Since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) the situation has quickly evolved, and now we are realising the global perspective of the pandemic. Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of communication and information shared within the Irish sailing community, and I would like to thank all Irish Sailing members for your positive response to restrictions as they were imposed with ever-increasing severity week by week. It is critical however that our clubs are ready to open their doors for sailing as soon as restrictions start to be lifted, and in order for them to be able to do that they need your support.
The strength of a club is its members, and your support is more important now than ever. Our clubs are where we play, compete and have fun. Clubs aren’t just a place to launch a boat – right now they’re a support network – we hear of amazing stories from up and down the country of clubs organising meals on wheels for more vulnerable members, making sure those cocooning are looked after and raising spirits with online quiz nights. They play a vital role in our society, and they need your help.
Irish Sailing is keen that when the restrictions imposed by the COVID 19 virus are lifted, we will all be in a position to get back out on the water quickly. Even though there’s a lockdown in place, and clubs have had to stop all external operations, a lot of work continues behind the scenes to plan for the summer so that our sports can resume as quickly and efficiently as possible. There are still bills to pay – and that’s where members play their part. Clubs need the subscription income from their membership now if they are going to be fully operational when the time comes.
We understand that these are difficult and uncertain times, but we urge you to support your club. Please pay your membership fees and help your club in these difficult times, so that we have many happy sailing days ahead.
Harry Hermon, CEO