Further Lifting of Restrictions

Further Lifting of Restrictions

Update Tuesday 23 June 2020

Irish Sailing in the process of revising the Phase 3 & 4 of Return to Sailing Scheme

As per the Taoiseach’s announcement last Friday, we are in the process of revising Phase 3 & 4 of our Return to Sailing Scheme. While we realise that clubs and centres will be under pressure to turn around changes quickly for the proposed 29 June start date, we also need to ensure that Sport Ireland and other Government stakeholders get behind the plan. It is recognised that sailing has the particular advantage of being an outdoor sport and as such is a low risk sport. There has also been recognition of the responsible attitude of Irish Sailing organisations as they put their plans in place to lift restrictions, and we are anxious this continues into Phase 3. It appears that there will be little change in activities on the water between Phases 3 & 4, so effectively the plan for Phase 3 is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future (ie the ‘New Normal’).

We feel it is important to share our current thinking at this stage to help Clubs and Centres with their planning. See below the main changes that we are working on– however this may be subject to change in the final draft:

  • The focus for activities will be to maintain physical distancing where possible, and to put in place effective measures (eg following Government guidelines on contact tracing and face masks)
  • Local, Regional and National competition may resume
  • Multi-household groups will be able crew on boats, committee boats, safety boats using a ‘pod’ system (maintaining regular crew as much as possible)
  • Training will also be encouraged to use a ‘pod’ system as much as possible (ie the same groups working with the same instructor for the duration of the course)
  • Travel restrictions expanded to all Ireland
  • Up to 200 people can gather outdoors
  • Club catering facilities serving a ‘substantial meal’ may open

Our intention is to discuss a draft of the plan with Clubs and Centres on Thursday from which we will update our FAQ section.


Harry Hermon, CEO, Irish Sailing


Update, 22 June 2020 

Irish Sailing to publish Phase 3 & 4 Return to Sailing Scheme documents this week

As per the Taoiseach’s announcement last Friday (19 June), sport will see the significant easing of Covid-19 restrictions from Phase 3 onwards, starting on 29 June. We are in the process of revising our Phase 3 and 4 Return to Sailing Scheme to reflect this.

As with previous phases , the first step is to understand the impact of the new Government guidelines on Irish Sailing activities and share a revised plan with Clubs and Centres prior to discussing it with them on Thursday 25th June. We anticipate that pending any last minute changes from Government, we will then be able to publish Phase 3 & 4 on Friday 26 June, along with the updated FAQs and Risk Assessment Documents.

You can find all our Covid-19 updates on our website page here: https://www.sailing.ie/Coronavirus

Safe sailing and #sailsmart

Harry Hermon, CEO, Irish Sailing


Update Friday 19 June 2020

An Taoiseach announces further Lifting of Restrictions from 29th June

This evening An Taoiseach announced plans to “accelerate the reopening of our society and economy with most things in roadmap now being moved to Phase 3 on 29 June”.

Although the statement included a commitment for all sporting activities including full contact sports be allowed to resume, there is currently very little detail communicated or published, and we still have no clarity on how this impacts Irish Sailing’s ‘Return to Sailing Scheme’ for Phase 3.

We anticipate we will be in a position to publish our Phase 3 plan early next week, subject to receipt of clarity around the Taoiseach’s announcement.

Harry Hermon, CEO, Irish Sailing


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