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DBSC Supports ICRA National Championships By Not Holding Dublin Bay Cruiser Racing on Saturday, 4th September

4th August 2021
DBSC is supporting and encouraging its members to participate in September's National Championships by not holding its regular Saturday racing for Cruiser Classes on September 4th
DBSC is supporting and encouraging its members to participate in September's National Championships by not holding its regular Saturday racing for Cruiser Classes on September 4th Credit: Afloat

Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is not holding racing for cruiser-racer classes 1 – 5 on Saturday, 4th September in order to accommodate the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) National Championships that are being staged on Dublin Bay

The annual championships being staged by the National Yacht Club have already received 60 entries and with the collaboration of DBSC, the national cruiser body anticipates an even bigger entry from Dun Laoghaire Harbour's four waterfront clubs. 

DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan said “DBSC is pleased to support ICRA for this National Championship event next month and in order to encourage our members to participate we will not be holding racing for Cruisers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 on Saturday, September 4th’.

Kirwan also told Afloat ‘there will be racing for B31.7s, Shipmans, Glens, the Green Fleet and DBSC Dinghies that weekend. Only Cruisers 0-5 will not have DBSC racing’. 

ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell commented, “we are delighted that DBSC is supporting and encouraging members to participate in this year’s National Championships”.

Colwell says "we have a good range of yachts across the likely classes, the Championships is gearing up to be a great event and the combined ICRA/National Yacht Club teams are currently working on options for social activities, subject to COVID restrictions with more to follow on this". 

Further details and online entry can be found here

Published in ICRA, DBSC, National 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)