CompetitorsBerthing and taxis

Berthing in Cowes during the Round the Island Race weekend is in very high demand, and where possible, we recommend that you make your berthing arrangements as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

All of the marinas have space for visitors that's allocated either through advanced booking or on a first-come first-served basis. The marinas generally try to accommodate as many boats as possible for Round the Island Race by friendly rafting up. Some specific details, with contact numbers, are included below.

Marina berths

Cowes Yacht HavenFULLY BOOKED01983 299975 and VHF Channel 80

Cowes Yacht Haven is fully booked for this year's event, but on the day of the race they will try and squeeze in as many vessels as possible once all the pre-booked berth holders have returned. Please call as you approach Cowes and they will do their best to help you. Cowes Yacht Haven will be working with the other marinas to co-ordinate berth availability in the river so do give them a call as you arrive if you have not pre-booked.

East Cowes MarinaFULLY BOOKED01983 293983 and VHF Channel 80

East Cowes is a completely sheltered marina with fully serviced walk-ashore berthing, great facilities and the lively Lifeboat pub right on site. Now fully booked for this year but will do its very best to squeeze in as many competitor boats on the Friday and Saturday nights as possible. East Cowes Marina will be working with the other marinas to co-ordinate berth availability in the river so do give them a call as you arrive if you have not pre-booked.

Island Harbour Marina01983 539994 VHF Channel 80

Island Harbour has berths available for the 2019 Round the Island Race at £3.20 per metre per night. The marina has lock gates and so an early lock-out will be available to ensure that you will be in time for your race. They also offer shore power for an additional £2.85 a night. All berths are pontoon walk ashore.

Island Harbour is a tranquil private marina on the River Medina just 2 miles from Cowes and a little further up river from the Folly. There is an on-site restaurant and bar and a fully equipped chandlery.
Visit www.island-harbour.co.uk or contact info@island-harbour.co.uk.

Shepards Marina 01983 297821 VHF Channel 80 call sign Shepards Marina

Pontoon and swinging moorings

Cowes Roads Swinging Moorings01983 297821 VHF Channel 69 call sign HM1

Pre bookings only and for a minimum of 2 nights at £4.79 per metre. Approx 20 swinging moorings laid to demand. Application form available by contacting shepards.chc@cowes.co.uk. These moorings will be serviced by the ISC Launches.

Whitegates (mid-stream pontoon) 01983 297821 VHF Channel 80 call sign Shepards Marina

Approximately 100 berths in rafts. The price is £4.79 per metre for 2 nights, £2.87 per metre for 1 night.

Folly Reach Visitor Pontoon07884 400046 VHF Channel 72 call sign Folly Launch

Approximately 80 berths in rafts on CHC Pontoon with a similar amount on the Newport pontoon. All bookings through follymoorings@hotmail.com.

Anchoring

Vessels are NOT permitted to anchor in the vicinity of the small craft moorings as identified on BA Chart 2793. Any vessel anchoring in the vicinity of the small craft moorings is not only likely to obstruct the vessels on the swinging moorings but also foul the ground chain with the anchor being lost. In addition vessels must not anchor in the fairway or approaches or in the vicinity of the Trinity House Mooring Buoy. An anchorage is however available beyond the Folly Inn.

Water taxis

There will be no free water taxi service this year, but a number of "pay as you go" water taxis will be available over the weekend.