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Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) News & Updates
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…
Offshore Fixture Clash to be Aired at ICRA Conference
#ICRA – Next weekend's agenda for the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) meet in Dun Laoghaire will discuss a clash of offshore fixtures following the news that a new 600–mile race from Galway, the Round Rockall race on June 24th…
ICRA Announce Short List for Boat of the Year Award
#BOAT OF THE YEAR – The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced a short list of 16 boats for its annual boat of the year award. The list includes the campaign of recently crowned All Ireland Sailing Champion George…
ICRA Sets a Course for Dun Laoghaire Conference
The annual cruiser racer Think-In will be held in Dun Laoghaire for the first time next month when the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) Conference takes place at the Royal Marine hotel on Saturday, November 26th. Items on the agenda…
ICRA Seek Team for Defence of 2012 Commodore's Cup
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) is seeking expressions of interest from owners to form an Irish team to defend the Rolex Commodore's Cup next July. ICRA Commodore Barry Rose says that despite the current difficult environment ICRA remains hopeful…
ICRA - Commodore Barry Rose Wraps Up Another Cruiser Nationals
The ICRA Nationals were a great success in Royal Cork Yacht Club last weekend building on the integrity of the previous events writes ICRA Chief Barry Rose. The conditions were sparkling with two tough days sailing followed by a peach…
Antix, Storm, Allure, Tiger and Xtension are IRC Winners
Six wins was more than enough for locals Neil Kennefick and Joxer O'Briens' Tiger to win Class three of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association national championships that ended in Crosshaven this evening.The quarter-tonner from the host club was the favourite…
Heavy Winds Sweep Through Day Two of the ICRA Nationals
Day Two of the ICRA National Championships: Today there were faces scorched by the sun and wind, the sun shone and the wind kept blowing, the showers came and went, and the wind kept blowing writes Claire Bateman. DAY TWO…
ICRA Nationals, Photos from Day Two here!
Reports of gear damage, high winds and big seas. It wouldn't be Cork sailing without it!  Bob Bateman's pics from today's ICRA Nationals in Cork Harbour are here.
ICRA Nationals Day One - Photos from Cork Harbour
Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 has got off to the perfect start in today's ICRA National Championships taking a double win in the top class of the 65-boat event at Crosshaven. Second to Antix is the Corby 37, Impetuous skippered by…
ICRA Racing Underway in Crosshaven
Classes Zero, One and Two have completed one race in the first day's racing of the ICRA National Championships in Crosshaven writes Claire Bateman. The White Sails division have also completed one race. Classes three and four were completing their…
Windy Start Expected for Friday's ICRA Nationals
While there may be a reduced entry of 65 boats there is no mistaking the quality of the fleet lined up in Crosshaven for what promises to be a windy start to the ICRA Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club…
€100 Craneage Deal, Reduced Entry Discount for ICRA Nationals
Royal Cork Yacht Club has announced a special deal for competitors trailing boats to next month's Irish Cruiser Racer (ICRA) National Championships of €100 Euro per boat to cover lift in and out for the regatta. Mast stepping in and…
ICRA Awarded Sailing Club of the Year
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association is the Mitsubishi Motors/Irish Independent Sailing Club of the Year for 2011, with the members recording remarkable achievements both locally and internationally.The award was celebrated in style last night in Dun Laoghaire. Scroll down for…
ICRA to Lift Club of the Year Award on Wednesday
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has been awarded the Mitsubishi Club of the Year award and the presentation of the famous ships trophy will be made at the Royal St.George Y.C in Dun Laoghaire this Wednesday 11th at 19.…
ICRA Launch Corinthian Cup
On Friday night last Barry Rose Commodore of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association launched the ICRA Corinthian Cup at the Royal Cork Yacht Club when Club Admiral Paddy McGlade was presented with the new trophy writes Claire Bateman. This cup…

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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