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New Welsh IRC Championships at Pwllheli to be Promoted in Ireland
#IRC – A brand new Welsh IRC championships dubbed the 'Celtic Regatta' is to be staged at the Welsh National Sailing Academy in Pwllheli. It will be promoted in Dun Laoghaire this weekend by Stephen Tudor, an Irish Sea ISORA Champion and the…
Welsh IRC National Championships for Pwllheli Sailing Club in August
#welshircnationals – At their annual meeting on 12th September, the GBR IRC Committee approved the IRC GBR Regional Championships for 2014 to be held in Pwllheli.The date proposed for the Championships is to coincide with the Pwllheli Regatta between 1st…
Nominations Open For ICRA Boat Of The Year 2013
#ICRA - Nominations are now open for the Irish Cruiser Racing Association's (ICRA) Boat of the Year for 2013. The winner of the award will be announced at the ICRA Conference on Saturday 23 November in the Royal Irish Yacht…
Matt Sheahan to Give Keynote Address at ICRA Conference at Royal Irish Yacht Club
#icra – Yachting World's Technical editor Matt Sheahan will give a keynote presentation "Foiling with the America's Cup", at this year's ICRA conference on November 23rd at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.
ICRA's 2014 national championships will be sailed under the burgee of the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay. The three day championships from June 13 to 15, that is expected to generate over 120 boats will support the Royal…
ICRA Discards 'No Discard' Rule for 2014 National Championships
#icra – The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) executive met in Portlaoise at the end of last month and reviewed the 2013 National Championships in Fenit, Co. Kerry revealing a number of changes for the 2014 event scheduled for Dun…
Is the Shannon Estuary's 'Dis-a-Ray' ICRA's Boat of the Regatta? – ICRA didn't nominate a 'Boat-of-the-Regatta' at its Tralee–based championships but with all the praise from RORC about Ireland's dual handicap system, reckons we should hear it for Ray McGibney's vintage Dehler 34 Dis-a-Ray, which we know well…
RORC Endorses 'Parity' of Successful Irish Handicap Scoring System
The Irish Cruiser Racing Associtation (ICRA) has been given a ringing endorsement of the scoring system deployed at the cruiser national championships in Tralee by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in London who see the Irish dual scoring system 'providing…
ICRA Championships 2013 – New Champions Crowned in Tralee
#icranats – Take sixty-one offshore racers, recruited from Ireland's leading sailing centres. Place them in a bay of stunning beauty, set among spectacular mountains perhaps, but nevertheless a bay which is inescapably located right on Ireland's Atlantic weather frontier. Then…
2013 ICRA National Champions at Tralee Bay Sailing Club
The 2013 Irish Cruiser racer national champions are: Class 0 IRC Antix Anthony O Leary. RCYC  Class 0 Echo Discover Ireland Martin Breen GBSC  Class 1 IRC Bon Example Colin Byrne RIYC Class 1 Echo Joker 11 John Maybury RIYC …
ICRA Nationals Day 1 – Storm II Takes Charge of IRC Division One
#ICRA – Pat Kelly's J109 Storm II from Howth Yacht Club tops the leaderboard of the biggest IRC class after two heavy weather races in the opening day of the 2013 ICRA National Championships. Three J109 designs are in the…
New X Yacht Design Takes Early Lead in WIORA
#ICRA – After the first day of racing at the WIORA championships on Tralee bay yesterday the all new XP33 sportsyacht design from X Yachts, Bon Exemple skippered by Colin Byrne from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, has jumped straight…
Class Bands Published for ICRA Cruiser Nationals
#icra – Class bands for tomorrow's 2013 ICRA Nationals and today's WIORA championships has been published in Tralee and are downloadable below as a PDF file.  Scroll down for attachment. A skippers briefing for the WIORA West Coast Championships took…
Sailing Instructions (SIs) for ICRA Cruiser Nationals 2013 at Tralee Bay SC (Download here!)
The Sailing Instructions (SIs) for ICRA Cruiser Nationals 2013 at Tralee Bay SC in just over a weeks time show that the seven race series is to be a no discard event. Three races are required to be completed to constitute…
East & West Coast Fleets Gear up for Feeder Races to Tralee Bay ICRA Nationals
ICRA Feeder races from Dublin bay, Galway bay and the Shannon Estuary, some with early starts to avail of favourable tides are planned for early June all to arrive in good time for the Fenit based National Cruiser Championships. The…
60 Boats Line up for ICRA Nationals But Some Clubs Still to Enter
Some of the country's biggest yacht clubs have yet to enter ICRA's cruiser national championships due to get underway in less than a month's time (June 13th to 15th). The country's biggest club Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun…

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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