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Kinsale Quarter Tonner 'Runaway Bus' enjoying the great sailing conditions for today's April league at Kinsale Yacht Club. Scroll down for a gallery of photos
Wind and sun provided champagne sailing on day three of Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring Sailing Series 2018. It was a perfect day for the windward leeward course with a blustery 20–knot breeze blowing from Bullen’s Bay. The 1055 first gun…
Frank Whelan's Eleuthera, a Grand Soleil 44, was the IRC overall winner in the first ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire. Scroll down for more photos
Frank Whelan's well sailed Eleuthera, a Grand Soleil 44, was the winner of ISORA's Viking Marine Coastal Series first race in ideal sailing conditions on Dublin Bay this afternoon.  An exotic mix of new and nearly new entries into the 2018…
Sitting on the rail aboard Slack Alice in Kinsale's Spring Series
There has been controversy and disagreement in cruiser racing about crews ‘hiking out’ through lifelines on deck to get more upper body weight extended to help boat balance and performance … Rule changes have now come to “sitting on the…
Howth J109 Storm is a 2017 Scottish Series winner, a regatta that is part of the GBR IRC Championships programme
Sailors in the UK are enjoying spring racing and looking forward to the summer season, including the varied selection of International Rating Certificate (IRC) Championships that includes sailing events in the Irish Sea that attract interest from the Irish Cruiser…
In cruiser racing out of RCYC, just two classes will sail under spinnakers
The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour has decided on a change in the format of racing for the coming season which will reduce the number of starts and re-define the sailing classes. In cruiser racing out…
Asymmetric sails have become much more popular in recent years. This article describes the options on going fast downwind
In recent years, asymmetric sails have become much more popular. If you have a boat with a sprit you will likely have 100% asymmetric downwind sails. If you have a boat with a pole, it is likely you will (or…
North Sails Sail Trim Simulator: In both screens, the J/35 is sailing at a little over 12 knots. In the upper right-hand corner, you have adjustments for wind speed and sea-state
A North Sails Ireland 'Sail Trim simulator' will be used during post race de–briefings at the ICRA Nationals this August in Galway. The new tool helps to 'make sense of sail trim, fundamentals of sail shape, and understand how these variables impact…
Rob McConnell's Fool's Gold from Waterford Harbour intends using Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta as a final preparation for IRC European Championships at Cowes
With under a week remaining before the early bird entry deadline for Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta 2018, the latest entry for the June Bank Holiday weekend regatta at the north Dublin venue is planning a highly competitive campaign including…
A new ICRA Executive was appointed in Portlaoise and an interim constitution put in place last night
Last night's ICRA egm has removed a lot of uncertainty for the future direction of the cruiser racer body that was formally recast under new officers and an 'interim' constitution at its Portlaoise pow wow. After months of turbulence for…
 The 2018 IRC European Championship will be held for the first time in Cowes, UK this summer
Following its debut as part of Cork Week in 2016 and a stand-alone event held in Marseille in 2017, the IRC European Championship this year will take place out of one of its spiritual homes. Coming to Cowes for the…
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney has issued the agenda for tonight's EGM to be held at 7.30pm Maldron Hotel in Portlaoise. The meeting will vote on new candidates for the ICRA executive and will also vote on a new constitution.  The final…
A Stay sail image from the 3D sail design programme, Sailpack
Barry Hayes, owner of UK Sailmakers Ireland, describes new advances in 3D sail design programmes to analyse sail shape and sail design in real time.  In this latest article in the UK Series, in association with ICRA, Hayes outlines the Sailpack…
Squibs sailing off Kinsale. The distinctive racing keelboat with mace-coloured sails celebrates its 50th anniversary this year
It’s still cold enough in boatyards to require determination to take off the covers, slide back the hatch and go below to start the annual preparation work. There are some more determined than others to have their boats ready to…
1720 keelboats will be used for RCYC's new Under 25s Keelboat Academy
The loss of young sailors to the sport is an issue that has been identified by many clubs around the country and at national level. Other sports can be more attractive to younger age groups, particularly it seems as teenagers…
A well set–up Beneteau 31.7 racing on Dublin Bay. There are good gains to be made in adjusting the rig regularly – read how how to set up the mast and sails for best performance upwind in different wind conditions below
Mark Mansfield, Racing Consultant for UK Sailmakers Ireland, previously wrote about tuning a fractionally rigged mast. In this latest article, in association with ICRA, the four time Olympian describes how to set up the mast and sails for best performance upwind in…
Extraordinary General Meeting of ICRA Called
An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association has been called for Wednesday, March 21. It will be held in the Maldron Hotel in Portlaoise at 7.30 p.m. and a new Executive Committee will be voted into…

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