Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

ICRA Entry Deadline Extended for September's National Championships at Howth

26th August 2023
An aerial view of Dublin city and its port
The ICRA cruiser-racer National championships will be the main “on water” feature of the Howth Maritime and Seafood Festival

The ICRA National championships will be the main “on water” feature of the Howth Maritime and Seafood Festival, which takes place over the weekend of the 8th and 10th of September.

The ICRA Commodore, David Cullen, has reported 52 entries for the ICRA National Championships incorporating the J24 National Championships two weeks from now.

Following a challenging racing year of light winds in May and June and wet and windy weather in July and August, the Executive Committee have decided to extend the entry deadline until the 1st of September. So please shake the cobwebs off that cruiser of yours and enter her for this well-organised event.

The organising Committee in Howth Yacht Club is hopeful that the rain will run out and an Indian Summer will provide ideal racing conditions off Howth for the Championships from the 8th- 10th September.

Howth Yacht Club have arranged camping and campervan facilities at Deer Park nearby in order to offer accommodation options for those travelling from around the country.

Entry can be made on this link for the ICRA National Championships 2023, Incorporating the J24 National Championships. 

This is an open event, and ICRA welcomes all sailors.

Please see the schedule for racing below:

ICRA 2023 National Championships Schedule 2023

ICRA 2023 National Championships Schedule 2023

ICRA 2023 National Championships Schedule 2023 Team

About The Author Team

Email The Author is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

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)