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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

New Chairman to lead Cowes Harbour Commissioners


26/04/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has announced the appointment of David Riley as new Chair to the CHC Board. He succeeds Roger Mathias who, after serving nine years as Commissioner, including two terms as Chairman, will retire at the end of his third term on 30th April 2016. David Riley, 63,

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New Cowes events added to Shepards-based J/70 fleet calendar


27/04/2016

The Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Thames Yacht Club will each be hosting a new event on the J/70 calendar this summer.The J/70 Southern Area Championships will take place in Cowes on 21st and 22nd May, under the direction of the Royal Thames YC while the J/70 Summer Championships will be

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'Storm Katie'


27/04/2016

Advice for Cowes Harbour Moorings berth holders following ‘Storm Katie’: Almost a month ago, in the early hours of the morning on Monday, 28th March ‘Storm Katie’ battered large parts of England, leaving flights cancelled, property damaged and thousands of people without power. The strongest

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Red Funnel and Medina Yard planning applications


27/04/2016

Red Funnel - East Cowes planning application: The recent refusal of Red Funnel’s East Cowes planning application has been widely reported in the local media. Cowes Harbour Commission’s position on the East Cowes development and marine employment issues was set out in a letter from the CHC Chairman

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2016 calendar of events for Cowes Harbour


21/04/2016

The 2016 calendar of events for Cowes Harbour highlights some of the new regattas, visiting class championships and key annual events taking place in Cowes this year. We will continue to add more events throughout the season and you are welcome to send us details of any yachting events not

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Cowes Outer Harbour Project public meeting


19/04/2016

The Chairman Designate of Cowes Harbour Commission, David Riley, extends an invitation to all harbour users to attend a ‘Public Presentation & Review of the Cowes Outer Harbour Project’ on Thursday, 19th May at 1900 at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes.Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) undertook a

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Red Funnel ferry mechanical issue in Cowes Harbour


14/04/2016

The Red Funnel ferry MV Red Osprey, with 103 passengers and 19 crew onboard, suffered a technical problem when entering Cowes Harbour at approximately 1500 yesterday (Wednesday, 13th April). The Red Osprey, whilst navigating in the Inner Fairway on the approach to the Red Funnel terminal in East

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Fuel berth Operative sought


07/04/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is seeking a proactive and flexible person to provide part-time cover at our river fuel berth throughout the year. Hours are limited to 1-2 days per week plus holiday cover. The position would suit someone who likes being around boats, who is competent with numbers and

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New season - new Port Handbook - now in Cowes


23/03/2016

As we write, the exciting new-look Cowes Port Handbook 2016-2017 is hot off the press and being distributed to numerous outlets around Cowes, East Cowes and other key Island locations. The Cowes Port Handbook contains all the usual essential information, including important navigation tips,

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Cowes Breakwater pre-season news


23/03/2016

Harbour users and visitors to Cowes this season will notice that the exclusion zone in place during construction of the new detached breakwater has now been removed. The permanent navigational aids marking the western and eastern toes of the breakwater, along with the five yellow lights spaced on

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Harbour Advisory Committee welcomes new Chairman John Corby


23/03/2016

At the recent Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee (CHAC) meeting on 4th March, stakeholder representatives voted unanimously for John Corby to take on the role of Chairman from Ben Willows who has stood down after three years of leading the Committee. As the nominated CHAC representative for

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Cowes Inner Fairway realigned


22/03/2016

Cowes Harbour fairway buoys Nos. 2A and 4 have been realigned to make full use of the available depth of water and in order to widen the Inner Fairway to ease navigation by providing a straight line from No. 2 buoy to No. 4A beacon. Mariners are advised that the navigable depth of water reduces to

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New Green Guide on how to install a holding tank


23/03/2016

If you have ever considered retrofitting a holding tank, but were unsure of where to start, take a look at a new guide from The Green Blue. ‘The Green Guide to Holding Tank Installation’ provides advice on the most common questions you might be struggling with, such as the best construction

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Chain Ferry to close for annual inspection


22/03/2016

The Isle of Wight Council reports that the Cowes to East Cowes Chain Ferry will be out of service from 0830 on Tuesday, 29th March 2016, for its annual inspection.It is expected that the service will resume on Monday, 4th April. Vehicles will be diverted via Newport. A foot passenger shuttle

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Introducing The Sugar Store - waterside Events Centre


22/03/2016

Opening this spring for its first full season as an Events Centre, Cowes Harbour Commission is delighted to introduce “The Sugar Store” at Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Newly refurbished and upgraded in 2015 with an industrial chic vibe combined with a nautical feel, ‘The

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Moorings and accounts job vacancy at Shepards Wharf


16/03/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is looking to recruit a full time Moorings & Accounts Administrator to join our busy team at Shepards Wharf Marina. Ideally, the successful applicant should be experienced in using a range of office software, including email, spreadsheets, and databases. Duties

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‘Respect the Water’ RNLI campaign to reduce drowning


23/02/2016

British and Irish waters are dangerously unpredictable. You might think that adrenaline sports and rough weather pose the greatest threat, but casual, everyday activities around the coast can cause fatalities. In fact, over 200 people accidentally die each year around our coast; the RNLI want to

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Commissioner recruitment ends soon - your harbour needs YOU!


23/02/2016

We would just like to inform stakeholders that applications for Commissioner vacancies on the Cowes Harbour Board will now close at 1200 on Friday, 4th March 2016. If you are still considering whether to apply, then please read our press release and see our website for further information.

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2016 updates to Cowes General Directions


23/02/2016

A revised set of Cowes Harbour General Directions will come into force on 1st March 2016. The Cowes Safety Management System is reviewed at least annually to ensure Cowes Harbour Commission’s continued compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code; part of this review is an analysis of our

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M2M weather data from the Solent


23/02/2016

Solent yachtsmen will be familiar with the live weather reports from Bramblemet, and now there is another free real-time weather service from the Calshot Spit Light Float.The highly accurate real-time weather data comes from the ABP Southampton managed Calshot Spit Light Float in the Solent, which

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RSS feed for Cowes Local Notices to Mariners


23/02/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission has developed an RSS feed to enable wider distribution of Local Notices to Mariners (LNTMs). RSS (or "Really Simple Syndication") is an automated service that delivers the latest content of a website directly to your feed reader. Local yacht clubs and other

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Sail into spring – Solent racing marks out now!


23/02/2016

The 2016 Solent race marks have now been published by the Solent Cruising and Racing Association (SCRA). The SCRA publishes an annual list of some 150 of the main racing marks in the Solent area. The whole area has been divided into nine zones and each buoy within a zone has a letter or number to

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