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ICRA Announces Support for Under 25 Team Development & J/24 Nationals Entry

16th August 2019
J24s at Howth Yacht Club J24s at Howth Yacht Club

ICRA has announced further initiatives and support for under 25 development programmes throughout the country. These initiatives include further funding for Under 25 team entries to events, this time at the J24 Nationals plus the launch of development grants and advice for clubs looking to set up their own Under 25 cruiser racing teams from scratch.

Read the J24 Nationals preview here

ICRA has previously recognised that support is needed for juniors to transition from dinghies to keelboats. Already this year we have provided free entry to seven Under 25 teams at the Frank Keane National Championships in Dun Laoghaire, won by the Under 25 team from Foynes Yacht Club. ICRA has also provided support for Under 25 teams participating at the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm and are now announcing their continued support for the Under 25 teams competing at the J/24 National Championships.

In 2018, ICRA in association with Irish Sailing and the J/24 Association announced the first Under 25 J/24 National Champion which was won by Scandal from Howth Yacht Club. This year ICRA will subsidise free entry for seven Under 25 teams who will compete for that national title from clubs across the country including Howth Yacht Club, Foynes Yacht Club, Sligo Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Mullaghmore Sailing Club, Fastnet Marine Outdoor Education Centre and Tralee Bay Sailing Club.

The J/24 National Championships will take place at Lough Erne Yacht Club from the 23rd to 25th August. There are thirty-one confirmed entries for this very exciting one design cruiser racing fleet. ICRA’s funding will be made available to clubs for their Under 25 teams participation at the championship. ICRA is also announcing an additional prize of a special grant for Under 25 training and development for the club with the overall winner of the Under 25 J24 national title.

To continue its role in supporting pathways to entry for cruiser racing, ICRA is also announcing further development grants and advice for clubs that have yet to start their own Under 25 cruiser racing development programme. Any clubs interested should contact ICRA directly.

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David Cullen

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Howth Yacht Club sailor Dave Cullen is the 2018 Half Ton Classic Cup World Champion. He is a member of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Committee.

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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. 

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The date for the 2023 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 1st to 3rd September at Howth Yacht Club in Dublin.

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