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The ICRA U25 crew of Kinsailor took third overall at the J24 European Championships in Howth
The ICRA U25 Support Programme is now in its fourth year and currently supporting eleven U25 squads in clubs all over the country. "The programme is showing just what is possible when the energy and enthusiasm of youth are given…
Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom is in the hunt for the ICRA Boat of the Year prize
After a packed summer of cruiser racing, the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has published the latest rankings for its annual Boat of the Year award. As the season winds down and boats start their respective Autumn Leagues, Robert Rendell’s…
At the heart of it – John Maybury in the midst of crew and Flag Officers at Volvo Cork Week with one of the many trophies won by ICRA Nats 2022 Champion Joker II
The complexities of Volvo Cork Week 2022 may have obscured some of the important National Championships taking place within it and its many classes. But aboard the more serious boats, the “hidden target” was the ICRA Nationals 2022, and the…
As well as winning Cork Week's IRC Two division, John Maybury (pictured with one of his trophies) and his Royal Irish J109 Joker II crew were crowned ICRA IRC 2 champions and ICRA's overall winner for 2022
Last week's Cork Week regatta incorporated the Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships for 2022 and produced a list of National Champions that reads like a who's who of the Irish cruiser-racer scene. As previously reported, in IRC 2, the immaculate scoreline of…
Mojito on the last day of Cork Week 2022, capturing the Coastal division prize. The winning Welsh J109 crew in action. from left to right are: Victoria Cox, Peter Dunlop, Anthony Doyle, Dave Jackson, Sammo Jones, Charlotte Greenhalgh, Mike Manzke, Nick Smith and Mark O’Connor
A win for Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox's J109 Mojito in July's inaugural 260-mile K2Q Dun Laoghaire to Cork via Fastnet Race, followed by an overall win of the IRC Coastal Division of Volvo Cork Week, is a highlight of…
Ross McDonald and his winning 1720 crew celebrate European class victory at the Cork Week prizegiving at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for a gallery of all prizewinners below
Volvo Cork Week Regatta came to a close in Crosshaven on Friday evening. 192 boats took part in the biggest Week for many years, which incorporated the ICRA National Championships. As Afloat reported this week, racing was held on five…
James Chalmers and his Knight Build team racing Happy Daize
17 high-performance racer-cruisers had eight races on a mixture of longer round the cans courses and shorter technical windward leeward racetracks during Cork Week 2022 for ICRA National Championships honours. On Day two, the British J/112 Happy Daize was not…
Seven wins from nine races gives Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT the IRC Three Cork Week 2022 title by 11 points in the 19 boat fleet
21 teams enjoyed nine races on windward-leeward and round the cans courses at Cork Week. Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes scored seven race wins out of ten to rocket to the class title. Marcus Ryan’s…
Anthony O'Leary’s Cape 31 Antix
Three windward leeward races were run for the Cape 31 Class competing for the Irish National Championship at Cork Week on Thursday. Anthony O'Leary’s Antix from the Royal Cork YC still leads the championship after scoring a 1-2-4 today. After…
The Key Yachting J99 entry Jam from the Royal Southern YC competing in Cork Week IRC Two
Cork Week Class IRC Two leader, John Maybury’s J/109 Joker 2 from the Royal Irish YC, scored a seventh in the first race of the day but came fighting back with a win and a second place to all but…
Three Thursday wins puts Team Knight Build racing the J/112 Happy Daize from the RORC into the lead at Cork Week
The big boat IRC Class has a new Cork Week leader, Team Knight Build racing J/112 Happy Daize from the RORC, scored three straight bullets today (Thursday) to shoot up the leaderboard to pole position. Louise Makin & Chris Jones’…
Six wins from seven races gives Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT the IRC Three lead by 12 points in the 19 boat fleet
Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron made it six straight bullets in the first race on Thursday at Cork Week but came fifth in the second, proving that the team from Cowes is human! BLT was…
Line honours winner by quite a way on 3hrs 14mins 50secs was Signal 8 (Jamie McWilliam)
Were it not for Jamie McWilliam’s stratospherically-rated Ker 40 Signal 8 managing to pull a miracle performance out of a frustrating day (Thursday), the results in the 21-strong Cork Week Coastal IRC Class would have been almost a reverse listing…
Overall IRC leader John Maybury’s J/109 Joker 2 leads the spinnaker charge out of Cork Harbour
John Maybury’s J/109 Joker 2 from the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire won Wednesday’s Day three Cork Week IRC 2 race by nearly three minutes from Pat Kelly’s J/109 Storm from Rush/Howth YC. The Evans Brothers racing J/99 Snapshot…
Nick Burn’s Royal Hong Kong YC had a great day on Mills 39 Zero II
Nick Burn’s Royal Hong Kong YC had a great Volvo Cork Week day three on the Mills 39 Zero II winning the single race by over 10 minutes after IRC time correction. The third day of  Volvo Cork Week incorporating…
Jamie McWilliam was out of sight ahead at the finish with his Ker 40 Signal 8
Around mid-afternoon today (Wednesday) the anemometers at Sherkin Island, Cork Airport and Roche’s Point were all showing quite decent sailing breezes. Grand day for a spot of steady yacht racing all along the magic Cork coast, you might reasonably think.…

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. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)


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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