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Authorities have confirmed that crew of privately owned leisure craft arriving in Ireland who do not have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old will not be permitted to land. Dun Laoghaire Marina…
Baltimore Sailing Club
HSE COVID-19 guidelines have impacted Baltimore Sailing Club's popular sailing courses in West Cork this week. In an 'Important Sailing Course Announcement', the club says it is not running courses today and tomorrow (Tuesday, 6th July). A statement on the…
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The Irish Marine Federation has confirmed with the Government that restrictions against visiting vessels in Irish ports remain for the time being. Last week Afloat.ie reported on contradictory advice that emerged in the wake of the latest update to maritime…
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Contradictory advice has emerged in the wake of the latest update to maritime travel restrictions from the Department of Transport. Following yesterday’s (Wednesday 23 June) update to Marine Notice No 16 of 2021, which can be downloaded below, Irish Sailing…
The City Quays at the Port of Cork are to be fenced off in the interest of public safety. The quays are in regular use for commercial shipping and other visiting vessels, such as the Norwegain Tall Ship Christian Radich, as pictured above in this file photo
Following recent large public gatherings at the City Quays, the Port of Cork has decided in the interest of public safety and to be able to accommodate the Port’s commercial shipping traffic in a safe and efficient manner, the Port…
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The Ocean Race Europe has partnered with Quirónprevención of the Quirónsalud group for the design and implementation of a strict COVID-19 prevention protocol for the first edition of the race, which is scheduled to start from Lorient in France on…
After month's of speculation on the state of the 2021 season, Monday marks a return to the water in training mode and the beginning of the 2021 sailing season.
If evidence that Ireland's 2021 sailing season was about to start next week was needed, it was most definitely on display yesterday on Dublin Bay with dozens of different types of sailing cruisers and dinghies taking on a stiff south-easterly…
Sail training resumes from Monday, May 10th and sailing competitions from June 7th under COVID regs
Golf and Tennis Doubles competition returns on Monday, May 10th in a further relaxation of Government COVID rules that has not extended to sailing. Sailing clubs had been urging officials to lobby the Government's Sport Ireland's Expert Group to classify sailing with…
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…

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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