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Small tidal stream inaccuracies can develop when advancing beyond HW Portsmouth +6. Because of this we only enable today's tidal stream chartlets to advance 24 hours. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using Cowes Harbour's future tides predictor below.
The above image represents the current tidal streams offshore of this haven. Streams attaining three knots and above are highlighted by red arrows . All times are in local time with red text indicating springs, blue indicating neaps and gray between tidal events. Click [+] to advance the estimate by an hour and click [-] to step back. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using Cowes Harbour's future tides predictor below.
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Arrows represent the direction of tidal streams with lighter or shorter arrows indicating weaker streams. Stronger streams are indicated by heavier or longer arrows, and as mentioned above, red arrows flagging rates of 3 knots and above. Numerals represent [mean neap, mean spring] rates in tenths of a knot. For example the numbers 12,23 would indicate a mean neap of 1.2 knots and a mean spring of 2.3 knots.
More local tidal detailsToday's COWES tides — High waters: 00:14, 12:17, Low waters: 06:08, 18:21
Today's Dover tides — High waters: 01:07, 13:13, Low waters: 06:20, 18:32
We are now approaching the next tidal event that will be Neaps.
MHWS 4.2m MHWN 3.5m MLWN 1.8m MLWS 0.8m
Mean Level 2.7 metres
Cowes has a Double High Water at or near Springs, outside of this the stand lasts for up to two hours. Our estimate is based on the above mean level that is targeted at the middle of the stand. For more accuracy HW Springs at Cowes are 15 minutes before and High Water Neaps 15 minutes after HW Portsmouth. LW Neaps are 20 minutes before and Springs the same as LW Portsmouth. For those using Dover tide tables HW Cowes is approximately 21 minutes after HW Dover.
The general run of tide in mid-Solent turns westbound an hour before HW Portsmouth. At three hours before HW Portsmouth, a useful strong back eddy streams westwards along the coast between Cowes and the Newtown River. During these two hours a vessel has the choice of tidal directions. West bound vessels may make use of the eddy by standing in to the shoreline and East bound vessels can come out into the Western Solent to make the best of it. It is an advantage that is critical to racing yachts.
For planning purposes only, not for navigation. Please see our terms and conditions.
Headline: Winds easing. Mainly clear but turning chilly overnight.
This Evening and Tonight: Strong winds, mainly along coasts, easing through the evening, with clear spells developing across the region. Temperatures falling under clear skies, with a slight frost and a risk of freezing fog patches developing. Minimum Temperature -1C.
Tuesday: A chilly start, early fog lifting to give hazy sunshine. Clouding over from the northwest through the afternoon, some spots of rain possible in the far north by the evening. Maximum Temperature 8C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: Mainly fine on Wednesday with some sunny spells. Becoming windier and more changeable later in the week, still with some sunshine, but also successive bands of rain.
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Coastguard on VHF Channel 16 and this should only be used for distress and urgency calls. Most coastal areas have a good phone signal making it possible to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. HM Coastguards Solent area ‘Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre’ MRCC is situated at Lee-on-Solent; MMSI is 002320011. The centre is manned 24x7 and has a rescue helicopter at its disposal. They keep a watch on VHF Ch 16 and also Ch 67 that can be used for routine communications. Solent Coastguard broadcasts a weather forecast on Ch 86 and Ch 23 once an initial announcement has been made on Ch 16.
Whilst operating in the Solent it is advisable to maintain a radio watch on the port working frequency of Channel 12 used by Southampton Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and shipping. Every 2 hours from 0610-2210 there will be a broadcast on Channel 14, pre-empted by a transmission on Channel 12, giving information on large ship movements, local weather conditions and any new Navigational Warnings.
Other useful contacts
Duty Berthing Master on VHF Channel 69 call sign [HM1]
Cowes Harbour Master: VHF Ch. 69 P: +44 1983 293952
Shepard's Wharf Marina P: +44 1983 0297821 www.shepards.co.uk
Casualties: VHF Ch 16 / 69 user the south end of Trinity Landing for ambulance collection
Hospital P: +44 1983 524081
Doctor P: +44 1983 294902;
Marinas all operate on VHF Ch. 80
Cowes Yacht Haven P: +44 1983 0299975 www.cowesyachthaven.com
East Cowes Marina P: +44 1983 293983 www.eastcowesmarina.co.uk
Island Harbour Control Tower P: +44 1983 539 994 www.island-harbour.co.uk
Folly Inn Berthing Masters VHF Ch. 72 call sign [Folly Launch] P: +44 7884 4000 46
Royal Yacht Squadron P: +44 1983 029 2191
Island Sailing Club P: +44 1983 029 6621
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club P: +44 1983 029 3581
Royal London Yacht Club P: +44 1983 029 9727
Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club P: +44 1983 029 6333
Royal Ocean Racing Club Yacht Club P: +44 029 5144 (during Cowes Week)
East Cowes Sailing Club P: +44 1983 053 1687
Leisure Folios, Admiralty SC5600 ‘The Solent and Approaches’ and the Imray ‘2200 Solent Chart Pack - Selsey Bill to Poole, including the Isle of Wight’. The following Admiralty Charts cover The Solent and Southampton Water. 2045 ‘Outer Approaches to The Solent’, 2035 ‘Western Approaches to the Solent’, 2021 ‘Harbours and Anchorages in the West Solent Area'. Also Imray "C" Chart C3 ‘Isle of Wight’, C15 ‘The Solent’.
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