Cowes Harbour Commission
Harbour Authority & Marine Services Provider
Newsletter 30th March 2017
New Commissioners for Cowes Harbour Board
Following a recent advertising campaign we were pleased to receive 11 strong applications for the three-year post of new Harbour Commissioner. The short-listed candidates were interviewed by a selection panel comprising a stakeholder representative, CCYC Commodore Andrew Cubbage, an independent, Isle of Wight College Head of Workforce Development Janet Stevens, and our Chairman David Riley. The panel made their recommendations to the Commissioners and the Board agreed at their March meeting to appoint Nick Elderfield as Commissioner and also, to co-opt Ra Hennessy as a Commissioner due to her professional experience in communications and marketing. Both appointments will commence on 1st May 2017.

Meanwhile, negotiations have continued on the Harbour Infrastructure Funding Agreement (HIFA) with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and their development partners VQEL (Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate), and we are hopeful that the HIFA may be in a form to be presented to the CHC Board for consideration at their April meeting.

Easter traditionally marks the start of the Cowes racing season, but not everyone can wait that long to get sailing and the Junior Offshore Group (JOG) enjoy the start of their season on 1st April with their Nab Tower Race. Two weeks later, and the RORC fleet convenes for their traditional Easter training regatta, the Easter Challenge. I would like to wish everyone a safe and good season ahead and remember, for all the latest information on Cowes races and regattas do visit our events calendar online.

Captain Stuart McIntosh Cowes Harbour Master
Estuary management and dredging
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) aims to develop a ‘Sustainable Maintenance Dredging Management Plan’ by end 2017, which will be suitable for, and involve all dredging stakeholders in the harbour. Such a plan will bring a number of benefits to stakeholders including cost savings and a streamlined consenting process. All dredging stakeholders will be invited to contribute to the development of the Plan, with a forum planned for 5th May, which will include a presentation of Dr Rob Nunny’s studies.

CHC is now in a good position to start developing a Maintenance Dredging Management Plan as a result of the increased data and information available in reports compiled by estuarine sedimentation consultant Dr Rob Nunny of Ambios Environmental Consultants Ltd. Dr Nunny’s first report, ‘Medina Estuary Sedimentary Processes’ provided a conceptual understanding of the harbour both historically and up to the present day.

A recently completed report, ‘Sediment Management in the Medina Estuary - Monitoring Results’, analyses a year’s worth of robust data collection, including multi-beam surveys of the whole harbour, which give a 3D image of the estuarine basin.

CHC will contact dredging stakeholders in the near future with more information on the 5th May forum.

Read the full article on the CHC website
Nao Victoria in Cowes
The Nao Victoria, an authentic wooden replica of the ship that first sailed around the world, will be welcoming visitors during her stopover at Trinity Landing in Cowes from Thursday, 20th to Tuesday, 25th April. The ship will be open to the public from 1000 to 1900 and offers an exciting opportunity to experience what it was like to explore the world 500 years ago.

Tickets can be purchased on the ship or online at and cost £4 for adults and £2 for children aged 5-10 years. Children under 5 go free, accompanied by an adult. School groups will be welcomed; please make reservations in advance to Sole Gea via email:

The original Nao Victoria was Ferdinand Magellan’s ship, and her name is associated with the first ever circumnavigation of the world in the 16th century (1519-1522).

Read the full story online
Cowes Harbour Handbook online
As we write, the Cowes Harbour Handbook 2017-2018 is being distributed around Cowes, but if you can’t wait to pick up a copy then the interactive, digital version can be viewed online.

We would like to say a special thank you to all our advertisers for their support and we would ask that you let them know you have seen their adverts in the Cowes Harbour Handbook. We hope you have a great season!
Get ready for Cowes Week!
Have you got your Cowes Week berth booked? Berthing in Cowes during the regatta is always in high demand so it is recommended that you get your berthing sorted out well in advance to avoid disappointment. See the event website for full details of all Cowes Week berthing options available in the harbour and on the River Medina.                   

Moorings available on the River Medina
Cowes Harbour Moorings has a number of moorings currently available to let in the more scenic, picturesque and quieter areas of the River Medina:

Folly Swinging Moorings: varying lengths up to a maximum length of 10m; varying depths.
Folly Pontoons: non-walk-ashore, for small shallow draft boats.

If you are interested in one of these moorings, please let us know as soon as possible to website for how to apply and what information to send us.
Sports boat collision in harbour: Around 0230 in the early hours of Sunday morning, 26th March, CHC was notified by the Emergency Services of an incident in the harbour involving a small sports fishing boat with four crew onboard. It is understood that the boat departed Cowes, bound back for the vessel’s home port of Gosport, and collided with the Shrape Breakwater, East Cowes, at speed, sustaining serious damage to the bow of the speed boat and to the crew of the vessel.

The vessel’s crew managed to return to Trinity Landing where the Emergency Services were contacted. The Coastguard and Police led on the initial incident response with assistance from the Harbour Master and his team. The speed fishing boat has been towed up to CHC’s Kingston Marine Boatyard in East Cowes and full investigations are currently underway. Read the full article on the CHC website.
Solent racing marks:  Each year, the Solent Cruising and Racing Association (SCRA) publishes a list of some 150 of the main racing marks in the Solent area. The 2017 racing mark codes and symbols lists are now available on the CHC website.
Getting ashore by water taxi:  Cowes Harbour Commission will be making a stakeholder benefit contribution towards Cowes Water Taxis’ operational costs to enable a 7 days-a-week service to be delivered for all harbour users. Full details of summer 2017 water taxis times of operation and fares are now online.
New Green Wildlife Guide for Boaters The ‘Green Wildlife Guide for Boaters’, the latest addition to The Green Blue’s range of handy leaflets, is designed to advise boaters on how to get the best experience out of their wildlife encounters by acting responsibly and cautiously to minimise the risk of disturbance while keeping participants and their boats safe.
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