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Andrew Craig (second from right) and his victorious Scottish Series crew celebrate on the Clyde
Dublin Bay J109 Class Captain Andrew Craig of the Royal Irish Yacht Club emerged the overall winner of the 2019 Scottish Series in Tarbert yesterday in a clean sweep of IRC prizes by Irish cruiser racers after the series was…
J109s will be part of the Frank Keane BMW ICRA National Championship fleet on Dublin Bay next month
ICRA has announced a sponsor for its forthcoming national championships at the Royal St George Yacht Club running from June 6-9 on Dublin Bay. Frank Keane BMW & Mini will be the title sponsor for the cruiser championships that is on course…
Class Zero competitor El Gran Señor
As Afloat previously reported Irish boats are expected to perform well in this weekend's Scottish Series on Loch Fyne. Now armed with a decidedly mixed weather forecast, Afloat takes another a closer look at the runners and riders and predicts some…
Pat Kelly's Storm was runner-up in the RC35 class at Kip Regatta
Scottish RC35 champion Debbie Aitken's First 36.7 Animal has taken first blood of the season beating the Howth Yacht Club J109 Storm (Pat Kelly) at this weekend's two-day Kip Regatta on the Clyde. As Afloat readers will know, the Storm crew…
The new Howth Yacht Club J109 'Outrajeous' campaign will contest class one of June's ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay
Late entries will determine whether or not the ICRA National Championships below class one will break into three classes.  "Class One picks itself as per the RC35 band, so the only real question is what to do below that", ICRA Technical delegate Ric…
A start of the highly competitive RC35 class at the Scottish Series on Loch Fyne
A potent fleet of Irish IRC Cruiser Racers is heading north to Tarbert this month in search of Scottish silver at the annual Scottish Series on the Clyde. There are a few Irish campaigns in each of the IRC classes this May…
Andrew Algeo's  brand new J99 Juggerknot II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is entered for the RSTGYC ICRA Nationals in June
As Championship Chairman Ian Simington of the Royal St. George Yacht Club bangs the drum for last entries for a burgeoning 2019 ICRA Nationals fleet on Dublin Bay, the cruiser racer body is preparing to make good on a promise…
The new WOW, an XP44 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, skippered by George Sisk is entered for the ICRA Nationals at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
With just four weeks to go to the 2019 ICRA National Championships, the Royal St. George Yacht Club organising committee is busy putting the finishing touches to the preparation work which has been in motion through the winter and spring. Speaking…
New formula – ICRA's boat of the year trophy
As part of the ongoing improvements being introduced by the national cruiser racer body, ICRA has announced a new basis for the award of the coveted “Boat Of The Year” trophy. Previously, this trophy was awarded to the boat, who in…
IRC rated boats of all sizes and configurations race in the GBR Championships
Ten IRC Championships are held all around the British coast from Scotland to the Channel Islands as well as a specific event for two-handed crews, is providing a large variety of venues, racing conditions and social events to be enjoyed…
Three races were sailed at Spi Ouest Regatta today
Light winds that have caused so many problems at the World Cup in Genoa have also beset IRC racing in Cowes and at Spi Ouest Regatta at La Trinite Sur Mer this weekend. The RORC Easter Regatta is two days in and there's…
The J99 is a brand new design from J-Boats
J109 National Champion Andrew Algeo of the Royal Irish Yacht Club will have his first regatta in his new J99, Juggerknot II (IRL3990) at Spi Ouest Regatta, this Friday, and it looks like the fleet of 436 boats gathering at La Trinite…
ICRA is seeking to make ECHO handicap work better at cruiser racer National events
ICRA, the national cruiser-racer body, is attempting to widen the appeal of the Royal St. George–based National Championship entry next month on Dublin Bay with the introduction of a new trial handicap system writes Dave Cullen. While the current ECHO system…
Regatta scene at the Royal St. George - the club has announced the social programme for the ICRA Championships in June
With entries filling fast the ICRA Cruiser Racer National Championships at the Royal St George Yacht Club, look set up to be a huge success (81 entries as previously reported by Afloat.ie here). The championship which will be sailed from the…
Liam Shanahan's J109 Ruth is entered for the ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay this June
With ICRA organisers saying there are still at least 20 boats identified that are yet to enter, the buoyant entries for the Royal St. George Yacht Club Championships are up to 81 for the June event, kicking off a Summer of sailing…
The Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 Yoyo will compete in June's Royal St. George Yacht Club event on Dublin Bay
As the early bird deadline passed, the entry for the ICRA National Championship has climbed beyond 60, well ahead of entries at the same stage in recent memory writes Dave Cullen. There are still plenty of teams expected to join…

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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