#icra – November's Irish Cruiser Racer Conference (ICRA) in Kilkenny on November 17th will feature reports from the Olympic Games from Dun Laoghaire race officer Jack Roy who officiated in Weymouth, ICRA will also propose a new youth sailing academy and Ian Travers will report on the rise and rise of the Quarter ton fleet.
The packed one day conference is an opportunity for all cruiser racing sailors to exchange views and engage on all issues that are important to sector. All cruiser sailors are automatically members of ICRA and are very welcome.
The conference will also see the presentation of ICRA's boat of the year award. Nominations are invited.
A discussion on the issue of discards at the 2013 ICRA National Championships at Tralee Bay Sailing Club at Fenit will also take place.
Options for the biggest cruiser event of the year include one discard after six races are sailed or the last race is non discardable as has been the case for last two years or that championships becomes a non discard event.
The Kilkenny conference at the Newpark hotel will review the 2012 Nationals at Howth and it will include a presentation of a professional survey carried out by Richard Colwell.
ICRA will propose ideas for development of a Sailing Academy to encourage participation of young sailors in major International events.
Ian Travers will make an interesting and informative presentation on developments in small boat sailing including recent progress of the quarter ton class and his experience of restoring a leading edge quarter tonner.
Jack Roy recently returned from Race officer duties at Olympics will share his experience and offer the opportunity to engage with a leading Race Officer on issues of relevance to racing sailors.
There will be an update of developments on Brewin Dolphin Commodores Cup and Ireland's efforts to field a team for the next event in 2014.
There will be an update on the new system of nomination for places at ISA all Ireland sailing Championships and how it impacts on ICRA National Championship Winners.
ICRA also hope to announce a further speaker shortly.
The ICRA conference is always a good day out where all those attending are encouraged to engage and air their views over the day.