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Cowes plans to extend breakwater

Mon 22 Oct 2012

Cowes plans to extend breakwater

Plans to extend a breakwater on the Isle of Wight could lead to sailing fanatics booking trips to the island for an extended season.

Cowes Harbour Commission is set to manage the construction of a new outer breakwater that would improve shelter at the site and lead to the location being used for more parts of the year.

It is claimed that the development is "vital to the Isle of Wight economy and future prosperity of Cowes Harbour", reports Yachting World.

Harbour Master Stuart McIntosh explained the work is necessary due to the fact that Cowes does not have a natural harbour.

He stated this is as it is "very exposed to weather" from both the north and north-east, adding: "However, it is not just the harbour that the breakwater will protect and strengthen, but the local economy."

As a result of the construction of the outer breakwater, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) would then be able to lead the development of a new East Cowes marina that would be capable of accommodating larger yachts and attracting new events to the Isle of Wight.

It is believed that the marina developer is set to be expected to contribute to the cost and delivery of phases two and three of the harbour infrastructure project.

The cost of the first phase of the scheme is estimated to be around £6 million and this will be split between the HCA and Cowes Harbour Commission.

Once the project has been completed, it is likely there will be an increase in the number of people involved in sailing and yachting travelling to the Isle of Wight for their holidays.

Cowes is famous worldwide for hosting the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week event every year, which attracts tens of thousands of people to the Isle of Wight each August.

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