New navigation rules for Cowes Harbour

If you’re a user of the harbour, new rules will be coming into effect on 2 April. Take note of the diagram.

Busy Cowes harbour

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
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.

Navigation diagram

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Monday, 25th March, 2013 11:46am



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I do not believe it
All very sensible! Good seamanship demands these standards anyway. I wonder if some of those braindead clowns in power boats will be more inclined to look astern now and again to examine their wash rather than only looking ahead whilst ploughimg on at 6knts. and being totally oblivious to the chaos in their wake? They are usually made up by the ‘minutely endowed’ and have to compensate… Read more »
Joseph Moore

Well done CHC – 6 knots through the water is definitely the right way to go.

Certainly if you have a spring tide under you, 6 knots over the ground doesn’t leave much forward motion for steerage and if against, boats could be doing around 10 knots through the water which is much faster than smaller yachts could be travelling and enough to cause a significant wash.