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ICRA Aims Again for Commodore's Cup Glory

25th January 2013
ICRA Aims Again for Commodore's Cup Glory

#icra – The Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) is to try again and form a team for the 2014 Commodore's Cup in Cowes, an international cruiser team event Ireland won in 2010.

ICRA is seeking declarations of interest from owners to participate in an Irish challenge that was won so convincingly by Anthony O Leary's Antix, Dave Dwyer's

Mariners Cove and Rob Davies Roxy.

"The Cup takes place again in 2014 and it's likely to be a similar format to 2012. The earlier that ideas are exchanged and interest is declared, the better the opportunity to mount a winning challenge" says ICRA chief Norbert Reilly.

It's the second major announcement for the go-ahead Irish sailing body this month. Last week Reilly launched a 'more sailors, more sailing' crew training initiative that kicks off in Howth in April.

Former ICRA Commodore Barry Rose ([email protected]) is the ICRA rep looking after the Team Ireland Commodore's Cup efforts , a role he is well used to having being team manager for the successful three boat team three years ago and the man behind efforts to rekindle interest in 2011 and 2012.

There was little surprise that despite exhaustive efforts over a long period it had not been possible in the current environment for Ireland to mount a defence team for the 2012 Cup.

After months of doubt about Ireland's ability to put a competitive three boat team together Ireland eventually pulled out of mounting a defence for the cup last August. The event was won by host nation Britain.

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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. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)