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Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) News & Updates
'More Sailors, More Sailing' Crew Training Initiative Launched by ICRA
#icra – The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) rolls out a nationwide 'crew recruitment and training programme in April just over a month ahead of its 2013 national championships at Tralee Bay Sailing Club. The Initial roll out of the…
ICRA Nationals 2013; Tralee Bay Sailing Club,  June 13 - 15th
#icra – A series of feeder races to Kerry for the 2013 Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) Nationals at Tralee Bay Sailing Club (TBSC) could swell numbers to 70 boats or higher for the Fenit event according to estimates coming…
New ICRA Commodore Aims to Recruit New Crews to Boost Sailing
#ICRA –  The Irish Cruiser Racing Association's (ICRA) new Commodore seeks to increase participation in cruiser racing during his five year term in office. In his opening address to delegates at the ICRA conference on Saturday Norbert Reilly said he…
NUI Galway Campaign Awarded ICRA's 2012 Boat of the Year Trophy
#boatofthe year – The NUI Galway campaign sailing Martin Breen's Galway Reflex 38 yacht has been named ICRA's Boat of the Year. The prize was presented in Kilkenny this afternoon and applauded by a wide cross section of delegates at…
Who Will Win ICRA's Irish Boat of the Year Award?
#icra – Top handicap cruisers from the popular sailing centres of Howth, Rush, Cork, Galway and Dublin Bay are in the running for ICRA's Boat of the Year award on Saturday and competition judges have already stated a 'special performance'…
Kilkenny Conference to Elect New ICRA Commodore
ICRA has issued its final agenda for Saturday's packed conference in Kilkenny with confirmation that there will be 12 different presentations on the day including UCD's account of its world championship win in La Rochelle last month, Damian Foxall on…
Boat of the Year Judges Seek 'Something Special' for ICRA's Top Yacht of 2012
#icra – Nominees for ICRA's Boat of the Year for 2012 include the reigning champion boat, Pat Kelly's Storm, a J109 from Rush and Howth. Also in the running is Martin Breen's Reflex 38 from Galway Bay Sailing Club sailed…
Foxall to Make Round World Presentation at ICRA Conference
#icra – Successful offshore sailor Damian Foxall will make a presentation at this month's ICRA conference in Kilkenny in a fortnight's time entitled: 'Nine Round the World Races Success or Failure? It will be a further highlight presentation to round…
ICRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE AGENDA 2012
#icra – The Irish Cruiser Racer (ICRA) conference in Kilkenny will feature a change in format next month when Commodore Barry Rose introduces a round table discussion for the one day event on November 17th at the Newpark hotel. As…
Key Sailors to be Invited to New Format ICRA Conference
#ICRA – Irish Cruiser Racing Associaton (ICRA) chief Barry Rose is to personally invite key individual sailors to participate in a new format for November's annual conference in Kilkenny. The aim is to to encourage much greater participation by all…
Kilkenny ICRA Conference to Feature Olympic, Quarter Ton & Discard Discussion
#icra – November's Irish Cruiser Racer Conference (ICRA) in Kilkenny on November 17th will feature reports from the Olympic Games from Dun Laoghaire race officer Jack Roy who officiated in Weymouth, ICRA will also propose a new youth sailing academy…
ICRA Seek Feedback on Future Commodore's Cup Regattas
#icra – A root and branch review of the Commodore's Cup competition will examine all aspects of the the regatta including future boat types, team formats, event format, and professional sailor participation. Organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), have…
Royal Cork Sail to Success at Howth's ICRA Nationals
#ICRA2012 – Three Cork IRC victories, two titles retained and local success on ECHO and in the BMW Corinthian Cup were the outstanding features of the overall results of the BMW Cruiser Nationals run by Howth Yacht Club for the…
Fresh winds and sunshine for day two at BMW Cruiser Nationals
#ICRA – The second day of action in the BMW Cruiser Nationals at Howth saw a repeat of the welcome sunshine but, in stark contrast to Friday, there was no shortage of wind, with strong easterlies and a big sea…
Sunshine and frustration at BMW Cruiser Nationals' first day at Howth
#ICRA2012 – Howth may have basked in glorious sunshine for the best part of the BMW ICRA Cruiser Nationals’ first day but lack of wind created enormous frustration among the record 123-boat entry as the Race Officers were obliged to…
Howth Boasts Record Entry of 123 Boats for BMW Cruiser Nationals
#ICRA – A record entry of 123 boats racing in 7 sailing divisions will compete for honours at this weekend's BMW Cruiser Nationals being hosted by Howth Yacht Club on behalf of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA). Seven races…

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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