Hornet News

Safer access to Cowes Harbour

Eastern Channel opened

There is now a more direct, all-tide route between the Solent and Cowes for yachts up to 20m in length.

A new, dredged Eastern Channel has been opened, replacing the previous Small Craft Channel.

Work on the channel began in January as the dredging could only be carried out over the winter, due to the eel grass beds off East Cowes.

The 35m-wide Eastern Channel is dredged to 2.25 below chart datum, with the minimum depth of water in the channel equal to the height of tide plus 2.25 metres. Small craft leaving the Eastern Channel, when proceeding into the Inner Fiarway, should give way to vessels in the Inner Fairway and converge with caution.

Mariners should read Cowes Local Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2019, Dredged Eastern Channel, for details.