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Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) News & Updates
The Kelly family's Storm will be a class one contender in June's ICRA National Championships at Howth Yacht Club
Next month's ICRA Nationals at Howth Yacht Club will feature what looks like the 'hottest cruiser fleet of the year' when class one boats resume battle after last year's epic clash at Kinsale.  Paul O'Higgins new JPK 10.80 will be up against some…
ICRA has been unable to put a team together for July's Commodore's Cup in Cowes
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Commodore's Cup team manager Norbert Reilly has issued the following statement on Ireland's participation efforts in the 2016 Commodore's Cup regatta. 'Despite the efforts of all concerned ICRA regrets to announce that it has not been…
The race team got in seven races on a windward leeward course
Beautiful sunshine and a wide range of wind speeds greeted the participants of the two day training weekend organised by Simon McGibney from ICRA/WIORA and Des McWilliam and Graham Curran of UK McWilliam Sailmakers. This was the second year of…
Former champion, the XP33 Bon Exemple, skippered by Philip Byrne, will be a class one contender in June's ICRA National Championships at Howth Yacht Club
The ICRA Nationals returns to Howth Yacht Club in early June, timed to lead into the Round Ireland​,​ WIORA and Cork Week and Calves Week to round off a summer of​ ​racing. The ​combination of IRC and Progressive Echo divisions…
A class C start at the ORC Europeans in Estonia in 2015
At the annual meeting of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) in Limerick last weekend, past president Norbert Reilly invited representatives from the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) to address the assembled crowd of over 60 delegates on features of ORC’s…
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney presents the 'Boat of the Year' Award to winning skipper George Sisk
A buoyant ICRA conference at the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick yesterday saw Simon McGibney of Foynes Yacht Club succeed Norbert Reilly of Howth Yacht Club as Commodore. It is the first time ICRA has elected a Commodore from the…
Yacht handicapping fees will rise by 12.5% for the coming season. An average sized boat, such as a Sigma 33, will now have total handicapping costs of €177 in 2016 as opposed to €162 in 2015. This breaksdown as follows: ECHO registration…
The 2016 ICRA Annual Conference will be held in the Castleroy Hotel in Limerick on Saturday, March 5th from 10:30am until 15:30. Besides a range of topics and open floor Q&As session as part of the agenda this year’s conference…
Eight National Cruiser Racer Championship Titles & Corinthian Cups will be decided next June at Howth Yacht Club (HYC). Racing under Progressive ECHO & IRC handicap, the 2016 ICRA National Championships runs from June 10-12. The full Notice of Race…
ICRA, the Irish cruiser–racer body has awarded its 'Boat of the Year' award to cruiser zero National Champion WOW, George Sisk's Farr 42 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The announcement was made today by outgoing ICRA Commodore Nobby Reilly after…
To tie in with Royal Cork Yacht Club's 300th birthday celebrations the 2017 and 2020 Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships (ICRA) will be staged at the RCYC it was announced last night.  Incoming ICRA commodore Simon McGibney from Kilrush in…
The inauguration of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association's (ICRA) first ever 'West of Ireland' commodore will take place in Limerick next March, a month before the start of the 2016 summer sailing season. The move away from the traditional November ICRA…
This week's Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) meeting in Portlaoise heard a full agenda that included plans for the defence of its Commodore's Cup title. Putting a team together to retain the Cup will be no easy feat especially with…
ICRA Publish Final Handicap Divisions for Kinsale National Championships
#cruiserracing – The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championship has released final handicap divisions for its national championships at Kinsale Yacht Club from 24th-27th June.  Over 110 boats have entered the four-day event that will decide four national titles as…
ICRA Nationals & Sovereign's Cup Handicap Divisions Published Here!
#icra –The Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) has published details of provisional handicap divisons for its National Championships and Sovereign's Cup 2015 off Kinsale next month. The sensible bands is a sensible arrangement of similar sized (if not speed) boats…
New ICRA Team Managers Sought For 2016 Commodore's Cup Defence
#commodorescup –  The two managers behind both of Ireland's Commodore's Cup victories have 'stepped down' from the job, an executive meeting of the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) heard last month. A successor for both Barry Rose of Royal Cork…

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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