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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…
Ireland's Final Plea to Defend Commodore's Cup
#COMMODORE'S CUP – The Irish Cruiser Racing Assocation (ICRA) has issued a final plea to any skippers interested in defending the Commodore's Cup Ireland, first won in 2010, to come forward amid speculation that Ireland's hopes of mounting the defence…
Deadine Looms for ICRA Entry Discount
#ICRA – Over 50 boats have aready entered the ICRA Nationals in Howth and another 50 are expected but the offer of a reduced entry feef from €175 to €125 for the BMW sponsored event expires this weekend.The offer includes…
Howth Prepares for Spring Series, Corby Cup and ICRA Nationals
#CRUISER RACER –-Buoyed up by some early successes abroad Irish cruiser racer fans are in for a treat at home now with Howth Yacht Club staging three cruiser events before the end of May giving a major kick-start to the…
Boats Line Up for British Trials But Irish Commodore's Cup Team Still Eagerly Awaited
While the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) are reporting a near record turn-out for the British trials for July's Commodores' Cup there is still no update on an Irish team to defend the title it won in 2010. The RORC…
Kinsale Corby 25 Will be the Boat to Beat at BMW Event
#ICRA – Class two will live up to its reputation as the most competitive of classes at ICRA's BMW National Cruiser Championships in Howth Yacht Club with current National Champion Brian Goggin's Corby 25 Allure from Kinsale Yacht Club pitched…
Niche Quarter Ton Class Continues to Grow
#QUARTER TON CLASS – With a decline in big boat sailing here (some say we will be lucky to even field a Commodore's Cup team this year), people are turning to what other classes that are around for competitive and…
ICRA Hears Appeals for Greater Participation in Sailing
#SAILING – The tenth Annual ICRA Conference took place in Dun Laoghaire for the first time on 26th November in the same year ICRA was awarded the Mitsubishi Club of the Year trophy writes ICRA Commdore Barry Rose. It was…
Howth Plans Big Event for 2012 ICRA Nationals
#SAILING–Any Sailing Club with ambitions of staging the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) National Championships will have to look as far ahead as 2015. ICRA – the 2011 Club of the Year – laid out its stall until 2014 at…
Storm Wins ICRA Boat of Year Award
As predicted in Afloat's online reader poll Howth Yacht Storm (Pat Kelly) has lifted the Irish Cruiser Racer Association's Boat of the Year award at this afternoon's ICRA conference in Dun Laoghaire. Among other wins, the J109 design counted five…

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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