The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has postponed next month's annual conference until the Autumn. It follows 'strong representations' about its timing aired at this month's symposium in Limerick. The goal now, according to the ICRA executive, is to have 'a fully thought out set of proposals' prepared for the Autumn.
Positive outcomes from the work shop aim to map a five–year–plan but at the same time resignation of a board member over a 'controversial decision' to stage the national championships in Galway has meant choppy waters for the voluntary body.
ICRA has been in existence now for 16 years and has organised 16 national championships and annual conferences in that time.
In addition, ICRA has been developing a training and development role for cruiser racing in recent years. ICRA is recognised by Irish Sailing [IS, formerly ISA] as the national body to perform these tasks.
According to Commodore Simon McGibney, 'ICRA is now at the point where it feels the need to take an 'in depth look at its role' in the future'.
Outcomes documented at January's strategic workshop include the first steps 'to enable the production of an ICRA Strategic Plan'.
A draft document released from the workshop last Friday says: 'The focus will be will to ensure that there is a shared understanding of the environment in which ICRA operates, the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation, the relationship with key stakeholders, shared Vision and Mission before moving into strategic goals and strategies.’The working document also sets some strategic goals:
- Continue to Hold a First Class Nationals
- Continue to improve high standards
- Improve social aspects of events
- Create a National Training Programme for Cruiser Racing Sailors
- Increase Participation in Cruiser Racing
- Improve Communication
- Improve ICRA Governance