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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…
Light winds prevailed at Howth Yacht Club's ICRA National Championships in June
Following its national championships at Howth Yacht Club in June, the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) is seeking feedback on the event via an online questionnaire. ICRA commodore Simon McGibney says the survey aims to get views on how the event…
ICRA Class three champion, the all-black Quarter Tonner Cartoon, skippered by Sybil McCormack/Ken Lawless from the Royal Irish Yacht Club will be in action in Cowes tomorrow
Recently crowned ICRA Class three champion, the all-black Quarter Tonner Cartoon, skippered by Sybil McCormack and Ken Lawless, is one of three Irish Quarter Tonners competing in tomorrow's Quarter Ton Cup at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. Only three days after…
Do you really think we’ll manage this? Closing in on the pin in a Division 1 start
The wisdom of the old salts would have it that in a regatta series, a set of steady results towards the front of the fleet with no silly mistakes is much more useful in the final tally than an uneven…
Royal Irish Quarter Tonner Cartoon (Ken Lawless & Sybil McCormack) is vying for the IRC Three title at the ICRA National Championships at Howth YC
After five races sailed, there are big changes at the top of the leader board in three of the four IRC classes at the Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Championships this evening which means the stage is set for tomorrow's cliff–hanger finale…
An on–the–water jury keep a close eye on a class one start at today's ICRA National Championships off Howth
Tim Goodbody made the perfect debut in the ultra competitive Irish Cruiser Racing Association class one IRC fleet off Howth this afternoon when he took a four point lead in his new J/109 White Mischief. The Royal Irish Skipper leads…
David Cullen's Half Tonner Checkmate from Howth Yacht Club is competing in today's ICRA Nationals off Howth. Read full entry list below.
In a further boost to today's first race of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association national championships at Howth Yacht Club, the fleet has risen from 73 to 86 boats in six classes over the past week. While over 24 clubs from…
Class one ICRA champion J109 Joker II skippered by John Maybury will defend their national title in Howth next Friday
ICRA has published provisional class divisions for next week's 73–boat national championship fleet at Howth Yacht Club. The divisions are as expected but this year's class two has been forced to combine boats that in previous championships sailed in classes two…
ISA Medals will be presented to the winners of next week's ICRA National Championships at Howth Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club and ICRA have revealed the trophies for next week's cruiser–racer national championships to be staged at the north Dublin venue for a record fifth time. The three day event, from next Friday, will decide eight national titles…
Harry Gallagher – Howth Yacht Club Race management. Watch video below
Next month's ICRA Nationals at Howth Yacht Club is aiming to attract both spinnaker and white sail sailors and HYC have gone to some lengths to promote its commercial free waters in this latest youtube video.  The ICRA Nationals are returning to Howth…

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 2020

The date for the 2020 edition of the ICRA National Championships is September 11-13th, it will be sailed at Howth Yacht Club as part of WAVE Regatta

ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 28-31 May at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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