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Ireland’s Ocean Economy 2019 report cover
The Marine Institute and the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) at NUI Galway are conducting a survey of marine and marine-related businesses as part of the regular reporting on Ireland’s Ocean Economy. Although the CSO and other State organisations provide…
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The latest Marine Notice from the Irish Maritime Administration notes that as of 00:01am on Sunday 6 March, the COVID-19 travel requirements set out in SI No 45 of 2021 and SI No 135 of 2021 have been revoked by…
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Following a review of current circumstances locally and internationally by the HSE and Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), it has been decided to stand down the health reporting requirements around COVID-19 set out in Marine Notice No 06 of 2020.…
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Sport NI’s COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations is now open for applications with a closing date of noon on Friday 28 January. The programme will support eligible organisations in Northern Ireland which have been negatively affected by the COVID…
For the second year in succession, the giant German Boat Show boot Düsseldorf has been forced to cancel due to mounting Covid-19 infections and new regulations announced by the German government, according to media reports. The trade fair management company…
Admiral Beaufort - his method of measuring the real strength of wind might be of relevance in assessing the progress of COVID-19
The Navan-born Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort KCB FRS FRGS FRAS MRIA (1774-1857) was a man of very many interests, some of them a little startling. His work as the Hydrographer of the Navy is remembered in the name of the…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has decided to curtail large scale indoor activities at the club premises in Crosshaven due to the current Covid situation. The ongoing winter sailing/racing programme for cruisers and dinghies is not affected. Club Admiral Colin…
Howth RNLI presented DBOGA with a Letter of thanks from the Institution for their generous support.
When Covid 19 hit last year, fundraising for Howth RNLI Lifeboat through street flag day collections, St. Patrick’s Day Irish Coffee Mornings, Golf Classics, Boat Jumble Sales and Vintage Car Runs all came to an abrupt halt, Dublin Bay Old…
Following on from June's Sovereigns Cup, 63 cruiser-racers have already entered the September 3-5 ICRA championships at the National Yacht Club
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) and the National Yacht Club are taking steps to minimise the need for close contact during next month's ICRA National Championships. As Afloat reported earlier, 63 boats have already entered the September 3-5 championships…
For a second year, World Sailing 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…
Two medical evacuations took place in separate airlifts from Inismor to University Hospital Galway. It is understood that both patients are in their early twenties
Clusters of Covid-19 have resulted in medical evacuation of two young people from the largest Aran island of Inis Mór at the weekend. As The Times Ireland edition reports, the HSE has confirmed an “increase in Covid infection activity” on…
Crew on board Our Isles and Oceans
On Friday last (30th July), a new scheme for young people affected by the pandemic began in Oban on the Argyll and Bute coast in Scotland. The first participants include a cabaret singer, intensive care doctor and a student. Named…
Graphic showing sample EU COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
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…
File image of Malahide Marina
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…

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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