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The ICRA Nationals returns to the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay in 2019
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced dates and venues for the ICRA National Championships in 2019 and 2020 plus details of its end of year Annual Conference and AGM. For 2019 the ICRA National Championships will be held…
Celtic Cup Champions –  “Storm”In IRC 1 “Storm” won overall at the Welsh Championships and takes the inaugural Celtic Cup with wins at Pwllheli Wales, the Scottish Series at Tarbert back in May, a second at the Bangor town regatta, and first at Kip Regatta
Howth Yacht Club's J109 Storm skippered by Pat Kelly has won the inaugural Celtic Cup in Wales after her overall win at the Welsh Championships. In a season-long achievement, the Kelly family lifted the inaugural Celtic Cup with wins at…
Part of the 50–plus boat ICRA championship fleet in Galway Docks. The event was cancelled last Friday with no races having being held due to weather and port restrictions in Galway Docks
Following the cancellation of the ICRA Nationals in Galway last Friday and the explanation on the event Facebook page here, the reigning Class One Champion John Maybury, of J109 Joker II, says it is the fact that the Port of Galway is lock–gated, and not the weather,…
ICRA yachts at Galway Docks awaiting a break in the weather
#ICRA - This year’s ICRA Cruiser Nationals have been dealt a fatal blow with the news that Galway Port is to be locked for much of tomorrow, Saturday 18 August. In a statement this evening announcing the cancellation of all…
ICRA Championship competitors rafted up in Galway Docks
The 2018 ICRA Championships has again fallen victim to the strong winds on Galway Bay this morning. The 53-boat fleet gathered in Galway Docks have been waiting for a break in the weather since Wednesday for the first ever staging…
Galway Bay is one of the first Irish coastal inlets to have been fully mapped by INFOMAR
The Galway Bay based Marine Institute has presented competitors in the 54–boat ICRA Cruiser Racer National Championships currently being hosted by Galway Bay Sailing Club with a large A1 sized full colour poster illustrating the seabed imagery of the Bay…
The ICRA fleet in Galway Docks with Half Tonners, Sportsboats and the large J24 fleet in the foreground
The first race of the ICRA Championships in Galway has been cancelled today due to strong winds on Galway Bay. The 54-boat fleet, moored in Galway Docks, was expecting an early start and as many as four races this morning…
The 54-boat ICRA fleet berthed at Galway Docks
There was a disappointing start to today's WIORA sailing championships with the postponement of the much-anticipated races due to strong winds on Galway Bay. A 54-boat fleet was scheduled to race two races this morning but the Skippers Briefing at the…
John Maybury’s J/109 Joker II will be looking to take her fourth ICRA National title in a row in Galway next week after an extraordinary month in July when she achieved success in the Round Ireland and Beaufort Cup skippered by Commandant Barry Byrne
With three-times-in-a-row class champion Joker 2 (John Maybury, Royal Irish YC) set to defend her title for an unprecedented fourth time, the Irish Cruiser Racing Association Nationals in Galway next week will be making history at least twice over in…
Anthony O'Leary's Antix Beag, from Royal Cork, a customised 1720 is sailing in class two of the ICRA Nationals in Galway
'Provisional' divisions released today for the 53–boat ICRA National Championships fleet show a spread of ten or 11 boats per class for the Galway Bay event that begins next Thursday, August 16th. As Afloat.ie reported earlier today, Dublin and Cork…
The Joker II crew from Dun Laoghaire skippered by John Maybury will defend their ICRA crown in Galway Bay
From Thursday 16 August, Galway Bay Sailing Club hosts Ireland’s national cruiser racing championships for the first time — and a significant turnout is expected from clubs all along the West Coast. As David O'Brien writes in the Irish Times today…
West Cork sailing at its best – Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI in action at Calves Week
West Cork, Ireland's own Lotus Land, should be designated a licensed substance writes W M Nixon. A licensed substance with a proper scientific code, to be administered only by highly-trained professionals. People in white coats. In a clinical setting. For…
Fireworks over Royal Cork Yacht Club celebrate the conclusion of Cork Week 2018
With the best score of any of the 120 boats over the past week, Rory Fekkes’ Fn’Gr8 (Carrickfergus Sailing Club) has been confirmed as the overall winner of Volvo Cork Week following an intense three-race final day. The Antrim boat…
2020 is the Royal Cork YC Tricentenary and1720 was when it first happened. The 1720 Sportsboats racing in towards Cork Harbour with the growing sea breeze are a timely reminder of this globally significant date in just two years’ time
If you set out to explain to a stranger to sailing everything that has been going on afloat and ashore at Volvo Cork Week 2018 (and we refer only to the official events), then you’d find yourself warbling away until…
Big waves and breezy conditions made for fast, close racing
Waterford Harbour's Rob McConnell sailing the Archambault A35 'Fools Gold' has moved up from 18th to 14th from a fleet of 49 after the first four races in Class C of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championships 2018. The Sovereign's…
There's been a light air start to the The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championships
Waterford Harbour's Rob McConnell sailing the Archambault A35 'Fools Gold' is lying 18th from a fleet of 49 after the first two offshore races in Class C of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championships 2018. Full results are here. After…

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