The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) says it has been 'overwhelmed' by the response it has received to its new Under 25 Support Programme.
The application period ended at midnight on the 19th December and is now closed for 2020.
As Afloat reported previously, ICRA is aiming to encourage young sailors to stay active in the sport and to foster their continued commitment as members of clubs. A programme has been devised by clubs to encourage and deliver a pathway from dinghy to cruiser racing.
Over the next three years, ICRA will deliver support funding that will provide successful applicant clubs with an initial Capital Grant that will help them buy a keelboat for their U25 squad. The scheme will then continue to provide an annual allowance to assist the same clubs to run their U25 programme until it is well established.
"The cruiser-racer body also received expressions of interest, from another ten clubs"
ICRA’s Brian Raftery who is overseeing this initiative has received applications from nine existing programmes at Rush, Malahide, Foynes, Tralee, Sligo, Howth, Baltimore and two Dun Laoghaire clubs. The cruiser-racer body also received expressions of interest, from another ten clubs including Lough Swilly, Mullaghmore, Greystones, Clifden, Westport, Kinsale, Kilrush, Crookhaven, Royal Cork and the Royal Irish Yacht club in Dun Laoghaire, all wishing to start new U25 programmes during the next season.
Brian commented “It is great to see so much enthusiasm across the sailing community to build structured programmes to keep our young adult sailors active in our sport. We will have a busy January, meeting with each of the clubs that have applied for support in 2020, before a final evaluation of applications takes place during February.”