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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 are due to be eased to allow domestic overnight stays. This means vessels will be emerging from marinas and boatyards after the long winter and so for everyone’s safety and enjoyment on the water, boat owners should ensure they have carried out a full spring commissioning of their vessel and are familiar with the local regulations. For visitors to Cowes, whether Islanders or from the mainland, read more

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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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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Kingston Wharf regeneration plans


18/11/2020

Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee supports CHC plans to redevelop Kingston Wharf in East Cowes as a marine focused industrial estate. Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has had a harbour workshop at the Kingston Wharf site in East Cowes since 2000, then leased and developed the boatyard operation

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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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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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One month free self-storage


17/06/2020

There is still a bit of time to take advantage of our current offer at Cowes Harbour Storage, giving you six months self-storage for the price of five. Just book six months self-storage before 30th June 2020 and you will get the last month free. Ts&Cs apply. See also Self Storage Offers for

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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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CHC Team Leader joins IW NHS Trust Ambulance Service


04/05/2020

CHC’s Commercial Marine Services Team Leader Darren Gough has recently taken the decision to move on from his 20 years at the Harbour Commission to pursue his career ambition of becoming a paramedic. Darren has worked at CHC’s Kingston Wharf site in East Cowes since 2000, alongside keeping up

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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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Exercise tests harbour oil spill response


20/11/2019

On 7th November, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) hosted a multi-agency oil spill Incident Management Exercise with our oil spill response partners Adler and Allan, to test the capability and processes for dealing with a hydrocarbon spill in the harbour. Marine transfer barge Blade Runner Two, owned

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CHS moorings expertise on show for Cowes SailGP


29/10/2019

Cowes Harbour Services (CHS) are specialists in the design, supply, and positioning of mooring systems and navigational or racing marks. The CHS team started initial planning for the Cowes SailGP regatta back in November 2018, and this continued right up to August 2019 when actual delivery of the

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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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