In association with Irish Sailing
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.
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.
|2019||Rockabill VI||Paul O'Higgins||Royal Irish Yacht Club||JPK1080|
|2017-2018||Checkmate XV||Dave Cullen||Howth Yacht Club||Half Tonner|
|2016||Joker II||John Maybury||Royal Irish Yacht Club||J109|
|2015||WOW||George Sisk||Royal Irish Yacht Club||Farr 42|
|Anthony O'Leary |
Michael Boyd & Niall Dowling
|Ker 39 |
Gand Soleil 43
|2013||Full Irish||David Kennefick||Royal Cork Yacht Club||Figaro 2|
|2012||NUI Galway||Cathal Clarke & Matin Breen||NUI & Galway Bay Sailing Club||Reflex 38|
|2011||Storm||Pat Kelly||Howth Yacht Club & Rush Sailing Club||J109|
|Anthony O'Leary |
|Royal Cork Yacht Club||Ker 39 |
|2009||Kinetic||Richard Colwell & Tom Murphy||Howth Yacht Club||Corby 25|
|2008||Mariner's Cove |
|Dave Dwyer |
|Royal Cork Yacht Club |
Howth Yacht Club
|Mills 37 |
|2007||Jump Juice||Conor Phelan||Royal Cork Yacht Club||Ker 37|
|2006||Chieftain||Jer O'Rourke||RWYC||Cookson 50|
|2005||Antix||Anthony O'Leary||Royal Cork Yacht Club||Corby 36|
|2004||Voodoo Chile||Eamonn Crosbie|
The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.