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First in Class 2 - Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XVIII on her way to overall victory of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay
In the end, it became a Half Tonner domination of Class Two of the ICRA Championships on Dublin Bay this weekend, where light to medium conditions played right into the hands of the optimised vintage yachts. All three podium places…
First in IRC 3 - Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Quarter Tonner Snoopy
With a statement of her intent delivered last month at Calves Week in West Cork, Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner 'Snoopy' is the ICRA Divison 3 National Champion at the first attempt after a superbly sailed series on Dublin Bay.  Counting…
Howth yacht Samaton 'makes contact' with Magic Touch at a mark rounding at the ICRA National Championships
Two boats suffered 'serious damage' and were unable to compete in the rest of the ICRA 2021 Championships at the National Yacht Club due to a collision at the top of a windward leg in the first race on Saturday morning. During the…
Success on the south coast at Calves Week last month is being repeated on Dublin Bay this weekend where the J/122 Kaya has a clean sheet after four races sailed in Class Zero of the ICRA Championships
Greystones Sailing Club's J122 Kaya is walking away with the IRC Zero Divison of the ICRA National Championships, counting four wins from four races so far. “The boat is going very well, and we got good positions most of the…
Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Quarter Tonner Snoopy leads IRC 3
Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Quarter Tonner Snoopy from Courtown Sailing Club (with Royal Ulster connections) continue to hold a narrow lead in Class 3 of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay.  The overnight leader scored 1, 2, 2 in…
With top-five results scored in all five races so far - and three race wins to boot - the Kelly family J109 from Rush Sailing Club continues to lead the ICRA Nationals Division One on Dublin Bay. Such consistent sailing…
Half Tonners rule - Checkmate XVIII (Nigel Biggs) and Jonny Swan sailing King One (both pictured above with King One to leeward) are lying first and second overall respectively after five races sailed in the IRC Two Division of the ICRA 2021 National Championships on Dublin Bay
At the helm of David Kelly's King One, Jonny Swan has ruined the perfect scoresheet of Nigel Biggs and his Checkmate XVIII team after an intense second day of competition at the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay. Checkmate continues…
If you want some colour in Dublin Bay, bring your own……Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice from Cork, fresh out of A&E @ The Noonan Clinic, provided a bright spot yesterday on a grey day in a grey bay.
Let's hear it for coloured sails. On a grey day on a grey bay, every last spinnaker or asymmetric or gennaker or whatever with a splash of colour was more than welcome yesterday morning (Friday) to help bring the grimly…
Nigel Biggs and his Checkmate XVIII crew won both races in IRC 2 of the ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay
It is a perfect scoreline of two firsts for Nigel Biggs and his Checkmate XVIII crew in IRC2 after the first day of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay.  The three competing Half Tonners made hay in the light and…
Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Joanne Hall and Martin Mahon) leads Class Three of the ICRA Championships
A two and a three scored in the opening two races of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay has put Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Joanne Hall and Martin Mahon) top of the 11-boat Class Three IRC fleet.  As predicted,…
J109 (IRL 1909) Outrajeous gets her bow out to make a great start and win the first race in IRC One of the ICRA championships on Dublin Bay
As well as taking the top two places overall, J109 designs also took six of the top ten places in the biggest class of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay today. Rush Sailing Club's Storm now leads (4,1) but…
Kaya, Frank Whelan's J/122 from Greystones Sailing Club was the winner of the first coastal race for Class Zero
It's first blood to Kaya, Frank Whelan's J/122 from Greystones Sailing Club after a closely fought light air coastal race in the ICRA Championships that finished this afternoon under spinnaker on Dublin Bay. Despite a limp forecast, a relatively solid…
It's been a busy 24 hours for Royal Cork Yacht Club Cruisers Zero favourite Jump Juice since arriving in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for this weekend's ICRA National Championships. The 80-boat Championships starts this morning but hull damage discovered on the…
The national cruiser racing fleet returns to Dublin Bay this weekend for the 80-boat ICRA Championships
The National Yacht Club hosts the ICRA Nationals on Friday. 80 boats are entered. As in previous years, Afloat sticks its neck out to predict the top boats and winners in each division at Dun Laoghaire In a typical year, you would have…
Stuart Cranston's Ker 32 from Strangford Lough YC will compete in Class One
Five boats based at Northern clubs are making their way to Dun Laoghaire Harbour for this weekend's three-day ICRA championships hosted by the National Yacht Club, which has attracted 77 entries. Two of the northern contingent are by the same…
After a win at 60-boat Calves Week in West Cork in August, Frank Whelan's new J122 Kaya from Greystones makes her ICRA debut on Friday on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championships returns to Dublin Bay this weekend (September 3-5th) and brings one of the biggest Division Zero fleets the cruiser-racer body has ever seen. An expected fleet of 13 Zeros is bigger than the…

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 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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