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ICRA National Championships 2023 Announced for Howth Yacht Club

11th November 2021
Howth Yacht Club will stage the 2023 ICRA National Championships
Howth Yacht Club will stage the 2023 ICRA National Championships

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced that its 2023 National Championships will be held at Howth Yacht Club in County Dublin.

ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell advised “Following requests for expressions of interest from clubs to host the 2023 event, the ICRA Committee evaluated the applications and we are pleased to advise that Howth Yacht Club will host the 2023 ICRA National Championships from 1st to 3rd September. The decision to decide the venue for 2024 will follow.”

Howth Yacht Commodore Paddy JudgeHowth Yacht Commodore Paddy Judge

Howth Yacht Commodore Paddy Judge commented “Howth Yacht Club is delighted to have been selected to run this prestigious event in 2023. Our Race Management and Shore Teams will do everything possible to ensure yet another highly successful event and we look forward to welcoming all from near and far at that time.”

ICRA will soon release details of its annual National Conference which is planned to be held in the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on March 5th.

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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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ICRA Nationals 2022

The date for the 2022 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 11-15 July at the Royal Cork Yacht Club as part of the biennial Cork Week Regatta.

ICRA Nationals 2023

The date for the 2023 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 1st to 3rd September at Howth Yacht Club in Dublin.

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