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Coronavirus statement

Coronavirus statement 18/05/2020

Updated Monday, 18th May 2020: COWES HARBOUR COMMISSION (CHC) VISITOR PONTOONS - Cowes Harbour Commission’s temporary policy for CHC visitor pontoons at Cowes is for no short stay berthing or overnight berthing. Therefore, in this current phase of lockdown release CHC is not recommending that visitors should come over to Cowes with their boats from the mainland or even from other Island harbours. CHC will keep this policy under review in line with UK Government guidance and inform harbour users on any further updates. Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020: Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday evening, 10th May, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has read more

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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New Cowes Harbour Handbook 2020


04/05/2020

In spite of the current challenges being faced, the Cowes Harbour Handbook 2020-21 has been published in digital format and is now online on CHC’s website, on publisher Style of Wight’s website, and available for all to view. We hope the Handbook, which includes an exclusive interview with Sir Ben

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CHC recruits for new Works and Asset Manager role


14/01/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is currently recruiting for the new position of ‘Works & Asset Manager’. This is a permanent project management role with responsibility for the day-to-day maintenance and procurement of all CHC’s marine and property assets (including moorings, vessels,

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Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020 opening times


16/12/2019

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 Monday, 24th December 2019 and re-open at 0900 on Thursday, 2nd January

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CHC marine services Schedule of Charges 2020-2021


16/12/2019

The 2020-2021 Cowes Harbour Commission Schedule of Charges & Special Offers for marine services has just been published and you can view and download the leaflet from our website. Copies will be available to pick up at all CHC sites by this Friday, 20th December. • View the Schedule

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Annual moorings availability for 2020


20/11/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission provides a wide choice of annual mooring and berthing options in the Central Solent. As we near the end of the year, it will soon be time for us to invite our annual mooring holders to renew their mooring for 2020. There are always a few boat owners who wish to change to

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2019 Little Britain regatta report


16/10/2019

Once again the great and the good of the construction industry started arriving on Thursday, 12th September at Shepards Marina for the 32nd running of the Little Britain Challenge Cup, an annual event that was borne out of one construction project (Little Britain, a street in London) whose

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Hassle-free laying up at Cowes Harbour


30/09/2019

As the nights draw in, it’s the time when thoughts turn to preparing for winter, whether that’s taking your boat out of the water to lay up in a Boatyard for a winter’s refit, moving your vessel into a marina to enjoy easy access to shoreside facilities, or finding the ideal self-storage for your

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Job vacancies with CHC


25/09/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission is currently recruiting to fill three vacancies; if you are interested, please see the "Jobs" section on our website. The positions open are: Patrol Officer; Marina / Port Operative; and Part-Time Receptionist.Applications close on Friday, 4th October 2019.

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Essential safety information for boat users at Cowes


07/08/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission’s number one priority and responsibility is to maintain a safe harbour for all. Equally, it is the responsibility of all boat owners, agents, charterers, marinas, yacht clubs and sailing organisations to ensure the Cowes Harbour General Directions and Local Notices to

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What’s new for Cowes Week 2019


07/08/2019

This is going to be a very special Cowes Week as organisers integrate SailGP as a feature event of the first weekend. The Cowes Week Sailing Instructions have been updated so that hopefully racing can be completed in all reasonably normal wind scenarios, bearing in mind that well known saying

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Invitation to CHC Annual Public Meeting 23rd May 2019


14/05/2019

Stop Press - Free Water Taxi Service from East Cowes to CHC Annual Public MeetingCHC's operators Cowes Water Taxis have agreed to work with CHC to provide a free water taxi service for stakeholders in East Cowes wishing to attend CHC's Annual Public Meeting in Cowes on Thursday evening, 23rd May

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Get to know two of our Team


03/05/2019

Dan Westwood is our Senior Berthing Master and Patrol Officer on the river and enjoys the varied and all encompassing nature of his job, from towing in broken down vessels to patrolling around the harbour, welcoming and helping visitors to berth both in Shepards Marina and on our many

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Accounts and Office Administrator vacancy at Shepards Marina


13/03/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission is looking to recruit a full time Accounts & Office Administrator. The Accounts & Office Administrator is responsible for the efficient running of all aspects of the accounting function at Shepards Marina and has overall responsibility for the running of the

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New Harbour Assist software


05/03/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission will be launching a new customer accounts system within the next few days. The new Cloud based harbour and marina management software, Harbour Assist, will bring substantial benefits to both customers and staff by streamlining the running of our business. In switching to a

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Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019 opening times


20/12/2018

See below for Cowes Harbour Office, Shepards Marina, Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard, and Fuel Berth opening hours, plus water taxi operating times. Harbour Office: Cowes Harbour Office at Town Quay will close for the Christmas break at 1300 on Friday, 21st December 2018 and re-open

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Ocean Youth Trust South season review


20/12/2018

Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) South, a frequent visitor to Cowes Harbour, is a charity that uses ‘adventure under sail’ as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, taking them to sea in their 30-metre vessel Prolific. Mark Todd, Chief Executive for OYT South said: “I am

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Merry Christmas from Shepards Marina


12/12/2018

• Season's Greetings from Shepards Marina, Cowes, Isle of Wight!

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Sheltered winter berthing at Shepards


10/10/2018

Cowes Harbour Shepards Marina offers great value winter berthing rates afloat in the marina or ashore in the serviced yard. Conveniently located on Medina Road near the Chain Ferry, Shepards Marina is just two minutes from Cowes High Street and within easy reach of nearby transport links to the

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Sailing is not just for summer


10/10/2018

In addition to the full marina facilities available at Shepards Marina, there are several independent businesses based on-site; the Basque Kitchen restaurant, Solent Sails, Island Divers, Salty Sailing, and RigIt UK. This month, we hear from recently launched sailing school ‘Salty

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