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ICRA will offer an initial Capital Grant that will help clubs buy a keelboat for their U25 squad
The Irish Cruiser Racing Associaton (ICRA), supported by Irish Sailing, believe it is important to encourage young sailors to stay active in the sport and to foster their continued commitment as members of your clubs writes ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell.…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, today launched its online entry system for the prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around…
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI, the ICRA Boat of the Year for 2019
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay has won the ICRA Boat of the Year Award to round off a stand out 2019 season. Rockabill’s wins in the high scoring ICRA Nationals and…
Close competitive racing awaits those who attend next year's 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship in Newport
The 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship will be held September 25 to October 3, 2020, at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I but it is not known if any Irish boats are planning to compete. As Afloat…
Chairman Michael Boyd addresses IRC Congress at the Société des Régates d'Antibes
Representatives of the International Rating Certificate (IRC) from around the world met in France for two days of debate and discussion at the beginning of October. The 2019 Congress was hosted by l’Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL)…
Animal Secures Back to Back Scottish RC35 Championship Wins After GSS North Clyde Regatta
Jacob VII ends the RC35 season with another regatta victory but it's still not enough to unseat reigning champions Animal from securing back to back Scottish RC35 Championships writes Robin Young. The RC35 fleet, racing in the final round of…
Sailors of the month - J24 National National Champions Headcase Sam O’Byrne, Cillian Dickson, Marcus Ryan, Ryan Glynn, Louis Mulloy. The Commodore of Lough Erne Yacht Club John Carton and Head of the Organising Committee June Clarke are pictured at either end Photo: Martin Denneny/LEYC
When the J/24 Headcase snatched the overall win in the final races of the J/24 Nationals 2019 on Lough Erne, inevitably it was a team effort with the boat carrying the usual complement of five. But as we have to…
The Janx Spirit u25 crew at the J24 Irish Nationals on Lough Erne
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has hailed the performance of the Under 25 J/24 National Champions who qualify for an ICRA grant for their championship result writes Dave Cullen.  As Afloat reported previously, the Irish J/24 National Championships were…
J24s at Howth Yacht Club
ICRA has announced further initiatives and support for under 25 development programmes throughout the country. These initiatives include further funding for Under 25 team entries to events, this time at the J24 Nationals plus the launch of development grants and…
The winner of class 1 at the Welsh IRC Championships was “Spirit of Jacana” a Carrickfergus based boat
Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club in conjunction with the Royal Dee Yacht Club, was once again delighted to have the opportunity to host the Spinlock IRC Welsh National Championships, as part of our 2019 Celtic Regatta, and Welsh leg of…
Dave Cullen's Half Tonner Checkmate XV from Howth Yacht Club is heading for Wales
With just over two weeks until the Welsh IRC Championships on Cardigan Bay, Irish IRC boats are preparing for the trip across the Irish Sea to the Llŷn Peninsula and to Plas Heli - the Welsh National Sailing Academy on August 9th. Royal Irish…
Wins at Sovereigns and the Dun Laoghaire Regatta for Checkmate XVIII has lifted them into contention for ICRA's Boat of the Year Award
For the overall ICRA Boat of the Year, solid regatta season wins at Sovereigns and the Dun Laoghaire Regatta for Checkmate XVIII has lifted them into contention with season-long front runners, Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins). Victory in Howth’s Autumn League…
Sarah Dwyer at the helm of a Royal St. George Yacht Club 1720 Sportboat during the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
ICRA has announced it will support the further promotion of the Under 25 sailing keelboat teams, by paying the entry fee for any Under 25 Keelboat Team entering the Irish Sailing “Pathfinder Women at the Helm” event on the 17th/18th…
Good breeze for the start of the Coastal Race of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
It was ultra-high summer, and it was difficult sailing in Dublin Bay for the hugely varied fleet starting their racing in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019 writes W M Nixon. Today’s opening racing started with so much promise –…
Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race winner, Paul O'Higgins's Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, leads the ICRA Boat of the Year points series at the halfway stage
The end of June meant the Irish Cruiser Racing Nationals (ICRA) Boat of the Year standings has begun to take shape. As Irish Times Sailing Correspondent David O'Brien reported last Friday, as a result of class victory at the Irish Cruiser…
Mark rounding on Mayo Sailing Club's X332, X Rated at the Sovereign's Cup
A 'late' West Coast campaign won the prestigious Portcullis Trophy at the Sovereign's Cup for skipper John Gordon and the crew of his X332 X-Rated from Mayo Sailing Club last week. Afloat takes a look at how this 'no rockstar' boat…

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. 

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ICRA Nationals 2023

The date for the 2023 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 1st to 3rd September at Howth Yacht Club in Dublin.

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