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J99 Yacht 'Snapshot' is Crowned ICRA Boat of the Year for 2022

9th November 2022
The J99 yacht Snapshot, owned by Mike and Richard Evans of Howth Yacht Club was deemed the clear winner of ICRA's Boat of the Year Award
The J99 yacht Snapshot, owned by Mike and Richard Evans of Howth Yacht Club was deemed the clear winner of ICRA's Boat of the Year Award Credit: Bob Bateman

Following a busy and successful racing season of Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) events nationwide, the J99 yacht Snapshot in Class 1, owned by Mike and Richard Evans of Howth Yacht Club was deemed the clear winner for this prestigious Annual Award writes ICRA's John Leech.

She claimed victory by 1.75 points from her nearest rival, Samaton in Class 0. The season was blessed with good weather for most of the events, which added greatly to the enjoyment of the 109-boat fleet that competed for this award. Snapshot had a great season overall, she finished 1st in her Class in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race, she finished 1st in her Class during CD Environmental Calves Week, 1st in the Beshoff Motors HYC Autumn League and 2nd in her Class during the HYC WAVE Regatta.

The top 3 boats in each class were as follows:

Class 0
Samatom (14.75 points)
Rockabill VI (13 points)
Darkwood (10 points)

Class 1
Snapshot (16.5 points)
Storm (8 points)
Final Call II (6.5 points)

Class 2
Lambay Rules (6.5 points)
Pyxis (6 points)
Bad Company (4.5 points)

Class 3
Dux (5.5 points)
Maxims (4.5 points)
Blue Oyster (4 points)

Class 4
Headcase (6 points)
Relativity (4.5 points)
Janx Spirits (4.5 points)

Non-Spinnaker 1
Prince of Tides (10 points)
Magnet (6.5 points)
White Pearl (4.75 points)

Non-Spinnaker 2
Shilleagh (6 points)
Demelza (4 points)
Roaring Forties (4 points)

ICRA 2023

The ICRA Committee is pleased with the keen competition and participation in the ICRA events over the season and looks forward to 2023, where we hope to see more cruisers compete in these highly competitive events.

The 2023 National ICRA Championships will be hosted by Howth Yacht Club on 1st – 3rd September.

The ICRA Boat of the Year Award will be presented by Commodore David Cullen, at the forthcoming ICRA Annual Conference, which will take place on the 4th of March in Dun Laoghaire. All cruiser sailors are welcome to this event which promises to be interesting, engaging and helpful, especially to new members that want to give that team spirit of sailing a go and enjoy the sociability; they will receive a warm welcome to ICRA from our committee and members.

Download the full set of results below


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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)