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We aim to bring you regular updates about how the Coronavirus may affect your activities and how we can support you during this difficult time.

This page will bring you the latest update from Harry Hermon, changes Irish Sailing are implementing to help you through this crisis and a wide range of useful links that could help you personally, your club, centre, class, family or business.

If you have any questions at all please email and we are here to help.

Latest Update on COVID-19 and Irish Sailing

The LATEST UPDATES on Coronavirus and Irish Sailing

From Harry Hermon, CEO, Irish Sailing

Covid Update 21 December 2021

Current Covid Measures in Sport

A number of new public health measures were announced on December 17 effective today December 20 2021 through January 30th 2022. These are not directly relevant to most sailing activities, but we thought you make like to note them.

Full details of the announcement can be found here - - New public health measures announced - Friday 17 December (

In relation to organised sporting events the following apply:

Indoor Sport

  • Indoor sporting events will not take place after 8pm. For events happening earlier in the day, attendance should be limited to 50% of venue capacity or 1,000 attendees, whichever is the lower.
  • The 8pm time restriction does not apply to indoor sports training. This training can continue in line with previous guidance and with protective measures in place ( i.e. use of pods where applicable, cleaning/hygiene, ventilation, mask use etc.).

Outdoor Sport

  • Attendance at outdoor sporting events are limited to 50% of venue capacity or 5,000 attendees, whichever is the lower.
  • The 8pm time restriction does not apply to outdoor sporting events or outdoor training.

Sports should also monitor the various updates in relation to close contacts and international travel with a number of changes having come into effect

Safe sailing.

Harry Hermon
21 December 2021

Covid Update 22 Oct 2021

Sport Ireland issue updated guidelines following further lifting of restrictions announced earlier in the week - AVAILABLE HERE.


Harry Hermon

Covid Update 2nd September 2021

Following the announcement by An Taoiseach earlier this week, the following changes that may impact on Sailing Clubs and Training Centres are to come into effect in the coming weeks:

From 20th September 2021

Proof of immunity (vaccinated or recovered) or accompanied minors (under 18)

Mixed Patrons (with and without proof of immunity)

Indoor Training, Competition and Events

Up to 100 Participants

(this can include shore based training with appropriate protective measures)

Pods of up to 6 participants will be permitted (this excludes adult coaches/instructors etc.)


Multiple pods will be permissible and should take into account the overall size of the venue.


Substantial social distancing between individual
pods should be implemented

Outdoor Training, Competition and Events

Restrictions removed – no longer a requirement for Pods while engaged in outdoor activity.


The numbers engaged in organised sailing activity are still reliant on the risk assessments conducted for managing people ashore.


From 22nd October 2021

Based on the criteria of at or close to 90% of people 16 or over being fully vaccinated in the coming weeks, and having regard to the incidence and behaviour of the disease at that time, the Government plan to remove further statutory restrictions in respect of events and activities from 22nd of October.

Some of the following key measures will be removed;

  • Formal requirements/mandates for physical distancing
  • Limits on numbers at outdoor events and engaging in sporting activities outdoors – this allows for greater numbers whilst ashore
  • Restrictions on indoor sports activities and other indoor leisure/community activities
  • Certification of immunity or testing as a prerequisite for access to, or engagement in, any activities or events (with exception of international travel)

Any queries requiring further clarification should be submitted to Harry Hermon (


Harry Hermon



Following an easing of International Travel restrictions, that came into effect from Monday 19th July, the following restrictions apply to sailors and leisure vessels travelling in and out of Ireland.

For all passengers travelling to Ireland

If you are travelling to Ireland from abroad you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure.

All passengers arriving to Ireland are legally obliged to have one of the following:

1. Evidence of having been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency; or

2. Evidence of having recovered from Covid-19 in the previous six months*; or

3. A negative/not detected result from a RT-PCR Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival. Antigen or other alternative tests are not acceptable. 

Travel from within the EU

If you have valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you have valid proof that you have recovered from COVID in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.

Travel from Outside the EU (Incl GB)

If your journey originates in a country to which is not a Designated State:

If you have valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you have valid proof of recovery from COVID in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:

·    present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country

·    self-quarantine for 14 days

·    if you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine. 

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine

Passengers arriving to Ireland who have been in or transited through a designated state in the 14 days prior to their arrival and are travelling on the basis of a negative/not detected result from a RT-PCR test are required to quarantine at a designated facility for up to 14 days.

In addition, a passenger arriving from any location and travelling on the basis of a negative/not detected result from a test and the test is not a RT-PCR test, or whose evidence of vaccination or recovery is deemed invalid, will also be required to quarantine at a designated facility until such time as a negative/not detected result from a RT-PCR test is received.

The cost of mandatory hotel quarantine is at the passengers own expense and should be booked in advance of travel. A passenger subject to mandatory hotel quarantine who has not booked their place in the facility in advance of travel will be denied boarding. A booking for the mandatory quarantine facility can be made here

Travelling with children

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival to travel into the country, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. However, where one accompanying adult needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine.

International Events

Sport Ireland have advised that exemptions relating to elite athletes apply only to those who are carded under Sport Ireland’s High Performance programme. All other sailors, either traveling to Ireland to take part in international events, or those returning home from International Competition, will need to comply with whatever travel restrictions are in place at the time.

Leisure Vessels

As per Marine Notice 16 of 21 (Updated 20/07/21), crew of leisure vessels arriving into Ireland from abroad should comply with the travel restrictions outlined above. In addition they need to comply with HSE requirements for all vessels arriving into Irish Ports which is detailed in Marine Notice 06 of 2020 (Updated 20/07/21).

Harry Hermon


Update 1 June 2021

Following the announcement by An Taoiseach last week, we welcome the intent to allow for a return to competition, and for hospitality to start opening up also. Irish Sailing has published an updated living with Covid Plan and a summary of International Travel Restrictions that are being rolled out over the next couple of months (see below).

We are currently updating our FAQ’s – and would welcome and queries you have for clarification that we can add to the list. Please submit any queries you have to me ( and we will do our best to provide clarity.

In the meantime #sailsmart

Harry Hermon


▶ Irish Sailing Plan for Living with COVID-19 - 1 June 2021

▶ Irish Sailing International Travel - 1 June 2021

Update 4th May

Following discussion with Clubs and Activity Centres earlier today, our revised plan to resume training activities for adults from 10th May, and competition from 7th June is published.

We are grateful for the efforts Irish Sailing stakeholders have made to keep sailing a low risk and Covid free sport, and hope that we will see a return to a more active sailing calendar in the weeks to come.

In the meantime,


Harry Hermon

Irish Sailing Plan for Living with COVID-19 4 May 2021


Training Updates during COVID-19

@27 April 2021


In order to manage the ongoing impact of restrictions and allow for an optimum level of safe training activity to take place as restrictions are eased Irish Sailing will be putting the following arrangements in place to ensure the availability of Instructors, Advanced Instructors and Senior Instructors.

Postponed / Cancelled Instructor Courses

Irish Sailing will maintain a record of all currently scheduled instructor courses. Once there is greater clarity around a timescale for the resumption of activity Irish Sailing will work with the respective Instructor Trainer groups and course organisers to re-schedule courses as efficiently as possible. Priority will be given to previously scheduled courses which were postponed along with Advanced Sailing Instructor and Senior Instructor courses.

Instructor CPD / Revalidation

As it has not been possible to schedule CPD / Revalidation days ahead of the main sailing season Instructors due to revalidate their qualification during 2021 can apply for an extension to the validity of their current qualification to allow them to instruct this summer.

Instructors who have previously held qualifications at any level which have lapsed prior to 2020 will be able to apply on a case by case basis to have their qualification revalidated to cover the 2020 season.

See Training Notice 21 - 2

Emergency Care certification requirements

Due to the restricted availability of emergency care training courses the requirement to hold an emergency care certificate for certification of Irish Sailing Instructors will continue to be suspended for newly qualifying instructors. Instructors qualifying under these conditions will have a time limited validity applied to their certification and an emergency care certificate will be required to extend this validity.

Currently qualified instructors with emergency care certificates which lapse this year will be permitted to continue instructing until they are in a position to revalidate their qualification.

With these arrangements in place it is important to emphasise that there must be someone with a valid emergency care certificate onsite, identified and available at all times when activities are taking place.

See Training Notice 21 - 1

Safeguarding Courses

Irish Sailing in conjunction with Sport Ireland have developed and launched a new facilitated online Safeguarding course which fully meets the requirements for Irish Sailing instructor certification.

These courses are now available to book in the Irish Sailing online shop.

If you have any queries in relation to any of the above or any other matter please do not hesitate to contact or



Senior Instructor Briefings

The annual Senior Instructor briefings will take place on May 19th and 20th on Zoom. The briefings will again focus on managing courses with the current COVID restrictions. The Senior Instructor briefings will be a requirement for any Senior Instructors applying for temporary re-validation or returning with a lapsed qualification.

Training Centre Inspections

The normal programme of Training Centre inspections will resume for the 2021 season. Inspections will again focus on the on the water training delivery element as well as sharing suggestions and feedback to assist in managing courses in a safe and fun way in the current environment. Training Centres are still required to complete the Safety Declaration covering all the normal operating procedures and insurance requirements.

Guidance Document

Irish Sailing has produced a guidance document outlining the arrangements which can be put in place to manage the impact of the current restrictions on training courses. It outlines the kind of adjustments to procedures which may need to be put in place to manage these arrangements while ensuring the safety of operations along with the quality of training

Sail and motor cruising courses;

The following variations to the standard Irish Sailings requirements will be permitted during the 2021 season to allow cruising schools to restart the season as soon as the situation permits.

Centres delivering courses under the cruising scheme up to Day Skipper practical (Sail or Motor), may day-sail from their home port and relax the requirement to live aboard. Exam preparation courses, where possible, may be delivered without living on board.

Training Centres may, if they are satisfied that the syllabi can be sufficiently covered, combine courses at different levels to make a viable course. In doing so the specific requirements of the individual students on board must be taken into account. In some cases it may also be prudent to reduce student numbers to provide sufficient instructional time and/or space onboard.

Federation of Irish Sport Information and Resources COVID-19

26 March 2020

The Federation of Irish Sport share valuable information and resources to help you.

Dept of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

  • The government has announced a National COVID-19 Income Support Scheme. This will provide financial support to Irish workers and businesses affected by the crisis.
  • If you have concerns about your ability to pay your tax liabilities speak to the Revenue Commissioners, who have advised: "On an on-going basis, Revenue engages with viable businesses experiencing temporary cash flow or trading difficulties that affect the timely payment of tax. Revenue works very successfully with businesses that engage early to resolve their tax payment difficulties. Revenue will engage with any viable business thatexperiences temporary cashflow difficulties, including difficulties arising from exceptional circumstances such as the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.”

Dept of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

  • A number of income supports are available from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for your employees during a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related absence or temporary lay-off from work:
    - Employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
    - Workers who are not diagnosed with COVID-19 but who self-isolate
    - Workers whose employers do not supplement/top-up the State Illness Benefit payment (COVID-19)
    - Workers who are requested to stay at home by their employer (COVID-19)
    - Workers who are laid off temporarily or put on to short time working (COVID-19)]
    - Workers who need to take time off work to care for a person affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dept of Finance

  • Extensive supports for SME customers – banks are working to ensure a wide range of credit, cash flow and supply chain supports are offered to businesses who are trying to manage the pressures arising from COVID-19. A deferral of up to 3-months on loan repayments will be of assistance to many businesses
  • If you need to place your employees on a shorter working week or have had to cut their hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your employees can apply for Short Time Work Support.

Department of Health

Department of Tourism Transport and Sport

  • WHO has declared CoVid-19 as a pandemic and all sport has been suspended.
  • Government enforces restrictions on groups of 4 people

Department of Rural and Community Development plan can be found here:

Sports Capital Funding

  • As resources are diverted in response to the challenge posed to the nation by COVID-19 the level of service provided may be affected.

FAQ’s for Employers and Employees in relation to Home-Working on a temporary basis (COVID-19)

As members of the Alliance for Insurance we recommend you follow their work in relation to insurance matters impacted by COVID-19. You will find updates on their work at or on twitter @InsuranceRefIre


Key Updates
Here are some important additions, resources and updates for you: –  The Government has announced a National Covid-19 Income Support Scheme to provide financial support to Irish workers and companies and effected by the crisis. Other measures relevant to all citizens (including sporting events) are announced there. – More than 60,000 applications were made to the HSE’s recruitment drive for staff to join the fight against Covid-19. This may be a useful message to spread to the sporting community to encourage the passing on of that information to medical practitioners within its ranks. – The Department of Health information in relation to Covid-19 can be accessed through their website. – Information on measures including Microfinance Ireland Covid-19 Loan could be relevant to NGBs and clubs. – Up to date international Covid-19 information can be sourced from the World Health Organisation website. – The news section has links to the HSE guidelines and information on social distancing.


Social distancing graphics for premises floors can be found here:








Updated 8 June 2021

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Irish Sailing Office/Services

21 Oct 2021

Under current Government guidelines, while all Irish Sailing services remain available the building itself is closed.  For all our latest updates go to


Supporting Your Staff

A number of organisations have contacted us about keeping on staff for as long as possible. We understand that this is a very difficult situation facing some, and the government scheme announced last night outlined the support available for keeping staff on the payroll if at all possible with as close to full salary as affordable.  

You can read details of the scheme below which clearly sets out the T&Cs and how you register for the scheme.

If you don’t qualify and/or cannot afford it, your staff may be able to apply directly for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. There is some really good information on supports for businesses and employers on the dbei website:

Support for SMEs

Revenue Support

Revenue measures to assist SMEs experiencing cashflow difficulties arising from COVID-19

InlineRevenue outlined some key advice and actions taken to assist small and medium businesses experiencing cashflow and trading difficulties arising from the impacts of the virus.

Revenue Measures to Help SMEs published by OSK HERE

Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

Revenue have published some Frequently Asked Questions on: Operation of the Transitional phase of the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme HERE 


Help with LPT

Revenue changes date for payment of Local Property Tax (LPT) to 21 May

InlineFor property owners who opted to pay their LPT for 2020 by Annual Debit Instruction or Single Debit Authority payment, the deduction date will change from 21 March 2020 to 21 May 2020.

Click here for more.

Safeguarding Training During COVID-19 Restrictions

6th May 2021

Safeguarding Online Courses “Goes Live

Irish Sailing are now running the Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1,2 and 3 Courses Online. These courses are the official 3 hour contact course that are recognised by all Sporting Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships. All attendees will receive their Sport Ireland Safeguarding Certificate which will be valid for 5 years with Irish Sailing. The course is designed for instructors, volunteers, staff and committee members who are engaged with children in sport on a regular basis.

The classes will be delivered by experienced sailing tutors, the course uses breakout rooms, group tasks with workbook and resources to encourage active participation throughout the course. Children must be 16 years of age or greater to attend the course and those under 18 must fill out a parental consent form before attending. There is a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 16 permitted on each course.  

An affiliated club or centre may book an in-house closed course on their preferred date and time for €250 just contact Nuala at to schedule your course. Individuals may book onto a preset open course for €15 per person and you can book onto those courses at 

Pre-set courses will be updated on the shop calendar a month in advance and will run throughout the year. For those candidates who did the Interim online Tusla/Sport Ireland Refresher course during the 2020 Covid Restrictions your certificate is valid to September 2021, but we would very much welcome you attend one of the courses this year and will be emailing you directly with dates of courses.

Irish Sailing appreciates the value of being face to face and in one room and will be resuming the traditional classroom-style courses when it is safe to do so. We look forward to seeing you all again as we prepare for the sailing season ahead and if you have any questions or queries around Safeguarding please feel free to contact 087 8800744.