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'Animal' Crowned Scottish RC35 Champion on Countback
After all the crews enjoyed a great night sampling the hospitality of Rothesay it was back to business for Day two of the Luddon Construction RC35 Scottish Championships last weekend. The first race began with a gusty 15 to 20 knots…
Defending Champion Animal on Ascog Bay off the Isle of Bute on day one of the Luddon Construction RC35 Scottish Championships
The competitive eight boat fleet was treated to glorious conditions in Ascog Bay off the Isle of Bute on day one of the Luddon Construction RC35 Scottish Championships writes Robin Young. Day one of the annual championships held under the burgee…
George Sisk’s WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club will race in the Sovereign's Cup Coastal Division
The O’Leary Life Sovereign’s Cup regatta could top 100-boats when the first gun goes in ten days time at Kinsale Yacht Club. Among the front runners are some of the new national title-holders who won their events at the recent ICRA national…
Anthony Gore-Grimes' Dux from Howth Yacht Club emerged overall winner of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championships
The 2019 ICRA National Championships at Dun Laoghaire may have attracted a total of 93 boats from 24 clubs around Ireland but the spoils were shared between just two Dublin Clubs as five national titles went to Dun Laoghaire's Royal Irish Yacht…
Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) is the ICRA Class Zero Champion after a three race coastal series at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper Paul O'Higgins reclaimed the overall lead of the Class Zero (Coastal) division of the ICRA championships on Dublin Bay today to take the title away from the overnight leader Northern Ireland's Jay Colville in the…
The six man Dux crew are Class Three ICRA Champions
Howth Yacht Club X302 campaigner Dux has won the Divison Three title of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay. The Anthony Gore-Grimes skippered entry took the lead in the biggest class of the Royal St. George YC Championships after…
Mata, the new Howth Yacht Club Half Tonner campaign has won class two of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay
The Wright Brothers from Howth completed a consistent series of seven races with six top three results to become Division Two National Champions in their first ICRA outing with their new Half Tonner in Dun Laoghaire. Half Tonners took the top five…
The nine-man Joker II crew on their way to a fourth consecutive ICRA Class One victory on Dublin Bay
The Royal Irish Yacht Club's John Maybury has made it four in a row at the ICRA National Championships this afternoon having sailed a superb seven-race series in which the J109 corinthian skipper and eight-man crew – that included 2004 Olympian Killian Collin…
DMYC entry Maranda competing in Division four of the ICRA National Championships
Among the four boats racing in Division 4 of the ICRA National Championships, Peter Richardson's Dubious of the host club, the Royal St. George Yacht Club, has taken the lead from Philip O'Dwyer's Supernova of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.…
On the water jury - International Judge Gordon Davies (left) who is also chairman of the Protest Commitee and National Umpire Ailbe Millerick
The ICRA National Championships protest committee has listed eight protests so far at the Dublin Bay event but four claims were withdrawn, according to the event website. Of the remaining protests at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, two were initiated by the Protest…
Jay Colville’s First 40, Forty Licks leads class zero
Jay Colville’s First 40, Forty Licks from Down Cruising Club, fresh from his success in the 2019 Scottish Series, has taken the lead in the ICRA National Championships after the second 40-mile coastal race sailed today in medium westerly winds on Dublin…
Howth Yacht Club's Dux leads 22-boat Class three of the ICRA Championships on Dublin Bay
Where J109s are holding sway in Class One and Half-Tonners in Class Two, Class Three of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay has a refreshing mix of design types at the top of the Royal St. George Yacht Club hosted championships.…
Three race wins sets John Maybury's J109 Joker II up for a successful defence of her Class One title on Dublin Bay tomorrow. Onboard Joker II is Crosshaven 2004 Olympian Killian Collins. Victory tomorrow would give the RIYC skipper four wins in a row of the ICRA title
After five races sailed and a discard applied at the ICRA National Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, John Maybury is two races away from an impressive fourth win of the Class One title after another impressive day on…
Royal Irish Yacht Club's Nigel Biggs has a four point lead of Division Two of the ICRA National Championships in Checkmate XVIII
There is a  new half-ton leader in division two of the ICRA national championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club as overnight leader Johnny Swan's Harmony from Howth Yacht Club drops to fourth overall but optimised Irish Half Tonners continue to…
Anthony O'Leary's modified 1720 (left) gets a great start in yesterday afternoon's second race for class two yachts in the ICRA National Championships
John Maybury's Joker II staked her claim to the class one title in the opening day of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championships sponsored by Frank Keane BMW on Dublin Bay today with two wins. A full schedule marked the…
Mast damage - Colin Byrne's XP33 is out of this weekend's ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay
One of the few boats with the potential to break the stranglehold of the J109 type in the very competitive class one of this weekend's ICRA National Championships has been forced out of the Royal St. George competition due to mast…

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 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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