Cowes Harbour Handbook 2019-2020 2019-2020 - Page 48

FURTHER AFIELD SOUL PHOTOGRAPHY IOW Bembridge is one of the most scenic harbours on the island MOORINGS AROUND THE ISLAND There is more to visit east and west of Cowes e Isle of Wight has quiet anchorages and well-equipped marinas and harbours along the sheltered Solent coast. BEMBRIDGE HARBOUR 8nm east of Cowes Located at the eastern-most point of the Island, Bembridge Harbour is home to two sailing clubs, one angling club, a small commercial fishing fleet, and numerous businesses associated with water-based activities. Access to the harbour is restricted to 3-3.5 hours either side of High Water for vessels drawing 1.5m – via the harbour’s website a digital depth gauge updated every minute is available using a smart phone. e harbour offers a large range of moorings. e village of Bembridge with its shops and pubs is a short walk up the hill on the other side of the harbour entrance; a water taxi is available from the marina to the opposite beach. e area around Bembridge Harbour has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and includes an RSPB site. e Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat Station is open to the public during the summer months. Operations Manager: Gordon Wight VHF Ch 80 call sign 'Bembridge Harbour' Tel: 01983 872828 RYDE HARBOUR 6nm east of Cowes A small leisure harbour located just east of Ryde Pier. e harbour has provision for around 48 75 visiting boats. e harbour dries out completely at Low Water and access for small cra of 1m draught is about 2 hours either side of High Water. e busy town of Ryde, the largest town on the Island, is packed with a good selection of pubs, restaurants and shops. Ryde has miles of sandy beaches which at low tide creates a vast playground for all manner of seaside fun. Six miles of beaches connects Ryde to the villages of Seaview and Bembridge, which make a wonderful walk or cycle ride. Harbour Master: Shaun Smith VHF Ch 80 call sign 'Ryde Harbour' Tel: 01983 613879, mobile: 07970 009899 WOOTTON CREEK 5nm east of Cowes A pretty tidal estuary that flows into the Solent just 5 miles east of Cowes, Wootton has an ancient history and has been used as a waterway and port for thousands of years. Anchoring at the mouth of Wootton Creek is not permitted but it may be possible to moor at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club next to the Wightlink Fishbourne car ferry terminal. Smaller boats can navigate up to the Sloop Inn at Wootton Bridge. Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth VHF Ch 11 or 13 Tel: 02392 723694 COWESHARBOURCOMMISSION.CO.UK