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DBSC is supporting and encouraging its members to participate in September's National Championships by not holding its regular Saturday racing for Cruiser Classes on September 4th
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is not holding racing for cruiser-racer classes 1 – 5 on Saturday, 4th September in order to accommodate the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) National Championships that are being staged on Dublin Bay.  The annual…
Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill (left) and Frank Whelan's new J122 Kaya will contest the Calves Week title at Schull Harbour Sailing Club from Tuesday
Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, whose victory in both divisions in 2019 clinched him the overall title, will defend on Tuesday in the first of four races to decide Calves Week Regatta 2021 in West Cork. A fleet of 36…
Racing will take place over four days at Breskens in late August 2022
The 2022 IRC European Championship will be held at in Breskens, Netherlands alongside the Breskens Sailing Weekend. The seventh edition of the IRC European Championship will take place over four days of racing in late August 2022. The championship is…
Royal Cork's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Denis and Annamarie Murphy) continues to lead in the Boat of the Year Award ranking
Royal Cork's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Denis and Annamarie Murphy) has strengthened her position at the top of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association's Boat of the Year rankings thanks to a solid second place in the Coastal Division of Kinsale's…
Staying ahead of the pack – Sovereigns Cup Winner 2021 Snapshot (J/99, Mike & Richie Evans) breezing along in style ahead of the hunting mob of J109s at Kinsale
When the Irish J/109s hunt as a pack – as nine of them did at the Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale – there's blood in the air and anyone racing a brand new J/99 against such a mob will naturally feel…
ICRA’s U25 Support programme aims to support clubs in the purchase of racing keelboats
While for most, the past year and a half will be remembered without much joy. In a number of sailing clubs in all corners of Ireland, enthusiastic U25 squads are preparing their boats for the opportunity to compete against each…
Royal Cork J/109 cruiser-racer Jelly Baby in action in Cork Harbour
With several smaller regattas already being held, it looks increasing likely that the ICRA National Championships will be the major event of the 2021 season. ICRA is encouraging competitors to enter their boats online for the ICRA National Championships hosted…
Cork Harbour cruiser racing has resumed
Cruiser racing has returned with a strong turn-out at the RCYC in Crosshaven for the start of evening racing..Eighteen boats came to the start line for the first Thursday evening cruiser league race. Despite rain, mist and fog, which had…
ICRA's 2019 Boat of the Year, Rockabill VI, a participant in the 2021 ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Training Race Series on Dublin Bay
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced scoring details for its annual Boat of the Year Award. The overall prize was unable to be awarded last year due to COVID-19's impact on the cruiser-racer season. For 2021 and onwards,…
Cometh the hour, cometh the boat. The Laser may have been around for more than fifty years, but thanks to being solo sailed, it was one of the real
"Sailing is a lifestyle activity which evolves as an expression of a vehicle sport afloat". There you go. So now you know. And please note that it's "lifestyle" and not "lifetime", though the latter also applies. Yet you were thinking…
ICRA Nationals 2021 at the National Yacht Club
The Notice of Race and online entry form are now available for the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s National Championships 2021 later this year. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is the host for this…
A Dublin Bay crew require a Plastimo 95 model compass or similar
A Dublin Bay-based race boat crew that have made modifications to their deck layout for the 2021 season require a flush-mounted deck compass to fit a 99-mm opening before the sailing season starts (hopefully) next month. The Plastimo 95 model…
Daragh Connelly is Rear Admiral for Keelboats and sits on the Executive Committee in Royal Cork Yacht Club
ICRA Commodore, Richard Colwell has welcomed two new Committee members, Saoirse Reynolds and Daragh Connelly to the ommittee of the national cruiser-racer body. As Afloat reported previously, stepping down from their ICRA roles are Johanna Murphy who’s term as Commodore…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has received 94 entries so far for the Open Cruiser Championship (8th – 11th July 2021) on Dublin Bay
Entries for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) are beyond expectations for July's event giving organisers the opportunity to close the entry system at the end of April to review the 320 boats received so far. Ireland's biggest regatta on Dublin…
Cork Week 2022 - The ICRA National Championships and the 1720 European Championships are already signed up
Royal Cork Yacht Club organisers have published an 'Advance Notice of Race' for the 2022 Cork Week regatta in Cork Harbour. The Race Committee is planning another action-packed five days of racing for all classes across a variety of courses. The…
WIORA racing at the Aran Islands first ever staging of the championships in 2017
The 2023 West of Ireland Offshore Racing (WIORA) Championships will be sailed at Kilronan Harbour on Inismor, following a vote at the WIORA AGM last week. Galway Bay Sailing Club with Cuman Seoltoireacht Kilronan as well as Foynes Yacht Club…

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. 

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ICRA Nationals 2022

The date for the 2022 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 11-15 July at the Royal Cork Yacht Club as part of the biennial Cork Week Regatta.

ICRA Nationals 2023

The date for the 2023 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 1st to 3rd September at Howth Yacht Club in Dublin.

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