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ICRA Announces Sailing COVID 19 Safety Measures Ahead of Dublin Bay Championships

17th August 2021
Following on from June's Sovereigns Cup, 63 cruiser-racers have already entered the September 3-5 ICRA championships at the National Yacht Club
Following on from June's Sovereigns Cup (pictured above), 63 cruiser-racers have already entered the September 3-5 ICRA championships at the National Yacht Club Credit: Bob Bateman

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) and the National Yacht Club are taking steps to minimise the need for close contact during next month's ICRA National Championships.

As Afloat reported earlier, 63 boats have already entered the September 3-5 championships ahead of Friday's deadline.

Taking learnings from June's Sovereigns Cup and Cowes Week, one and two-turn penalties will be replaced with a scoring penalty. By flying a yellow flag at the time of an incident, a boat can take a two-point penalty.

Arbitration will be available, and hearings can be attended by Zoom.

In keeping with the zero-paper approach, requests for hearings will be made via the racingrulesofsailing.org APP or website (event 2363).

ICRA Umpires and Jury Officials will be led by Ailbe Millerick and Bill O’Hara, who will be afloat, witnessing racing as in 2019.

Thursday evening’s ICRA Nationals briefing will be held on Zoom. A Q&A is now available.

Please contact the ICRA technical delegate (Ric Morris, [email protected]) if you have any questions.

There will be no need to register in person at the start of the event. ICRA will work directly with the rating office to confirm IRC ratings for the event, so please ensure they have the correct details on their database

ICRA says the 27th will be the final day changes can be processed before the cut-off.

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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)

 

ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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