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Snoopy is Top Dog in IRC 3 After Two Races of the ICRA Nationals

3rd September 2021
Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Joanne Hall and Martin Mahon) leads Class Three of the ICRA Championships
Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Joanne Hall and Martin Mahon) leads Class Three of the ICRA Championships Credit: Afloat

A two and a three scored in the opening two races of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay has put Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Joanne Hall and Martin Mahon) top of the 11-boat Class Three IRC fleet. 

As predicted, the three optimised Quarter Tonners made full use of the light and tricky conditions in the Scotsman's bay race area.

Snoopy is one point ahead of Paul Coulton's Cri-Cri from the Royal Irish Yacht Club that won the opening race of the championships that has been full of drama.

Third is the Howth-based Formula 28 Animal, also on six points.

Paul Coulton's Cri-Cri from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is one point of the leadPaul Coulton's Cri-Cri from the Royal Irish Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

One of the championships favourites, Barry Cunningham and Jonathan Skeritt's Quarter Tonner Quest, was involved in a port and starboard incident in the first race.

The damage to her starboard gunwale took her shroud plate clean out of the hull. The crew were lucky not to lose the rig into the bargain.

The much-fancied RIYC entry now counts a retiral and a DNC. She is unlikely to be back on the water tomorrow, even though an overnight repair is not beyond the bounds of possibilities as we have already seen in this championship.

Quest (and her starboard gunwale) looking good in race one....Quest (and her starboard gunwale) looking good in race one...Photo: Afloat

Having retired after a port and starboard collision, Quest is dockside at the RIYC.....only to be back dockside at the RIYC after a collision... Photo: Afloat

The chainplate was taken clean away in the collision...with the chainplate taken clean away...

Results are here. Racing continues over the weekend.

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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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