Dear Clubs and Centres,

Find below answers/ clarifications to a couple of key areas for a return to sport and an overview from the Executive of key areas following the announcement today.

Current Guidance (as applicable from 12th- 23rd April)

Training Groups of 15

It has been confirmed that currently any activity (including recreational), where it is organised by an RYA affiliated club or centre, falls under this definition and can utilise groups of 15 (inclusive of coaches/ essential personnel).     This would therefore include the likes of a booking system or means by which a club controls numbers and limits them to 15. Protocols should be in place that are communicated and shared with participants.   


RYANI submitted a question outlining whether club racing (members only) could be permitted with the necessary protocols in place and it has been clarified that currently no competition at any level is permitted.

Racing Commences 23rd April

The announcement today has now given us a date of racing being able to restart from 23rd April and we will further clarify what may be permitted or otherwise beyond club racing.


We very much welcome today’s announcement outlining that outdoor sport will be further moving through the subphases of Step 2.  Other elements will also have wider implications for clubs and the boating community on what will be possible in upcoming weeks.

From 23rd April

Outdoor sport organised by a club, individual or individuals affiliated will be extended to include squad training;

Competitive outdoor sport organised by a affiliated clubs/ individuals not exceeding 100 and no spectators permitted

From 30th April

From May 24th (indicative)

Reopening of clubs, outdoors only and limited.

We can reassure members that protocols are nearing completion and will be implemented in the coming days/weeks to permit the swift reopening of sailing at Lough Neagh Sailing Club

Kevin Cushnahan
LNSC Covid Officer

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