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RUYC Keelboat Weekend Forty Licks (404) (Jay Colville) and Game Changer (Shaun Douglas
The keelboat weekend held at Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough on 21st and 22nd August is a new venture and benefitted from generous sponsorship by Shortcross Gin. The nine-strong fleet included five visitors, and of these two were…
Rugged sailing exiting the Solent for the Murphy family's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo during the early stages of the Fastnet Race
Having recovered from the recent gruelling Fastnet Race, Royal Cork yacht Nieulargo continues to top the scoreboard for ICRA’s Boat of the Year Award. According to the latest rankings released by ICRA (on August 20) the Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo…
 ICRA championship racing returns to Dublin Bay from September 3-5
With the final details being sorted for the Dublin Bay-based ICRA National Championships in a fortnight, the entry deadline is today. The fleet has hit 70 boats according to the latest update from ICRA here The September 3-5 championships will…
With one day left until registration closes for the ICRA Nationals, over 70 boats are now registered with strong fleets taking shape across all classes writes ICRA's Dave Cullen The event will take place at the National Yacht Club in…
Following on from June's Sovereigns Cup, 63 cruiser-racers have already entered the September 3-5 ICRA championships at the National Yacht Club
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) and the National Yacht Club are taking steps to minimise the need for close contact during next month's ICRA National Championships. As Afloat reported earlier, 63 boats have already entered the September 3-5 championships…
Sovereign's Cup winner Mike and Richard Evans J/99 Snapshot is entered for the ICRA Nationals at the National Yacht Club
63 boats have already signed up for September's ICRA National Championships ahead of the entry closing date this Friday. ICRA is expecting more to come by the deadline as some new on-form boats including Mike and Richard Evans J/99 Snapshot and Robert…
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…

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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