Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club is celebrating the completion of a new 38-berth marina, funded by The Crown Estate, at its premises in Cowes Harbour.
The new marina will be officially opened on Saturday, May 7, by round-the-world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur.
As well as increasing the number of berths available from 29 to 38, the new development offers a much bigger and more open launching basin to accommodate sailing events hosted by the club. Particular attention was given in the design of the new marina to providing a shallower sloping access bridge with a non-slip surface connected to a new walkway pier, providing easier and safer access for disabled sailors.
Three differently positioned hoist sockets on the pontoons have also been incorporated so that disabled sailors can be safely transferred in and out of boats by a special hoist. This hoist is being donated by Sailability. An additional new crane has also been provided as part of the scheme to improve boat launching; particularly for the disabled sailors.
Special emphasis has also been paid to environmental issues. All the pontoons have a composite deck made from recycled material for low maintenance. The marina lighting has been installed with low energy LEDs, and metered electricity and water is available for every berth.
Visitors’ berths will mainly be on the outer hammerhead pontoon, but further visitor berthing may be available subject to permanent berthing demand and absent boats.
The seabed has also been dredged, as part of the scheme, to a minimum depth of a least 1.2 metres below Chart Datum.
The new marina has been funded solely by The Crown Estate, and will be leased back to the club over a 25-year period on affordable terms.
Tony Bedingfield, the Club’s vice-commodore, said “Our thanks go to The Crown Estate for agreeing to provide funds for the scheme. Without this the whole project would not have been possible. In particular, The Crown Estate kindly agreed to fund the new crane via its Marine Stewardship Programme to improve access onto the water.”
Iain Mills, Coastal Manager at The Crown Estate, said “As part of our approach to communities, we aim to deliver real benefits by linking our business goals with the needs of local communities. With the professional advice of our regional agents, Chesterton Humberts, we are pleased to have been able to fund this project, provide a grant and work with the club for the long term.”
The new facilities are being brought into use without delay.
The prime contractor for the marina scheme was J T Mackley & Co Ltd.
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