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Mirrors racing downwind on Lough Ree
Mirror Sailing Ireland has announced new dates in August for the Northern regionals that were due to take place this weekend, 18-19 July. Lough Ree Yacht Club will now host the Mirror Northerns on the weekend of 29-30 August as…
Guidance On Sailing Events During The Covid-19 Pandemic
A group of volunteer race officials have worked together to create a guidance document to help in planning and implementing safe and happy sailing events for the season ahead. Irish Sailing has now published these guidelines, with details on planning,…
RYA Northern Ireland Updates ‘Step 2’ Guidance For Boaters
RYA Northern Ireland has updated its guidance for boaters following recent announcements by the NI Executive. Sport Northern Ireland officials confirmed that the sport sector remains in Step 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery until further announcements. The situation in…
Dingle Oceanworld in Co Kerry
A Dingle-based marine wildlife sanctuary and aquarium which has recently reopened fears having to close for good without State funding to help cover its bills, as the Irish Examiner reports. Dingle Oceanworld says it is down more than €200,000 in…
Burgee of the UK’s Cruising Association
Permission for overnight stays in England from this Saturday 4 July means a “cautious” return to cruising for those who see their boats in the country, according to the UK’s Cruising Association (CA). The move follows similar changes already introduced…
Ensure Responsible Racing With A Log Book From Viking Marine
The return of racing at yacht, sailing and boat clubs around Ireland this week is hugely welcomed by all. But as pointed out on Afloat.ie last Friday, we are being asked to make safety of a new kind our priority…
Phase 3 of Irish Sailing's “Return to Sailing Scheme” is Published (Download Here!)
Irish Sailing has issued it latest guidance document to take into account the easing of Covid-19 restrictions announced by Government last week, and which come into effect from Monday 29 June. (Downloadable below) Essentially, there is little change in the…
Inis Mór in the Aran Islands
It’s been confirmed that tourist travel to offshore islands will be permitted from next Monday under the next phase of lifting coronavirus restrictions, which was announced last night (Thursday 25 June). RTÉ News reports that the move was recommended by…
Club racing is allowed to resume from next Tuesday (June 30th) provided that crews comply with much-relaxed social distancing requirements
Following the Commodore’s Conference on Zoom yesterday (Thursday) evening to analyse the lifting of COVID-19 Lockdown restrictions, the basic reality is that club racing is allowed to resume from next Tuesday (June 30th) provided that crews comply with much-relaxed social…
Just the two of us….Howth’s Aqua Restaurant Two-Hander was for cruiser-racers only in 2019 (as seen here), but for this year's on Saturday July 18th, other classes will be accommodated, and visiting boats will be very welcome.
If you’re having trouble deciphering what you can do and can’t do as Lockdown lifts, well, welcome aboard. But at least Howth Yacht Club have realised that their annual Aqua Two-Handed Challenge may simplify things for locals and visitors alike,…
DBSC has drafted a plan to commence racing two weeks earlier on the 7th of July for keelboat and cruiser classes
Dublin Bay Sailing Club sees a potential start for keelboat and cruiser classes on July 7th, two weeks earlier than it had originally planned. In a note to members, Commodore Johnathan Nicholson tells members that "following the announcement last Friday…
Under Phase 3 of lockdown easing, it is anticipated multi-household groups will be able to crew on boats, committee boats, safety boats using a ‘pod’ system
Yacht Club Commodores from across Ireland have a conference call planned for tomorrow (Thursday) to see do they all interpret the lockdown-easing regulations the same way as sailing prepares to resume this weekend. The acceleration of the easing of restrictions…
File image of Rossaveal Harbour
Rossaveal joins the list of coastal marinas where white diesel is available for cruising vessels to refuel around Ireland. The news comes in the latest update from Norman Kean of ICC Publications, who has done sterling work keeping up to…
Belfast Harbour Marina
On 15th June the Northern Ireland Executive announced further relaxations to the Coronavirus Regulations and subsequently Bangor Marina updated its information yesterday on Northern Ireland Marinas and Harbours. These developments make some changes to the information here. From 26th June,…
Further Lifting of COVID Restrictions from 29th June
This evening An Taoiseach announced plans to “accelerate the reopening of our society and economy with most things in roadmap now being moved to Phase 3 on 29 June”. Although the statement included a commitment for all sporting activities including…
Irish Sailing Waits for Sport Expert Group’s Response to Phase 3 & 4 Return to Sailing Proposal
Irish Sailing is waiting to hear back from the Government's Sport Expert Group to see if mixed household crew (in a pod system) and using regular crew with effective contact tracing as the mitigating factor will be allowed. 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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