"Daylight savings came to an end last weekend, moving the UK into Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and back from British Summer Time (BST), whilst in Cowes the final racing event of the season was held by the Cowes Etchells fleet," writes Capt. Stuart McIntosh
"Since our newsletter earlier in the month, and as many harbour users will be aware from widespread local and national reporting, on 21st October a Red Funnel vehicle ferry had an incident in the harbour in thick fog. Cowes Harbour Commission is fully aware of the concerns raised by a further Red Funnel incident. I would like to confirm that CHC, Red Funnel and the appropriate authorities are taking these incidents extremely seriously.
"As a result of the investigation into the Red Funnel incident in September, and prior to the incident above, CHC issued a temporary General Direction restricting the movement of large vessels if visibility was 0.1 nautical miles or less. Following this second incident and after discussions with relevant stakeholders, this temporary General Direction has now been updated, as detailed in the lead story below.
"I would like to remind stakeholders that the safety of harbour users remains CHC’s top priority. However, whilst investigations are under way to identify lessons learnt and implement them to further improve navigational safety in the harbour, we are duty bound to ensure that we maintain Cowes as an “open port” and not to jeopardise vital emergency links to the mainland."
• 31st October 2018 CHC Newsletter