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Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) News & Updates
Howth's Equinox (Ross McDonald) at today's first race of the ICRA Nationals. Scroll down for photo gallery.
A highly anticipated ICRA National Championships got underway at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon with two races successfully completed before the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse tomorrow. WM Nixon has wrapped up the first…
Hung out to dry? On the contrary, this is just expiring with laughter aboard Joker II as John Maybury’s J/109 powers along to a couple of wins on Day One of the ICRA Nats at Crosshaven
John Maybury’s J/109 Joker II (RIYC) put in a cracker of a start in the opening two races of the ICRA Nats at Royal Cork this afternoon with a couple of straight bullets in IRC 1 writes W M Nixon.…
Artful Dodger from Kinsale Yacht Club is a competitor in today's ICRA championships.. Four major national titles will be decided this weekend in Cork Harbour
Wind – and too much of it – is foremost on the minds of Royal Cork organisers this morning at the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) championships in Cork Harbour.  While the 60–boat championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club is likely…
Inis Mor in her glory days in the Gouy family’s ownership, on her way to overall victory in the Round Ireland race
While everyone is very relieved and grateful that the crew of the Scottish-owned Ker 39 Inis Mor were saved after their boat sank at the Saltees at the weekend while on passage to Cork for the up-coming ICRA Nationals, there…
The Inis Mor crew took to the liferaft when the Ker 39 started sinking off the Saltee Islands. All crew were rescued by Coastguard Helicopter 117
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney has expressed relief that everyone is safe after the weekend loss of Scottish competitor Inis Mor on its way to the ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club. As Afloat.ie reported on Saturday, the Cruisers…
The yacht Inis Mor sinking off the Wexford coast
The yacht that sank off Wexford yesterday afternoon was the Scottish–owned Ker 39 Inis Mor. The top performer was en route to the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) National Championships that begin at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour…
Tim Goodbody's White Mischief is one of four Dublin J109s competing at the ICRA Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Class bands released for next week's ICRA National Championship (see below) reveal a smaller than usual fleet for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Championships but with three events in three weeks all trying to attract boats out of Dublin where…
Ken Lawless and Sybil McCormacks’ Cartoon from the Royal Irish YC will defend their ICRA Class 3 title next month in Cork Harbour
All four major title-holders from last year’s Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) national championships will be in action in a fortnight when a fleet of over 60 boats from around Ireland will gather at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven…
J109 Storm, a former ICRA class one champion
As this Friday's entry deadline looms for the ICRA National Championships on June 9, Royal Cork Yacht Club organisers say they will finalise racing divisions closer to the start of the event and will endeavour to make the splits as…
Tim Goodbody's White Mischief, from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is one of four J109s entered so far for June's ICRA Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
With a month to go to the ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Cruiser Racer body has published a 56–boat entry list to date that reveals a large entry from the host Cork Harbour Club. Royal Cork…
Dave Cullen's Checkmate from Howth Yacht Club will defend its Class Two ICRA Crown at Royal Cork next month.
The ICRA Cruiser National Championships reduced entry fee registration of €150.00 will end this Friday 12th May, just a month before the event sets sail at Royal Cork Yacht Club from 9th – 11th June. The final closing date for…
The ultra lightweight Olson 30 was designed in 1978 in California
A new arrival into Royal Cork Yacht Club this season is an Olson 30, a vintage American design writes Bob Bateman. Afloat.ie understands it's the only one of its type in Europe and will be new competition at the top…
ICRA has launched two initiatives to promote cruiser racing in Ireland
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association has launched two new initiatives aimed at getting more people sailing, and promoting and developing handicap racing. CREW POINT: ICRA is offering a new website to promote sailing events and for new and/or experienced sailors to…
Light air acing at last year's ICRA Nationals at Howth Yacht Club
There will be no crew number limitations or crew weight limitations at this year's Irish Cruiser Racer (ICRA) Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club. The rule had been 'under review' following discussion at March's ICRA Conference in Limerick where it was…
The ICRA Nationals run from June 6 in Cork Harbour
ICRA has issued a notice to all Cruiser Racers attending June's Royal Cork Yacht Club National Championships this year in Cork Harbour that full lifting facilities will be available through the following suppliers: · Salve Marine is right beside the yacht…
ICRA Sponsor Offers 'Free Model Truck' As Entry Incentive for Royal Cork National Championships
As ICRA ramps up its promotion for the Cruiser–Racer National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in June, fleet sponsor WD40 is offering a free 'collectors item' model truck to the next six entries received. The RCYC entry list is…

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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