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Council reports Chain Ferry enters final commissioning stage

Council reports Chain Ferry enters final commissioning stage 18/07/2017

The Isle of Wight Council released the following press statement on Monday, 17th July 2017 regarding the Cowes Chain Ferry: The Cowes Floating Bridge will enter the final phase of commissioning this week, at the end of which, all being well, the Floating Bridge will officially become the property of the Isle of Wight Council. Mainstay Marine will be on site throughout this week and will be aiming to address any outstanding snags; carrying out any additional work as required; and undertaking trails and performance testing on the vessel. In order for Mainstay Marine to inspect and test the chain wheels and troughs, the Floating Bridge will be taken out of service from 0800 on Tuesday, read more

Autumn 2016 news from Kingston Marine Services


06/10/2016

The October 2016 newsletter from Kingston Marine Services promotes the new 'Boat Store' at the yard that offers year-round under cover storage, and tells you about some of the ordinary and extraordinary "special projects" that the KMS afloat team undertake on the River Medina and locally in the

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1st Class Covers joins onsite businesses at KMS


05/10/2016

1st Class Covers, who specialise in marine, automotive, domestic and commercial upholstery and cover work, have recently moved into Unit 8 in the main workshop at Kingston Marine Services. Owner Billy White started out as a young apprentice on the Isle of Wight, progressing to sailmaking at

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Decision made on final OHP design layout


26/09/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has now agreed the final Outer Harbour Project (OHP) design layout with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and their development partners Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate. Following consultation with Natural England, CHC is now applying to vary

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Pilot safety day at Shepards Wharf Marina


26/09/2016

The 2016 conference of the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA) was held in Cowes on 14th-15th September, in association with local lifejacket and coat manufacturer SeaSafe Systems who are celebrating their 50th anniversary of business. The second day of the conference concentrated on the

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Memories of Cowes Week 2016


26/09/2016

The title of overall Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week winner went again to Adam Gosling’s JPK10.80 Yes!, which finished the regatta counting only first places in IRC Class 3 to earn Gosling a class win and also victory in Black Group overall. Nigel Grogan’s Rehydrated gave a performance that

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Bertrand wins Etchells Worlds


26/09/2016

“I love coming to Cowes, it is one of my favourite places to sail anywhere in the world…” (Steve Benjamin) The 2016 Etchells World Championship, which was hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes from 5th-10th September, was won overall by Australian John Bertrand, representing the

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Cowes Cougar triumph for Curtis


26/09/2016

The 2016 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race will surely go down as the roughest ever run; only three boats made it to Torquay within the time limit and only two made it back to Cowes.With a calm ride through the Solent, the 14 starters were then faced with Force 7 westerly winds, which made the trip to

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New Kingston Boat Store opens for business


26/09/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is continuing a programme of investment into its Kingston Marine Services site in East Cowes with the recent development of a new indoor storage facility. The new ‘Kingston Boat Store’ on the top terrace has just opened for business, offering year-round under cover

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New CHC berth holders’ benefit


26/09/2016

We have been taking on board feedback received from our Cowes Harbour Moorings customers with regard to winter berthing in the harbour. As a result, CHC has taken the decision to introduce a discount on winter berthing at Shepards Wharf Marina, exclusively for Cowes Harbour Moorings annual berth

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Army divers train in Cowes Harbour


26/09/2016

At the beginning of September Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) welcomed a team of Army divers into Cowes for a training exercise held alongside the Red Ensign training ship MV Sea Trident. The Marchwood based 10-strong team arrived on their dive support vessel, mooring alongside Sea Trident, to

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Applications open for marine apprenticeship at Shepards


13/09/2016

Applications are now open for an exciting new Port Operative Apprenticeship, which commences in autumn 2016 at Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes. This is an excellent opportunity for young people with enthusiasm for working in a marine environment and a great way to start your career. As an

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Etchells teams from around the globe prepare for Worlds


31/08/2016

Fifty-eight teams from all over the world have entered the 2016 Etchells World Championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes, with racing scheduled from 5th-10th September. Entries include at least 13 current and past Etchells World Champions, as well as Olympic medallists,

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56 years of powerboat racing at Cowes


30/08/2016

This weekend (3rd - 4th September 2016) will see the 56th year of offshore powerboat racing at Cowes. Once again the Solent will reverberate to the sound of high powered, high octane powerboats when the Cowes Classic 2016 Powerboat Race roars into town. Just as the hubbub of Cowes Week has died

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Autumn refit and winter ashore made easy


26/08/2016

Kingston Marine Boatyard in East Cowes, one of the biggest yards on the River Medina, is a convenient place to come ashore for an autumn refit with extensive facilities for up to 150 boats from the easily trailered to yachts and motor boats up to 40 tonnes. The Boatyard is now taking bookings for

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Works Licence Application - Cowes Sea Cadets


22/08/2016

The floating river pontoon adjacent to the headquarters of the Cowes Sea Cadet Unit, TS Osborne, previously operated by the Island Youth Water Activities Centre (IWAC), has been passed to the Sea Cadets, following the closure of IWAC. The Cowes Sea Cadets plan to remove this isolated river

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CHC comments on Medina Yard planning application


11/08/2016

At Cowes Harbour Commission’s July 2016 Board meeting, Commissioners noted that the proposed Medina Yard development is now a current planning application with a closing date of 12th August for the submission of comments to the Isle of Wight Council. After discussing the planning application and

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Cowes Week 2016 preview


03/08/2016

Racing in the 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week gets under way at 1005 this Saturday, 6th August, with the eight day regatta offering, as always, a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. This year’s Cowes Week is a week later than usual to avoid spring tides; the

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Sustainable dredging in Cowes Harbour


03/08/2016

Dredging is an essential part of sustainable harbour management. It is necessary for maintaining navigable channels, including access to ferry terminals, shipyards, businesses, marinas and other mooring facilities. Both maintenance and capital dredging operations have the potential to impact on

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Enjoy safe sailing at Cowes Week


03/08/2016

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is enjoyed by around 8,000 skippers and crews, on between 800 and 1,000 boats who take part in eight days of competitive racing. The vast majority have a great week with no incidents, but all competitors need to appreciate that sailing is a risky sport. Racing

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Meet the new Commissioners - Michael Greville


03/08/2016

The Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners has recently welcomed three new members, Michael Greville, Ben Board, and Roy Lambden. As well as the new members, Cowes Harbour Commission has also welcomed back Jeff Armitage, who has been reappointed to serve a third term. The appointments will run for

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Outer Harbour Project progress update


03/08/2016

Following the conclusion of CHC’s consultation with stakeholders on the planned design optimisation and changes to the next phases of the Cowes Outer Harbour Project (OHP), the Harbour Advisory Committee has confirmed its support for the completion of the optimised scheme as proposed by CHC. No

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New marine apprenticeship with CHC


03/08/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has announced the introduction of a new marine apprenticeship scheme to commence this autumn at Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes. The apprenticeship will take between 18-24 months to complete and leads to the SQA Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marinas and Boatyards

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