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63 Boats Sign up for September's ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay - Entry Deadline is This Friday

16th August 2021
Sovereign's Cup winner Mike and Richard Evans J/99 Snapshot is entered for the ICRA Nationals at the National Yacht Club
Sovereign's Cup winner Mike and Richard Evans J/99 Snapshot is entered for the ICRA Nationals at the National Yacht Club Credit: Bob Bateman

63 boats have already signed up for September's ICRA National Championships ahead of the entry closing date this Friday.

ICRA is expecting more to come by the deadline as some new on-form boats including Mike and Richard Evans J/99 Snapshot and Robert Rendell’s’ Samaton, both successful at June's Sovereign's Cup, are already confirmed. 

As regular Afloat readers know, the event will be hosted by the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay and the hope is that the final entry will reach 2019 entry levels when the championships were last staged on the Bay.

As Afloat reported earlier, DBSC is supporting the ICRA event by not holding Dublin Bay Cruiser Racing on Saturday, 4th September. 

Race divisions have yet to be finalised subject to final entries but it is great to see each of the classes is featuring a competitive lineup including the Half Tonners, Dux, the sharp J109s together with some top non-spinnaker boats.

Entries close at 5:00 pm on Friday and you can enter here 

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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)