Covid-19 sailing guide

Note: This is a ‘living document’, please check regularly for updates.


Placeholder: Important Contacts


WHSC’s approach to COVID-19 is trusting members to understand and take responsibility for themselves (this responsibility falls back to parents and guardians for junior members). By following and respecting the guidelines we set out members reduce their own risk of infection, which in turn reduces the risk for others.


Important Dates (subject to change):

  • Phase 1 begins 18th May – Travel restriction 5Km. No supervision of sailing. **CURRENT**
  • Phase 2 begins 8th June – Travel restriction 20Km. WHSC will start supervised sailing June 10th.
  • Phase 3 begins 29th June – Travel restriction 20Km
  • Phase 4 begins 20th July – Travel restrictions lifted
  • Phase 5 begins 10th August –

Any  sailor who intends to sail with WHSC as part of organised sailing during Phase 2, must adhere to the following conditions.

  • If you have any symptoms re COVID19, please do not sail and self isolate as per guide lines.
  • Strictly members only.
  • Those who are vulnerable or with special needs are not permitted to sail (as we do not have resources to mitigate your risk).
  • If you have returned from abroad, please self quarantine for 14 days. Do not sail.
  • All sailors should adhere to government travel distance restrictions ( phase 2 within 20km radius).
  • All sailors must be capable of launch and recovery in wind speeds of 12kn.
  • Only single handed dinghies or household crews for other dinghies are allowed.  No mixing of crews from different households. All sailors must contact organisers prior to sailing to confirm time, date and crew, to enable WHSC to maintain a log for contact tracing.

Youth & junior sailors

  • Parent/guardian must take responsibility for all youth sailors and ensure they follow the guidelines.
  • Parent/guardian must remain in proximity to clubhouse or be on the water when juniors are sailing.
  • All sailors must have completed Start Sailing (Level 2) unless specific control measures are put in place (competence level specified in coaching session, for example).
  • Parent/guardian must be available to assist rig, launch and recovery (trolley if required on slip).

Launch and recovery

  • All sailors need to independently rig and launch their dinghies.
  • 4 metre social distancing must be maintained for rigging and on the slip and for all pre and post  sailing activities.

Club house

  • There is no congregating at the club house.
  • There will be NO changing facilities within the clubhouse
  • Toilet facilities are available if required.
  • Cleaning & sanitising stations must be used.

Requirement for on the Water

  • All dinghies must have the painter and paddle/oars to ensure they can return to shore without assistance.
  • Rescue personnel are in charge on the water and all instructions are to be followed immediately.
  • 4 metre social distancing must be maintained on the water. No coming alongside.
  • If a passenger needs to travel by rescue/ferry boat, they must remain at the bow (unless otherwise instructed).
  • If sailors choose to wear a snood/mask they must ensure it does not cause obstruction during a capsize and is easily removable (elastic, not tied).

Club boats

  • Available to hire for members.
  • Advise is to wear suitable full finger gloves.
  • Boats need to be cleaning & sanitising prior and post sailing.
  • Cleaning & sanitising products will be available in Boatshed.

Racing is not anticipated until Phase 3 pending clarification from Sports Ireland