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VISITING COWES PUBLIC LANDINGS AND SLIPWAYS West Cowes Whitegates pontoon, 500m south of the Cowes Chain Ferry on the west bank of the River Medina, is connected to the shore and suitable for tenders only. etis Slip, between etis Wharf and Shepards Marina, is suitable for small vessels but not at low water due to the short slipway. Town Quay, on pontoons alongside the Red Jet terminal, provides instant access to the High Street and associated amenities; vessels under 9m. Sun Slip, off the High Street at the foot of Sun Hill, is not easily accessible. ere is a similar slipway at the foot of Market Hill. Watch House Slip, at the end of Watch House Lane at the south end of e Parade; all states of tide access but be aware of a possible strong cross currents. East Cowes Folly Slip, further up the River Medina, towards Newport. Be aware of a possible strong cross-current on the lower end of the slipway on the ebb tide. e White Hart Slip, immediately south of the Red Funnel terminal. Use with caution during ebb tides and when ferries are manoeuvring; launching on spring ebb tides is not recommended. Bells Landing steps (not slipway), north of Venture Quays on the Esplanade, East Cowes; this landing is tidal. Gridiron pontoon, immediately north of the Chain Ferry, is for landing and pick up only, no mooring. East Cowes Esplanade, a number of slipways suitable for launching small cra, generally without the need for a vehicle, at or around high water. WATER TAXIS Cowes Water Taxis Cowes Harbour from the outer trots to G Pontoon. VHF Channel 06 or Tel: 07551 431993 April, May, June and September Monday to Friday 0900 to 2100, Saturday 0900 to 2330 Sunday 0900 to 1800 July and August Monday to Friday 0900 to 2300, Saturday 0900 to 2330 Sunday 0900 to 2100 From October to mid November weekends only 11.00 to 15.00. These are the minimum hours of operation, if business demands we will operate later particularly on high season weekends, Bank Holidays, the IOW Festival, Cowes Week and RTIR weekend. Cowes Harbour Taxi – Winter service only Winter 2019-20 water taxi services. Please Note: Pre-booking of water taxis is strongly recommended, Cowes Harbour Taxi – although on standby – does not actively ply for trade. VHF Channel 69 Call Sign: HM1 Tel: 07855 767918 or via Shepards Marina on 01983 297821 Operating hours from 2 October 2019 to 1 Dec 2019 Monday to Friday 0900 to 1730 Operating hours from 2 Dec until 30 Mar 2020 Monday to Sunday 0900 to 1730 The service may be available outside of normal operating hours subject to booking in advance. Folly Reach Water Taxi Island Harbour to G pontoon VHF Channel 72 or Tel: 07884 400046 January to March and October to December (Weekends only), Saturday 1100 to 1500 Sunday 1100 to 1500 April and May Monday to Friday 0900 to 2100, Saturday 0900 to 2300 Sunday 0900 to 1800 June, July and August Monday to Friday 0900 to 2300, Saturday 0900 to 2330 Sunday 0900 to 2100 Waterbus VHF Channel 77 or Tel: 07974 864627 Throughout the year. From Cowes Town Quay to the Folly, Island Harbour Marina and Newport (Tide dependent). By Booking. Monday to Sunday 1000 to 2300 hours throughout the year (Last Booking 2200) COWES 2019 – 2020 41