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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…
A graph showing the rise in 2018 IRC certs (orange) over 2017 (blue)
There's good news for Irish cruiser–racers after a graph of International Rating Certificates (IRC) published by Irish Sailing administrators reveals a lift in certs issued so far this season. It's an indication that more boats will be racing in a season…
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…
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…
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…
ICRA sailors at the Workshop in Limerick that aims to shape a five year plan for the cruiser racer body
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has postponed next month's annual conference until the Autumn. It follows 'strong representations' about its timing aired at this month's symposium in Limerick. The goal now, according to the ICRA executive, is to have 'a…
Norbert 'Nobby' Reilly submitted his letter of resignation to ICRA on Thursday 18 January
#ICRA - Norbert ‘Nobby’ Reilly has spoken to Afloat.ie to clarify his comments over his resignation from the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) last week. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Howth Yacht Club sailor and former ICRA commodore left…
Norbert 'Nobby' Reilly submitted his letter of resignation to ICRA on Thursday 18 January
#ICRA - Norbert 'Nobby' Reilly has resigned from the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) over disagreements with its direction in the last 12 months. In his resignation letter submitted yesterday (Thursday 18 January), the Howth Yacht Club stalwart and former…
Racing at the 2017 ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) is running a workshop to examine the future role of ICRA this month. ICRA has issued an invitation to clubs and individuals that are key to the development of cruiser racing with a view…
Kieran O'Connell (third from left) competing onboard a Royal Cork keelboat
Interest in keelboat racing is increasing. Cruiser racing is on the way back! So says the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Rear Admiral for Keelboats, Kieran O’Connell, writes Tom MacSweeney. Clubs around the coast have experienced a fall-off in racing numbers at…

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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