"Cowes is one of the busiest leisure ports in the UK and during the summer months the density of small craft can present a challenge for skippers of leisure craft," writes Capt. Stuart McIntosh
. "In this busy marine environment, Cowes Harbour Commission’s number one priority and overriding objective is always maintaining safety in the harbour.
"CHC’s navigational safety policy is based on a continuing, formal assessment and mitigation of risk in consultation with river users. Our policy for enforcement is to ensure effective distribution of harbour regulations, such as Local Notices to Mariners and General Directions, along with a clear emphasis on education to harbour users, leaving enforcement via prosecution as a last resort.
"The fundamental principles of good seamanship are unchanging, whatever new technology is introduced, so please remember to watch your speed and wash, keep a good lookout, including astern, and have consideration for other boaters whilst navigating in Cowes Harbour and the Medina River.
"For detailed safety information, do see our website sections on Approaches to Cowes and Small Craft Navigation. Additionally, our Harbour Patrol Officers, who are contactable on VHF Channel 69, are on the water daily and can help with general enquiries and advice, or give mooring instructions.
"Wishing you all an enjoyable and safe summer of boating in Cowes."
• 28th June 2018 CHC Newsletter