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Kinsale Yacht Club Welcomes Easing of Restrictions & Awaits Clarification on Competitive Racing Status

31st March 2021
Kinsale Yacht Club marina
Kinsale Yacht Club

West Cork's Kinsale Yacht Club is looking forward to having members who live more than five kilometres from Kinsale visit the club marina to use their boats for family cruises from 12th April.

Club Commodore Mike Walsh says KYC is also looking forward to junior sail training recommencing in pods of not greater than 15 after 26th April.

The Government announced yesterday the phased easing of some Covid-19 restrictions during the month of April as Afloat reported here

Kinsale Yacht Club is planning to host its biennial Sovereign's Cup Regatta from June 23, one of the key regattas of the Irish sailing calendar.

Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore Mike WalshKinsale Yacht Club Commodore Mike Walsh

"We expect to be organising family 'cruises' in company in the vicinity of Kinsale harbour after 26th but we are awaiting clarification from Irish Sailing on whether this is permissible under current guidelines", Walsh told Afloat.

"We understand that IS is lobbying to have competitive racing included with training activities when this aspect is allowed to open up and await eagerly the outcome of these discussions, he added.

The Government says it plans to continue this cautious approach, gradually easing restrictions, while a substantial level of the population is vaccinated during April, May and June, after which, it should be safe to reopen society more widely.

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Kinsale Yacht Club located in Kinsale, County Cork lies just 120 nautical miles from Wales, 240 from North West France and only 500 from the Galician Coast of North Spain.

Kinsale Yacht Club is only a few minutes walk from every shop, hotel, pub and restaurant in Ireland’s gourmet capital but most significantly it is only 30 km by road from Cork, Ireland’s second city, and between the two lies one the region’s main assets - Cork International Airport - with its daily links to many European capitals.

Club members, of which there are more than 600, race Cruisers, One Design Keelboats and Dinghies.

The club runs inshore and offshore races, has an active cruising scene, a powerboat section and most significantly for any real club, a strong and dynamic junior training programme.

Beyond the club’s own marina is the club house itself and the dinghy park. Within the clubhouse are changing rooms, bar and restaurant all with full wheelchair access. The club’s full-time secretariat, steward and marina manager are there to look after sailing visitors and members alike in a relaxed, informal and fun environment.

The club welcomes new members and has always got room on its members’ yachts for new comers to the sport.

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