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The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA), together with the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) and host club Tralee Bay Sailing Club (TBSC) have been very busy over the winter months organising the ICRA National Cruiser Championships / Corinthian Cup and WIORA’s Regional West Coast Championships / White Sails which will take place from the 12th – 15th June 2013.
As it is a combination of two events, the Regional West Coast Championships commences on Wednesday the 12th and finishes on Friday the 14thwith the ICRA National Cruiser Championships will commence on Thursday 13th and finish on Saturday 15th, for two days out of the four there will be duel scoring for both events.
With the ICRA National Cruiser Championships being a NON-DISCARD event for the first time in its history, many competitors have also entered the regional event to get their boats up to speed the day before the National event commences. WIORA have opted to keep with their traditional ‘one discard will apply’ if six or more races are sailed and in their White Sails division ‘one discard will apply’ if five or more races are sailed.
On the water, Alan Crosbie, David Lovegrove, Peter Moore and their teams will be ensure the courses will be of the highest quality and varied to satisfy the competitors with Mike Butterfield officiating as chairperson in the protest room and Denis Kiely and Peadar Murphy looking after the prompt posting of the results.
Tralee Bay Sailing Club boasts panoramic views of Tralee bay with spectacular race courses which may be easily followed from various spectator spots along the shoreline. The organising committee under Brian O’Sullivan is finalising an exciting and varied racing programme over the four days with an excellent social programme of shore side activities including crew tug-of-war sponsored by Walsh Brothers Shoes Tralee.
With ten weeks to go to first gun and over fifty confirmed entries to date it will be a very special event both on and off the water. For non-sailors joining the event, there is a lot to see and do locally. The organisers are even running a fashion show in aid if the RNLI on Friday afternoon in the club.
Tralee Bay Sailing Club has partnered with the Brandon Hotel to bring a very special accommodation deal for the duration. call Reservations on (066) 7123333 and quote ‘ICRA’. Reservations are open until 19th April. Alternatively, houses are available to rent in the area. Whatever is your preference, our advice is to book early!
Entries for the National Cruiser Championships, West Coast Championships, and ICRA Corinthian Cup and WIORA White Sails can now be made online. Entry fee for combined events is €225 or €175 for a single event. To encourage early entries a discounted entry fee for combined events of €175 (single event €125) applies until the 27th April 2013. Entry closes 4th June 2013.
The events are supported by Dubarry of Ireland Clothing and Footwear, West End Bar & Restaurant, Bons Secours Hospital Tralee, Kelleher’s Tralee, North Sails, UK Sailmakers, Irish Mast & Rigging, Tankard Restaurant.[box]For the latest local information about the WIORA/ICRA Cruiser Racing Nationals visit the Tralee Bay Sailing Club website[/box]