Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday evening, 10th May, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has been working closely with the British Ports Association and UK Harbour Masters Association with the aim of managing a co-ordinated and safe, phased return for recreational boating.
I accept this aim has not been entirely successful due to some mixed messaging in the boating press and social media and understand the resulting frustration for some boat owners. CHC’s decisions and timeline have been governed by our Statutory Harbour role and responsibilities to take appropriate and considered decisions prioritising the safety of our staff, local boat owners and the local community. CHC only received the required Government guidelines for recreational boating last night.
The CHC Board of Commissioners agreed today our policy: “
To encourage and facilitate a controlled return to safe, family recreational boating, allowing boat owners to access their boats for day use to and from their local mooring and for maintenance purposes
We have issued two Notices to Mariners today providing further guidance. I trust this E-newsletter provides you with further helpful information.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience and hope that you will support the approach of CHC, prioritising the safety of our staff, customers, harbour users and the local and Isle of Wight community.
I realise that this is a first small but important step back towards a more normal type of boating we all love.
Capt. Stuart McIntosh
- Cowes Harbour Master