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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 data allowing commercial and leisure vessels to make timely safety related navigational decisions. A fixed weather station at Shepards Marina provides tide height and visibility information, whilst a floating weather station in the main harbour provides information on harbour wind speed and direction, temperature, and barometric pressure. The tide and weather sensors feed data to the online read more

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


01/04/2021

CHC will be continuing its support throughout the 2021 season for a water taxi service 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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Work with us - Seasonal Patrol Officer and Part-time Receptionist


26/03/2021

Two more job vacancies are now open with Cowes Harbour Commission. We are recruiting for a Summer Season Patrol Officer to join the Harbour Team, patrolling the river, and helping to enforce Harbour Authority rules. Powerboat Level 2 qualification is preferred, and commercially endorsed.

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Work with us - Seasonal Marina Operative job vacancy


24/03/2021

Shepards Marina is recruiting a Marina Operative to join our busy marina team during the summer season. We are looking for someone with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, who can assist in all aspects of marina operations throughout the summer season. Previous experience in marina operations would

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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