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EU Advisory Body Calls for Recovery Measures for Boating & Nautical Tourism
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an official advisory body of the European Union, published its opinion on Transport and Tourism in 2020 and beyond. It recommends policy measures to help the boating and nautical tourism sector in its…
Laser racing on Dublin Bay is part of a number of events cancelled in the capital
Some key end of summer Dublin sailing events have been cancelled with immediate effect this weekend as a result of the Government's level three restrictions announced this evening. The announcement led the country's largest yacht racing club, Dublin Bay Sailing Club,…
One of the tunnelled bridges of The Gobbins cliff path
Co Antrim’s famous coastal path at The Gobbins is set to reopen next week on Tuesday 1 September. months after it was closed in the initial wave of coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland. As RTÉ News reports, the cliff path…
Sailing at a previous Watersports Inclusion Games
This year’s Watersports Inclusion Games, which had been set for 5-6 September at Lough Derg Yacht Club, have been cancelled over continued coronavirus concerns. In a statement, Irish Sailing said that “the current trajectory of the virus spread, coupled with…
Lockdown Sees Huge Increase In Supertrawler Fishing Of UK Protected Areas
Supertrawlers spent almost twice as much time fishing in the UK’s protected waters in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2019, according to an investigation by Greenpeace. As the Guardian reports, supertrawlers spent 5,590 hours…
Mixed Household Crews Allowed For Sailing & Racing In Northern Ireland
RYANI has has issued new guidance which allows for sailing and racing for people from different households in Northern Ireland waters. The guidance has been developed within the current coronavirus legislation and follows the parameters now also in place in…
World Sailing AGM & General Assembly Moving Online Only For 2020
World Sailing has announced it will hold its 2020 Annual General Meeting and General Assembly online only due to the global challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Abu Dhabi in the UAE had been scheduled to host World Sailing’s annual…
The WI jetty at Clonmacnoise is among a number closed for two weeks under localised restrictions in Midlands counties
Waterways Ireland has closed a number of jetties and visitor moorings on its inland waterways in counties Laois, Offaly and Kildare due to the localised coronavirus restrictions imposed by the Government from yesterday evening, Friday 7 August. The affected jetties…
Small Grants For Sports Clubs In Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown To Fund Reopening
Dun Laoghaire’s waterfront yacht clubs are among the sports clubs that may be eligible to apply for Covid-19 Club Small Grants of up to €1,500 through the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership. The grants are part of a series of…
Sailors taking part in last year’s Women at the Helm regatta
It is with great reluctance that Irish Sailing have decided, along with hosts the National Yacht Club, to cancel the Women at the Helm regatta that had been set to take place later this month, writes Gail McAllister. Despite the…
No visitors will set foot on Skellig Michael this year due to coronavirus concerns
Skellig Michael will not be reopened to visitors this season due to concerns around the spread of coronavirus, the OPW has confirmed. But as The Irish Times reports, the decision which followed a promised assessment after the island was closed…
Reminder On Covid-19 Guidance For Domestic Passenger Vessels
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has issued a reminder of guidance for all operators of domestic passenger vessels to prevent the spread of coronavirus on their services. This includes the Covid-19 Marine Travel Protocol and guidance for ferry…
Dingle Harbour in Co Kerry
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has confirmed that bathroom and shower facilities at Dingle’s harbour and marina will reopen by the coming weekend. Marina users had expressed dismay that facilities at the fishery harbour had remained…
Mirror dinghy racing in Sligo Bay, which will host the 2020 Mirror Nationals next month
New dates have been announced for the Mirror Nationals and Eastern regional championships by Mirror Sailing Ireland following this summer’s disruption to the schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sligo Yacht Club, host venue for next year’s Mirror Worlds, will welcome…
A clear statement: the Royal Ulster Yacht Club’s prototype insignia facemask ironically disguises the wearer very effectively, but leaves no doubt about his club.
If we need any further indication of the longterm seriousness of the current public health precautions in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, then we’re told everything by the fact that sailing and yacht clubs are finally responding through acquiring…
The new Zhik mask - When it gets wet with the spray of the bow, it still feels very comfortable
In the light of the new July ruling's about face coverings, Piet Poelmann, CEO of Zhik, the Australian marine clothing brand, has introduced a new face mask that is weatherproof, washable and comfortable. It is not just another face mask.…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Irish Sailing & Boating

Since restrictions began in March 2020, the Government is preparing for a 'controlled and gradual return to sport' and the 2020 sailing fixtures are being tentatively redrafted by yacht clubs, rowing clubs angling and diving clubs across Ireland as the country enters a new phase in dealing with the Coronavirus. The hope is that a COVID-19 restrictions might be eased by May 5th as Sport Ireland has asked national governing bodies for information on the challenges they face. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) everyone has been asked to stay at home. But some people may need to do more than this.

You may need to either:

You do these things to stop other people from getting coronavirus.

Read advice for people in at-risk groups

Read advice about cocooning.

Restricted movements

Everybody in Ireland has been asked to stay at home. You should only go out for a few reasons, such as shopping for food.

But you need to restrict your movements further if you: 

  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, but you feel well
  • are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus
  • have returned to Ireland from another country

You need to restrict your movements for at least 14 days.

But if the person you live with has had a test and it is negative, you don't need to wait 14 days. You should still follow the advice for everyone - stay at home as much as possible.

Close contact

This is only a guide but close contact can mean:

  • spending more than 15 minutes of face-to-face contact within 2 metres of an infected person
  • living in the same house or shared accommodation as an infected person

How to restrict your movements 

Follow the advice for everybody - stay at home.

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