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Winning J109 skipper John Maybury (left) and Commandant Barry Byrne of the Irish Defence Forces who skippered Joker II to win the Beaufort Cup in Cork last July
After a successful 2016 season and another in prospect later this month, the John Maybury's J109 crew from Joker II gathered at their home club in Dun Laoghaire to celebrate victory in the ICRA Nationals, the ICRA Boat of the…
ICRA Champs launched – Event Chairman Paul Tingle, ISA President Jack Roy, ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney and Royal Cork Admiral John Roche
A full programme of races for nine national titles at this year's ICRA National Championships was launched this week at the Royal Cork Yacht Club by Minister Simon Coveney.  Admiral John Roche and ICRA Chairman Simon McGibney were also present as…
Light air racing at the 2016 ICRA National Championships at Howth Yacht Club
Crew number limits or crew weight limits at this year's ICRA National Championships are under review following discussion at last weekend's ICRA Conference in Limerick where it was shown different regattas deal with crew weight limits in different ways.  The…
Crazeee…..Conor Clarke’s Embarr (RIYC) on her way to winning the Melges 24 Worlds by an incredible 31 points. In one of many presentations at the ICRA Conference, Maurice “Prof” McConnell outlined the huge level of dedication needed to achieve this stunning victory. Read all about it on Saturday
Afloat.ie’s W M Nixon may have received the Royal Irish YC’s “Maritime Journalist of the Year” Award on Saturday night for his “ability to make even the most advanced and complex sailing issues understandable and of interest not only to…
Mark Mansfield (right) collects the boat of the year trophy from ICRA Commodore Simon  McGibney
John Maybury's Joker II was named 'Boat of the Year' this afternoon at the ICRA Conference in Limerick. The judges followed the lead given to them by Afloat.ie readers this week in an online poll where Joker II featured prominently.…
Cruiser–Racer sailors are gathering in Limerick tomorrow for ICRA's National Conference
There will be plenty of items for discussion when ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney opens up a 'round table' discussion on his advertised theme of 'we have to talk about cruiser racing' at the ICRA conference in Limerick tomorrow. A move…
Once upon a time, he was Gordon Maguire of Howth. But now, he’s AUSGM1
Alas, it’s true. Our very own Gordon Maguire is now officially Australian writes W M Nixon. He probably has been for years. His World Sailing Number is AUSGM1, which couldn’t be more clearcut. And that’s why, when we asked the obliging…
Cruiser racing in Cork Harbour – national and local racing results for cruisers are calculated under IRC and ECHO handicap systems. Saturday's ICRA conference in Limerick is calling for debate on a future direction for cruiser–racing in Ireland
The Irish Cruiser Racing Associaton (ICRA) has called for debate about the future direction of Irish cruiser–racing at Saturday's national conference in Limerick. Here, Brian Turvey makes his contribution by describing how IRC and ECHO rating systems work in Ireland and…
Scroll down to vote for your boat of 2016
The Annual Conference of the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA), an absorbing all-day affair in Limerick this Saturday (March 4th), has an intriguing agenda writes W M Nixon. But for many sailors from all over Ireland and the other side of…
Mixed sailing cruisers competing in a Royal Cork Yacht Club Race in Cork Harbour. The ICRA National Championships wil be held at RCYC from 9th to 11th June
Plans are well underway at the Royal Cork Yacht Club to host the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s National Championships in Cork Harbour on the 9th to 11th June. For the second consecutive year the nationals will be a three day…
DBSC entry Lively Lady (Rodney Martin). DBSC has added three coastal fixtures to its 2017 programme starting this April
ICRA Ratings officer Denis Kiely from Cork will chair an open floor Q&A session on the topics of cruiser racer sailing in Ireland at the ICRA Conference on March 4. The aim of the session, according to Commodore Simon mcGibney, is…
While the course is on, RORC will be offering to measure boats at a substantial discount at Royal Cork
Royal Cork Yacht Club in conjunction with ICRA and RORC will be running an IRC Measurement weekend on the 5th, 6th and 7th of May. The aim of this weekend is two fold: IRC Measurers:• To train up new people…
Prof O'Connell will talk about his Melges 24 World Championships win last December
This year’s Irish Cruiser Racing Association Annual Conference will take place at the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on Saturday 4th March from 10.30. Under the heading ‘We Must Talk about Cruiser Racing’ this year’s conference promises to be an…
Online Entry Opens for Irish Cruiser Nationals 2017 at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Both the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) and the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) have just launched their respective websites for the ICRA National Championships which will take place at the Crosshaven club from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June.…
Handicap cruiser-racing on Dublin Bay. The IRC rating will get its first world championships in 2018 following a decision at the World Sailing Conference in Barcelona last week
ICRA sailors will be able to compete for World Championship IRC rating honours from 2018. Today's Irish Times Sailing Column reports on a 'breakthough' at last week's World Sailing Conference in Barcelona that has led to rival rating systems, ORC and…
It will be a packed June for cruiser-racer fans on the south coast next year with two of the biggest sailing events of the season taking place within a fortnight. Plans are well advanced for the 2017 ICRA Cruiser National Championships…

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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