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ICRA Publish Class Divisions for Galway Bay National Championships

10th August 2018
Anthony O'Leary's Antix Beag, from Royal Cork, a customised 1720 is sailing in class two of the ICRA Nationals in Galway Anthony O'Leary's Antix Beag, from Royal Cork, a customised 1720 is sailing in class two of the ICRA Nationals in Galway Photo: Bob Bateman

'Provisional' divisions released today for the 53–boat ICRA National Championships fleet show a spread of ten or 11 boats per class for the Galway Bay event that begins next Thursday, August 16th.

As reported earlier today, Dublin and Cork boats are already on their way to Galway this weekend, by road and sea, and there will be defending and/or former ICRA and WIORA champions in each of the five divisions.

Scroll down for full divisions list is published below.

In ten-boat class one, long-standing champion Joker II, the J109 sailed by John Maybury of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire will be defending his title for the third year in a row. Untypically this season, Maybury lines up against only one other sistership. Glenn Cahill, a former WIORA champion and a runner-up in 2017, will compete in the Galway Bay based J109, Joie de Vie.

The biggest boat in the championships, Conor Doyle's brand new Danish-built XP50 Freya from Kinsale, has already arrived into Galway Docks where the fleet will be moored.

Grand_Soleil_Nieulargo_Denis_MurphyDenis Murphy's Grand Soleil Nieulargo competes in Class One Photo: Bob Bateman

Denis Murphy's Nieulargo, a Grand Soleil 40, that dominated Kinsale's Spring Series, and more recently played a leading role in the Beaufort Cup at Cork Week in July, is a tough class one competitor from the south coast, especially when the breeze is on.

Four other national titles will be decided along with the West of Ireland regionals which kick off what promises to be an exciting few days of racing from Wednesday 15 August.

Half Tonner Miss WhiplashHalf –Tonner Miss Whiplash competes in class two. Photo: Bob Bateman

In a ten-boat class two, the current WIORA west coast champion Tribal, a Farr 31 skippered by Liam Burke, from the host club, will defend her western title after five straight wins on the Aran Islands last year. The ICRA event chairman Martin Breen competes himself in the Dehler 37, Port of Galway while two potent entries are in from Royal Cork. Former ICRA champion and double Commodore's Cup champion Anthony O'Leary is in action in the customised 1720 Antix Beag.

Elan 333 Artful DodgerElan 333 Artful Dodger (Finnbarr O'Regan) competes in Class Two Photo: Bob Bateman

Also, from Crosshaven is the Cork Week Class three winner, John Downing's Half Tonner Miss Whiplash. From Sligo, Ruthless, the Corby 26 is entered by Conor Ronan.

Disarray Ray mcgibneyRay McGibney's Disarray from Foynes Yacht Club Photo: Bob Bateman

In an 11-boat class three division, from Foynes Yacht Club, Ray McGibney's Disarray, a past WIORA champion, that has previously finished second twice in ICRA Division Three is hoping Galway will be third time lucky. Among those travelling from the east coast is past ICRA champion Richard Colwell from Howth in the Corby 25 Fusion.

Stonehaven RacingJohnny Callanan’s Stonehaven Racing competes in Class Three

The Dublin boat is one of four Corby 25s competing that includes the WIORA champion, Johnny Callanan’s Stonehaven Racing.

Quest Quarter tonnerGood upwind sail trim and boat balance on the Quarter tonner, Quest Photo: Fiona Brown

In class four, Barry Cunningham's Quest is one of two Quarter Tonners racing from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Cunningham's crew recently finished 25th in the massive 1204–Boat Round the Island Race in the UK in July. Former Dun Laoghaire Regatta Boat of the Week winner and a past J24 Champion, Flor O'Driscoll is competing in 'Hard on Port', one of eight J24s racing that makes up the 11-boat division.

Yannick Mini 650 4541 1The smallest boat Round Ireland record holder is entered in class five of next week's ICRA national championships Photo: David O'Brien

All of the ten boats in class five are west coast based with half the fleet hailing from Foynes Yacht Club. It's a diverse bunch made up from boats such as Yannick Lemonnier's Transat 6.5 Proto, West sails, Pat Keating's Westerly Fulmar Excalibur and Kieran Ruane's freshwater entry of the Sun Odyssey 32.2 Christina from Garrykennedy Sailing Club on Lough Derg.

Provisional Divisions for ICRA/WIORA 2018

Sail Number Boat Name Owner Boat Type Boat Club Division
Division 1        
IRL5077 Freya Conor Doyle Xp50 Kinsale Yacht Club 1
IRL9292 Now What Lauren Heskin/Jim Grealish DUBOIS 33 Royal St George Yacht Club 1
IRL2129 NIEULARGO Denis & Annamarie Murphy Grand Soleil 40 B+C Royal Cork Yacht Club 1
GBR9498R Joie de Vie Silvie Blazkova / Glenn Cahill J/109 Galway Bay Sailing Club 1
IRL 7234 Hero Adrian O'Connell Humphries 3/4 Tonner Royal Western Yacht Club Of Ireland 1
IRL1206 Joker 2 John Maybury J/109 Royal Irish Yacht Club 1
IRL673 Lean Machine Cormac Mac Donncha J/35 Galway Bay Sailing Club 1
IRL1514 Zallaq Emmet & Duncan Kerin First 36.7 Royal Western Yacht Club Of Ireland 1
IRL1754 Green Monkey (WIORA Only) Stephen O'Gorman 1720 Galway Bay Sailing Club 1
GBR2750R Galway Flyer Erin Killeen SJ 320 MOD Bermudian Sloop Galway City Sailing Club 1
Division 2        
FRA21711 Tribal Liam Burke Farr 31 Galway Bay Sailing Club 2
IRL7386 Port of Galway Martin Breen Dehler 37 CR Galway Bay Sailing Club 2
IRL17200 Antix Beag A O Leary Custom 1720 Royal Cork Yacht Club 2
NED7950 Jaguar Gary Fort J/92s Tralee Bay Sailing Club 2
IRL1516 Gambit Joe Kiernan Sigma 38 Foynes Yacht Club 2
IRL7066 X-Rated John Gordon X-332 Mayo Sailing Club 2
IRL3330 Artful Dodger Finbarr O Regan Elan 333 Kinsale Yacht club 2
IRL26026 Ruthless Conor Ronan Corby 26 Sligo Yacht Club 2
GBR54354R Miss Whiplash Ronan & John Downing Mod Half Tonner Andrieu Royal Cork Yacht Club 2
IE8598 Exlixer Pat Alyward X372 Mayo Sailing Club 2
Division 3        
IRL3864 Ibaraki Mike Guilfoyle Westerley GK 34 Mod Galway Bay Sailing Club 3
IRL3062 CROZZ Gerry Daly ELAN 31 Mayo sailing Club 3
IRL2552 Fusion Colwell & Cobbe Corby 25 Howth Yacht Club 3
GBR6655r Daffodil - Stonehaven Racing Callanan & Team   Royal Western Yacht Club Of Ireland/Kinsale Yacht Club 3
IRL25007 Smile Rob Allen Corby 25 RWYCI/GBSC 3
Irl487 Disaray Ray Mc Gibney   Foynes Yacht Club 3
IRL1552 Movita Conn Lavelle Beneteau First 310 Mayo Sailing Club 3
GBR9656R Team NUI Galway Aaron O'Reilly First Class 8 NUIG 3
IRL1398 Wardance Sean Hawkshaw Sigma 33 Mullaghmore Sailing Club 3
GBR6566 RhocStar Lorraine Scully Formula 28 Galway Bay Sailing Club 3
IRL4206 Powder Monkey Liam Lynch Sigma33 Tralee Bay Sailing Club 3
Division 4        
GBR7028N Lady Laura Edward Enright Hunter 707 Foynes Yacht Club 4
ITA8709 Cri-Cri Paul Colton Jezequel Quarter Tonner Royal Irish Yacht Club 4
IRL508 Quest B Cunningham & J Skerritt Humphreys 1/4 ton Royal Irish Yacht Club 4
IRL4202 Gossip Brian Raftery J/24 Sligo Yacht Club 4
4188 Jasper Michael Lynch J/24 Foynes Yacht Club 4
IRL4212 Scandal HYC K25 J/24 Howth Yacht Club 4
IRL874 Running Tide David Brennan J/24 Galway Bay Sailing Club 4
IRL4794 Hard on Port Flor O'Driscoll J/24 Royal Irish Yacht Club 4
IRL5278 Gala Racing Simon McGibney J/24 Foynes Yacht Club 4
IRL4252 Jibe Fergus Kelliher J/24 Tralee Bay Sailing Club 4
IRL1558 Freebird Duncan Sclare Achillies 9m Mayo Sailing Club 4
Division 5        
TBC SHONAGH John O Brien Dufour 365 Mayo Sailing club 5
IRL9998 Christina Kieran Ruane Sun Odyssey 32.2 Garrykennedy Sailing Club 5
FR278 Excalibur P & E Keating Westerly Fulmar Foynes Yacht Club 5
K5552 Roamer Frankie Leonard Contessa 32 Galway Bay Sailing Club/Galway City Sailing Club 5
IRL1929 Lea Ho Conor Dodd Yamaha 29 Galway Bay Sailing Club 5
IRL723 Poitin Bev Lowes Shipman 28 Foynes Yacht Club 5
37 Kerry Dream Tom Murray Kerry Sloop 27 Foynes Yacht Club 5
3564Y Scorpio IV David Bevan Sadler 32 Foynes Yacht Club 5
IRL5147 Battle John Paul Buckley Golden Shamrock Foynes Yacht Club 5
491 West Sails Yannick Lemonnier Mini Transat 6.5 Proto Galway Bay Sailing Club 5

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