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Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) News & Updates
The cruiser-racer nationals are getting a revamp
New changes for the format of future ICRA championships are outlined by Irish Times Sailing Columnist David O'Brien with the news that the rule of pro–sailors will be removed given the growing number of 'quasi-pros' now involved in the cruiser-racer scene.…
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) held its first meeting of 2019 in Portlaoise on Wednesday, 16th January. The Committee wasted no time in the new year to get together to finalise objectives for the year and discuss new initiatives…
The Irish championship winning J109 Juggerknot is up for sale
The Irish Championship winning J109 Juggerknot campaigned so successfully last season by Andrew Algeo of the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is up for sale. The boat is offered for sale at €99,000 Tax Paid or US$ 114,355…
Pat Kelly’s Storm won the inaugural Celtic Cup at the Welsh Nationals this past summer
Save the dates 9 to 11 August 2019 in your calendar for the Spinlock IRC Welsh National Championships, which promises a long weekend packed full of great racing and fun ashore Once again the Welsh Nationals have been selected as…
A Cruiser–Racer start at June's Wave Regatta at Howth Yacht Club
An engaged group of 30 sailors or more gathered at Lough Derg Yacht Club on Saturday for ICRA's annual conference and agm that included a line up of talks as well as the presentation of the ICRA Boat of the…
Dublin sailor Michael Boyd will be elected as Chairman of the IRC Congress in Dun Laoghaire today
Today's international annual meeting of the international IRC Rating Congress in Dun Laoghaire will appoint Royal Irish Yacht Club sailor Michael Boyd as its new Chairman.  IRC rating representatives from Belgium, Canada, France, Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Holland, Turkey the USA…
The ICRA Nationals returns to the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay in 2019
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has announced dates and venues for the ICRA National Championships in 2019 and 2020 plus details of its end of year Annual Conference and AGM. For 2019 the ICRA National Championships will be held…
Celtic Cup Champions –  “Storm”In IRC 1 “Storm” won overall at the Welsh Championships and takes the inaugural Celtic Cup with wins at Pwllheli Wales, the Scottish Series at Tarbert back in May, a second at the Bangor town regatta, and first at Kip Regatta
Howth Yacht Club's J109 Storm skippered by Pat Kelly has won the inaugural Celtic Cup in Wales after her overall win at the Welsh Championships. In a season-long achievement, the Kelly family lifted the inaugural Celtic Cup with wins at…
Part of the 50–plus boat ICRA championship fleet in Galway Docks. The event was cancelled last Friday with no races having being held due to weather and port restrictions in Galway Docks
Following the cancellation of the ICRA Nationals in Galway last Friday and the explanation on the event Facebook page here, the reigning Class One Champion John Maybury, of J109 Joker II, says it is the fact that the Port of Galway is lock–gated, and not the weather,…
ICRA yachts at Galway Docks awaiting a break in the weather
#ICRA - This year’s ICRA Cruiser Nationals have been dealt a fatal blow with the news that Galway Port is to be locked for much of tomorrow, Saturday 18 August. In a statement this evening announcing the cancellation of all…
ICRA Championship competitors rafted up in Galway Docks
The 2018 ICRA Championships has again fallen victim to the strong winds on Galway Bay this morning. The 53-boat fleet gathered in Galway Docks have been waiting for a break in the weather since Wednesday for the first ever staging…
Galway Bay is one of the first Irish coastal inlets to have been fully mapped by INFOMAR
The Galway Bay based Marine Institute has presented competitors in the 54–boat ICRA Cruiser Racer National Championships currently being hosted by Galway Bay Sailing Club with a large A1 sized full colour poster illustrating the seabed imagery of the Bay…
The ICRA fleet in Galway Docks with Half Tonners, Sportsboats and the large J24 fleet in the foreground
The first race of the ICRA Championships in Galway has been cancelled today due to strong winds on Galway Bay. The 54-boat fleet, moored in Galway Docks, was expecting an early start and as many as four races this morning…
Anthony O'Leary's Antix Beag, from Royal Cork, a customised 1720 is sailing in class two of the ICRA Nationals in Galway
'Provisional' divisions released today for the 53–boat ICRA National Championships fleet show a spread of ten or 11 boats per class for the Galway Bay event that begins next Thursday, August 16th. As Afloat.ie reported earlier today, Dublin and Cork…
The Joker II crew from Dun Laoghaire skippered by John Maybury will defend their ICRA crown in Galway Bay
From Thursday 16 August, Galway Bay Sailing Club hosts Ireland’s national cruiser racing championships for the first time — and a significant turnout is expected from clubs all along the West Coast. As David O'Brien writes in the Irish Times today…
Jason Ker
World-renowned yacht designer Jason Ker, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Maritime Studies by Solent University today. Founder of Ker Yacht Design, an industry-leading company based in Winchester, Jason has forged a formidable reputation for racing yachts,…

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 2020

The date for the 2020 edition of the ICRA National Championships is September 11-13th, it will be sailed at Howth Yacht Club as part of WAVE Regatta

ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 28-31 May at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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