Cowes Harbour Handbook 2019-2020 2019-2020 - Page 78

HARBOUR INFORMATION NAVIGATING THE RIVER MEDINA Upstream of the Chain Ferry, boatyards and commercial wharves, Kingston Power Station comes into view. e red No. 8 buoy and No. 10 beacon mark the eastern side of the channel; thereaer, the fairway is bounded by the swinging moorings to the east and pontoons to the west. Vessels must adhere to the 6 knots speed limit and should proceed with caution particularly during Low Water periods between the power station and the Folly Inn, where the depth in places is only 0.6m below chart datum. e river dries out upstream of the Folly, although vessels with 2m dra should have no difficulty getting to Island Harbour or Newport Quay from 2 hours before and up to 3 hours aer HW, dependent on the size of the tide. South of the Folly the channel is buoyed but not lit. South of the Folly Inn, management of the River Medina passes from Cowes Harbour Commission to the Isle of Wight Council. TRAINING ACTIVITIES Cowes is home to several maritime training establishments and a favourite destination for many sailing schools. Private owners and crews may also need to practise boat handling skills. Cowes Harbour Commission welcomes both novice and experienced sailors. A dedicated 12 metre training pontoon is located east of the fairway (near No. 8 buoy, south of Kingston Power Station), which is available for all to practise berthing manoeuvres. The pontoon is secured by anchors rather than piles so it is less stable than other pontoons – crews are discouraged from landing on the pontoon except in an emergency, and then only with great care. Please give consideration to others wishing to use this facility and do not lie alongside unnecessarily. Other nearby pontoons and mooring buoys can sometimes be used for training; please check availability with berthing masters, call sign ‘HM1’ on VHF Ch 69. Old Gaffers celebrating their 55th birthday at the Folly HARBOUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE e Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee enables stakeholders to bring issues to the attention of Cowes Harbour Commission, and assists the flow of information from Cowes Harbour Commission to the Cowes community. In particular, the Advisory Committee is consulted on all matters substantially affecting the management, maintenance, improvement, conservation, protection, or regulation of Cowes Harbour and its navigation. e Advisory Committee is made up of a number of members from key stakeholder organisations including yacht clubs, commercial operators, boat builders and local businesses as well as local and 78 County Council, with a Chairman appointed by the members. e CHAC meets several times a year, and aims to provide an effective two-way communication mechanism between the Harbour Commission and its key stakeholders and harbour users. Meeting minutes and representatives names can be found at: Contact the Advisory Committee at or via the Harbour Office, Tel: 01983 293952. COWESHARBOURCOMMISSION.CO.UK