Under the umbrella of www.cowesyachthaven.com the new online presence of Cowes Yacht Haven encompasses four satellite sites providing information on Marina and Berthing, Boatyard Services, Conferences and Events and Regattas and Rallies.
Cowes Yacht Haven is unique among Solent marinas in that it is owned by a charitable trust, Cowes Town Waterfront Trust, and its remit is to provide year round facilities for hosting major regattas and events including Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, Little Britain Challenge Cup, Cowes Classic Powerboat Festival, Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, Ribex and many more.
In practise this means that Cowes Yacht Haven has significantly fewer permanent berth holders than other marinas with the majority of berths being exclusively available for events and visiting yachtsmen. The number of people wishing to book berths on a short-term basis is therefore much higher and so a new online booking facility has been incorporated into the website to help visitors reserve their berths as quickly and easily as possible. The site is fully mobile compatible so even if you are already afloat you can still book your berth online from your phone.
The new website is also designed to assist those looking to use Cowes Yacht Haven as an event venue. Whether you are looking to host a major sailing regatta, informal rally, company conference, product launch, private party or your wedding all the information you need to start planning your event is now available online.
Cowes Yacht Haven’s full-service boat yard offers lift and launch services, boat repairs, onsite storage and dry sailing packages. Throughout the year special offers will be made available to customers through the new website and via the Facebook and Twitter feeds. Customers can also sign up to receive regular e-mail updates direct to their in-boxes.
The Regatta and Rallies site also incorporates a dedicated Cowes Week section bringing you all the latest news on what’s happening at Cowes Yacht Haven during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. For more than half a century the Cowes Yacht Haven site has been the historic home of Cowes Week and 2011 sees the launch of a brand new Cowes Week Regatta Village, so keep watching the website for all the latest news about events, retailers and entertainment during the week.
“As the Solent’s premiere sailing event centre and home of many of the Island’s major corporate and social functions it is essential that our website presents a professional shop window for the full range of our facilities and services. When looking to redevelop the site we were keen to partner with a local company and in the end we had to look no further than one of our own tenants for the perfect solution. Wight365 is a full service digital creative agency located in one of our office buildings and Mike Jolliffe and his team team have done a fantastic job of developing the new site with us. Our business offers a far more complex range of services than the average marina and www.cowesyachthaven.com now enables us to provide a much broader range of information in a much more user friendly and intuitive way.” Commented Cowes Yacht Haven Managing Director Jon Pridham.
About Cowes Yacht Haven
Cowes Yacht Haven is owned by the Cowes Town Waterfront Trust, a charitable organisation whose prime objective is to rejuvenate Cowes Waterfront, and in particular Cowes Yacht Haven, with particular attention paid to maintaining visual integrity. In 2000/2001 this most important Cowes marina underwent a £2.1 million facelift, providing 3,000 square metres of hard standing and upgrading the mooring facilities.
The Cowes Town Waterfront Trust owns the Cowes Yacht Haven site and invests all the income generated by the marina back into its future. The newest development at Cowes Yacht Haven is the Haven Events Centre, opened in June 2005, and funded by a grant from the Rufford Sir Maurice Lang Foundation. The aim of this construction is to ensure the position of Cowes Yacht Haven as a first class event venue for years to come.
Since its formation in 1991 over £3.5 million has been put into the construction of new buildings and improvements to the facilities. Cowes Yacht Haven has evolved into a prime event location, not only hosting the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week visitors, but providing year round facilities for other regattas such as the Little Britain Challenge Cup, Cowes Classic Powerboat Festival, Commodores Cup and many corporate team building and training events.