Cowes Harbour Handbook 2019-2020 2019-2020 - Page 81

HARBOUR INFORMATION GENERAL REGULATIONS Cowes Harbour is regulated using a set of General Directions designed to promote safe navigation, and protect property, flora and fauna in and around the harbour. Please show consideration to other harbour users. Keep your speed below 6 knots once south of Nos. 1 and 2 buoys or when in the Eastern Channel. Look behind you and check your wash. Sailing vessels are recommended to have their engine ready for use in the Inner Fairway and are strongly recommended to proceed under power wherever possible. See Cowes General Directions at: directions PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES The following activities are prohibited without the written permission of the Harbour Master (General Direction 4.4): • No towing of persons within the Inner Harbour and Outer Fairway. • No kitesurfing within the Inner Harbour and Outer Fairway with the exception of the Shrape Watersports Area. • No windsurfing and paddleboarding within the Outer Fairway and Inner Fairway north of No. 8 fairway buoy. • No spearfishing within the Inner Harbour. • No navigation of hovercraft within the harbour. • No swimming within the fairways and in any areas around or from mooring or berthing facilities. • No jumping or diving into the water from any structure, pile, pontoon, jetty, pier or buoy within the harbour. SAILING TO AND FROM THE UK Anyone who owns, or is responsible for, a leisure cra that sails to or from locations outside the UK is required to provide vessel and goods documentation. For VAT purposes, the Channel Islands are treated as being outside the UK and the EU. All boaters prior to arrival must consider whether to tell the UK Border Force of your arrival: If you are arriving from another EU country, you only need to contact Border Force if you have goods to declare and if anyone onboard requires immigration clearance. If you are travelling by leisure cra from a non-EU country, you must phone the National Yachtline on 0845 723 1110. a-leisure-craft-to-and-from-the-uk ENFORCEMENT POLICY Cowes Harbour Commission has an enforcement policy based on education in the first instance. is generally reverts to formal written warnings and ultimately prosecution for repeat offenders, or for offences bringing significant risk of injury or loss of life. It goes without saying that any users threatening or abusing members of Commission staff will face strict penalties. Any harbour users in breach of a General Direction or Special Direction shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine. Cowes Harbour Commission uses CCTV, including Body Worn Video cameras, for monitoring and enforcement purposes in Cowes Harbour. • Do proceed at less than 6 knots with no wash. DO • Do have your engine ready for use if under sail in the harbour. • Do have an understanding of the expected tidal flows before entering the fairways. • Do check the Chain Ferry’s location and be prepared to give way. • Do use the Eastern Channel instead of the main fairway if there is adequate tide height when arriving or departing to/from the east. • Do give way to vessels in the fairway when departing a mooring or marina. • Don’t proceed at more than 6 knots or produce wash. DON’T • Don’t impede the safe passage of large vessels and ferries that can only navigate within the fairway. • Don’t overtake the Red Jet on her starboard side when approaching the Red Jet terminal. • Don’t tack up the fairway unnecessarily. • Don’t sail close to the Cowes Breakwater. • Don’t swim in the harbour. • Don’t navigate your vessel under the influence of alcohol. For all up-to-date information on navigation in Cowes and the River Medina and current Notices to Mariners go to COWES 2019 – 2020 81