Cowes Harbour Commission
Harbour Authority & Marine Services
Newsletter 3rd September 2018
Cowes Breakwater Competition of "Design Ideas"
Today sees the launch of an exciting competition of "design ideas" for Island secondary schools and students aged 14 to 18, in which CHC is seeking an inventive proposal for a potential sculpture, art installation or architectural feature to be installed on the Cowes Breakwater. Do read our lead article below and I hope you will join me in encouraging as many Island students as possible to get creative and take part in the competition.

In mid-August, we were very pleased to welcome the Old Gaffers Association (OGA) to Cowes, who were celebrating their 55th anniversary with two rallies on the River Medina. There was an impressive turnout of around 90 boats, with some berthed at Shepards Marina and others enjoying the freedom of mooring on the river up at The Folly. We understand from the organisers that the event went extremely well and we look forward to being able to welcome the OGA back to Cowes again soon.

Meanwhile, I would like to bring your attention to the Isle of Wight Council’s ongoing consultation into their draft Regeneration Strategy, which you can also read about below and if interested, join in with the planned discussion meetings. I will be attending the workshop on 20th September at The Sugar Store Events Centre, Shepards Marina in Cowes, following which the draft Regeneration Strategy will be considered by CHC Commissioners at the 21st September Board meeting.

Finally, we have some Cowes Harbour Handbooks still available at the Harbour Office, so if you own or run a local shop, restaurant, gallery, B&B or other business where your customers could benefit from having a free guide to Cowes and East Cowes, then do please come and collect some from us during normal office hours.

Capt. Stuart McIntosh - Cowes Harbour Master
Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition launches
The Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition has been launched today (Monday, 3rd September) to find an inspirational design idea for an iconic “welcome” landmark to be sited on the detached Cowes Breakwater at the mouth of Cowes Harbour.

Cowes Harbour Commission has created this free-to-enter competition for students across the Isle of Wight aged between 14 and 18 years old. Students are being asked to come up with an exciting design idea for a prominent and striking piece of artwork, sculpture, installation, or architectural fabrication to go on the 350 metre long manmade Cowes Breakwater.

Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh said: “Cowes Harbour Commission is thrilled to be launching this competition for Island students. We are hoping to find an innovative design idea for the Cowes Breakwater that will provide a local point of interest at the entrance to the harbour, to welcome all seaborne visitors and vessels to Cowes and East Cowes."

Marine manufacturing and the Medina
Navigating a path to economic growth and protecting jobs - Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh talks to Tom Stroud of the Chamber’s Island Business Magazine about how Cowes Harbour Commission balances the views of stakeholders on “the main road into the Island”.

IW Council consultation on future regeneration
Earlier in the summer, the Isle of Wight Council launched its draft Regeneration Strategy with the aim of ensuring the Island becomes an inspiring place to grow up, live, work and visit. Following July’s Regeneration Conference, the discussion about the new draft strategy continues online with a web consultation, inviting everyone to express their views about the way the Island should be improved for the future. 

CHC will consider the IWC draft Regeneration Strategy at its September Board meeting and will then submit a formal response to the Council.

The next series of Regeneration Strategy discussion meetings will take place this September, with five events in different areas of the Island, including Cowes (Shepards Marina) and East Cowes (Town Hall).

Cruise ships calling at Cowes
Wednesday, 22nd August saw cruise ship MS Europa , operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, pay a visit to the Isle of Wight, anchoring off Cowes and tendering her passengers in to Trinity Landing. Visit Isle of Wight’s Travel Ambassadors, along with our own German speaking Moorings Administrator from Shepards Marina greeted passengers on The Parade and gave out tourism information to help enhance their stay on the Island.

Little Britain Challenge Cup preview
The third weekend in September sees the return of the Little Britain Challenge Cup 2018, an annual regatta for the construction industry organised since 1988. This year, therefore, is its 31st running. The event grew from the very modest beginnings of three co-consultants on one particular construction project (Little Britain – in London, hence its name) deciding they wanted to do something other than go on golfing days, to the heady days, pre-recession, when it was the largest single event regatta in Europe with over 250 yachts competing over four days. The event has moved with the times and is now a more manageable 50 boat regatta but with the same mantra of fun, networking and competition, all in a Corinthian spirit.


Photo: Little Britain 2017 © Paul Wyeth
The Sugar Store joins Classic Beer and Buses event
The Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend 2018 is on its way, taking place on 13th and 14th October 2018.

Joining the event this year with a brewery artefacts exhibition and local historic displays, is The Sugar Store at Shepards Marina.

Founded as a commercial wharf by the Shepard family in the 18th century, Shepards Wharf was the only legal quay on the Island for landing foreign goods. The Sugar Store Warehouse gained its name at that time from the large amounts of sugar delivered to the Island by British Road Services barges and continued to safeguard the Island’s sweet tooth into the times of the sugar shortage in 1974!

Event programmes are available to purchase from Shepards Marina, Cowes Harbour Office, and Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard.

To find out more visit our Classic Beer and Buses web page and see the event website