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Ireland's 2010 Commodore's Cup winning captain showed his relief at the news that Hong Kong have been tipped as favourites for next July's event, The Irish Times reports.
The announcement was made this week at the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in London, and should lift a burden off an Irish squad which has long suffered under the weight of being pre-event favourites.
Ireland's concerns instead have turned to whether a team can even be assembled for next summer's event in light of the difficult economic environment - and despite the RORC opening the rating bands to allow for more flexible combinations of boat sizes.
As previously reported on, the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) is seeking expressions of interest to form an Irish team and remains hopeful of mounting a serious defence of the title won by last year's Anthony O’Leary-captained squad.
The next Commodore's Cup - which also has a new title sponsor in Brewin Dolphin - takes place from 21 to 28 July 2012 in Cowes.

Ireland's 2010 Commodore's Cup winning captain showed his relief at the news that Hong Kong have been tipped as favourites for next July's event, The Irish Times reports.

The announcement was made this week at the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in London, and should lift a burden off an Irish squad which has long suffered under the weight of being pre-event favourites.

Ireland's concerns instead have turned to whether a team can even be assembled for next summer's event in light of the difficult economic environment - and despite the RORC opening the rating bands to allow for more flexible combinations of boat sizes.

As previously reported on, the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) is seeking expressions of interest to form an Irish team and remains hopeful of mounting a serious defence of the title won by last year's Anthony O’Leary-captained squad.

The next Commodore's Cup - which also has a new title sponsor in Brewin Dolphin - takes place from 21 to 28 July 2012 in Cowes.

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The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) is seeking expressions of interest from owners to form an Irish team to defend the Rolex Commodore's Cup next July.

ICRA Commodore Barry Rose says that despite the current difficult environment ICRA remains hopeful of mounting a serious defence and have waited until now to allow the maximum time to those who may consider supporting the challenge.

The Rolex Commodores Cup takes place from 21st to 28th July 2012 based in Cowes. Ireland first won this prestigious International Trophy in 2010 .

Captain of the winning team Anthony O Leary told 'We finally won this great event in 2010 with a well organised campaign. Let's hope we
can return to defend it in 2012 learning further from that experience'

The regatta format has been changed by event organisers the RORC in that the smallest boat will now have a minimum rating of 1.020 with the biggest boat maximum rating of 1.230. There will be only one boat per team allowed to rate in excess of 1.150.

This means there will no longer be three separate classes so all starts will be all in which will add to the excitement and spectacle of the event.

Countries will be free to decide on their own combination of boat sizes within the above bands which will add further to the intrigue of this non discard seven day test of inshore and offshore racing.

ICRA is asking for potential interested owners to make contact with them as soon as possible in order that a meeting can be held within the next month to advance ideas on how best to mount a successful defence.


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Following very closely after the Dingle Race, ICRA Nationals in Crosshaven and the Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale, it was understandable that the numbers of ISORA boats taking part in the Lyver Race was small. The "grim" forecast of no wind did not encourage any boats to take part either. Never the less, five ISORA boats joined the 10 other boats and came to the start shortly after 19.00 on Friday the 1st July.

In view of the forecast the Sailing Committee shortened the race to the minimum requirements of RORC to qualify for the Fastnet Race – 75 miles. The time limit for the race was 24 hours after the start. With little wind at the start, and a north going tide just starting, they chose a "waypoint" just south of the Isle of Man as the turning mark and then to Howth.

This decision turned out to be inspired. The little wind there was there at the start was from the north-west so the first leg was a beat to the waypoint. Those boats who took the north leg from the start shot away in the tide while the others appeared to remain static in
Holyhead Bay. The forecast was for the wind to veer around to the south later. All through the night the winds were very fickle and boats had the chase constantly fluctuating breezes. Despite the little wind, it held for most of the night. At day break the wind started to pick up from the forecasted South and boats popped their kites and headed for the waypoint. There was a great gathering of boats at the waypoint with 12 boats visible around the waypoint.

The next leg to Howth was a white sail reach. This turned out to be an intensive chase with the J111 "Arabella" taking the lead followed by two Prima 38's, Stephen Tudor's "Sgrech" and Matt Davis's " Raging Bull". The wind from the south increased in strength as the fleet approached Howth.

While "Arabella" took line honours, it only managed to take 2nd place overall. "Sgrech" took 1st place and "Raging Bull" took 3rd place. All the boats that had not retired, managed to complete the course within the time limit.

The boats taking part in the race were fitted with trackers. The progress of the race can be followed by clicking the following link:

The prize-giving took place in Howth Yacht Club on Saturday evening.

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Recently crowned ICRA IRC Three Champion, Tiger (George Kenefick) is travelling to Cowes for next week's 2011 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes, and with only a week to go, anticipation is building amongst the international fleet signed up to compete.

The black hulled champion won its class at the ICRA Nationals in Crosshaven and was second in IRC a week later at the Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale. Tiger was also second in Kinsale's newly established Quarter Ton Cup.  The boat is Ireland's sole entry in the event.


Cork's Tiger is heading for Cowes and next week's Quarter Ton Cup. Photo: Bob Bateman

This is the seventh running of the event since the spectacular revival of the Quarter Ton Class back in 2005, and in addition to the core of regular domestic Quarter Ton Class aficionados who flock to Cowes each year, this year entries have also been received from France and the Netherlands, as well as from as far afield as Russia and New Zealand.

Following an afternoon of registration on Sunday 10th July and the Coutts Welcome Reception at Royal Corinthian Yacht Club that evening, racing will get underway on Monday 11th July and run through until Wednesday 13th July, with three races scheduled to take place each day. Racing will be run under the IRC handicapping system, enabling boats designed to all three versions of the Quarter Ton Class rule to compete as a single fleet.


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The ICRA Nationals were a great success in Royal Cork Yacht Club last weekend building on the integrity of the previous events writes ICRA Chief Barry Rose.

The conditions were sparkling with two tough days sailing followed by a peach of a day on Sunday in blue skies flat seas and 7/10 knots of breeze to finish off in Carribean style.


Carribbean sailing, Cork Harbour style. Photo: Bob Bateman

After Friday's tricky opener in big swells and shifty breeze many competitors throught Saturday's blast in mostly winds ranging 20 to 30 knots was as exciting and tough a days sailing as they could remember. Pics HERE. The race officers Peter Crowley and Richard Leonard laid super courses and got in a full programme. Results and overall winner pics here.

There was real quality through the fleets and representation from every Coast in Ireland from Northern Ireland, UK, Wales and New Zealand giving the event an International feel.

The Royal Cork provided its usual warm welcome and good organisation on and off the water.

A top class buffet was attended by 180 people on Saturday night and sailors danced to samba music until the early hours.

The Dubarry Brass Boot Special award was presented to the New Zealand team on Black Fun for making the effort to ship their boat and travel so far.


Irish crews gave visitors the boot, on and off the water. Photo: Bob Bateman

The Dubarry and ICRA formula to award day prizes to all crews on winning boats was a welcome recognition that sailing is a team sport and the system where each boat could only win 1 set of crew prizes saw these day prizes spread around to good effect.


Long way from home. Dublin visitors got a great welcome.  Photo: Bob Bateman

The last ingredient in the event was the amazing value for money with a 120 Euro entry fee including a week on the Royal Cork marina, a 100 Euro lift in and out offer and an accomodation deal with Hotel partners the Carrigaline Court of 130 Euros B and B for 4 days and 1 dinner was hugely appreciated and enjoyed by competitors.


Happy campers - on site parking facility at the club. Photo: Robert Bateman

A free bus down each morning and home made burger and chips and a beer for 10 Euro after sailing were nice details that all went down well.


The hooded sportsboat, another Cork Harbour invention  Photo: Bob Bateman

The prize giving on the deck in the Royal Cork in the sun saw Crosshaven at its best. ISA President Niamh Mc Cutcheon presented the medals and Vice Adrmiral Peter Deasy the trophies. They were assisted by Chairman of the organising Committee Rear Admiral Ronan Enright and ICRA administered the proceedings with Commodore Barry Rose Secretary Denis Kielly and treasurer and former Commodore Fintan Cairns. Prize giving pics HERE.

Those who did not attend missed a cracker of a Championship and those who won National titles thoroughly deserved them for the variety of conditions they encountered and the skill and standard to which they sailed.

For the latest ICRA News and updates click HERE.

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Locals were to the fore at the ICRA Nationals when Antix, Allure, Tiger and Xtension were all winners in Cork Harbour this weekend. It was the same on the on the East coast – but only just  – when David Gorman and Chris Doorly lifted the Flying fifteen title at their own club. And locals too are in the top ten of the Fireball Worlds in Sligo. Click th links for our photo reviews.

Dublin Bay was the venue for the Royal Alfred's Bloomsday regatta and Colin Byrne's impressive X34 was top of IRC one. On Belfast lough, Dublin visitor Tim Goodbody won the Sigma 33 title (again), nice T-shirt Tim! The Royal St. George tried out the J80s at the club's first ever Family regatta before handing them over for Ireland's first inter county champs.

Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta approaches, nearly 400 are entered. Are you on the entry list HERE?

We're in the Ocean Race and we're on board with China's Team Sanya. Old friends are best!

And in Olympic Sailing Water Rat says we deserve two medals from Weymouth. Do we? Your views matter. Let us know!

Stand by for our newsletter later this morning!

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Six wins was more than enough for locals Neil Kennefick and Joxer O'Briens' Tiger to win Class three of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association national championships that ended in Crosshaven this evening.

The quarter-tonner from the host club was the favourite in Class Three since Friday when the immaculate black hulled yacht opened her national championship account with three firsts.

Following the thrills of heavy air sailing on Saturday the final day of racing turned out to be a beautiful sun filled one with a breeze of 7/8 knots.

Classes Zero, One and Two with Race Officer Peter Crowley were sailing windward/leeward courses almost out to the Daunt while Classes Three, Four and Whitesail sailed off Trabolgan with Race Officer Richard Leonard. 

All fleets with the exception of Whitesail sailed two races today.

Anthony O'Leary successfully defended his IRC zero title in his Ker 39 from a reduced fleet of five entries.

Counting five firsts Howth's  J109 Storm (Pat Kelly) took an impressive vistory in class one IRC beating the modified 1720 Antix beag by 11 points.

Early leader in class two Allure from Kinsale Yacht Club maintined form to win from  the Dehler 34 Disaray.

Full IRC results and photos and prizegiving photos are below:

Class Zero winner Antnony O'Leary's Antix. Photo: Bob Bateman


Class One winner Pat Kelly's Storm. Photo: Bob Bateman
Brian Goggin's Class Two Winner, Allure from Kinsale. Photo: Bob Bateman

Class Three winners Tiger prepare for a hoist. Photo: Bob Bateman

Winning form from the Dynamo 25. Photo: Bob Bateman

The winning Whitesail yacht, Xtension. Photo: Bob Bateman
Series PlaceSail NoEBoatType of BoatOwnerClubHandicapSeries Points
1IRL3939EAntixKer 39Anthony O'LearyRCYC1.1297
2IRL2003EGloves OffCorby 38Kieran TwomeyRCYC1.11513
3IRL2007EJump JuiceKerConor PhelanRCYC1.10518
4IRL9852ECrazy HorseMills 36Chambers/ReillyHYC1.08521
5GBR7737REImpetuousCorby 37Richard FildesSCYC1.09125
Series PlaceSail NoEBoatType of BoatOwnerClubHandicapSeries Points
1IRL1141EStormJ109Pat KellyRSC/HYC1.0197
2IRL17200EAntix Beag1720 (modified)Robert O'LearyRCYC1.00518
3IRL9609EJelly BabyJ109RCYC1.02918
4IRL13500ED-toxX-35Donal O'LearyRCYC1.04835
6IRL8991EExhaleX362 Sport1.02539
7IRL8109EJetstreamJ109Peter Redden1.02840
8IRL892ETuxX332Mary O'Keeffe0.98144
9IRL6021EEllidaX332Ria Lyden0.98648
10IRL7290EFelixX332Michael & Gretta Wallace0.98158.5
11IRL3323EDexterityX332Alan McEneff (Team Foynes)Foynes YC0.98459
12IRL3709EAxiomX37Michael O'NeillRIYC1.03559.5
13IRL811ERaptorMILLS 30CRDenis HewittRIYC1.02562
14IRL6695EEosX362 SportDavid ScottKYC1.02265
Series PlaceSail NoEBoatType of BoatOwnerClubHandicapSeries Points
1IRL2506EAllureCorby 25Brian GogginKinsale YC0.93615
2IRL487EDisarayDehler 34 Optima 101Raymond McGibneyFoynes YC0.92927
3IRL2525EYanks $ ffrancsCorby 25Vincent O'SheaRCYC0.93628
4GBR7525REThundebirdCorby 25Denis ColemanRCYC0.94129
5IRL2010EAlpacaFirst 31.7Paul & Deirdre TingleRCYC0.95730.5
6GBR9896EMagnetMG335Kieran & Liz O'BrienRCYC0.94432.5
7IRL16859EBad CompanySunfast 32Desmond / Ivers / DeasyRCYC0.93933
8IRL4170ESlack AliceGK WesterleyShane StathamWHSC0.95133.5
9IRL7495EMaximusX302Paddy KyneHYC/WHSC0.93038
10IRL9732EWickedSunfast 32Mark MendelRCYC0.94050.5
11IRL3492EBig DealDehlerDerek DillonFoynes YC0.92562
12IRL1022EAramisContessa 33Pat VaughanRCYC0.92972
13IRL26026ERuthlessCorby 26Conor RonanSligo YC0.95373
14IRL2706EKodachiCorby 27Denis EllisCove SC0.95974
15IRL6676EY-KnotFirst 32s5Barrett/ConlonRCYC0.93385
Series PlaceSail NoEBoatType of BoatOwnerClubHandicapSeries Points
1IRL999999ETigerQuarter tonKenefick & O'BrienRCYC0.9026
2IRL3087EAnchor ChallengeQuarter tonEamonn RohanKYC0.91213
3NZL3311EBlackfunQuarter TonJamie McDowellRoyal Port Nicholson YC0.90816
4IRL1771EShillelaghBlazer 23 (Kirby)John TwomeyKYC0.86827
5IRL9600EImpacuniousHunter ImpalaEdward RiceRCYC0.88828
6IRL78ENo-GnomesNicholson 33ModLeonard DonneryRCYC0.91034
7IRL4794EJunebugJ24Hyde & FoleyRCYC0.88940
8IRL9564EWhyte KnightImpala OODFergus CoughlanCove SC0.89046
9IRL9538ERunning WildHunter Impala OODSullivan BrothersRCYC0.89049
10IRL9591EPrometheusImpala OODPaul MurrayRCYC0.88857
11IRL9577EBedlamImpalaDavid DoyleCove Sailing Club0.89069
Series PlaceSail NoEBoatType of BoatOwnerClubHandicapSeries Points
1GBR9625RESundancerDynamo 25Alan MulcahyKYC0.8417
2172EGranny KnotWesterley GK24Michael SextonKYC0.83010
Series PlaceSail NoEBoatType of BoatOwnerClubHandicapSeries Points
1IRL1950EXtensionX372Conor O'DonovanRCYC0.9527
2IRL4430ESambaSF 403John DowningRCYC1.0069
3IRL4434ESigma 33OODTom McNeiceRCYC0.90511
4IRL2406 ExpressionJeanneau Sunlight 30Billy & Hillary DuaneRCYC0.86814
5IRL7212 PhaetonGK29Clive DohertyRCYC0.83214
6IRL9992ESplit PointDufour 34 PerformanceSeamus GilroyRCYC0.95520
7IRL4369ECharismaSigma 33OODDes Lyons/Aine DunneKYC0.90426
8IRL3612 Sweet DreamsSun Odyssey 36iBatt & Helen O'LearyRCYC0.98234
9IRL3252 MoliaDufour 325 GLDenis MurphyRCYC0.91536
10IRL408 Julia BSHE33Bill O'MahonyRCYC0.85440
11IRL2510 Lady TSun Odyssey 32iMicheal LynchRCYC0.94042
12IRL5639 RythmTrapper 28James O'BrienGlandore0.86843
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Day Two of the ICRA National Championships: Today there were faces scorched by the sun and wind, the sun shone and the wind kept blowing, the showers came and went, and the wind kept blowing writes Claire Bateman. DAY TWO ICRA PHOTOS HERE.

Classes Zero, One and Two sailed off the Harp Mark under Race Officer Richard Leonard. Classes Three, Four and Whitesail sailed at the mouth of the harbour where they enjoyed slightly flatter water than the other fleets. Speaking with Denis Kiely the handicapping guru he said conditions could only be described as heavy with North Westerly winds steady at 20 knots and gusting to 30 knots although Cian Gallagher from Ruthless, Conor Ronan's Corby 26 in Division 2, described how they were registering gusts of 37 knots.

Inevitably some damage was to result the two casualties were Denis Hewitt's Raptor who lost her mast on the second run of the second race without any apparent cause and David Scott's EOS that limped home without any visible signs of a boom as it had been damaged at the gooseneck. Fortunately, as Fintan Cairns said of Raptor's mast loss there were no injuries and that was what mattered.

In Class Three Quarter Ton the ding dong battle continues. In the second race today the Kenefick/O'Brien Tiger finished three seconds ahead of Eamonn Rohan's Anchor Challenge with Jamie McDowell's Blackfun following in third and leaving the scoring at the top with overall points of 5 and two 14s. Ian Travers helming Anchor Challenge described how in the first race of the day a squall hit them rounding the weather mark resulting in a Chinese gybe and they knew the game was over for that race. Here may I take the opportunity to be devil's advocate and say it will be interesting to see how much local knowledge is involved in this battle between Tiger and Anchor Challenge when the two meet again during the Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale next week.

In the Non Spinnaker class Billy Duane described the sailing as fantastic but John Downing in Samba's two bullets had turned things around a bit today. Racing is incredibly close in this class with Conor O'Donovan's Xtension leading on 5 points followed by Samba, the wily Clive Doherty's Phaeton, and Tom MacNeice's Minx 111 with Billy Duane's Expression on 9 points. It was fascinating to watch the O'Donovan crew studying the results and working out every possible computation that could result tomorrow.

It was good to meet John Twomey again sailing Shilleagh in Class Three. He was bringing me up to speed on his preparations for the IFDS Worlds in Weymouth next week and this event is also a qualifier for the 2012 paralympics. The heavy conditions were taking their toll as he was sailing short handed on the rail due to the unavoidable absence of one of the crew members. His crew members are Ian Costelloe and Anthony all of KYC. They are using the ICRA Championships and the Sovereign's Cup as work ups for Weymouth and we all wish them the very best of luck.. Last time round in 2008 there were seven spots available for the Paralympic Team and they just missed out by coming eighth so here's hoping they make it this time round.

Racing continues tomorrow when the competition will intensify even more.

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Reports of gear damage, high winds and big seas. It wouldn't be Cork sailing without it!  Bob Bateman's pics from today's ICRA Nationals in Cork Harbour are here.
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Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 has got off to the perfect start in today's ICRA National Championships taking a double win in the top class of the 65-boat event at Crosshaven. Second to Antix is the Corby 37, Impetuous skippered by Richard Fildes. Third is Conor Phelan's Jump Juice, another Ker design from the host club, Royal Cork.

Winds from the North West freshened during the day.

Full IRC results and photos below.

The 17-boat  IRC class one division is lead by J109s with Pat Kelly's Howth entry Storm leading local sistership Jelly Baby (Ian Nagle) by four points after two races. Third is Dublin Bay's Aztec III, an A35 design sailed by Peter Beamish of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

In class two, West coast champion Disaray, a Dehler 34 from Foynes Yacht Club and skippered by Simon McGibney has worked out a one point advantage over Brian Goggin's Allure, a Corby 25 from Kinsale. Full IRC results below:


The Kiwis round the weather mark of their first race in Ireland. Photo By Bob Bateman. Scroll down for 17 more pics from today's Cork harbour ICRA racing below.

Series PlaceSail NoEBoatType of BoatOwnerClubHandicapSeries PointsRace 1Race 2
1IRL3939EAntixKer 39Anthony O'LearyRCYC1.129211
2GBR7737R ImpetuousCorby 37Richard FildesSCYC1.091523
3IRL2007EJump JuiceKerConor PhelanRCYC1.105752
4IRL2003EGloves OffCorby 38Kieran TwomeyRCYC1.115835
5IRL9852ECrazy HorseMills 36Chambers/ReillyHYC1.085844
6IRL1281EAquelina/WJ122James & Sheila TyrrellArklow SC1.0831899
6IRL7111 WoW/WJ111George SiskRIYC/RCYC 1899
6IRL36000 Roxy 6/WCorby 36Robert DaviesRCYC 1899
Series PlaceSail No E Boat Type of Boat Owner Club Handicap Series Points Race 1 Race 2
1IRL1141 E Storm J109 Pat Kelly RSC/HYC 1.019 3 1 2
2IRL9609 E Jelly Baby J109 Ian Nagle & Paul O'Malley RCYC 1.029 7 2 5
3IRL29832 E Aztec A35 Peter Beamish RIYC 1.034 8 7 1
4IRL13500 E D-tox X-35 Donal O'Leary RCYC 1.048 8 5 3
5IRL811 E Raptor MILLS 30CR Denis Hewitt RIYC 1.025 8 4 4
6IRL17200 E Antix Beag 1720 (modified) Robert O'Leary RCYC 1.005 11 3 8
7IRL6695 E Eos X362 Sport David Scott KYC 1.022 18 6 12
8IRL3709 E Axiom X37 Michael O'Neill RIYC 1.035 19 13 6
9IRL6021 E Ellida X332 Ria Lyden RCYC 0.986 19 10 9
10IRL8109 E Jetstream J109 Peter Redden RIYC 1.028 20 9 11
11IRL892 E Tux X332 Mary O'Keeffe RCYC 0.981 21 11 10
12IRL3323 E Dexterity X332 Alan McEneff (Team Foynes) Foynes YC 0.984 24 12 12
13IRL8991 E Exhale X362 Sport Derry Good RCYC 1.025 26 8 18
14IRL7290 E Felix X332 Michael & Gretta Wallace RCYC 0.981 27 14 13
15IRL2382 E Xerxes/W IMX38 LD O'Neill RIYC 1.046 36 18 18
15IRL3307 E Rockabill IV/W Corby33 Paul O'Higgins RIYC/NYC 1.044 36 18 18
15IRL9834 E True Pennance Projection 35 Colman Garvey/Martin Darrer RCYC 1.022 36 18 18
Series PlaceSail No E Boat Type of Boat Owner Club Handicap Series Points Race 1 Race 2
1IRL487 E Disaray Dehler 34 Optima 101 Raymond McGibney Foynes YC 0.929 5 3 2
2IRL2506 E Allure Corby 25 Brian Goggin Kinsale YC 0.936 6 2 4
3GBR7525R E Thundebird Corby 25 Denis Coleman RCYC 0.941 7 4 3
4IRL16859 E Bad Company Sunfast 32 Desmond / Ivers / Deasy RCYC 0.939 8 7 1
5IRL2525 E Yanks $ ffrancs Corby 25 Vincent O'Shea RCYC 0.936 8 1 7
6IRL7495 E Maximus X302 Paddy Kyne HYC/WHSC 0.930 13 8 5
7IRL26026 E Ruthless Corby 26 Conor Ronan Sligo YC 0.953 15 6 9
8GBR9896 E Magnet MG335 Kieran & Liz O'Brien RCYC 0.944 16 5 11
9IRL2010 E Alpaca First 31.7 Paul & Deirdre Tingle RCYC 0.957 19 11 8
10IRL9732 E Wicked Sunfast 32 Mark Mendel RCYC 0.940 19 9 10
11IRL3492 E Big Deal Dehler Derek Dillon Foynes YC 0.925 22 10 12
12IRL1022 E Aramis Contessa 33 Pat Vaughan RCYC 0.929 25 12 13
13IRL4170 E Slack Alice GK Westerley Shane Statham WHSC 0.951 26 20 6
14IRL6676 E Y-Knot First 32s5 Barrett/Conlon RCYC 0.933 33 13 20
15IRL222 Zoom/W Dehler DB1 Nicola & Stuart Harris WHSC 40 20 20
15IRL1649 E Caesium Beneteau 31.7 Shaun & Kathy Doran Ballyholme YC 0.951 40 20 20
15IRL1972 E No Excuse/W X302 Ted Crosbie RCYC 0.931 40 20 20
15IRL2706 E Kodachi Corby 27 Denis Ellis Cove SC 0.959 40 20 20
15IRL8094 E King One/W Half Tonner Dave Cullen Howth YC 0.951 40 20 20
Series PlaceSail No E Boat Type of Boat Owner Club Handicap Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1IRL999999 E Tiger Quarter ton Neil& george Kenefick/James O brien RCYC 0.902 3 1 1 1
2IRL3087 E Anchor Challenge Quarter ton Eamonn Rohan KYC 0.912 8 3 2 3
3NZL3311 E Blackfun Quarter Ton Jamie McDowell Royal Port Nicholson YC 0.908 9 2 3 4
4IRL1771 E Shillelagh Blazer 23 (Kirby) John Twomey KYC 0.868 13 4 7 2
5IRL9600 E Impacunious Hunter Impala Edward Rice RCYC 0.888 16 6 5 5
6GRB1479R Flashheart Quarter Ton Mike Webb & Tom Bailey King Queen YC 0.893 18 5 6 7
7IRL78 E No-Gnomes Nicholson 33Mod Leonard Donnery RCYC 0.910 20 7 4 9
8IRL9538 E Running Wild Hunter Impala OOD Sullivan Brothers RCYC 0.890 25 11 8 6
9IRL9564 E Whyte Knight Impala OOD Fergus Coughlan Cove SC 0.890 26 9 9 8
10IRL4794 E Junebug J24 Sarah Hyde/Annette Foley RCYC 0.889 28 8 10 10
11IRL9591 E Prometheus Impala OOD Paul Murray RCYC 0.888 33 10 12 11
12IRL9577 E Bedlam Impala David Doyle Cove Sailing Club 0.890 39 12 11 16
13I8709 Cri-Cri/W Jezequel 116 Paul Colton RIYC 0.905 48 16 16 16
13IRL400 E Jaguar/W J24 Gary Fort Tralee Bay SC 0.889 48 16 16 16
13IRL4206 E Powder Monkey/W Sigma 33 Liam Lynch Tralee Bay SC 0.909 48 16 16 16
Series PlaceSail No E Boat Type of Boat Owner Club Handicap Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1GBR9625R E Sundancer Dynamo 25 Alan Mulcahy KYC 0.841 4 2 1 1
2172 E Granny Knot Westerley GK24 Michael Sexton KYC 0.830 5 1 2 2
3IRL7156 E Gaelic Kiwi GK 24FR Kevin O'Connor Cove SC 0.854 12 4 4 4
ECHO and White Sail results to follow
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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 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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