New 100 metre pontoon is officially opened a week after completion 29/7/06.
The Trinity Landing, located just to the south of the newly completed Royal Yacht Squadron Haven, is being seen as a great success already. With 80 metres of the pontoon open as a public facility for picking up and dropping off it’s proving very popular with visitors and competitors alike. It’s ideally located for access to Cowes Parade and the Regatta Centre. Stuart Quarrie explained, “It’s been really useful so far, all the [CCC] committee boats come inside of the break water, anybody can use the outside, it’s not for mooring, but anyone can pick up or drop off from there.”
The landing was created for four main reasons.
1) Year round landings and short stay moorings
2) To be an events’ platform for events like Skandia Cowes Week and the Cowes Powerboat Festival.
3) A landing where the town of Cowes can bring passengers ashore from Cruise ships that are anchored.
4) The landing will provide the opportunity for Cowes and the Island to attract special VIP vessels such as Tall ships, Superyachts.
The pontoon was officially opened by Dame Ellen MacArthur at 18:00 this evening. Dame Ellen explained that the landing is close to her heart because “My grandma came to Cowes before the Second World War as part of her honeymoon and there’s a photo of her standing on the balustrade that looks similar today as it did back then. So it’s certainly somewhere that’s close to my heart, really as she spoke so fondly of it.”
Plans have been in place for the £750,000 Trinity Landing for some time, but work started early in May 2006 and it was completed last week.