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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…
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.…

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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