Mooring Location Chartlet
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1. M Row
From May to October, M row is laid west of the harbour entrance between Egypt Point and the Royal Yacht Squadron. Heavy duty yellow/orange swinging moorings provide deep water moorings for vessels up to 25m LOA and are particularly popular during Cowes Week.
2. J Row
For events between June and August, J row is laid to the east of the harbour entrance and south of the Snowden buoy, for vessels between 10-25m LOA.
3. Day Class Event Moorings
In July, around 150 extra swinging moorings for small day class racing vessels up to 8m LOA are laid to the northeast and south of the Cowes Breakwater in preparation for Cowes Classics Week and Cowes Week. All other buoys south of the breakwater are licensed annual berths.
4. Trinity Landing
Trinity Landing, located just inside the entrance to Cowes Harbour, provides walk-ashore access to Cowes town. Used for short stays, and overnight moorings during calm weather. The outside, fairway side of Trinity Landing is for pick up and drop off only, except by prior arrangement with the Harbour Master for large vessels of interest. Leisure craft can moor on the inside of the pontoon under the direction and control of the Harbour Master.
5. Main Harbour Swinging Moorings
Licensed for 12 months for cruiser class vessels and seven months for day class vessels giving annual moorings with easy access to the Solent.
6. Town Quay
Step ashore at Town Quay for direct access to Cowes High Street. Next to the Red Jet terminal and in front of the Harbour Office, the pontoons provide mooring for vessels up to 9m LOA, generally for short stays and particularly popular with RIBs during events and at weekends. Cowes water taxis also operate from Town Quay. There is a free scrubbing berth for vessels up to 10.6m LOA.
7. Cowes Harbour Shepards Marina
Shepards Marina is a popular marina offering affordable visitor and annual berthing to all sailors. Berths include water and electricity, free Wi-Fi, toilets and shower facilities, site-wide CCTV. Visitors can book in advance subject to availability. Discounted rates are available for rallies of six or more boats, sailing schools, and winter berthing.
8. Whitegates Visitor Pontoons
A quieter alternative to staying in a marina and a popular choice for multiple nights and during events. No walk-ashore access so visitors will need to use the water taxis or a tender to get ashore. They represent excellent value, and many are suitable for deeper draught vessels.
9. Whitegates River Pontoons
These mid-stream pontoons are conveniently located between the Chain Ferry and Medina Wharf and are only five minutes from the entrance to Cowes Harbour, offering annual moorings with easy access to the Solent. The pontoons are only accessible by tender or water taxi.
10. Folly Reach Pontoons
Very popular river pontoons in the scenic Folly Reach area, offering annual moorings with easy access to the Folly Inn and only 15-25 mins from the Solent. The pontoons are only accessible by tender or water taxi.
11. Folly Reach Swinging Moorings
AA combination of deep-water and semi-tidal swinging annual moorings, on the west and east side of the fairway south of No. 10 beacon. The moorings are licensed for 12 months.
12. Pile Moorings
There are two rows of pile moorings for annual berths on the River Medina. One row is at Whitegates, immediately south of the Chain Ferry on the east bank, and the other row is opposite the Folly Inn.
13. Folly Visitor Pontoons
Very popular visitor pontoons located opposite the Folly Inn. These pontoons offer the cheapest visitor moorings in the quieter Folly Area. A regular water taxi service operates between the pontoons and the Folly Inn.