Cowes Harbour Handbook 2019-2020 2019-2020 - Page 75

HARBOUR INFORMATION When passing west of the Cowes Breakwater and up to the red No. 2A buoy you may enter a tidal shadow with little movement. However, an outgoing northwesterly flow may be experienced on the west side of the fairway off Trinity Landing and the Royal Yacht Squadron from HW-3hrs. In the Inner Fairway, between No. 2A buoy and No. 4A beacon from HW-2.5hrs to HW, vessels may experience a cross-current of up to 1.5 knots, which will have a tendency to set vessels down towards the western shore. is cross-current splits into two separate flows on the western side of the Inner Fairway, in between the Island Sailing Club and the Red Jet terminal, with a current of up to 1.5 knots running along the foreshore in either direction. COWES BREAKWATER YES No.2 YES NO I SUB SUB MER GED ROC 25m K ALW AYS VISIB LE GED ROC K MER 25m e detached Cowes Breakwater is marked with five GPS-synchronised yellow lights spaced equidistant along the breakwater crest displaying flash characteristic Fl.Y.2.5s. e western toe, which lies on the Inner Fairway extremity, is marked by a red lateral mark Fl.R.2s and the eastern toe by an east cardinal mark VQ(3).5s. Mariners are advised to remain at least 30m from the breakwater crest as the rock-armoured structure extends 25 metres to the north and south, and to avoid passing between the buoys marking the toes of the breakwater. ere is limited clearance over the toes of the breakwater; do not be tempted to cut inside the buoys or you may find yourself aground and holed. Sailors are advised that a large wind shadow may exist on the lee side of the breakwater, particularly in light winds. Mariners are reminded that if you are travelling east-west along the northern side of the breakwater, you may not be visible to cra northbound in the Inner Fairway, and you should avoid entering the Inner Fairway close to the breakwater toe so as to allow a full appraisal of the situation. All mariners shall avoid passing through the area south of the breakwater due to the presence of moorings and the limited depth of water unless proceeding to a mooring in the immediate vicinity. e Cowes Breakwater is private property. Landing is strictly prohibited and an offence under the Cowes Harbour General Directions. Cowes Harbour Commission is planning more harbour improvements to assist safe navigation, see page 82 Improving Cowes Harbour. 2A NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION The western end of Cowes Breakwater and suggested safe routes A transverse cross-section of Cowes Breakwater showing the extent of submerged toes For all up-to-date information on navigation in Cowes and the River Medina and current Notices to Mariners go to cowesharbourcommission.co.uk COWES 2019 – 2020 75