New small craft channel opens this weekend



Access to Cowes this season will be significantly simpler with the opening of a new small craft channel into Cowes Harbour on the Isle of Wight.

The new buoyed channel, which can be used from Saturday 31 March, cuts through the main harbour moorings and runs directly into the fairway. The 200m channel follows a line from the end of the Shrape breakwater to the main fairway opposite the short stay visitor pontoons at Town Quay.

Deputy Harbour Master Rod Hodgson said, ‘It is hoped the new channel will reduce congestion at the fairway entrance and enable suitable craft to avoid the strong tidal flows in the vicinity. In addition it will remove the temptation for vessels to take a short cut through the small craft moorings where damage to boats and buoys has been a problem in the past.’

For any further information, please see the Local Notices to Mariners on the Cowes Harbour Commission website.

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