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Line honours winner by quite a way on 3hrs 14mins 50secs was Signal 8 (Jamie McWilliam)
Were it not for Jamie McWilliam’s stratospherically-rated Ker 40 Signal 8 managing to pull a miracle performance out of a frustrating day (Thursday), the results in the 21-strong Cork Week Coastal IRC Class would have been almost a reverse listing…
Overall IRC leader John Maybury’s J/109 Joker 2 leads the spinnaker charge out of Cork Harbour
John Maybury’s J/109 Joker 2 from the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire won Wednesday’s Day three Cork Week IRC 2 race by nearly three minutes from Pat Kelly’s J/109 Storm from Rush/Howth YC. The Evans Brothers racing J/99 Snapshot…
Nick Burn’s Royal Hong Kong YC had a great day on Mills 39 Zero II
Nick Burn’s Royal Hong Kong YC had a great Volvo Cork Week day three on the Mills 39 Zero II winning the single race by over 10 minutes after IRC time correction. The third day of  Volvo Cork Week incorporating…
Jamie McWilliam was out of sight ahead at the finish with his Ker 40 Signal 8
Around mid-afternoon today (Wednesday) the anemometers at Sherkin Island, Cork Airport and Roche’s Point were all showing quite decent sailing breezes. Grand day for a spot of steady yacht racing all along the magic Cork coast, you might reasonably think.…
21 teams are racing in Cork Week's Coastal Class which is proving to be one of the most competitive classes. Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom from Howth YC leads the class after winning today’s Harbour Race by just 32…
Simon O'Keeffe's 1902 restored Gaff Cutter Lady Min is racing in Cork Week's Classic division
If you wondered how Harold Cudmore went to Saint-Tropez with the Royal Cork YC’s in-house Cork Harbour OD Jap last Autumn and duly came home with the glitziest classics prize, then the first two days of Volvo Cork Week 2022…
Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron
There is no stopping Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron, who kept their perfect scoreline on day two of Cork Week with an emphatic win in Race Three of the series to lead the class by…
National champion J109 Joker II leads Cork Week IRC Two after three races sailed
J/109 designs continue to dominate the 16-strong IRC Two Class on Day Two of Cork Week. John Maybury’s J/109 Joker 2 from the Royal Irish YC won today’s race by under a minute on time correction from Finbarr O'Regan’s J/109…
Louise Makin & Chris Jones’ J/111 Journeymaker II from the Royal Southern YC in the UK has had three wins from three races in IRC One at Volvo Cork Week 2022
Louise Makin & Chris Jones’ J/111 Journeymaker II from the Royal Southern YC in the UK won both of today’s light air races to lead Cork Week IRC One by four points. Team Knight Build racing J/112 Happy Daize from…
Nieulargo, a Grand Soleil 40, owned by Royal Cork's Denis and Annamarie Murphy and entered by Crosshaven RNLI into the Beaufort Cup for Interservice personnel returns to Cork Harbour after a 120 nautical mile race to the Fastnet Rock and back
British Army Royal Engineers on the J109 Trojan have won the Fastnet race of the Beaufort Cup returning to Cork Harbour after a 30-hour race. Six boats competed in the first race of the Cup for International Inter-Service Sailing Regatta,…
Michael O'Donnell's J121 Darkwood
Peter Dunlop's former ISORA champion J109 Mojito leads Volvo Cork Week's 21-boat IRC coastal class after the first race of the series.  Second is Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-yacht Alpaca. Round Ireland race rivalries from June are renewed for third and fourth places…
Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron
Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron dominated IRC Three of Volvo Cork Week Regatta today, scoring three straight bullets. Marcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCase (that won overall in the UK at the weekend)…
Louise Makin & Chris Jones’ J/111 Journeymaker II from the Royal Southern YCc
Louise Makin & Chris Jones’ J/111 Journeymaker 11 from the Royal Southern YC won today’s first Volvo Cork Week race in IRC One by just under a minute from Team Knight Build racing J/112 Happy Daize from the RORC. Jonathan…
The new Cape 31 class will have six boats racing for the inaugural Irish National Championships at the
The announcement of the IRC class bands gives a first look at the various classes for next month's Volvo Cork Week Regatta.  Class Zero will now benefit from the addition of the new Cape 31 class, which will have six…
Michael O'Donnell’s UK based J/121 Darkwood
The class bands and fleets are now finalised for the ICRA Nationals which take place as part of Volvo Cork Week this year. With the fleet split across Classes 0,1,2,3 along with Non Spinnaker and Coastal, ICRA trophies and more…
Tim Kane and George Sisk's WOW, an X-Treme 37 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is an entry in July's ICRA National Championships at Volvo Cork Week
Several feeder races are now in place for the ICRA National Championships which form part of July's Volvo Cork Week 2022. The entry list for the championships continues to build with over 50 boats registered to compete in the IRC class and…

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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