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Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming 01/10/2021

The weather over the past few days has given us a reminder that winter is on its way.  It’s time to make plans for what you are doing with your boat now the season is all but over.  You may want to leave it out in the river.  Alternatively, you know what you are doing but fancy a change on who does it for you.  Or maybe you’re thinking of bringing it into the safety of the marina.  Better be quick for that, though, as Shepards Marina is almost full for the winter already.  You may be thinking, instead, of bringing it ashore.  Also at Shepards Marina, we have great value winter storage.  Our dry sailing packages feature either an unlimited or a 6 lift read more

Sugar Store open for RTI 2021

Sugar Store open for RTI 2021


24/06/2021

Over the weekend of the Round the Island Race, the new look Sugar Store will be open, serving fantastic pizzas and a superb range of cold beers, ciders and wines.With 20 tables of six indoors and a further 20 tables along the pier, this is the perfect venue to relax and enjoy the pre and après

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CHC team members achieve Advanced Powerboat COC

CHC team members achieve Advanced Powerboat COC


11/05/2021

Four CHC team members including two Patrol Officers have successfully completed the Advanced Powerboat CoC & Commercial Endorsement training with Cowes-based Rebel Marine. Congratulations are due to Dan Westwood, Jason Moore, Jack Jones and Troy Denham who have recently all passed the

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New Cowes Weather Station goes live

New Cowes Weather Station goes live


01/04/2021

Environmental monitoring stations deliver tide and weather data for harbour users Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and OceanWise Ltd. have completed a Stakeholder Benefit project to install two environmental monitoring stations on the River Medina to provide harbour users with tide and weather

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Sailing into spring

Sailing into spring


01/04/2021

Blooming daffodils, warmer weather and the sun's position in the sky are some of the ways we define the beginning of spring, which astronomically started on 20th March this year. For us sailors and boaters however, one of the key dates this spring is Monday, 12th April when lockdown restrictions

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Water taxi services for 2021

Water taxi services for 2021


01/04/2021

CHC will continue to subsidise the water taxi service throughout the 2021 season as a Stakeholder Benefit for harbour users.  Based on the continuing special circumstances of the Covid-19 situation, it has been decided to retain Cowes Water Taxis as the provider for another season, during

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Cowes Harbour news on roadmap out of lockdown

Cowes Harbour news on roadmap out of lockdown


03/03/2021

From 8th March, the UK Government will start to lift restrictions in England with a four-step roadmap that offers a route back to a more normal life. Cowes Harbour Commission welcomes the confirmation that outdoor sport and recreation will be the first activity after education to be released from

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Spring dredging works in the harbour

Spring dredging works in the harbour


03/03/2021

We have decided to carry out a routine maintenance dredge of Shepards Marina ahead of the season, which for operational reasons is coinciding with various other dredging works in the harbour, including a maintenance dredge at UKSA, and dredging to prepare for Wight Shipyard’s construction of a

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Coronavirus statement

Coronavirus statement


08/01/2021

Updated Friday, 8th January 2021 CHC Coronavirus update on marine leisure activities Following clarification from the Department for Transport on guidance relating to boating and leisure activities, it has been confirmed that boating is allowed as exercise in England. This covers all

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Cowes Harbour Commission appoints new CEO

Cowes Harbour Commission appoints new CEO


06/01/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Hall as new CEO. Mr Hall will start on 1st February 2021 with a planned CEO handover date following the Board meeting on 26th February.Mr Hall will be moving to the Island with his family to immerse himself in the new

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Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 opening times

Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 opening times


15/12/2020

Festive opening and operation times for Cowes Harbour Commission, Shepards Marina and Cowes Harbour Services are shown below. Harbour Office: Cowes Harbour Office will close for the Christmas break at 1700 on Thursday, 24th December 2020 and re-open at 0900 on Monday, 4th January 2021. Emergency:

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Mooring licence renewals for 2021

Mooring licence renewals for 2021


14/12/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission annual mooring holders have recently been sent an invitation to renew their mooring for 2021. If you hold an annual mooring, we would be grateful if you could return the annual licence renewal form to us as soon as possible. • Please note annual mooring renewal payments

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Virtual Annual Public Meeting

Virtual Annual Public Meeting


17/11/2020

CHC’s Annual Public Meeting, which has been delayed from May due to Government COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings, will now take place online via a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, 16th December 2020 at 1900hrs. Invitations and a link to join the virtual Annual Public Meeting will be emailed out

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New Harbour Engineer for CHC

New Harbour Engineer for CHC


17/11/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is delighted to announce the promotion of Port Operative Jeremy Smither to the newly created role of Harbour Engineer for Cowes. As Harbour Engineer, Jeremy Smither will provide support to the Marine Services Manager Jock Rafferty and be responsible for the

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Cowes Harbour Commission to recruit new CEO

Cowes Harbour Commission to recruit new CEO


21/09/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission has confirmed that after over 20 years as CEO/Harbour Master, Captain Stuart McIntosh is planning to retire in 2021. Stuart made the decision last year and since then work has been underway with the Board of Commissioners to split his combined role of Harbour Master and

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Spring finally comes to Cowes

Spring finally comes to Cowes


21/09/2020

It was heartening to see the Cowes Spring Classics regatta, rescheduled from its original May date due to the Coronavirus pandemic, take place over the weekend of 4th-6th September. The regatta for classic yachts was sailed in picture perfect conditions, with sunny skies and a good sailing

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Job vacancy - Harbour Port Operative - Afloat

Job vacancy - Harbour Port Operative - Afloat


21/09/2020

We are looking to recruit an experienced Port Operative to work throughout our Marina and Boatyard, and on all our vessels. Cowes Harbour Services offers a wide ride of marine-based services both ashore and afloat. This role will require both team and individual work in a variety of environments

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Love Your Harbour

Love Your Harbour


29/06/2020

“Love Your Harbour” is a new campaign that raises awareness of discharging toilet waste from boats. Discharging untreated sewage from a boat in a harbour is extremely damaging and anti-social. Contamination has adverse effects on bathing water quality, marine ecosystems including coastal wildlife

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Trinity Landing open to visitors

Trinity Landing open to visitors


17/06/2020

The bridge connecting the Trinity Landing floating pontoons to The Parade has now been reopened following the completion of maintenance work to re-paint the walkway structure and entrance gates. Short stay visitors are now permitted at Trinity Landing, as well as at Shepards Marina, Town

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CHC publishes 2019-2020 Annual Report

CHC publishes 2019-2020 Annual Report


16/06/2020

In brief: Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has published its Annual Report for 2019-2020. This report captures the key events and activities of 2019 measured against the objectives set out in CHC’s Strategic Plan for public record. Writing in his annual summary, Cowes Harbour Master Capt.

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COVID-19: “stay off the water” message continues

COVID-19: “stay off the water” message continues


04/05/2020

In line with the UK Government’s continued guidance to make only essential trips and to observe social distancing at all times, the message to harbour users is still, please “stay off the water”. Cowes Harbour Commission can report that the majority of boat owners are complying with the

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