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Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) News & Updates
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…
Galway Bay launch - Simon Mc Gibney ICRA Commodore / WIORA Commodore, Captain Brian Sheridan Harbour Master Galway Port, Gary Allen Commodore Galway Bay Sailing Club, Rory Carberry Irish Sailing Board Member, Martin Breen Event Chairperson and Denis Kiely ICRA Honorary Secretary
The 2018 ICRA Cruiser National and WIORA West Coast Championships have been launched at the Port of Galway offices. The national cruiser championships will be organised by Galway Bay Sailing Club and will combine both the Irish Cruiser Racing top event…
Galway Bay Confirmed As Hosts Of 2018 ICRA Nationals
#ICRA - The Irish Cruiser Racing Association has reaffirmed its decision to allocate the 2018 ICRA National Championships to the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) and Galway Bay Sailing Club. The event from 16-18 August 2018 will be…
Cartoon (Ken Lawless and Syb McCormack) were part of the winning Cruisers III team
Following a light–air Cruisers Three East Coast Championships DBSC feeder race from Dun Laoghaire to Greystones on Saturday, the second two races of the 2017 Championship were held on Sunday in 20–knots of wind as part of the Greystones Harbour…
Waterford's Fools Gold crew celebrate another Welsh victory at Abersoch Keelboat Race Week
Waterford Harbour Sailing Club's A35, Fools Gold, skippered by Rob McConnell returned to Wales at the weekend for another regatta campaign. Having won the IRC Welsh Nationals in August in Pwllheli, the Dunmore East boat has gone on to win…
Waterford Harbour yacht Fools Gold skippered by Rob McConnell has had more success at the Welsh IRC Championships
With light winds forecast for the final day, the fleet left the event pontoons to the two racing areas in glorious sunshine, a relief to shed the wet weather gear! IRC 1 and 2 sailed two windward/leeward races off shore…
The track of Coastguard Helicopter  R117 to assist a Dublin Bay yachtsman who was washed overboard in 'rough sea conditions'
An ICRA competitor is in hospital today after being washed overboard on the return voyage from the championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club yesterday. The Dublin Bay competitor ran into problems off the Waterford/Wexford coast last night. Yesterday's last day of…
2017 ICRA Prizewinners gathered at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for more prizegiving photos
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney and Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral John Roche presented the national champions with their trophies and prizes at the Cork Harbour Club this afternoon. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the prizegiving atmosphere at Crosshaven.  Read all Afloat's coverage…
Hat Trick –ICRA Class One winner is John Maybury's Joker 2 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
An early end to a gale-lashed ICRA National Championships series at the Royal Cork Yacht Club didn't stand in the way of John Maybury's Joker 2 from successfully defending his Division 1 title and lifting the trophy for the third…
The third and final day of ICRA racing has been cancelled in Cork Harbour this morning
2017 ICRA Champions will be crowned shortly at Royal Cork Yacht Club after a decision to cancel today's final races due to strong winds in Cork Harbour. Organisers ran a full schedule of races on Friday (day one report here)…
Class Zero leader Dark Angel from Wales competing in Cork Harbour today. See Bob Bateman's ICRA photo gallery from day two below
Bob Bateman's photo–gallery from this afternoon's second day of racing at the 2017 ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club is below. WM Nixon's second day race report is here.  [data-ps-embed-type=slideshow] > iframe {position: absolute;top: 0;left: 0;} _psEmbed("https://afloat.photoshelter.com");
Find our Afloat.ie readers a hint of sun, and we’ll put you top of the page..... Ciaran White’s immaculately-maintained Scandal is one of the J/24s dominating Class 4, and she currently lies second overall
They’ve had a mighty busy day at Cork for Day 2 of the ICRA Nats 2017, with Race Officers Jack Roy and Peter Crowley putting through a rapid-fire programme of three races to give them an event and a result…

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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