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Foxall to Make Round World Presentation at ICRA Conference

2nd November 2012
Foxall to Make Round World Presentation at ICRA Conference

#icra – Successful offshore sailor Damian Foxall will make a presentation at this month's ICRA conference in Kilkenny in a fortnight's time entitled: 'Nine Round the World Races Success or Failure?

It will be a further highlight presentation to round off a day that also sees top International Irish Race officer Jack Roy give an account of his experience as a Race Officer at the 2012 Olympics. He will also offer the opportunity to exchange ideas with a leading Race Officer on developments for Cruiser Racing formats.

Kinsale's Ian Travers will also be doing a presentation on small boat sailing and exciting developments in restoring quarter ton yachts for National and International competition.

Ideas for developing a Sail Training Academy by ICRA will also be floated and there will be update on Brewin Dolphin Commodores Cup developments including Irish attempts to field a team to contest the next event in 2014.

Reviews of ICRA Nationals will include a decision on discard format and launch of 2013 event in Fenit.

Venues for future ICRA National Championships will also be discussed. The event is heading for Dun Laoghaire in 2014.

November 17 promises to be an interesting day when all cruiser racing sailors are welcome to attend and have opportunity to exchange ideas on how best Cruiser Racing can develop in the future.

The day will Start at 11am and finish about 4pm in good time for the Rugby match.

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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.

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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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