Cowes Harbour Commission
Harbour Authority & Marine Services
Newsletter 14th May 2019
May 2019 News from Cowes Harbour
I’m pleased to report that next week will see Cowes Harbour Commission’s Annual Public Meeting taking place at the Island Sailing Club, on Wednesday 23rd May, starting at 7pm. Full details are in our news article below and I look forward to seeing as many as possible of our E-newsletter readers there on the evening.

This month we are glad to welcome two new Commissioners to our Board, Islanders Steve Sheridan and Vanessa Clifford, who will be joining us at the Annual Public Meeting. At the same time, we have had to say farewell to two retiring Commissioners and I would like to thank Jeff Armitage for his huge support and contribution to CHC over nine years, and also Roy Lambden for his contribution over the last three years. 

As you may have seen in the local media, there have been a couple of incidents in the harbour recently, which are being investigated by CHC as is standard practice. Over the Easter weekend, a yacht was set-down by the tide and collided with the Chain Ferry on the east side of the River Medina. As the harbour becomes busier during the season, it’s advisable to remember to give yourself plenty of sea room when intending to pass the Chain Ferry, especially on strong spring ebb tides; adopt the normal practice of good seamanship and for example, stem the tide with your boat until there is a clear passage available. 

Additionally, an incident occurred within the Inner Harbour early on Monday, 6th May when a RIB and a small powerboat caught fire on ‘G’ pontoon, opposite the Whitegates Public Landing Pontoon on the west side of the Medina. Fire damage was also sustained to part of Cowes Harbour Commission’s (CHC's) mooring pontoon and minor damage to a few other moored yachts. Emergency response procedures were initiated and the relevant authorities were advised. CHC’s incident investigation is ongoing, however, the Isle of Wight Police have informed CHC that there are no reports of the fire being started by criminal damage, and an electrical fault is the most likely cause.

As always, please remember to regularly check the current Cowes Local Notices to Mariners for new issues, of which there has been one so far in May, and do consider signing up to receive Notices if you are not already subscribed.

Capt. Stuart McIntosh - Cowes Harbour Master

Top photo: Hapag Lloyd Cruises expedition ship MS Bremen anchored off Cowes, 10th May 2019
Invitation to CHC Annual Public Meeting 23rd May 2019
All are invited to Cowes Harbour Commission’s (CHC’s) Annual Public Meeting on Thursday, 23rd May at 7pm at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. The Meeting is designed to give stakeholders information on what CHC has achieved over the past 12 months, report on the challenges and opportunities facing the harbour and outline plans for the future.
As a Trust Port, Cowes Harbour serves a wide range of stakeholders and these include anyone with an interest in the harbour, including harbour users, Island residents, local communities and environmental groups, local authorities, as well as local and national politicians. Cowes Harbour Commission’s top priority is at all times to maintain a safe harbour. Plus, by working together with stakeholders, CHC aims to fulfil the harbour and River Medina’s potential by delivering first-class port facilities and leisure services, and by acting as the main transport and shipping gateway supporting the Island’s economy and employment.

As well as a presentation on the performance of Cowes Harbour from 2018-19, the Annual Public Meeting provides stakeholders with the opportunity for questions and discussion on any aspects of port activities and development. CHC looks forward to welcoming all stakeholders to the Meeting on 23rd May at the Island Sailing Club, starting at 7pm.
Cowes welcomes new Harbour Commissioners
Cowes Harbour is delighted to welcome two new members to the Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners
Left to right: Steve Sheridan, CHC Chairman David Riley, Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh, Vanessa Clifford
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has announced the appointment of two non-executive members to the Board, Steve Sheridan and Vanessa Clifford, for a term of three years effective from 1st May 2019. 

The Board members were chosen from a strong field of applicants following an advertising and competitive recruitment process, lead by a selection panel comprising CHC’s Chairman David Riley, together with independent interviewer Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association and stakeholder representative Ian Baylis, Managing Director of Seacat Services. 

Cowes Harbour Commission Chairman David Riley said: “We are extremely pleased with these two Commissioner appointments that will help maintain a balanced Board with high calibre skills and varied experience, to the benefit of the harbour, its users and the local community.”

Steve Sheridan, new CHC Commissioner for Financial Management, has had a career in banking and finance and experience developing new businesses in the private sector. He also has a keen interest in sailing having spent over 30 years sailing keelboats and dinghies in the Solent. Steve lives in Ryde, has a cruising boat moored in the River Medina and is currently serving as Commodore of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Fishbourne.

Vanessa Clifford, now CHC Commissioner for Marine Services, Marketing & Business Development, is a former chief executive of the industry body for the UK’s national news brands. She brings skills in business strategy, marketing and commercial operations following over 25 years in the media and advertising industry, and has been a Cowes resident since 2007.
First cruise ship of 2019 visits Cowes
MS Bremen , a Hapag Lloyd Cruises expedition ship, was the first cruise ship to call at Cowes this year on Friday, 10th May. The 112 metre ship was piloted to its anchorage in Cowes Roads from where passengers disembarked by RIB to Trinity Landing. Over 100 German cruise passengers were welcomed by Visit Isle of Wight Travel Ambassadors onto The Parade.The weather was fine, the sea was beautifully calm, and we hear that the Bremen’s cruise guests had a lovely day on the Island.

Cowes Classics Week racing - photo Rick Tomlinson
Events calendar
The Cowes sailing season is now well under way and with so many events being held by yacht clubs and class associations it can be hard to keep up with them all! However, help is at hand on the CHC website where we have a comprehensive events calendar for all on-water events taking place at Cowes. Some of the events to look out for over the next month include Cowes Spring Classics and the Quarter Ton Cup . Also highlighted on our Events Calendar are forthcoming cruise ship calls to Cowes.

Later on in the summer and not to be missed is The King’s Cup , a new regatta taking place the day before Lendy Cowes Week that will be hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to raise awareness and funds for eight of Their Royal Highnesses’ patronages.

Photo: Cowes Classics Week © Rick Tomlinson