2013 ICRA Cruiser Nationals – Entries Growing Strong

The ICRA National Championships, being hosted this year again by Tralee Bay Sailing Club in the magnificent unique sailing waters of Tralee Bay, from June 13th to 15th promises to be another high quality championship with a 40 strong fleet already entered.

The fantastic facilities of Fenit Harbour including Marina berths for the duration of the event together with inexpensive lift in and out set up and the carnival atmosphere in the Club and throughout the village with pubs and restaurants buying in to making sailors welcome to the party adds up to making this a special location once again for the ICRA Nationals.

As always high calibre fleets are already developing in each Division. The fact that there is equal focus on IRC and ECHO in the National Championships with equal trophies prizes and recognition together with the ICRA Corinthian Cups for the Non-Spinnaker Divisions means that all Club sailors are catered for .

Division 2 is already shaping up to be a great fleet with the Corby 25 Tribal ( ex Yanks and Franks)Liam Burke from Galway Bay  entered and Dave Cullen’s Half-Tonner King One from Howth Yacht Club and Nigel Biggs Half-Tonner Checkmate XV from Royal St George and expected entries from Frank Desmond’s, Peter Deasy and Mark Ivor’s Cork Week winning Bad Company from the Royal Cork and Martin Reillys Half-Tonner Harmony from Sligo Yacht Club.

Division 3 already has two hot quarter tonners Diarmuid Foleys Anchor Challenge from the Royal Cork and Lostys Illes Pitituses from Cobh Sailing Club.

Division 1 is already building nicely with likes of Raptor Denis Hewitt and partners and Joker 2 John Maybury both from Royal Irish Yacht Club and Exhale Derry Good from Royal Cork yacht club leading the charge.

Division 0 sees ICRA Commodore Norbert Reillys Crazy Horse Howth Yacht Club lining up against Anthony O Learys   Royal Cork Antix who will be using Dun Laoghaire to Dingle as a feeder .Gloves Off Kieran Twomey and Conor Phelans Jump will also be likely to travel from Royal Cork.

The ICRA Corinthian Cup will be sailed for non spinnaker classes at the same time and is expected to draw significant interest.

As before in Tralee,WIORA West Coast Championships is intertwined with the ICRA’s and starts a day earlier on 12th finishing on the 14 th as an extra bonus for all those who travel.

Entry discount applies before 27th April 2013 so don’t delay – get your entry in now at  www.traleesailingclub.com  and enjoy this superb sailing area!

[box]For the latest local information about the WIORA/ICRA Cruiser Racing Nationals visit the Tralee Bay Sailing Club website[/box]

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