Update 17 September 2020
Sailing with Covid Plan
Following the Government announcement earlier in the week to launch the new ‘Living with Covid Plan’, Irish Sailing has been drafting a revised plan for sailing incorporating the new Government guidelines. We are seeking clarity on a number of queries in respect of the application of the advice and restrictions for sailing. To date we have received some response to specific questions, however there are still some gaps to be filled before we can publish a final plan, we hope early next week.
In the meantime for the immediate future the advice given by Sport Ireland is … “In relation to competition, it is permissible for participants that fall under the professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship banner to travel to pre-planned competition to maintain fixtures.”
Translated for Sailing this means:
For those on Level 2 there is little if any change to the current status for organising sailing activities.
For level 3 the plan states that sports training should be non-contact, and there should be no matches or events to take place. There are exemptions however ... “Professional/elite/inter-county/club championship/horse-racing can take place behind closed doors.” Translated into sailing terms - The intent is to allow any scheduled national events or training, and club race series that are already underway to be completed. However, there should be no new events or race series started.
In the immediate future this means, under Level 3 it is permissible for the following to go ahead:
- Any existing Regional or National Championships published in the Irish Sailing Calendar
- Any existing scheduled instructor training, or coaching for regional or national squads
- Any existing club race series that has not completed its final race
Current Restrictions For Dublin
Dublin is currently on Level 2 with additional restrictions. While the current status remains in place, Sport Ireland’s advice is … “Based on current Government advice if the competitors are coming from outside Dublin to participate in senior national competition then that is permissible. The same principles apply for journey out of Dublin.”
For full details go HERE.
We will further update this advice once we have clarity, we hope early next week.
Photograph thanks toCara McMorrow-Moriarty