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Cork Harbour cruiser racing has resumed
Cruiser racing has returned with a strong turn-out at the RCYC in Crosshaven for the start of evening racing..Eighteen boats came to the start line for the first Thursday evening cruiser league race. Despite rain, mist and fog, which had…
ICRA's 2019 Boat of the Year, Rockabill VI, a participant in the 2021 ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Training Race Series on Dublin Bay
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced scoring details for its annual Boat of the Year Award. The overall prize was unable to be awarded last year due to COVID-19's impact on the cruiser-racer season. For 2021 and onwards,…
Cometh the hour, cometh the boat. The Laser may have been around for more than fifty years, but thanks to being solo sailed, it was one of the real
"Sailing is a lifestyle activity which evolves as an expression of a vehicle sport afloat". There you go. So now you know. And please note that it's "lifestyle" and not "lifetime", though the latter also applies. Yet you were thinking…
ICRA Nationals 2021 at the National Yacht Club
The Notice of Race and online entry form are now available for the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s National Championships 2021 later this year. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is the host for this…
A Dublin Bay crew require a Plastimo 95 model compass or similar
A Dublin Bay-based race boat crew that have made modifications to their deck layout for the 2021 season require a flush-mounted deck compass to fit a 99-mm opening before the sailing season starts (hopefully) next month. The Plastimo 95 model…
Daragh Connelly is Rear Admiral for Keelboats and sits on the Executive Committee in Royal Cork Yacht Club
ICRA Commodore, Richard Colwell has welcomed two new Committee members, Saoirse Reynolds and Daragh Connelly to the ommittee of the national cruiser-racer body. As Afloat reported previously, stepping down from their ICRA roles are Johanna Murphy who’s term as Commodore…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has received 94 entries so far for the Open Cruiser Championship (8th – 11th July 2021) on Dublin Bay
Entries for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) are beyond expectations for July's event giving organisers the opportunity to close the entry system at the end of April to review the 320 boats received so far. Ireland's biggest regatta on Dublin…
Cork Week 2022 - The ICRA National Championships and the 1720 European Championships are already signed up
Royal Cork Yacht Club organisers have published an 'Advance Notice of Race' for the 2022 Cork Week regatta in Cork Harbour. The Race Committee is planning another action-packed five days of racing for all classes across a variety of courses. The…
WIORA racing at the Aran Islands first ever staging of the championships in 2017
The 2023 West of Ireland Offshore Racing (WIORA) Championships will be sailed at Kilronan Harbour on Inismor, following a vote at the WIORA AGM last week. Galway Bay Sailing Club with Cuman Seoltoireacht Kilronan as well as Foynes Yacht Club…
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association's (ICRA) Under 25 programme got a good response but more needs to be done to stop the decline in IRC spinnaker racing numbers. That's the verdict from the Dun Laoghaire Harbour waterfront where boats from…
The 2021 ICRA Committee
First elected in November 2018, Richard Colwell will continue to lead the Irish Cruiser Racing Association following today's AGM into what is hopefully a busy 2021 summer sailing programme. Speaking at today's online meeting, ICRA Secretary Denis Byrne announced some…
ICRA National Championships racing in 2017 in Cork Harbour. The ICRA fleet returns to Crosshaven in 2022 as part of Cork Week Regatta
The Irish Cruiser Racing (ICRA) National Championships returns to Cork Harbour as part of Cork Week Regatta in 2022. The venue was announced at this weekend's ICRA 2021 Conference online.  The cruiser-racer fleet had planned to race in Cork in…
Regatta organisers are poised for the Government's April 5th announcement including July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Key Irish sailing regattas depend on a Government Level Two status being in place this summer in order to proceed, the Irish Cruiser Racer (ICRA) conference heard yesterday. Over 100 sailors and regatta representatives gathered online to hear the latest regatta news…
An under 25 team racing in a RStGYC J80 keelboat on Dublin Bay
There will be more boats on the water in the season ahead, crewed by young sailors supported by the Irish Cruiser Racing Association's Under 25 programme which has been so successful that ICRA is now working with the national sailing…
Plas Heli, Pwllheli, North Wales is the venue for the 2021 Welsh IRC Championships
The 2021 IRC Welsh National Championships for cruiser-racers will be held at Plas Heli, Pwllheli, North Wales from the 13th - 15th August. Organisers of the Irish Sea event are planning to run both the IRC 1 and 2 class…
Registration Now Open For Online ICRA Conference & AGM
ICRA has published the agenda and registration details for its 2021 Conference and AGM taking place over Zoom on Saturday 6 March. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, RTÉ and Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack will head an exciting and interesting line-up…

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 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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