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Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) News & Updates
ICRA Release Class Divisions for National Champs
The Irish Cruiser Racer Association Sailing Nationals in Dun Laoghaire next month will have at least 107 entries and this week organisers have issued class divisions. There will be 12 boats in class Zero, 22 in class One, 28 in…
30 Entries for ICRA Nats
30 entries have already been received for the Liebherr Cruiser Nationals sailing in Dun Laoghaire from May 21st to 23rd and this number is expected to grow over the next week as the discounted entry fee deadline of 31st March…
ICRA Entry Approaches 100
ICRA are reporting its national sailing championships entry is approaching the 100-mark nearly two months out from the event, the first big regatta of the sailing season. The Liebherr Cruiser Nationals to be held in Dun Laoghaire from May from…
 ICRA National Championships in full swing The Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s National Cruiser Sailing Championships is now just a week away and for the first time ever it’s being hosted on the West Coast by Tralee Bay SC – a…
Afloat.ie: Kinetic Named Boat of the Year
Class two sailing champion Kinetic has won ICRA's Boat of the year award. The decision against a short-list of other campaigns was announced on Sunday at the ICRA conference in Kilkenny. The Corby 25 yacht owned by John Murphy and…
Afloat.ie: 'Trials' Give Way to 'Self Selection'
Irish sailing team formation will be left to individual skippers for the 2010 Commodores Cup following a decision at the weekend by the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA). Earlier this year ICRA had signalled trials as a possbility but in…
Afloat.ie: Murphy to Deliver Winning Talk
Next weekend's ICRA conference in Kilkenny includes a sailing talk by John Murphy of Kinetic, the Division 2 national champion, on how to prepare a boat for a major regatta. There will also be debate on whether the White Sails…
Irish IRC Men Have Say in Paris
Ireland continues to punch above its weight on the IRC circuit on water and on land too. At this month's IRC Handicap Conference in Paris, a three-man Irish Cruiser Racer (ICRA) delegation prevented any further penalties on powered backstays. Powered…
Issues to be Debated by ICRA
A range of issues will be covered in next month's ICRA conference Secretary Denis Kiely has revealed. A full review of the ICRA National championships held in Fenit is expected as well as a preview of the 2010 event at…
ICRA AGM Returns to Kilkenny
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) goes back to its roots when it hosts its annual sailing Conference and AGM in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny on Saturday, November 21st. The event is open to all cruiser sailors. Among the items…
Poll: Who Will Win ICRA Boat of the Year?
Who will win the ICRA Boat of the sailing Year award is this week's question on afloat.ie's reader poll. Five boats are shortlisted as potential winners including Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race Winner Legally Brunette. Mick Cotter's Whisper, fifth in…

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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