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Successful RORC campaigner J121 Darkwood is coming to Cork Week for the ICRA IRC National Championships in July
With less than nine weeks to go, the countdown is on to the ICRA National Championships 2022 which forms part of Volvo Cork Week from July 11th -15th. Hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in…
The start of Schull Sailing Club's Calves Week Race in 2021
Schull Harbour Sailing Club is already preparing for Calves Week in August and has issued the Notice of Race for the West Cork major annual event. “After all the uncertainty which the pandemic created for the past few years, we…
The ultimate local sailor of world standard – the notably good-humoured Tom Kneen at the ICRA Conference in the National YC on Saturday
After a couple of years of remote communication through pandemic times, Saturday’s Irish Cruiser Racer Association AGM & Conference in the National YC had such an already-packed agenda - and in an inevitably socialising setup too - that getting the…
ICRA Commodore Dave Cullen
Howth Yacht Club sailor Dave Cullen has been elected ICRA Commodore at this morning's cruiser-racer AGM in Dun Laoghaire. The top appointment was announced after the election of a new 11-member executive. The 2018 Half Ton Classic Cup World Champion…
ICRA elected a new Commodore at its agm at the National Yacht club in Dun Laoghaire
Key Irish sailing regattas are shaking off the effects of COVID restrictions and preparing for a bumper 2022 season, the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) conference heard yesterday in a show of strength at Dun Laoghaire. Sailors and regatta representatives gathered…
ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell of Howth Yacht Club
 Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Commodore Richard Colwell has received 11 nominations from eight yacht clubs for the association's Executive Committee at this weekend's AGM at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Colwell is urging all members to attend the ICRA AGM,…
The overall 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race winner was Thomas Kneen's JPK 1180 Sunrise, who took the IRC overall trophy. Sunrise finished the 695-mile course into Cherbourg after building a huge lead in the highly competitive IRC 2 class with a corrected finish time of four days and six hours
2021 Fastnet Race winning skipper Thomas Kneen will be a guest speaker at this Saturday's ICRA National Conference and AGM. As Afloat readers will recall, Kneen almost completed an offshore double but then just missed out on the Middle Sea Race in…
The ICRA National Championships that take place as part of Cork Week will have a double weighting for the Boat of the Year Award in 2022
12 regattas and series will determine the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) Boat of the Year award in 2022 including Kinsale Yacht Club's new south coast offshore race around the Blasket Islands. Scoring in the Boat of the Year competition…
Royal Cork's Under 25 crew flying downwind in the club J/24
I’m encouraged by the opening of the Under 25 support programme for the season ahead. It is a further positive step towards bridging the gap through which young sailors were lost to the sport. That was when they wanted to…
Club Under 25 J/24 racing in Cork Harbour during the RCYC Winter League
The Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) Under 25 Support programme is now open for 2022 applications. In 2020, ICRA created a support programme to help clubs develop their own Under 25 squads. In the first two years of the scheme,…
Half Tonner racing on Dublin Bay at the 2021 ICRA National Championships
Dear ICRA members A Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a safe Christmas and an enjoyable New Year break. I have decided not to mention the “C” word and instead, I am sure that with me you…
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 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 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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