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RYA Northern Ireland has today welcomed the NI Executive announcement permitting outdoor activity.

The announcement paves the way for the boating community to return to the water, where social distancing and other parameters can be strictly adhered to. The guidance specifically cites social distancing for individuals who do not share a household contact and where there is no shared contact with hard surfaces.

RYANI's Chief Operating Officer explains: "The change to legislation permitting outdoor activity now allows recreational activity on the water, where the necessary parameters are in place. We have been seeking clarification from government agencies and have been assured key messaging is to come out soon. We urge that any activity is always done in a conservative and considerate manner to help safeguard public health and not put any additional pressure on the emergency services”.

Gareth Morrison, RNLI Head of Water Safety, adds: "We completely understand that people will want to take to the water, particularly as the weather improves. Our volunteer lifeboat crews are still ready to respond during the public health crisis. However, we are urging anyone who is planning a return to the water to follow key water safety advice, which includes ensuring equipment is maintained and functioning correctly, and making sure that lifesaving apparatus is available. By following this advice we can work together to enjoy a safer summer and reduce the demand on our crews and other emergency services."

RYANI shared guidance to clubs last week, to allow some preparations to begin, including undertaking risk assessments for club-specific activities and facilities. RYANI asks that all members of clubs and the wider community be patient as any parameters in clubs (that are predominantly volunteer-run) are put in place to protect individuals from the risk of infection.

As further clarification and guidance from the government are provided, RYANI will share the necessary advice and information to assure that risk is minimised and public health prioritised. Further analysis of remaining Steps is being sought in order to assess when further activity, outside recreational boating, could take place.

Richard Honeyford

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Luke McIlwaine from Newcastle Yacht Club in County Down was the winner of the Northern Ireland region eSailing Championships held yesterday.

McIlwaine will now go on to represent the area at the finals on 30th May. Luke is a software engineer and as well as sailing has a passion for mountaineering.

Luke commented, “small adjustments make a big advantage”.

His prize for this effort is a Musto Dry Tube Bag.

RYANI congratulated the competitors. “We hope you enjoyed it and we are looking forward to seeing more clubs using the eSailing as an opportunity to engage with members and have a bit of fun”. And international yachtsman Mikey Ferguson from Bangor commented “Well done Luke. No catching you after you shot out of the blocks in the first two races”.

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In response to Tuesday’s announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive Office launching their “Approach to Decision Making” document, RYANI has been analysing and seeking clarity from government officials on the potential for boating activity in NI.

In preparation for any potential resumption of activity, the Governing Body has issued its guidance for Northern Irish clubs to allow considerate preparations and safe planning before restarting any activity, once permitted under the NI Executive’s Plan. 

The guidance has been created as part of the RYA’s ongoing support for Affiliated Clubs during the Covid-19 pandemic. It includes advice on how clubs may be able to facilitate activity while minimising the risk of transmitting infection (including social distancing and adequate cleaning and hygiene) and how to reduce the likelihood of a call-out to emergency services through enhanced risk assessment, maintenance and safety.

Mary Martin, RYANI’s Development Officer explains: “We are pleased to be able to offer this practical guidance to clubs to help them plan for the future. Clubs in Northern Ireland have closed during this lockdown period and we know people want to ensure they are well prepared for any potential resumption of activity.

“We are encouraging clubs to take their time and use this information to carefully plan and develop their own policies which will best suit their venues. Public Health must remain as the primary concern when clubs are able to ease back into activity. This will likely involve creating a team who will be responsible for reviewing what’s practically possible, deciding what’s best for their club and implementing those decisions effectively with clear communication to their membership.

“We urge the members of clubs and the wider boating community to be patient. We remain with the same restrictions in place until otherwise announced by the NI Executive.”

RYANI recognises that without a definitive timeline for the easing of restrictions, planning for clubs will be difficult. This guidance is to ensure they can be as prepared as possible to facilitate a safe return to activity with appropriate social distancing measures, hygiene procedures and risk management practices.

The RYA as a whole has been working as a collective across all four Home Nations in order to issue guidance that is specific to any restrictions that may be specific to each devolved government.

Guidance for RYA Recognised Training Centres and Instructors has also been issued to Principals.

The RYANI team are also offering a series of online Club Development Forums as an opportunity for people in clubs to come together and share their thoughts on the challenges that lie ahead. Project #SailFromHome also shares interactive webinars and club development content every Thursday.

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