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White Sail Yachts Encouraged to Enter ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay as Entry Deadline Looms

19th August 2021
White Sail racing at June's Sovereign's cup at Kinsale Yacht Club. ICRA are encouraging White Sails to enter September's ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay Credit: Bob Bateman

With one day left until registration closes for the ICRA Nationals, over 70 boats are now registered with strong fleets taking shape across all classes writes ICRA's Dave Cullen

The event will take place at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th September, and promises to be one of the highlights of the sailing calendar this year.

In the White Sails division, boats will be challenging for the ICRA Corinthians Cup on both IRC and ECHO giving a great opportunity to all yachts at different levels.

Great racing planned is planned for the fleet and we would encourage any more White Sail yachts to enter the event. The fleet will be well looked after to provide an enjoyable weekend of racing, with a balance of round the cans and windward-leeward racing.

Plans have also been made to provide results separately for boats with furling and non-furling genoas.

"Plans are made to provide results separately for boats with furling and non-furling genoas"

Plans are currently underway to deliver as great a social occasion as possible within Covid guidelines, utilising outside space to ensure that the après sail part of the event is provided for all competitors and crew.

Sailing instructions are currently being finalised, but in the meantime, competitors should take note of the ICRA General Rules which form part of the SIs.

These were previously debated and agreed by members at recent ICRA Conferences. These general rules provide a blueprint for regatta parameters with some of the key ones including:

  • Crew limits – agreed and voted by members to be IRC Cert +1 for the prestigious national championships event.
  • Cert Dates – need to be at least 5 days before the first scheduled day of racing, and must be endorsed for those racing in ICRA groupings A to H in spinnaker divisions (August 27th in practice)
  • Safety equipment - OSR Appendix B shall be complied with

The ICRA General Rules also give guidelines to boats grouping and divisions, which will be used to finalise classes for the event.

The full ICRA General Rules can be found here

We look forward to seeing as many boats as possible what we hope will be a great event.

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David Cullen

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Howth Yacht Club sailor Dave Cullen is the 2018 Half Ton Classic Cup World Champion. He is a member of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Committee.

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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. 

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