Cowes Harbour Handbook 2019-2020 2019-2020 - Page 73

HARBOUR INFORMATION PRECAUTIONARY AREA Your approach to Cowes may involve transiting the Precautionary Area and the Moving Prohibited Zone (MPZ) that exists around large commercial vessels navigating the approaches to Southampton. e Precautionary Area assists the safe transit of supertankers, cruise ships, and other large commercial vessels over 150m. It is bounded by the Hook buoy off Calshot Castle to the north, and the Gurnard and Prince Consort buoys to the south. • Commercial shipping maintains a right of way in the Precautionary Area; you must keep out of the way. • e MPZs require you to keep at least 1,000m ahead and 100m either side of the ship in question; remember the ‘zone’ moves with the ship. • On a flood tide vessels may initially alter course to port and head towards the Gurnard buoy before making a large alteration to starboard for the orn Channel. • See Notices to Mariners: Port of Southampton – Precautionary Area (orn Channel), Precautionary Area and Thorn Channel APPROACHES TO COWES e Cowes fairway extends approximately 500m north of the Nos. 1 and 2 buoys, and all vessels must comply with Rule 9 of the Collision Regulations (‘Navigation in Narrow Channels’) including: “A vessel of less than 20 metres or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate within a narrow channel or fairway.” e main entrance to the Inner Harbour and River Medina is clearly marked by the green No. 1 and red No. 2 fairway buoys, with the Royal Yacht Squadron prominent to the west of the harbour, and the Cowes Breakwater on the eastern edge of the fairway. Approaching from the west (near the Gurnard north cardinal buoy): • Stay at least 125m from the shore to avoid the rocks along e Green and stay clear of the row of yellow small cra moorings laid between March and October. COWES 2019 – 2020 • Turn into the Inner Fairway and keep to the starboard side as you progress south into the harbour, taking any cross-current into consideration. Approaching from the east: • Pass at least 200m north of Old Castle Point leaving the Shrape Beacon to port. Pass north of all swinging moorings and the Cowes Breakwater before altering course to port to enter the fairway; do not be tempted to pass between the Cowes Breakwater and the red buoy marking the western toe, particularly near Low Water. Alternatively, small vessels may consider using the New Eastern Channel; see page 76 for more information. • If your sailing vessel is fitted with an auxiliary engine, when navigating the Inner Harbour you should proceed with the engine running and ready for immediate use. See Local Notices to Mariners at: 73