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September's Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships at Howth Yacht Club will be contested from 8th to 10th September 2023
September's Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships (ICRA) at Howth Yacht Club will move forward one week due to low spring tides. The 2023 Championships will now take place in the north Dublin port from 8th to 10th September 2023. "Due to tidal…
ICRA cruiser-racing on Dublin Bay
The results of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s (ICRA) national survey of members to get their views about racing are being compiled. They are expected to be completed and released within the next week. The survey has been carried out…
Irish boats for one and two - the all-conquering Headcase (4247) hounds the Greystones boat Hard on Port on the way to her second victory of the day in the J24 Europeans in Howth
Cillian Dickson and the crew of the J24 Headcase raced in the 2022 J24 European Championships hosted by Howth Yacht Club. Here Dickson reflects on the incredible 2022 season for the class and for him and the crew aboard Headcase. 2022…
The start of the 2019 National YC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, with eventual overall winner Rockabill VI (JPK 10.80, Paul O’Higgins RIYC) just ahead of Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall, which took line honours and established a new course record. The 30th Anniversary D2D starts in Dublin Bay on June 7th 2023
Did we really manage it? Did we really cram all those major special and routine regular sailing events into the one season of 2022? And all that despite its three main months afloat experiencing decidedly mixed weather? And also despite…
Inshore heading offshore – ISORA 2022 Champion Mojito (Vicky Cox & Peter Dunlop, PSC) powering into clear air at the start of a Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race, with Round Ireland winner Cavatina (Ian Hickey, RCYC) close abeam
Is most “ocean racing” today really oceanic? Does “offshore racing” really involve going truly offshore? Are boats touted as being “cruiser-racers” ever really used for genuine cruising? And are sailing enthusiasts who like to think of themselves as being devoted…
The J99 yacht Snapshot, owned by Mike and Richard Evans of Howth Yacht Club was deemed the clear winner of ICRA's Boat of the Year Award
Following a busy and successful racing season of Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) events nationwide, the J99 yacht Snapshot in Class 1, owned by Mike and Richard Evans of Howth Yacht Club was deemed the clear winner for this prestigious…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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)