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Latitude: 50° 45'N
Longitude: 01° 17'W
Country: England

Ownership: Cowes Harbour Commission
Type: Trust
Usage: Leisure, Fishing, Ferry Terminal
Contact name: Capt Rod Hodgson, Harbour Master
Address: Harbour Office, Town Quay, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AS
Telephone no: 01983 293952
E-mail: chc@cowes.co.uk
Website: www.cowes.co.uk/coweschc.html

About Cowes

Cowes has long been the premier yachting centre in Britain and the Home of World Yachting. For almost 175 years Cowes has been host to the organisers of major yachting events, as well as being a busy trading port and shipbuilding centre, becoming one of the most fashionable resorts in the country. It has played host to some of the greatest international sailing events and has a sailing history second to none. It has witnessed some of the most magnificent and traditional yachts ever seen and been the focal point for "Royals" from all over the world to come sailing.

However, Cowes does not rely on tradition alone as changes have been made over the past few months. As you sail in you will witness the redevelopment of Town Quay with the new Red Jet Terminal and the much enlarged Yacht Haven. Further development is proposed over the next few years at Town Quay to create an integrated Harbour and Waterfront Town.

Not so apparent, but vital for Cowes future, is an improved main fairway, which will allow unrestricted access to modern deep drafted yachts. Maxi and super yachts will now be able to come into the heart of the Harbour giving easier access to shore facilities.

The Harbour Commission recently purchased Sheppards Wharf Boatyard. This acquisition will increase the number of moorings for visiting yachts, provide improved walk-ashore moorings and facilities whilst ensuring the Boatyard continues to provide excellent marine services.

All the Yacht Clubs are in buoyant moods, building extra hospitality facilities to cater for increasing numbers of visiting yachtsmen and women. And whilst Cowes Week is unique, additional major events are scheduled to extend the season and increase the vibrancy and prosperity of this Trust Port.

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