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Royal Irish Yacht Rockabill VI is ICRA Boat of the Year

22nd October 2019
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Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI, the ICRA Boat of the Year for 2019 Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI, the ICRA Boat of the Year for 2019 Photo: Afloat

Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay has won the ICRA Boat of the Year Award to round off a stand out 2019 season.

Rockabill’s wins in the high scoring ICRA Nationals and the offshore Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, both in June, contributed to her highest score, all clinched by participating and finishing third in Howth Yacht Club’s Autumn League this month. 

Rockabill VI pipped Nigel Biggs’ Half Tonner Checkmate XVIII to claim the title by a single point.

The 2019 ICRA Boat of the Year scored the performance of over 100 boats throughout a tremendous season for Irish yacht racing.

Tope scoring boats in each of the classes were:

  • Class 0 – Rockabill VI
  • Class 1 – Joker II
  • Class 2 – Checkmate XVIII
  • Class 3 – F’n Gr8
  • White sails – Demelza

The coveted Lighthouse trophy will be presented to Paul O’Higgins and his Rockabill crew at the annual ICRA Conference (date and venue to be confirmed).

Paul O'HigginsRockabill VI skipper Paul O'Higgins Photo: Dominick Walsh/D2D

The final scores for all boats are downloadable below.

ICRA updated its Boat of the Year scheme this year to better reflect the national cruiser-racer picture. Now, instead of an annual committee decision, the points from a series of 12 regattas were combined to identify the top-performing boat on IRC across the season balanced between the east, south, west and offshore scenes.

The ICRA Boat of the Year was awarded on a points basis with the top three places in an IRC division at National Championships. National regattas and regional events all count towards the rankings for the year.

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