"Looking back on 2019, I am pleased to report Cowes Harbour Commission’s investment into a dredged Eastern Channel connecting the Inner Fairway with the Solent saw the channel well utilised during its first full season and successfully helping to de-conflict leisure and commercial traffic in our busy harbour.
"This year has also seen the introduction of a new freight ferry operated by Red Funnel between Southampton and East Cowes, and just recently, East Cowes based Wight Shipyard has been celebrating its largest export order to date of four catamarans, continuing its success in the high speed ferry sector. It is excellent to see shipbuilding and marine industry in the harbour going from strength to strength.
"We have had an encouraging number of cruise ship calls to Cowes during 2019 and CHC continues a proactive programme of marketing Cowes as a boutique cruise destination. Earlier in December we attended the Cruise Britain Winter Event in London with a number of cruise line representatives and Cruise Britain members from all over the country. In the New Year, we will publish a preview of the 2020 cruise season to come, which will include a couple of very special maiden calls.
"2019 is drawing to a close and a new decade dawns ahead of us, but for those of you with boats still in the water, Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club offers a final sailing race with their ‘Boxing Day Scramble’ on 26th December. To all harbour users, a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Thank you to all our customers for your continuing support and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2020."Capt. Stuart McIntosh
- Cowes Harbour Master
• Read the 16th December 2019 CHC Newsletter