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ICRA Sailing Calendar 2022: Get Ready for Great Racing in Irish Waters

20th January 2022
Half Tonner racing on Dublin Bay at the 2021 ICRA National Championships
Half Tonner racing on Dublin Bay at the 2021 ICRA National Championships Credit: Afloat

Dear ICRA members

A Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a safe Christmas and an enjoyable New Year break.

I have decided not to mention the “C” word and instead, I am sure that with me you are all looking forward to what will hopefully be a full and entertaining ICRA sailing season in 2022. There are signs that it could finally be a return to a relatively normal and event-filled year, so keep your fingers crossed!


You should have received your IRC and ECHO cert renewals from Irish Sailing. I know if you are like me, it is easy to leave this until later in the year, but I would encourage you to renew as early as possible so to avoid the inevitable rush to be ready to enter events later in the year.

An ISORA offshore race start off Dun Laoghaire HarbourAn ISORA offshore race start off Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Afloat

The sailing calendar for the year is already looking very exciting with plenty of opportunities to enjoy great racing in Irish waters in 2022. Some highlights include:

  • The early start to the season for offshore racing, with the first ISORA race, is pencilled in for April 23rd – with regular offshore events scheduled throughout the season (see
  • Wave Regatta hosted by Howth Yacht Club, promising a three day weekend of fun and great sailing to finally get the party going again in June 3-5th (
  • The SSE Renewables Round Ireland yacht race, likely to attract a world-class entry list, is scheduled for June 18th (
  • Three Dun Laoghaire club regattas, at the National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Royal St George Yacht Club for those who like to stay closer to the shore span June and early July.
  • A repeat of the highly successful Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) to Cork (Queenstown) offshore race, scheduled for 1st July to help get boats down to Cork in good time for Cork Week.
  • Volvo Cork Week and the ICRA National Championships, which will surely be the biggest overall sailing event of the year, is scheduled for July 11-15th. Having missed out on their 300th anniversary in 2020, boats have remained committed from all shores to support the 2022 event and this promises to be huge, further enhanced by the ICRA Nationals. (

As well as Calves Week, WIORA Week, regular club sailing through the year, class championships and other events outside of Irish waters! So lots for us all to enter and enjoy in the year ahead.

The ICRA National Championships is scheduled for July 11-15th as part of Volvo Cork WeekThe ICRA National Championships is scheduled for July 11-15th as part of Volvo Cork Week Photo: Bob Bateman

National Conference

At ICRA, we are already planning activities for 2022 to help and encourage cruiser racing in Ireland. A reminder that the ICRA National Conference and AGM is due to be held on Saturday the 5th of March. With current restrictions in place, this will most likely be held remotely again this year, but we do have space held at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire in case we do get the green light for an in person event. In either case, there will still be an option for anyone to watch the event and contribute remotely. So save the date, as more details of some great speakers, updates on all the hard work being done by the ICRA Committee and the full AGM agenda will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, we are busy planning our Under 25 programme for 2022, building the Boat of the Year event, helping and promoting more sailors through training and education and planning for a great National Championships in conjunction with the Cork Week regatta team.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference on 5th March, where we can give you full updates on all these important areas.

I wish you all the best for an enjoyable and safe sailing season ahead.

Fair winds and following seas,

Richard Colwell

ICRA Commodore

Cruiser racing in Cork Harbour Cruiser racing in Cork Harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

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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 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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