There will be plenty of items for discussion when ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney opens up a 'round table' discussion on his advertised theme of 'we have to talk about cruiser racing' at the ICRA conference in Limerick tomorrow.
Former Howth Commodore Brian Turvey argues that ICRA must take on the role of a national handicapping authority if ECHO and IRC systems are to remain relevant and win over ‘What’s The Pointers’. IRC is something ex-pat helmsman Gordon Maguire discussed recently in the Australian Sailing media too.
News from RORC that a 100–strong fleet will contest the 2018 in Euros in Cowes along with the Commodore's Cup gives Ireland a new opportunity to contest an event first sailed at Cork Week last year but wih new rating bands in place for 2018, what Irish small boats are eligible?
Afloat's informal readers poll for the ICRA Boat of the Year award shows Dublin J109 Joker II and Half tonner Harmony neck and neck after over 2,200 votes cast but of course the judges may decide otherwise from the 12–boat shortlist. 4.30pm tomorrow in Limerick will reveal all.
The conference starts tomorrow at 10.30 at the Castletroy Hotel in Limerick.