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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Changes Will Be Food for Thought At ICRA Conference

23rd February 2017
DBSC entry Lively Lady (Rodney Martin). DBSC has added three coastal fixtures to its 2017 programme starting this April DBSC entry Lively Lady (Rodney Martin). DBSC has added three coastal fixtures to its 2017 programme starting this April Credit:

ICRA Ratings officer Denis Kiely from Cork will chair an open floor Q&A session on the topics of cruiser racer sailing in Ireland at the ICRA Conference on March 4. The aim of the session, according to Commodore Simon mcGibney, is that by sharing of information from the people on the ground will help us all find ways to encourage cruiser racing within the Irish club system.

Recent changes to the 2017 sailing programme of Dublin Bay Sailing Club, as described in this morning's Irish Times Sailing Column here, should therefore be food for thought at the Limerick-based conference.

The Dublin Bay Sailing Club season is to be enhanced by new races. Coastal contests are at the centre of the revamp of competitions held out of Dún Laoghaire but the country's biggest club has also cancelled its annual cruiser challenge because of an overcrowded calendar.

The capital’s racing fleet will also race to the Burford Bank and south to Shanganagh buoy in Killiney Bay as well as using DBSC’s own buoys as turning marks.

DBSC is an umbrella organisation representing all four Dún Laoghaire waterfront clubs and co-ordinates bay racing for a fleet of nearly 300 boats in 22 classes from 50-foot offshore yachts to 13-foot inshore dinghies.

The 2017 courses are a response by reforming Commodore Chris Moore to demand from sailors seeking variations to so-called “round-the-cans” races. Three coastal races are scheduled for May 27th, June 17th and August 5th. Read more in the Irish Times here.

ICRA conference agenda


10:30 Registration & Welcome – Simon McGibney (ICRA Commodore)
10:35 Introductions – Simon McGibney
10:45 National Crew Training Project – Norbert Reilly
11:00 Review of Cruiser Racing – Denis Kiely
– Participation Level Trends
– Round Table Discussion
13:00 Training Grant Scheme – Colin Morehead / Denis Kiely
13:20 Crew Point – Simon McGibney
13:30 Lunch
14:30 Guest Presentation: Wining a World Championship – ‘Prof.’ O’Connell
15:10 Guest Presentation: IRC – Mike Urwin (Technical Consultant RORC Rating)
15:50 ICRA National Cruiser Championships 2017 – Paul Tingle (RCYC)
16:05 ICRA Association Update – Simon McGibney
16:15 ICRA Boat of the Year Presentation – Simon McGibney
16:30 Finish

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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)