbour Commission’s Annual Public Meeting taking place at the Island Sailing Club, on Thursday 23rd May, starting at 7pm," writes Capt. Stuart McIntosh. Full details are in our news article below and I look forward to seeing as many as possible of our E-newsletter readers there on the evening.

This month we are glad to welcome two new Commissioners to our Board, Islanders Steve Sheridan and Vanessa Clifford, who will be joining us at the Annual Public Meeting. At the same time, we have had to say farewell to two retiring Commissioners and I would like to thank Jeff Armitage for his huge support and contribution to CHC over nine years, and also Roy Lambden for his contribution over the last three years.

As you may have seen in the local media, there have been a couple of incidents in the harbour recently, which are being investigated by CHC as is standard practice. Over the Easter weekend, a yacht was set-down by the tide and collided with the Chain Ferry on the east side of the River Medina. As the harbour becomes busier during the season, it’s advisable to remember to give yourself plenty of sea room when intending to pass the Chain Ferry, especially on strong spring ebb tides; adopt the normal practice of good seamanship and for example, stem the tide with your boat until there is a clear passage available.

Additionally, an incident occurred within the Inner Harbour early on Monday, 6th May when a RIB and a small powerboat caught fire on ‘G’ pontoon, opposite the Whitegates Public Landing Pontoon on the west side of the Medina. Fire damage was also sustained to part of Cowes Harbour Commission’s (CHC's) mooring pontoon and minor damage to a few other moored yachts. Emergency response procedures were initiated and the relevant authorities were advised. CHC’s incident investigation is ongoing, however, the Isle of Wight Police have informed CHC that there are no reports of the fire being started by criminal damage, and an electrical fault is the most likely cause.

As always, please remember to regularly check the current Cowes Local Notices to Mariners for new issues, of which there has been one so far in May, and do consider signing up to receive Notices if you are not already subscribed.

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