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Irish Yacht Clubs Can Apply Now to Host ICRA Nationals 2023 & 2024 

24th September 2021
The National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour successfully staged the 2021 championships
The National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour successfully staged the 2021 championships Credit: Afloat

With the 2022 ICRA National Championships combining with Cork Week next July, the cruiser-racer body is inviting potential host clubs to 'apply' to host its National Championships in 2023 and also 2024.

The 2021 Championships, the first to be held in nearly two years was hosted by the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour earlier this month.

The championships typically attract around 80 to 100 boats when staged in the Dublin area. 

The pandemic put paid to the 2020 championships which were initially cancelled in Cork in July, then rescheduled to Howth in September 2020 but unfortunately then cancelled for a second time.

Prior to that, the 2019 championships were staged by the Royal St.George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and attracted 100 boats and before that the ICRAs headed to Galway for the first time in 2018 only to be blown out.

A Class One start at the 2021 ICRA National Championships Photo: AfloatA Class One start at the 2021 ICRA National Championships Photo: Afloat

The event has so far never been held in Northern Ireland.

The association has a set of criteria for the staging of the event with the stated objective for its national championships to be "a first-class national championship recognised as the pinnacle of domestic inshore yacht racing in Ireland".

Any club interested should send an expression of interest to [email protected] by 15th October.

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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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