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385 boats to date had entered for July's now-cancelled Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
July’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021 has been cancelled due to the ongoing "uncertainties" over the Covid-19 pandemic. The scrubbing of Ireland's biggest regatta, scheduled for the first two weekends of July, comes after careful consideration of the latest government…
ISORA training for June's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race is expected to begin on May 15th
Worry over if there will be a 2021 sailing season at all has been replaced by hope after the Government outlined its latest path out of COVID-19 last night. There has been overwhelming optimism following the news of the accelerated…
Pelican of London docked on the Liffey during Dublin Port Riverfest in 2017
It has been a challenging year for sail training in Ireland, with 2020’s slate of tall ships voyages cancelled due to the pandemic and this summer’s schedule also looking unlikely. But as chief executive Daragh Sheridan acknowledges in the Sail…
The first-ever study by European Boating Industry, Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V., and boot Düsseldorf offers a unique insight into how the recreational boating industry in Europe fared in 2020 given the COVID pandemic. Presented at the International Breakfast Meeting on 20…
The Open Dutch Championships ORC 1, 2 and 3 were scheduled to be held during the now cancelled North Sea Regatta
Holland's North Sea Regatta in May has been cancelled again this year. "We are disappointed that we had to make this decision after all our planning efforts for the additional programme started to take shape," organisers said.  The North Sea…
Top Politician Says Cancelling Tokyo Olympics Over Pandemic Concerns ‘Remains an Option’
Cancelling the Tokyo Olympics “remains an option” if the pandemic spread is not brought under control. As the Guardian reports, those were the comments of Toshihiro Nikai, general secretary of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic party, in a TV interview that…
Carrickcraft Set To Resume Operations on Lough Erne from 30 April
Carrickcraft has announced that with the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland, it will start operating for the 2021 cruising season on Lough Erne from Friday 30 April. The cruising firm’s website features a sample itinerary of the attractive…
File image of Portora Lock on the Erne System
Following yesterday’s update on the upcoming easing of Level 5 restrictions on waterways in the Republic, Waterways Ireland has issued an advisory on access to navigations and availability of services in Northern Ireland. As in the rest of the island…
A 30-foot Half Tonner racing on Dublin Bay in pre-COVID times
The Government's phased easing of some Covid-19 restrictions during the month of April was welcome news but there was also some disappointment expressed in boating circles over a lack of clarity contained in the announcement that makes it difficult to…
Howth Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club Commodore Paddy Judge says currently the 'only certainty' following yesterdays announcement of the easing of lockdown restrictions is that junior sail training can recommence from the 26th April with more general sailing probably in May. ‘We welcome the…
RCYC in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour has expressed disappointment that there has not been more clarity on when sailing can see a full return to the water following yesterday's Government announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions. RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead…
1720s sailing off Cork Harbour. The class European Championships are scheduled for Waterford Harbour in early June
Although the summer sailing season draws closer and anticipation builds around a returning to training and competition, there was little concrete for sailing in the cautious government easing of COVID restrictions announced last night. On Dublin Bay, Ireland's boating capital, the…
English Canal Boats Eligible for COVID Restart Grants, British Marine Says
British Marine has said recent guidance issued by the UK Government confirms that canal boats and other vessels in England are, in its view, eligible for COVID-19 recovery grants. The Restart Grants were announced earlier this month by Britain’s Chancellor…
RYA & British Marine Welcome UK’s Extension to Returned Goods Relief Grace Period
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Marine have welcomed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announcement of a six-month extension to the one-year grace period for Returned Goods Relief (RGR) previously put in place by the British Government. The news…
File image of a ship docked at Dublin Port
The Department of Transport has confirmed limited exemptions for maritime crews from mandatory hotel quarantine for those entering the State from high-risk countries, which comes into effect from tomorrow, Friday 26 March. As detailed in Marine Notice No 16 of…
RYANI Gives Statement on Easing of Restrictions in Northern Ireland From 1 April
The RYANI has broadly welcomed the news of easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland from 1 April, as announced last week by First Minister Arlene Foster. The sailing and boating body saidL: “This is very welcome news and follows…

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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