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Mark Southwell is the Advisory Committee chair

Mark Southwell is the Advisory Committee chair 17/05/2022

Mark Southwell, Cowes RNLI lifeboat operations manager, is the new chair of the Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee, succeeding John Corby, owner of Corby Yachts.Mark has a vision for a safe and vibrant harbour benefitting locals and visitors. He said: “I came to Cowes for six months as a relief customs officer in 1982 and loved the place so much I’m still here. I feel strongly the harbour should always be managed for the benefit of all - being a safe stretch of water for us locals and the thousands of visitors who come every year, with successful marine read more

Harbour Master’s Safety Briefing – August

Harbour Master’s Safety Briefing – August


06/08/2021

The Red Funnel passenger vessels, commercial cargo vessels, along with the chain ferry, are the largest and most obvious dangers for smaller craft on the river. Cowes Harbour General Directions inform all harbour users how to interact with each other safely, however, if you undertake shocking and

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CHC Launches 'How Cool' Safety Campaign

CHC Launches 'How Cool' Safety Campaign


28/07/2021

In April 2021, The World Health Organisation (WHO) passed a historic directive to tackle the hundreds and thousands of deaths caused by drowning each year across the globe.  The directive launched the newly created World Drowning Prevention Day (WDPD) on 25 July.  Organisations,

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CHC Supports WHO World Drowning Prevention Day

CHC Supports WHO World Drowning Prevention Day


23/07/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission has launched a campaign to support both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) in recognising the first World Drowning Prevention Day (WDPD) on Sunday 25 July.  This historic and recently declared

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Tradewind Voyages Golden Horizon Entering Cowes

Tradewind Voyages Golden Horizon Entering Cowes


21/07/2021

Tradewind Voyages’ Golden Horizon arrived in Cowes for its maiden call on Wednesday 21 July.  Golden Horizon is the world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship and will offer voyages with unique sustainability credentials when it sails east from September 2021. The five-masted sailing cruise

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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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Cowes is welcoming its first cruise ship visit of 2021

Cowes is welcoming its first cruise ship visit of 2021


24/06/2021

On Tuesday 29 June, Cowes will be welcoming its first cruise ship visit of 2021.  The Hebridean Sky underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed it into one of the finest small ships in the world. Accommodating 75 passengers from around

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Dredge Licence Application - 03/2021 Clarence Boat Yard

Dredge Licence Application - 03/2021 Clarence Boat Yard


03/06/2021

An application has been received for a maintenance bed levelling licence at the Clarence Boat Yard, Clarence Road, East Cowes site. Location:Wight Clarence Boatyard, Clarence Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6TA.Description of the Proposed Work:Bed levelling of the existing pontoon berthing

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New Environment and Sustainability Commissioner

New Environment and Sustainability Commissioner


11/05/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission is delighted to announce the appointment of Fiona Fitzherbert-Brockholes to the Board as the new Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability. The appointment follows the Commission’s successful open recruitment campaign, which this year attracted several extremely high

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Delivering assets for everyone

Delivering assets for everyone


11/05/2021

Island writer Amber Beard talks to recently retired Stuart McIntosh. The Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has seen a sea change in the past twenty years; governance and statutes have been modernised and revised, assets have been acquired, built, and realised and the future of the harbour

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Safety tips - Accidents, incidents, and anti-social behaviour

Safety tips - Accidents, incidents, and anti-social behaviour


11/05/2021

What to do if you’re involved in or witness an accident If you find yourself involved in or witnessing any type of marine accident or incident within Cowes Harbour and its approaches, you must report it to CHC as soon as possible. There’s a new, quick, and easy way to submit incident reports

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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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Cowes Clubs and Classes Association regattas 2021

Cowes Clubs and Classes Association regattas 2021


11/05/2021

Once again, CHC is pleased to host the Cowes Clubs and Classes Association (CCCA) race documents on our website as a stakeholder benefit for Cowes cruiser and dayboat racing. The CCCA Entry Form, Notice of Race, the Central Solent Chart, and Cruiser-Racer Sunday Series Dates can be found at:

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What to do if you find lost or discarded fishing gear

What to do if you find lost or discarded fishing gear


11/05/2021

Act now to record with Fish&Click! Thanks to the new app Fish&Click developed by Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) as part of the INdIGO* project, everyone can now contribute to an inventory of lost fishing gear found at sea and on the shore. This action will

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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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H20 Podcast - Farewell to Stuart McIntosh

H20 Podcast - Farewell to Stuart McIntosh


03/03/2021

BBC Radio Solent has just published an H20 Podcast of a conversation with Capt. Stuart McIntosh, who has retired from Cowes Harbour Commission after 20 years as Harbour Master and CEO. In the podcast, Stuart talks about his lifelong love of the water, serving on Donald Trump’s superyacht and the

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Harbour Commissioner recruitment update

Harbour Commissioner recruitment update


03/03/2021

We would like to thank all those candidates who responded to our recent advertising campaign for a new Harbour Commissioner. Following shortlisting, interviews are planned for mid-March, which will be held by a selection panel comprising our Chairman David Riley, a stakeholder representative and

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Dredge Licence Application - 02/2021 Wight Shipyard

Dredge Licence Application - 02/2021 Wight Shipyard


24/02/2021

An application has been received for a maintenance dredge licence at the Wight Shipyard, Venture Quays site. Location: Wight Shipyard, Venture Quays, Columbine Building, Castle Street, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EZ. Description of the Proposed Work: The area to be dredged includes the

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Works Licence Application - 01/2021 Wight Shipyard

Works Licence Application - 01/2021 Wight Shipyard


09/02/2021

A works licence application for the construction of a new hoist dock at the Wight Shipyard, Venture Quays site at East Cowes, has been received by Cowes Harbour Commission. This application, submitted to Cowes Harbour Commission by Beckett Rankine Ltd on behalf of Wight Shipyard, seeks to secure a

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