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A Cruiser–Racer start at June's Wave Regatta at Howth Yacht Club
An engaged group of 30 sailors or more gathered at Lough Derg Yacht Club on Saturday for ICRA's annual conference and agm that included a line up of talks as well as the presentation of the ICRA Boat of the…
Dave Cullen (right) on his way to victory in the Royal Irish Yacht Club Regatta on Dublin Bay in the 2018 ICRA Boat of the Year, the 1985 Humphrey's Checkmate XV
Howth Yacht Club's all-conquering vintage Half Tonner Checkmate XV was the winner of the ICRA Boat of the Year Award at the association's agm held at Lough Derg Yacht Club yesterday. The cruiser-racer award completes a stellar season for the North Dublin…
Dublin sailor Michael Boyd will be elected as Chairman of the IRC Congress in Dun Laoghaire today
Today's international annual meeting of the international IRC Rating Congress in Dun Laoghaire will appoint Royal Irish Yacht Club sailor Michael Boyd as its new Chairman.  IRC rating representatives from Belgium, Canada, France, Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Holland, Turkey the USA…
The ICRA Nationals returns to the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay in 2019
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced dates and venues for the ICRA National Championships in 2019 and 2020 plus details of its end of year Annual Conference and AGM. For 2019 the ICRA National Championships will be held…
Celtic Cup Champions –  “Storm”In IRC 1 “Storm” won overall at the Welsh Championships and takes the inaugural Celtic Cup with wins at Pwllheli Wales, the Scottish Series at Tarbert back in May, a second at the Bangor town regatta, and first at Kip Regatta
Howth Yacht Club's J109 Storm skippered by Pat Kelly has won the inaugural Celtic Cup in Wales after her overall win at the Welsh Championships. In a season-long achievement, the Kelly family lifted the inaugural Celtic Cup with wins at…
Part of the 50–plus boat ICRA championship fleet in Galway Docks. The event was cancelled last Friday with no races having being held due to weather and port restrictions in Galway Docks
Following the cancellation of the ICRA Nationals in Galway last Friday and the explanation on the event Facebook page here, the reigning Class One Champion John Maybury, of J109 Joker II, says it is the fact that the Port of Galway is lock–gated, and not the weather,…
ICRA yachts at Galway Docks awaiting a break in the weather
#ICRA - This year’s ICRA Cruiser Nationals have been dealt a fatal blow with the news that Galway Port is to be locked for much of tomorrow, Saturday 18 August. In a statement this evening announcing the cancellation of all…
ICRA Championship competitors rafted up in Galway Docks
The 2018 ICRA Championships has again fallen victim to the strong winds on Galway Bay this morning. The 53-boat fleet gathered in Galway Docks have been waiting for a break in the weather since Wednesday for the first ever staging…
Galway Bay is one of the first Irish coastal inlets to have been fully mapped by INFOMAR
The Galway Bay based Marine Institute has presented competitors in the 54–boat ICRA Cruiser Racer National Championships currently being hosted by Galway Bay Sailing Club with a large A1 sized full colour poster illustrating the seabed imagery of the Bay…
The ICRA fleet in Galway Docks with Half Tonners, Sportsboats and the large J24 fleet in the foreground
The first race of the ICRA Championships in Galway has been cancelled today due to strong winds on Galway Bay. The 54-boat fleet, moored in Galway Docks, was expecting an early start and as many as four races this morning…
Anthony O'Leary's Antix Beag, from Royal Cork, a customised 1720 is sailing in class two of the ICRA Nationals in Galway
'Provisional' divisions released today for the 53–boat ICRA National Championships fleet show a spread of ten or 11 boats per class for the Galway Bay event that begins next Thursday, August 16th. As Afloat.ie reported earlier today, Dublin and Cork…
The Joker II crew from Dun Laoghaire skippered by John Maybury will defend their ICRA crown in Galway Bay
From Thursday 16 August, Galway Bay Sailing Club hosts Ireland’s national cruiser racing championships for the first time — and a significant turnout is expected from clubs all along the West Coast. As David O'Brien writes in the Irish Times today…
Jason Ker
World-renowned yacht designer Jason Ker, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Maritime Studies by Solent University today. Founder of Ker Yacht Design, an industry-leading company based in Winchester, Jason has forged a formidable reputation for racing yachts,…
Class One action at the weather mark of the inaugural Wave Regatta at Howth in June
15 years have passed since a small group of Cork and Dublin sailors met at the Granville Hotel in Waterford to establish the Irish Cruiser Racing Association. In the intervening years, ICRA has had great success co-ordinating Irish yacht racing…
Noel Grealish, Independent TD for Galway West with event Chairperson Martin Breen and members of the ICRA/WIORA organising committee on board J109 Joie De Vie, Galway's Class One challenger in this year’s ICRA National Championships
This week Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) members and friends gathered at Dock 1 Seafood Bar and restaurant in Galway Harbour for the official launch of the ICRA/WIORA 2018 which will be held in Galway Harbour from August 15th –…
Royal Cork's Conor Phelan is an early entry into Galway's first ever staging of the ICRA Nationals in Galway.
Regatta Chairman Martin Breen reports strong interest for August's ICRA/WIORA 2018 event from all over Ireland and further afield. The ICRA Vice-Commodore (Richard Colwell) and Commodore (Simon McGibney) are confirmed entrants with Breen confirming new entrants 'on a daily basis'. See…

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