Member Update on reopening & return to boating

Bar reopening

As you will be aware by now the announcement was made last week that licensed premises and member clubs are permitted to open outdoors only from next Friday 30th April albeit with certain restrictions.

We will therefore be reopening the Club bar from next Friday 30th April outdoors using the Boatshed Bar and initially on a limited days and times basis as follows:

Friday                   5pm to 9pm
                                Saturday              3pm to 9 pm
                                Sunday                 3pm to 6 pm

The above days and times will be monitored and if numbers justify and or sailing commences shortly on certain evenings then we will review and increase the opening periods.

Members are advised this is a temporary outdoor arrangement until we can hopefully reopen in the Clubhouse on 24th May (subject to confirmation) and as such will be weather dependent so be prepared for any forecast cold or wet periods should you be using this facility.

Please also note there will be certain limitations on the drinks selection.

In order to access the club via the automatic entrance gates members are required to use their access fob. This is the same fob for accessing the clubhouse via the front door. Please ensure you have your fob!
If you have mislaid your fob or have any issues with it, please contact Trevor Kirkpatrick directly or email the membership secretary Steve Atkinson at to obtain one.

Return to boating

Organised training for groups with a maximum of 15 (inclusive of coaches and safety) was permitted from 12th April and we have trialled this with an RYANI Topper training group last weekend (17/18th) and a Laser training group this weekend (24/25th).

Our own junior training sessions will hopefully recommence on Saturday 1st May for members and further information will be made available on both the club website and via the appropriate What’s App group.

Recreational sailing with mixed households is possible as part of activity that is not organised activity, but this must conform with the wider social contact regulations, which include social distancing and the Rule of two households and 10 people.

Club racing is now permitted but is subject to several restrictions particularly regarding mixed household crews where the rule of 2 households and 10 people still applies and our sailing committee is currently assessing what can be organised by the Club and planning to recommence on water activity as soon as possible.

The published guidance recognises that in some situations whilst afloat it will not be possible to maintain normal social distancing; helps skippers and participants to evaluate the risk and suggests some mitigations which may need to be implemented.  It is important that skippers (in particular) determine a suitable number of crew whilst balancing the risk of Covid transmission vs the risks involved whilst carrying out manoeuvres and generally sailing and racing short-handed.

The Covid 19 Framework for return to boating, FAQs and Mixed Household Guidance are available through the RYANI Return to Boating Web page.

Unfortunately, there remain several restrictions that will impact on some Club organised sailing activity and future updates will be communicated and shared as soon as reasonably possible.
We want to get our sailing activity back on the water asap but in a safe and responsible manner for our members.

& finally Boat Detail updates

For the purpose of club racing and for use at Belfast Lough Yachting Conference regattas we maintain a record of club members boats. We need to provide a list of boat names and sails numbers and owner names so that they can be identified at regattas around the Lough.  These updates are required to be compiled before the end of April for BLYC.  We would be grateful if you know of any changes either to your own boat ownership or others that you are aware of could you let us know by email to 
The details we currently hold are on the website at

Trevor McCaig