New Cowes Harbour restrictions

The following guidance has been received from Cowes Harbour

A breakwater Exclusion Zone marked by IALA buoyage will be established off Cowes during the construction period from May 2014 and will vary in size and shape from time to time.  Boats, whether racing or preparing to race or have finished racing and in whatever direction they are sailing, shall always remain outside of the  breakwater Exclusion Zone, passing to the north of the red No 2 fairway buoy and the North Cardinal Marks.The diagram below shows the maximum extent of the Exclusion Zone.”



“Kahu – a textbook salvage operation”

Andrew Healy, Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said:

“This was a model multi-agency response to a complex pollution incident. There was very minimal impact on the local environment as a result of this incident.”

We reported the fire that led to the superyacht sinking in the River Medina last week.

Read the full story as published by the Island Post

A friend of SPS happened to be in Cowes as the operation was taking place

Photo: Maggie Hastie
Photo: Maggie Hastie


Medina Yard update

We have received the following invitation from the developers:

Medina Yard Exhibition and Community Forum,

Tuesday 5 March 2013 Cowes Methodist Church, Birmingham Road, Cowes PO31 7BH

4.30-6.30pm – Public Exhibition of the Vision for Medina Yard

7.00-9.00pm – Medina Yard Community Forum

I am writing to invite you to the Exhibition of the Vision for Medina Yard and the first Medina Yard Community Forum on Tuesday 5 March. This is a change from the date of 7 March which we mentioned at the Community Planning Weekend Report Back presentation and I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We have changed the date to avoid a clash with a Cowes Town Council meeting.

At the Medina Yard Community Planning Weekend from 1-5 February participants expressed the desire to continue to be involved in the development of the proposals for the future of the site. In response to this, we are holding an exhibition of the emerging proposals from 4.30-6.30pm at Cowes Methodist Church. This will be followed by the Community Forum from 7-9pm. The Forum will be an opportunity for people to see a reduced version of the Vision for Medina Yard PowerPoint show presented on the Tuesday evening of the Community Planning Weekend, hear a project update and then take part in round table groups to discuss the emerging proposals for the site.

Forum Agenda

6.45pm Arrival and sign in 7.00pm Project recap and update

7.30pm Refreshment break 7.45pm Round table discussion groups

8.30pm Reports back 8.50pm Next steps

9.00pm Close

You can view the Broadsheet of the outcomes from the Community Planning Weekend including the illustrative Masterplan of Medina Yard on our website at:

(Signed by the Community Planner of John Thompson and Partners)

Cowes Week Flyer

Posted on 01 Oct 2007

The Society is always trying to attract new members to support our aim to protect the environment of the Solent for future generations. This summer we produced a ‘flyer’ about the Society, aimed at crews who come to sail on the Solent in Skandia Cowes Week. With the kind permission of Stuart Quarrie, of Cowes Combined Clubs, organisers of Cowes Week, the SPS Cowes Flyer was put in the Skipper’s pack of each boat racing in the event – nearly 1000 vessels of all sizes. Further copies were also placed in the Red Funnel ticket offices.

The Cowes Flyer undoubtedly raised Solent Protection Society’s profile as well as some new members and we thank Stuart Quarrie and Cowes Combined Clubs for giving us the opportunity to tell visiting yachtsmen about our work in protecting the Solent.