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ISORA Champion Mojito – Her USA trip is off after the IRC Worlds in New York were cancelled
Despite a strong entry list from the United States and abroad including Ireland, and the exhaustive efforts of the New York Yacht Club along with the governing bodies for the ORC and IRC rating rules, the decision has been made…
Howth Half Tonner Harmony will be on the water for Howth's Wave Regatta in September for the Half Ton Cup
It would appear that the decision to reschedule Wave Regatta to the second weekend in September is strengthening the event and the inclusion of the ICRA National Championships within the regatta in Howth will certainly focus the plans of many…
The Championships is scheduled to take place from Friday, August 14th to Sunday, August 16th
The Welsh IRC Welsh Championships 2020, is scheduled to take place from Friday, August 14th to Sunday, August 16th. Despite the current restrictions, work is continuing from home on all of the organisational aspects of the championships, and we remain…
The original schedule for the 2020 ICRA Boat of the Year Award have been cancelled
Last week's high-powered ICRA executive meeting took the decision to cancel its original Boat of the Year schedule faced with material changes to the sailing season over COVID-19. 'Once we get clarity on what events will be proceeding, we will reissue a…
The ICRA Nationals will sail at WAVE Regatta off Howth this September
Following the cancellation of Cork Week 300, ICRA has decided to combine the National Championships with this year’s WAVE regatta which will take place at Howth Yacht Club from September 11-13th. The decision was taken by unanimous vote by all…
Until 31st May the RORC Rating Office is cutting the cost of IRC trial certificates by 25%
The RORC Rating Office team is working remotely and continuing to provide the excellent service expected from owners, clubs and the industry around the world. As all sailors are looking forward to when they’ll be able to get out on…
J109 Joker II is set for ICRA and IRC European competition at July's Cork Week Regatta
Irish boats do not now have to choose between the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) national championships or IRC European championships thanks to an integration announced at last weekend’s ICRA conference. Details of this are contained in David O'Brien's Sailing…
The National Yacht Club will host the 2021 ICRA Cruiser Nationals on Dublin Bay in May
The Irish Cruiser Racing (ICRA) National Championships return to Dublin Bay in 2021 it was confirmed at the weekend. The National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire will host the three-day championships from May 28 to 30th, just a week before…
Paul O’Higgins received the Boat of the Year Award for Rockabill VI's overall ICRA performance
While Storm Jorge put a dent in the number of attendees at ICRA's annual conference including Evelyn Cusack being able to attend, a vibrant gathering of over 50 sailors attended the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Following an introduction by Commodore…
Evelyn Cusack will speak at tomorrow's ICRA conference at Dun Laoghaire
You’d like the absolute one hundred per cent top-level insider information on what gives with the approaching Storm Jorge? Well, unless things conspire to such total destructiveness that she has to be at her command post 24/7 as Jorge sweeps…
Ran is on its way to Cork Week in July
The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, has officially launched its prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta, which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around the globe compete on…
ICRA Launches Under 25 Discount Initiative
Building on the new ICRA / Irish Sailing U25 Support Programme, we are now pleased to announce the launch of our 25/25 scheme writes Dave Cullen of ICRA To support the existing and newly formed U25 squads around the country,…
Evelyn Cusack of Met Eireann
Evelyn Cusack (Head of Forecasting, Met Eireann) heads up an exciting and interesting line up of speakers at the 2020 Irish Cruiser Racer National Conference (ICRA) National Conference this month writes ICRA Commodore, Richard Colwell. This year the conference will be held…
La Response is Dun Laoghaire bound
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Cruiser Zero fleet will get a boost this week when its latest addition drops anchor in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The First 40 La Response, formerly known as Courier…
In new ICRA rules, The 'confusing' use of the term ‘ICRA classes’ has been changed to ‘standard groupings’
Some small changes have been made to the ICRA general rules following a successful first season under its new revamped committee and constitution. Overall the objective of the General Rules remains the same; to help race organisers keep their documentation…
The conference will include discussions on current issues and technical aspects of cruiser racing in Ireland
The Royal Irish Yacht Club will host the ICRA Annual Conference on Saturday 29th of February. The conference will include a mix of guest speakers, presentations and discussions on current issues and technical aspects of cruiser racing in Ireland. The…

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 2020

The date for the 2020 edition of the ICRA National Championships is September 11-13th, it will be sailed at Howth Yacht Club as part of WAVE Regatta

ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 28-31 May at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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