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Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) News & Updates
Registration Now Open For Online ICRA Conference & AGM
ICRA has published the agenda and registration details for its 2021 Conference and AGM taking place over Zoom on Saturday 6 March. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, RTÉ and Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack will head an exciting and interesting line-up…
ICRA cruiser racing on Dublin Bay in Leslie Parnell's First 34.7 Black Velvet from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
ICRA will hold its annual conference and AGM online on Saturday 6th March from 10:30 to 13:00 due to COVID restrictions. The implications of the pandemic on the 2021 cruiser-racer season will be discussed, according to association spokesman, Dave Cullen.  ICRA…
A Royal Cork Under 25 1720 sportsboat in Cork Harbour
The ICRA/ISA Under 25 Keelboat Support Programme is open for 2021 applications. The scheme was created as a support programme to help sailing clubs develop their own Under 25 squads and ICRA reported an overwhelming response to the initiative when…
A yacht with both a sprit and a pole of the same length
IRC specialist and Olympic helmsman Mark Mansfield analyses the rating rule changes agreed for next season. Following the IRC Congress earlier this month, chaired by Ireland's Michael Boyd, changes were agreed for the 2021 season. The two main areas of change deal…
The MAT 1340 is Mark Mills' fourth project with MAT Yachts
County Wicklow based yacht designer Mark Mills and Turkish boatbuilder MAT have announced their latest collaboration, the MAT1340, an IRC Racer-Cruiser. This 44’ IRC special is the result of an extensive R&D phase aimed at optimising under IRC both inshore…
Kieran Dorgan's Altair racing in today's first races of Royal Cork's AIB Autumn Series. Scroll down for photo gallery
A 40-boat cruiser-racer fleet, fine sailing breezes and autumn sunshine brought the AIB Autumn Series to life in Cork Harbour today.  Royal Cork Yacht Club organisers staged two races on the first day of racing that continues for four more consecutive Sundays…
George Radley Jnr and crew on Creamy Beam, a vintage Sadler 25, competing in the Cobh to Blackrock Race
The Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association believes there are yachts "out there waiting for budding enthusiasts to give them a second or third chance" and which could be used to encourage the next generation of young sailors…
ICRA's 2019 Boat of the Year, Rockabill VI competing in this year's ISORA Series on Dublin Bay
With the loss of the key cruiser-racer events in 2020 Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Commodore Richard Colwell says the association is unable to award its annual Boat of the Year prize. As well as its own ICRA National Championships,…
The new dates for next year's ICRA National Championships, are September 3rd - 5th 2021 at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire
After cancelling its 2020 championships twice, the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has now seen fit to move the dates of its 2021 National Championships from May to September next year because of the continuing threat of COVID-19. In a…
ICRA National Championships Will Not Be Sailed in 2020
ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell on the cancellation of the 2020 Championships planned as part of Wave Regatta 2020 It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Howth YC and Fingal County Council have taken the unenviable decision to…
There are ICRA discounts for cruiser-racer rating certs now available
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has today announced that it will provide funding to encourage cruiser racing participation, in the form of discounts to help cover the costs of reducing ECHO and IRC certs from the 1st August. Conscious…
ICRA's Boat of the Year Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins)in offshore mode in last weekend's ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race on Dublin Bay
While sailing might have been late starting, there is plenty more planned in 2020 writes ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell After a long winter and a shut down due to COVID 19, that at one point threatened the whole sailing season,…
ISORA Champion Mojito – Her USA trip is off after the IRC Worlds in New York were cancelled
Despite a strong entry list from the United States and abroad including Ireland, and the exhaustive efforts of the New York Yacht Club along with the governing bodies for the ORC and IRC rating rules, the decision has been made…
Howth Half Tonner Harmony will be on the water for Howth's Wave Regatta in September for the Half Ton Cup
It would appear that the decision to reschedule Wave Regatta to the second weekend in September is strengthening the event and the inclusion of the ICRA National Championships within the regatta in Howth will certainly focus the plans of many…
The Championships is scheduled to take place from Friday, August 14th to Sunday, August 16th
The Welsh IRC Welsh Championships 2020, is scheduled to take place from Friday, August 14th to Sunday, August 16th. Despite the current restrictions, work is continuing from home on all of the organisational aspects of the championships, and we remain…
The original schedule for the 2020 ICRA Boat of the Year Award have been cancelled
Last week's high-powered ICRA executive meeting took the decision to cancel its original Boat of the Year schedule faced with material changes to the sailing season over COVID-19. 'Once we get clarity on what events will be proceeding, we will reissue a…

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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