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ICRA Announce Short List for Boat of the Year Award

10th November 2011
ICRA Announce Short List for Boat of the Year Award

#BOAT OF THE YEAR – The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced a short list of 16 boats for its annual boat of the year award. The list includes the campaign of recently crowned All Ireland Sailing Champion George Kenefick's Quarter Tonner, Tiger.

The list also includes two other quarter tonners, noting the increase in popularity of the revived retro class, inlcuding the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta winner, Supernova.

Also shortlisted are three Howth Boats inlcuding the recent winner of class zero of the DBSC Cruiser Challenge, the Mills 36 Crazy Horse (Norbert Reilly).

West coast fans will be pleased to see Galway's Joie de Vie, the J109 overall winner of the Clifden based WIORA week.

Offshore interests are represented by the Multiple ISORA winner Matt Davis's Raging Bull from Skerries.

The winner will be announced at the ICRA Conference at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire on November 26th 2011.

Cast your vote: Afloat's readers poll is on the left hand column of our homepage!

The full list published by ICRA this afternoon is as follows.

ALLURE Corby 25 KYC Brian Goggin
ANTIX Ker 39 RCYC Anthony O'Leary
CRAZY HORSE Mills 36 HYC Norbert Reilly
DUX X302 HYC Anthony Gore-Grimes
EOS X-36 Sport KYC David Scott
HARD ON PORT Quarter-ton RStGYC Flor O'Driscoll
IMPETUOUS Corby 25 HYC Noonan/Chambers
JOIE DE VIE J109 GBSC Glenn Cahill
RAGING BULL Sigma 400 Skerries Matt Davis
SEAHAWK Sigma 33ood KYC Clem McElligot
STORM J-109 HYC Peter Kelly
SUNBURN Sunfast 32 HYC Kevin Byrne
SUPERNOVA Quarter-ton RIYC McCormack/Lawless/Shannon
TIGER Quarter-ton RCYC Kenefick/Kenefick/O'Brien
YANKS $ FRANCS Corby 25 RCYC Vinnie O'Shea
WHITE MISCHIEF Sigma 33ood RIYC Tim Goodbody
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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. 

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ICRA Nationals 2022

The date for the 2022 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 11-15 July at the Royal Cork Yacht Club as part of the biennial Cork Week Regatta.

ICRA Nationals 2023

The date for the 2023 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 1st to 3rd September at Howth Yacht Club in Dublin.

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