'Return to play'for boating with crews from different households

You may have seen a few weeks ago the RYA has published �RYA Guidance on sailing& racing with participants from different households during COVID-19 inEngland� which provides clear direction to those who enjoy sailing and racingas part of a team.�

This guidance has been preparedas part of the RYA�s guidance in conjunction with the UK Government Return toTeam Sports Framework and the RYA has successfully demonstrated thatparticipants from different households can sail and boat together provided theyunderstand the risk and implement the most appropriate mitigations.�

The RYA stronglybelieves that the highest risk will often be before and after going afloatwhich is why the security of venues such as clubs remains a priority.�Similarly, individual circumstances relating to a club and the outcome of riskassessments may lead some clubs to decide�

Read the Guidance

The guidance highlights theincreased risk of certain on-board activities such as rigging, hiking out ortwo person winch operation. It also recognises that while social distancing of1m+ may not always be possible on-board, it should always be possible tomaintain a minimum separation of 0.5m. Mitigation of the risk of beingseparated by less than 1m can be provided by reducing the time spent in closeproximity, avoiding face to face contact and not shouting. The role of facecoverings is also considered.�

We have incorporated thesedevelopments into the existing �club guidance on restarting boating� and the �Q&A document for clubs�.�The �Guidance on RestartingRacing� document has been merged with the Guidance for Clubs in Englanddocument.

Latest guidance in the Home Countries�


This week RYA Cymru Wales have released Covid19 Guidance on sailing and racing with crew from different households.

The RYA Cymru Wales�General Guidance for Boating Activity�and�Guidance on Major Events and Covid19 continue to remain critical documents for any venue planning to host sailing activity, along with all applicable Government regulations. More information can be found here.


RYA Scotland�s guidance is reflective of the most recent/updated position for the�Scottish Government�s Covid-19 Routemap (Phase 3). Our guidance is tailored towards Scottish based RYA affiliated clubs and recognised training centres and is designed to aid your decision making process and planning. Guidance information can be found�here.

Northen Ireland

Here is the RYA Northern Ireland C19 guidance on sailing and racing from different households. More information and updated Club Guidance can be found under the�RYANI Return to Boating webpage.