Cowes Harbour Handbook 2019-2020 2019-2020 - Page 72

HARBOUR INFORMATION Commercial shipping shares the River Medina, care must be taken. COWES AND THE RIVER MEDINA Important information for harbour users C owes is one of the world’s most famous sailing destinations and the maritime gateway to the Isle of Wight, with an easily accessible harbour and a river navigable as far as Newport. Its central Solent location brings sailors and powerboaters, racers and cruisers flocking to the harbour throughout the year, especially between April and October. Cowes hosts an unrivalled number of racing events and cruising rallies every season, with the renowned Lendy Cowes Week regatta welcoming over 100,000 sailors and visitors into the town. As the Isle of Wight’s main commercial port, Cowes also sees a large number of commercial shipping movements, with high-speed and vehicle ferries, and ships up to 100m in length transiting the harbour and river. It is essential for everyone’s safety and enjoyment that all water users understand how to navigate safely, and know the local regulations and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs). Please see ‘Fast Facts – Ferries and Commercial Vessels’ on page 80. 72 SHIPPING MOVEMENTS Southampton Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) transmits routine traffic and information broadcasts year round; these are intended for commercial vessels as well as leisure users. Traffic and navigational broadcasts are given on VHF 14, on the hour from 0600 to 2200 Friday to Sunday and Bank holiday Mondays: Easter Good Friday until the last weekend in October. 0600 to 2200 daily: 1 June to 30 September. Information broadcasts include expected movements of vessels over 150m LOA, navigational warnings in force and any pertinent safety information, (weather observations at the VTS station, tidal readings and predictions). Check the seasonal times at: COWESHARBOURCOMMISSION.CO.UK