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Keynote Speakers Announced for Next Weekend’s ICRA National Conference

26th February 2023
ICRA National Conference & AGM 2023 poster

The ICRA National Conference & AGM for 2023 will take place next Saturday 4 March at the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.

Following on from the success of keynote addresses in previous years, ICRA is pleased to announce that the keynote speakers for this year’s conference will be Tim Bourke and Mike Evans.

Tim Bourke, the new CEO of Irish Sailing, will introduce himself and outline some thoughts as to the state of sailing in Ireland and future opportunities.

Mike Evans — co-owner of the successful J99 Snapshot, ICRA Boat of the Year for 2022 — will outline boat and sails selection, crew preparation, effective planning for a successful season and share some of his winning formula.

As well as the keynote speakers, there will be updates on the major events planned in the year and the AGM, which will include the sailors’ forum — where ICRA members have their chance to discuss and debate the big issues in our sport — and updates on ICRA activities.

Register online now to attend in person or remotely. The full agenda will be sent out and updated on the ICRA website early next week.

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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)