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RYANI chief operating officer Richard Honeyford
The RYANI says it continues to support the Northern Ireland Executive’s guidance on coronavirus lockdown measures. It comes after the weekend announcement by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson easing lockdown restrictions in England only. The announcement, which followed the Republic…
Cruiser racing on Dublin Bay in 2019 in a Class Zero yacht (40-foot and above)
Olympic helmsman, professional sailor and coach Mark Mansfield takes a look at how it may be possible to return to keelboat racing while maintaining social distance onboard. The latest Government five-phase programme appears to allow the reinstatement of boating and…
More News on 'Return to Sailing Plan Early This Week', Say Irish Sailing
Irish Sailing hopes to have 'more information' early this week on its 'Return to Sailing' document, outlining guidelines for a return to the water as Government COVID-19 guidelines are eased. In his latest update, dated May 8th, Irish Sailing Chief…
Yachts tied up at Royal Cork marina in Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour Reader Robin Bateman questions the continuation of the 'no recreational use of the water' advisory issued by the Coastguard and the RNLI Sir, It seems to me that Irish Sailing is in a bind regarding its “return to…
File image of a HM Coastguard SAR helicopter
The number of recorded incidents dealt with by HM Coastguard yesterday has been the highest since the UK was put into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in late March, the service has warned. Friday 8 May saw 97 incidents…
Anglers Returning To Ireland’s Fisheries Under Revised Covid-19 Guidelines
RTÉ News reports that anglers are returning to many of Ireland’s most popular fisheries since the first easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Since this past Wednesday 6 May, as announced by Inland Fisheries Ireland, anglers may fish from riverbanks within 5k…
Portumna Harbour on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland says it is currently planning the roadmap to the reopening of its navigations and the phased return of its workforce. This plan will involve engaging with various stakeholders, such as user groups and other State agencies, and will…
The Skipper Full Programme will be conducted as a nine-week online course, followed by three weeks in situ in Castletownbere once the college can open
The Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) National Fisheries College of Ireland in Castletownbere, Co. Cork is piloting the Skipper Full Certificate of Competency as an online course, commenced this week (6th May 2020). The Skipper Full Programme will be conducted as…
Fishing boats in Howth Harbour in County Dublin
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D, today announced a temporary voluntary fleet tie-up scheme for fishing vessels in the Polyvalent, Beam Trawl and Specific segments of the fishing fleet. Eligible vessels will be supported to…
River Shannon Cruising at Lough Key - Hire firm Carrick Craft will be open in July
Carrickcraft, the leading River Shannon Cruiser-Hire firm, expects to reopen its boat rental business from 20th July and aims to tap into the 'staycation' market as many Irish people are worried about flying abroad this summer due to COVID-19. 'A boat…
Full access - Dun Laoghaire Marina opens again to berth holders on May 18
In line with government guidelines for Public sports amenities, Dun Laoghaire Marina will provide full access to its berth holders in ten days time. While the country's biggest marina - with over 500 berths - has been open, manned and fully…
The RNLI Howth Lifeboat on the MGM Boat hoist in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2019
Enterprising MGM Boats that operate Dun Laoghaire Harbour's boatyard is, like every business, adapting to the new Coronavirus world we are operating in. It's likely that when Dun Laoghaire Marina opens to berth holders on May 18th there will be…
Yves Auvinet, chairman of the SAEM Vendée speaking on France's TV3 on Tuesday
Vendee Globe solo round the world race boss said this week a 'final decision' will be made about the November start of France's 'Everest of sailing' next month due to COVID-19 concerns. Yves Auvinet, chairman of the SAEM Vendée told…
Erica Rhodes, Leah Hanlon, Griff Kelleher and David Jones of the Royal Cork U25 Academy, who have been helping out at UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Crosshaven loft
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has congratulated members of its U25 Academy who have been getting involved in UK Sailmakers Ireland’s recent PPE-making efforts. After closing its Crosshaven loft to customers in mid-March, UK Sailmakers Ireland last month took on…
On board the yacht ‘Two Drifters’ that has just successfully crossed the Pacific Ocean
As Northern Ireland sailors and boaters near the announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive that will outline a blueprint for the easing of lockdown restrictions and Boris Johnson’s anticipated announcement this Sunday, the RYA is working on a range of…
Irish Marine Federation Gives 'Cautious Thumbs-Up' to the Resumption of Recreational Boating
The Irish Marine Federation has given a cautious thumbs-up to the resumption of recreational boating in line with the Government's COVID-19 Restrictions 'Roadmap'. In a statement, the IMF, the national organisation representing both commercial and leisure sectors of the marine industry in…

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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