Towards the end of October, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) welcomed Jock Rafferty to the Cowes Harbour Commission team, taking over as the new Marina and Moorings Manager responsible for Shepards Wharf Marina and Cowes Harbour Moorings.
Jock has extensive marina background in both the marine leisure and commercial sectors, including posts at managerial level, new build commissioning, and superyacht construction.
He joins the Harbour Commission from the position of Senior Captain and Operations Manager for ASP Shipping, where he was responsible for commissioning offshore wind farm boats – similar to the South Boats wind farm support vessels that ply up and down the River Medina.
Originally from Edinburgh, Jock worked at Pendrich Steeplejack on leaving school, and just seven years later was made director of National Steeplejacks, which was then followed by a five year directorship at the award winning Steeplejack Services (UK) Ltd.
Jock’s previous experience also includes working for a boatbuilding company in Antigua carrying out all types of shipwright repairs to superyachts and megayachts, and Operations Manager at a marina and large yacht charter company in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
After nearly a month in his new post with CHC, Jock said:
“It’s been very good so far, everyone at Shepards has been fantastic. The marina is extremely well organised and well run and my focus will be to build on what has already been achieved here, highlighting that we aim to provide “premier” services to our marina and dry sailing customers.
“Most of my experience and knowledge lies in the yachting industry, and this should enable me to make a positive impact on the future of Shepards Wharf Marina and in the managing of moorings for Cowes Harbour.
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“I’m also really looking forward to my partner and young son moving to the Island in time for Christmas; the prospect of living here was a major attraction for my family.”