Cowes Harbour Commission
Harbour Authority & Marine Services
Newsletter 27th June 2019
CHC Conducts Strategic Plan Mid-Term Review
Last month saw CHC’s Annual Public Meeting, which had a good attendance and this year also included a short presentation from Harbour Advisory Committee Chairman John Corby. CHC will be following up and responding to stakeholder questions that were posed during the Meeting.

Our lead article in June focuses on CHC’s mid-term review of our 5 year Strategic Plan, and I would like to highlight that we are keen to hear from any harbour users with ideas or projects for consideration.

Currently, the forecast for Saturday’s Round the Island Race shows an east-southeasterly 10-14 knot breeze at the start, veering right southwesterly 6-10 knots during the afternoon, with sunny skies and temperatures of 24-26°C. I hope that all competitors have a safe and great Race, and do please take note of the safety information in our RIR story below.

Capt. Stuart McIntosh - Cowes Harbour Master
Mid-term review of Strategic Plan 2016-2021
Cowes Harbour Commission is carrying out a mid-term review of CHC’s current 5 year Strategic Plan and we would like to hear from you.

The Board of Commissioners' focus for the review is to give consideration to increasing investment into harbour services and facilities for sustainable employment and the long-term prosperity of the harbour for stakeholders. 

From opportunities for commercial shipping and marine employment through to the changing leisure market and customer demands within the leisure sector, eventing and sponsorship; let us know what you think should be considered in this review.  

No idea is too big, small or crazy at this stage as we do not want to constrain the review process so welcome all ideas from small projects to blue sky thinking.

Ideas already included range from the provision of water and electricity on river pontoons through to floating holiday pods and creating a “small beach” inside the Cowes Breakwater.

Round the Island Race - #raceforall
Sailors from around the world will be competing in the famous ‘Round the Island Race’ that will see over 1,200 boats sail around the Isle of Wight on Saturday, 29th June. 

The Onboard Race Pack for the 2019 Round the Island Race contains all the documentation competitors need on Race Day, including the Sailing Instructions, Layman's Guide to the Racing Rules and Declaration and Tracking instructions. 

Please remember to also read the RTI Safety Book well before the race. It contains important information that all competitors should be aware of to make sure there is a safe race for everyone taking part. Additionally, Cowes Local Notice to Mariners No. 17(T) of 2019 , issued jointly by the Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth, the ABP Southampton Harbour Master and the Cowes Harbour Master, contains essential information on traffic restrictions in the Central Solent.

Photo: Round the Island Race start 2017 - Credit Paul Wyeth
Cowes Harbour Inner Fairway Precautionary Areas
Cowes Harbour Commission would like to highlight to all harbour users that two Precautionary Areas have been established in the Inner Fairway at Cowes Harbour to improve the safety of navigation. 

As detailed in Cowes Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2019 , all vessels must navigate with particular caution in the “Red Jet Turning & Eastern Channel Traffic Convergence Area” and the “Red Funnel Vehicle & Freight Ferry Berthing Area”.

Cowes Harbour joins Cruise Britain
Cowes Harbour Commission is delighted to have joined Cruise Britain, the business-to-business network for UK cruise ports, destinations and service providers.

Next month, Cowes will host a record four cruise ship visits, including three maiden calls:
Monday 8th July: Europa , 0800-1800 
Friday 12th - Saturday 13th July: The World , arr. 1000 12/07 dep. 1800 13/07
Monday 15th July: Seabourn Quest , 0800-1700
Thursday 18th July: Silver Wind , 0800-1800

Marina Industry magazine
Cowes Harbour Commission features twice in the June 2019 edition of Marina Industry magazine .

There is coverage of our recent press release on CHC’s newly appointed Commissioners, Steve Sheridan and Vanessa Clifford, plus an article about “Harbour Assist”, the new harbour and marina management software that CHC is now utilising for moorings and our other marine businesses.
Marine Conservation Zones: Yarmouth to Cowes
Defra has designated a third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in English waters. Following last year’s consultation, 41 sites and 12 additional features have been designated. These are viewable individually with factsheets on the website and include the Yarmouth to Cowes MCZ . The boundaries of the Yarmouth to Cowes MCZ do not cover any part of the area of jurisdiction of Cowes Harbour.

Regulators, such as the Marine Management Organisation and local Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA), will be responsible for ensuring the Marine Conservation Zones are managed to protect their species and habitats, working with local fishing communities and other organisations.
Panerai British Classic Week
Panerai British Classic Week is taking place from 13th to 20th July in Cowes.

For 2019, the event will have two elements to the prizes. All yachts will race towards the primary IRC overall and class winner prizes, which will be awarded solely on race results. Building on last year’s emphasis on authenticity, race results will also go towards a second set of prizes to be won by yachts deemed as authentic by a panel of independent judges.

Photo: Panerai British Classic Week - Credit Guido Cantini
Cowes Classics Week
The 12th edition of Cowes Classics Week, organised by the Royal London Yacht Club, runs from 27th July to 2nd August, with racing from Monday, 29th July onwards.

New for 2019, you will be able to listen to live action from on the water, from anywhere in the world on or locally on 87.7fm thanks to Cowes Radio , the professional broadcasting team, which has been covering Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race for the past 34 years.

Photo: Cowes Classics Week - Credit Rick Tomlinson
SailGP call for volunteers
Do you want to be at the heart of the action at SailGP Cowes?

Organisers are looking for local volunteers to assist around Cowes over the SailGP event on 10th and 11th August. The SailGP race village will also be open for the King’s Cup on 9th August, meaning volunteers are required over a three day period.

If you are interested, view the PDF poster for more information and to register please contact Michelle Ansell .