Since the guidelines issued by An Taoiseach last Thursday, Irish Sailing has been in discussions with a number of stakeholders from both competitive and training backgrounds, and have concluded that social distancing is not only difficult to achieve onshore from an organisers’ perspective but also difficult to achieve at a personal level on the water.
For double handers and/or keelboats requiring two or more crew, it is not possible. Even for organised activities involving single-handers requiring safety cover (with two people in the safety boat), it is not achievable.
For this reason, Irish Sailing advises that all organised sailing activity should cease with immediate effect and will be reviewed on 29th March.
NYC Members can still use their boats and go sailing in a private, non-group organised, capacity. However, the changing rooms are not to be used and we remind all our Members to keep observing the HSE guidelines on social distancing among themselves and with the Boathouse staff.
We will continue to monitor Government announcements and update the advice accordingly.
Thanking you for your cooperation.