The south coast’s biggest sailing event of the year was launched today on board the Irish Naval vessel LE Eithne by Simon Coveney TD, Minister for the Marine. The ICRA cruiser-racer National Championships event is to be hosted by Kinsale Yacht Club as part of its Sovereign’s Cup event from 24th-27th June 2015.
The four-day event will decide four national titles as well as the Sovereign’s Cup. Over 80 boats have registered so far for the event and this figure is expected to exceed 100 over the next two months.
At least 10 crews have entered from the UK and sailing crews from almost every coastal county in Ireland will attend the co-hosting of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championship with the 10th biennial Sovereign’s Cup regatta.
Minister Coveney praised the co-operation between all the stakeholders and cited the event as a prime example of what can be achieved to bring benefits to whole communities when clubs and associations work closely with business groups and local authorities to organise world class events
Many of the Ireland’s best racing crews will be competing for the Sovereigns’ Cup under the international IRC handicap system that is also used to decide the ICRA national championship titles. The Portcullis Trophy will be awarded to competitors under the ECHO handicap system.
The regatta is sponsored by Cork County Council, that is using the opportunity to promote Kinsale as a tourist venue and the start/finish point for the much acclaimed Wild Atlantic Way. CH Marine Anderco and Olympic Sails are also supplying sponsorship. In addition Kinsale Good Food Circle have provided gift vouchers as day prizes so that the hungry sailors get to enjoy the finest of food in the gourmet capital of Ireland.
Kinsale Yacht Club looks forward to welcoming competitors this June.