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ICRA National Championship Fleet Building Nicely for Tralee Trip

1st May 2013
ICRA National Championship Fleet Building Nicely for Tralee Trip

A super Class 1 fleet is building for June's ICRA national championships.

In fact, Class 1 is now emerging as a cracking class. Entry includes four J109's, including defending champion Ian Nagle's "Jelly Baby" from RCYC, former Champion Pat Kelly from Rush SC and HYC in "Storm" and from the Royal Irish both Declan Hayes in "Indecision" and John Maybury in "Joker 2".

The hosts have produced a promo vid. We like the J24 wipe out at about 58 seconds on the timeline – Check it out above!

These will be joined by Paul O'Higgin's competitive Corby 33 "Rockabill" RIYC/ NYC, along with Denis Hewitt and gang in "Raptor" RIYC and the likes of Derry Good's X362 sport "Exhale II" from RCYC to name but a few.

The West Coast will be represented by Dan Counihan's First 36.7 "Galileo" from TBSC and Barry Heskin from GBSC in "Now What". The Galway Bay Dubois 33 of Barry Heskin, featuring many of the stalwarts from the Joggernaut days in a now toned down version. Martin Breen, also, from Galway will have something to say when it comes to results, so watch this space and watch the west awake!

Lastly, a very exciting new boat will join the fray – Colin Byrne from Royal Irish will be helming an Xp33, rumoured to be a flyer and yet to be named!

Good news is that the discount entry date has been extended for more than 2 weeks to 15th May, so get your entries and payment in now to take advantage of this very generous offer.

Don't miss the unique opportunity to compete in the magnificent waters of Tralee Bay for the Irish Cruiser Racing Association's national championships in conjunction with WIORA's own championships, both in IRC and ECHO.

With only 6 weeks remaining, it is all systems go for the Irish Cruiser Racing Association's National Championships in Tralee Bay (starting June 13th), held in conjunction with the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association's own championships, starting on June 12th, 2013.

If you haven't entered yet, do so immediately! Otherwise, you will be missing a brilliant event in the Irish sailing calendar this year! If you have entered already, and have not sorted out your accommodation and berthing requirements, now is the time to do so. Entries are coming in hard and fast, so get on board with what will be a major event in Irish sailing! Each and every fleet is building up nicely, with fierce competition expected across the board. Two classes are expected in "White Sails/Non Spinnaker" and just because spinnakers will not be flying, these classes will be fought tooth and nail!

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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)