Can I go Sailing

Following a review of the guidelines issued at the start of the current Level 5 regime, HYC has decided to relax the request previously made to desist from single handed sailing.  Singlehanded sailing and members taking out (on the member’s boat) persons from their own household can now recommence.  Please note that Government regulations do not allow organised activities or travel more than 5km from a member’s home.

Each individual skipper is personally responsible, prior to going on the water, for deciding about weather conditions and the suitability of their craft for the proposed trip.  This is to avoid having to call on assistance from the emergency services or from Club staff.

Prior to sailing, skippers are asked to undertake a risk assessment for their proposed trip that should include potential occurrences and mitigation measures and to only go afloat where the assessment confirms the risks are manageable.  Factors assessed should including the following:

Solo sailors - can you return unaided or with assistance only from a buddy boat?

Are weather conditions, after consulting the forecast(s) for the day, appropriate for the outing?

Prior to sailing, solo sailors must notify someone ashore of their intention to go afloat and their expected time of return.  Solo sailors should carry a VHF radio or mobile phone.

For contact tracing purposes, all members must swipe in with their own membership card on entering the Club premises.  Only non-members from the same household as the member may enter the Club premises and must be signed in by the member in the Marina Office.

On entering or leaving HYC, each person must sanitise and, whilst on the premises - including the hard standing and marina – each person must observe social distancing and wear appropriate face covering.

The Club’s shower and changing facilities will remain closed until further notice.

Please be aware that any breaches of the Public Health regulation / guidelines that are traced to the Club will impact on the reputation of both Howth YC and its members and will also undermine the hard-won confidence of the membership that the Club premises are a haven from the COVID risks.

I thank all our members for their compliance and assistance to date and hopefully we will be able to return to going sailing with less restrictions in the near future.

HYC will monitor COVID related guidance as it is issued from the relevant bodies and will keep you up to date on any consequent changes to the Club’s policy.

Paddy Judge


24 February 2021