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Evelyn Cusack of Met Eireann
Evelyn Cusack (Head of Forecasting, Met Eireann) heads up an exciting and interesting line up of speakers at the 2020 Irish Cruiser Racer National Conference (ICRA) National Conference this month writes ICRA Commodore, Richard Colwell. This year the conference will be held…
La Response is Dun Laoghaire bound
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Cruiser Zero fleet will get a boost this week when its latest addition drops anchor in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The First 40 La Response, formerly known as Courier…
In new ICRA rules, The 'confusing' use of the term ‘ICRA classes’ has been changed to ‘standard groupings’
Some small changes have been made to the ICRA general rules following a successful first season under its new revamped committee and constitution. Overall the objective of the General Rules remains the same; to help race organisers keep their documentation…
The conference will include discussions on current issues and technical aspects of cruiser racing in Ireland
The Royal Irish Yacht Club will host the ICRA Annual Conference on Saturday 29th of February. The conference will include a mix of guest speakers, presentations and discussions on current issues and technical aspects of cruiser racing in Ireland. The…
An under 25 team racing in a RStGYC J80 keelboat on Dublin Bay
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) says it has been 'overwhelmed' by the response it has received to its new Under 25 Support Programme. The application period ended at midnight on the 19th December and is now closed for 2020.…
Rockabill VI was the winner of the 2019 Boat of the Year Award
The Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) has issued the Notice of Race for its Boat of the Year (BOTY) Award. With the ICRA Nationals being hosted by Cork Week in 2020, Calves Week has been added to the events, on the…
Under 25 sailing deadline - the closing date for all  U25 2020 supports is the 19th December
For clubs considering establishing an ICRA Under-25 sailing programme and clubs with existing U25 programmes, there are only a few days left to submit your “Expression of Interest” or make your “Existing Programme” application to join the ICRA U25 Support…
ICRA will offer an initial Capital Grant that will help clubs buy a keelboat for their U25 squad
The Irish Cruiser Racing Associaton (ICRA), supported by Irish Sailing, believe it is important to encourage young sailors to stay active in the sport and to foster their continued commitment as members of your clubs writes ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell.…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, today launched its online entry system for the prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around…
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI, the ICRA Boat of the Year for 2019
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay has won the ICRA Boat of the Year Award to round off a stand out 2019 season. Rockabill’s wins in the high scoring ICRA Nationals and…
Close competitive racing awaits those who attend next year's 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship in Newport
The 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship will be held September 25 to October 3, 2020, at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I but it is not known if any Irish boats are planning to compete. As Afloat…
Chairman Michael Boyd addresses IRC Congress at the Société des Régates d'Antibes
Representatives of the International Rating Certificate (IRC) from around the world met in France for two days of debate and discussion at the beginning of October. The 2019 Congress was hosted by l’Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL)…
Animal Secures Back to Back Scottish RC35 Championship Wins After GSS North Clyde Regatta
Jacob VII ends the RC35 season with another regatta victory but it's still not enough to unseat reigning champions Animal from securing back to back Scottish RC35 Championships writes Robin Young. The RC35 fleet, racing in the final round of…
Sailors of the month - J24 National National Champions Headcase Sam O’Byrne, Cillian Dickson, Marcus Ryan, Ryan Glynn, Louis Mulloy. The Commodore of Lough Erne Yacht Club John Carton and Head of the Organising Committee June Clarke are pictured at either end Photo: Martin Denneny/LEYC
When the J/24 Headcase snatched the overall win in the final races of the J/24 Nationals 2019 on Lough Erne, inevitably it was a team effort with the boat carrying the usual complement of five. But as we have to…
The Janx Spirit u25 crew at the J24 Irish Nationals on Lough Erne
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has hailed the performance of the Under 25 J/24 National Champions who qualify for an ICRA grant for their championship result writes Dave Cullen.  As Afloat reported previously, the Irish J/24 National Championships were…
J24s at Howth Yacht Club
ICRA has announced further initiatives and support for under 25 development programmes throughout the country. These initiatives include further funding for Under 25 team entries to events, this time at the J24 Nationals plus the launch of development grants and…

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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