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Royal Cork's Nieulargo Leads in ICRA's Boat of the Year Award

9th July 2021
Royal Cork's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Denis and Annamarie Murphy) continues to lead in the Boat of the Year Award ranking
Royal Cork's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Denis and Annamarie Murphy) continues to lead in the Boat of the Year Award ranking Credit: Afloat

Royal Cork's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Denis and Annamarie Murphy) has strengthened her position at the top of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association's Boat of the Year rankings thanks to a solid second place in the Coastal Division of Kinsale's Sovereigns Cup at the end of June.

See full points table below

Class wins in June's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race puts the Sun Odyssey 37 Desert Star (Irish Offshore Sailing) and the J99 Juggerknot II (Andrew Algeo) jointly in second place.

J99 Juggerknot II (Andrew Algeo)J99 Juggerknot II (Andrew Algeo)

Attention now turns west for August' regattas at Calves Week at Schull and WIORA in Tralee for the next scores in the cruiser-racer annual award.  

Sun Odyssey 37 Desert Star (Irish Offshore Sailing)

ICRA Boat of the Year Points Update

  • Nieulargo 9
  • Desert Star Irish Offshore Sailing 6
  • Juggerknot II 6
  • Coracle VI 4.5
  • Samatom 4.5
  • Shillelagh 4.5
  • Slack Alice 4.5
  • Snapshot 4.5
  • YaGottaWanna 4.5
  • Freya 4
  • Humdinger 4
  • Indian 4
  • Rockabill VI 4
  • Artful Dodger 3
  • Gunsmoke 2 3
  • King One 3
  • Prince of Tides 3
  • Supernova 3
  • YOYO 2
  • Gambit 2
  • Miss Charlie 2
  • Valfreya 2
  • BonJourno! Part Deux 1.5
  • Cortegada 1.5
  • Jump Juice 1.5
  • Storm 1.5

Points supplied by ICRA - July 9 2021

Published in ICRA, Royal Cork YC Team

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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. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)