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Howth Yacht Club will stage the 2023 ICRA National Championships
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced that its 2023 National Championships will be held at Howth Yacht Club in County Dublin. ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell advised “Following requests for expressions of interest from clubs to host the 2023 event,…
ICRA Boat of the Year 2021 - Nieulargo
With the completion of the RCYC Autumn League, the final results are in with Nieulargo claiming victory as ICRA Boat of the Year. Her significant results for the year included winner of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race, second…
The National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour successfully staged the 2021 championships
With the 2022 ICRA National Championships combining with Cork Week next July, the cruiser-racer body is inviting potential host clubs to 'apply' to host its National Championships in 2023 and also 2024. The 2021 Championships, the first to be held…
Wins at the ICRA National Championships and Calves Week put Greystones Harbour J/122 Kaya (Frank Whelan) at the top of the ICRA Boat of the Year table
Thanks to wins at the ICRA National Championships and Calves Week, Greystones based Kaya currently sits on top of the ICRA BoTY rankings on 10.5 points but this weekend's RCYC Autumn League (preview here) may yet decide the winner of ICRA…
Frank Whelan's J/122 from Greystones SC had had a fine season, winning Calves Week in August, and then following it in September with a clean sweep and the overall win in the ICRA Nats. The J/122 – first produced in 2008 – is no longer built, yet Kaya is frontline competitive with the owner-skipper supported by crew-leader Patrick Barnwell, and with Mark Mansfield as tactician for the ICRA Nats
You might say it's unnatural. Normally at this time of year, we'll be talking of the evenings and the season closing in together to facilitate a gently easing pace. But last weekend in Cork, they seemed to have so many…
The Joubert/Nievelt designed Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Martin Mahon) with bases at Courtown Sailing Club in Wexford and Royal Ulster on Belfast Lough is the ICRA IRC Class 3 National Champion
Snoopy, the Joubert/Nievelt designed Quarter Tonner with bases at Courtown Sailing Club in Wexford and Royal Ulster on Belfast Lough can most certainly be classed Top Dog after Marty Mahon's consistent top three performance at the ICRA Nationals in Dublin…
By virtue of her overall win in class Zero, Frank Whelan's J122 Kaya was declared overall winner of the 2021 ICRA championships
Greystones Sailing Club's Frank Whelan and the crew of Kaya emerged as overall winners of the annual Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Championships on Dublin Bay today (Sunday 5th September 2021). Four straight class wins meant the final day wasn't…
Frank Whelan's J/122 Kaya from Greystones Sailing Club
Done and dusted on Saturday night, there was no need for Frank Whelan's J/122 Greystones crew to go afloat at Dun Laoghaire today as the four wins amassed since Friday had already secured the overall victory in the 12-boat ICRA…
First in IRC 1 - The Kelly family from Rush Sailing Club were overall winners in the biggest class of the ICRA Championships in their J109 Storm
Leading from start to finish, the Kelly family J109 from Rush Sailing Club in north county Dublin sealed the IRC One victory in the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay this afternoon with a 4.5 points cushion. Storm counted two…
First in Class 2 - Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XVIII on her way to overall victory of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay
In the end, it became a Half Tonner domination of Class Two of the ICRA Championships on Dublin Bay this weekend, where light to medium conditions played right into the hands of the optimised vintage yachts. All three podium places…
First in IRC 3 - Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Quarter Tonner Snoopy
With a statement of her intent delivered last month at Calves Week in West Cork, Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner 'Snoopy' is the ICRA Divison 3 National Champion at the first attempt after a superbly sailed series on Dublin Bay.  Counting…
Howth yacht Samaton 'makes contact' with Magic Touch at a mark rounding at the ICRA National Championships
Two boats suffered 'serious damage' and were unable to compete in the rest of the ICRA 2021 Championships at the National Yacht Club due to a collision at the top of a windward leg in the first race on Saturday morning. During the…
Success on the south coast at Calves Week last month is being repeated on Dublin Bay this weekend where the J/122 Kaya has a clean sheet after four races sailed in Class Zero of the ICRA Championships
Greystones Sailing Club's J122 Kaya is walking away with the IRC Zero Divison of the ICRA National Championships, counting four wins from four races so far. “The boat is going very well, and we got good positions most of the…
Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Quarter Tonner Snoopy leads IRC 3
Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Quarter Tonner Snoopy from Courtown Sailing Club (with Royal Ulster connections) continue to hold a narrow lead in Class 3 of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay.  The overnight leader scored 1, 2, 2 in…
With top-five results scored in all five races so far - and three race wins to boot - the Kelly family J109 from Rush Sailing Club continues to lead the ICRA Nationals Division One on Dublin Bay. Such consistent sailing…
Half Tonners rule - Checkmate XVIII (Nigel Biggs) and Jonny Swan sailing King One (both pictured above with King One to leeward) are lying first and second overall respectively after five races sailed in the IRC Two Division of the ICRA 2021 National Championships on Dublin Bay
At the helm of David Kelly's King One, Jonny Swan has ruined the perfect scoresheet of Nigel Biggs and his Checkmate XVIII team after an intense second day of competition at the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay. Checkmate continues…

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Information

The creation of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) began in a very low key way in the autumn of 2002 with an exploratory meeting between Denis Kiely, Jim Donegan and Fintan Cairns in the Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the first conference was held in February 2003 in Kilkenny.

While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

ICRA National Championships

Initially, the highlight of the ICRA season was the National Championship, which is essentially self-limiting, as it is restricted to boats which have or would be eligible for an IRC Rating. Boats not actually rated but eligible were catered for by ICRA’s ace number-cruncher Denis Kiely, who took Ireland’s long-established native rating system ECHO to new heights, thereby providing for extra entries which brought fleet numbers at most annual national championships to comfortably above the hundred mark, particularly at the height of the boom years. 

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ICRA Nationals 2022

The date for the 2022 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 11-15 July at the Royal Cork Yacht Club as part of the biennial Cork Week Regatta.

ICRA Nationals 2023

The date for the 2023 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 1st to 3rd September at Howth Yacht Club in Dublin.

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