News in from the Cowes Harbour Commission, in their own words. Ed
New rules for managing Cowes Harbour will be introduced on 2 April 2013 after being ratified by Cowes Harbour Commission.
These powers of ‘General Directions’ are a key part of a modernising agenda which aims to ensure that Cowes Harbour can continue to thrive and develop as a world class centre for yachting.
The diagram below illustrates a few of the most significant implications of the new General Directions for craft navigating in Cowes Harbour.
The ‘fairway’ is the area described by the magenta line and continues north of No. 1 and No. 2 lateral buoys. All vessels must comply with Rule 9 of the Collision Regulations (`Navigation in Narrow Channels’) whilst navigating in the fairway.
The ‘outer harbour’ is the area within the harbour limits which is south of the black line and north of the green line on the diagram. Vessels in this area must proceed at a safe speed.
The ‘inner harbour’ is the area south of the green line on the diagram above and extends south to the public house known as `the Folly Inn’. Vessels in this area shall not cause any wash or proceed at a speed greater than 6 knots through the water.