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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…
Galway city and its marine industry is likely to be the most severely affected, according to the report
Dublin may have the highest number of cases of Covid-19 infection, but it is least exposed of all Irish counties to the economic impacts, a new report says. The Atlantic seaboard reliance on tourism and recreation, including the marine sector,…
Inland Fisheries Ireland recommend no competition fishing
Inland Fisheries Ireland has updated its advice regarding angling to reflect the latest Government and NPHET advice.  As and from May 6th anglers may fish in a location less than or equal to 5 km from home. Further guidance is…
Irish Sailing chief executive Harry Hermon
Irish Sailing says it is “seeking clarification” from the Department of Sport as it drafts a plan ahead of the first phase of coronavirus restrictions easing from 18 May. Chief executive Harry Hermon says the governing body for boating in…
RYA Puts Almost One Third Of Staff On Furlough Among Measures To ‘Safeguard The Future’
The RYA has furloughed almost a third of its staff among measures to safeguard its future amid the impact of coronavirus. In a message to member organisations last week, Richard Falk, RYA’s director of training and qualifications outlined the actions…
Guernsey Permits Recreational Boating Under Certain Conditions
In a move that will bring hope to boating communities around Ireland and the UK, harbour authorities in the Channel Island of Guernsey have permitted recreational boaters to sail as part of their daily two-hour exercise window. The move, instituted…
Class One yachts racing on Dublin Bay in 2019
Ireland now has a roadmap to the easing of restrictions from Covid-19 but as Afloat has heard from sailing organisers there is still clarity needed as to how we can return to sailing. Copying what New Zealand is doing as…
Covid-19 Fundraising Scam in Name of Irish Sailing
It has come to the attention of Irish Sailing that an email is circulating, seeking funds to support Covid-19 front line workers and is purporting to be from Irish Sailing’s President. Please be advised this has NOT come from 'Irish…
A J109 Class One yacht passes DBSC's East Mark in 2019. A club survey revealed large support for racing on the Bay this season
There has been overwhelming support from a Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) survey to going racing this season despite the problems posed by COVID-19. The anonymous survey got a response from over half of DBSC's 1,200 members There showed 'huge…
Annalise Murphy after winning silver at Rio 2016
“In my head I was going, ‘If I give up here, they’re going to be saying that Annalise The Olympian has just quit’. So I couldn’t quit.” That’s how Annalise Murphy explains her motivation to keep up her fitness and…
An ISORA Race start off Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2019
There's no doubt the Government publication of its five-level Covid-19 lifting restrictions was well received on Friday because it gave certainty and an idea about the future reopening of Ireland's economy and society. The roadmap will start from 18 May, from…
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough
For those boat owners in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough itching to have access to their boats and get afloat again, the latest communication from Dean & Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas will give some hope. They say that “we’re starting…
RNLI and Coast Guard Search and Rescue services continue to be fully operational and on call 24/7
In advance of the May bank holiday weekend, the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) and RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) are renewing their call to the public not to take part in any water-based activity on or in the sea, while…
A previous Canal Boat Rally at Shannon Harbour
This year’s Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally, which had been scheduled for 19-21 June, has been postponed over the coronavirus pandemic. Ian Skelton, Hon Sec of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland’s Shannon Harbour branch and who confirmed the news,…
Beneteau’s headquarters in Givrand, France
French boatbuilder Beneteau has restarted production at three of its sites as it announced half-year earnings that showed a 4.7% rise in consolidated revenues by the end of February. International Boat Industry reports that this was thanks to sustained business…
Crowds lining the quayside at 2018’s Kinsale Regatta
Retired Kinsale Harbour Master Capt Phil Devitt has confirmed that the 2020 Kinsale Regatta, which had been scheduled for the August Bank Holiday weekend, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We look to 2021 when we set sail again,”…

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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