The guidance has been developed within the current coronavirus legislation and follows the parameters now also in place in England.
It is based upon an assessment of team sports, feedback from the Sport NI Expert Panel and the mitigations required to lower the risks of virus transmission in multi-crewed boats.
The guidance does not include those at a ‘Learn to Sail’ level, which means only proficient sailors can crew with different households.
The move comes two months after many single-handed or single household sailors got back afloat.
RYANI chief operating officer Richard Honeyford said the governing body “strongly believes that the highest risk will often be before and after going afloat”.
‘It remains vitally important that the boating community continue to take a considerate and responsible approach’
He explained: “The new RYANI guidance on sailing and racing with participants from different households during Covid-19 that has been published today (Friday 14 August) outlines the ways in which skippers and participants should review risk and how they might mitigate against that risk in a team environment.”
The guidance highlights the increased risk of certain on-board activities such as rigging, hiking out or two-person winch operation.
It also recognises that while social distancing of two metres may not always be possible onboard, it should always be possible to maintain a minimum separation of 0.5m and outlines other mitigations that should be considered.
Honeyford added: “It remains vitally important that the boating community continue to take a considerate and responsible approach, assessing the risks and following the appropriate mitigating actions.
“We must all play our part and respect any measures that our clubs deem necessary to put in place to allow multi-crewed craft afloat.”