The ICRA Annual Conference will be held in the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Saturday, February 29th from 10:30am onwards.


Theme: Cruiser Racing in Ireland – Next Steps

The ICRA Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, November 3rd, in Lough Derg Yacht Club. With an 11am start time. This year’s conference will feature:

  • Michael Boyd (Chairman of IRC Congress). We are delighted to have Michael Boyd in his first official role as the new Chairman of IRC Congress.  As the keynote speaker Michael will address the future approach of RORC towards IRC.
  • Sailmakers/Trainers – we will have training presentations on tactics and trimming tips learnt throughout the year from training session across many cruiser fleets.
  • Sailors Forum – giving members a chance to have their views and input heard on topics such as the need for measurement checks, ICRA event management standards and other interesting discussions on hot topics.

A full schedule will be published shortly. The conference will start in the morning followed by the AGM and the Boat of the Year presentation.

In compliance with article 11 of the current ICRA Interim Constitution adopted on the EGM of the 21st of March 2018 the ICRA Commodore also want to draw the members attention to the following:

1- Notice of AGM
All members invited to attend the ICRA AGM which will take pace in Lough Derg Yach Club in the afternoon of the Saturday November 3rd. Updates of the activities undertaken during the period will be presented by members of the committee and will be followed by the vote for a new Executive Committee

2- ICRA Executive Nominations
In line with the new interim constitution a new executive will be voted in by members at the AGM.  Any member who wishes to stand as a member of the executive is encouraged to put forward their candidacy by completing this online form and submitting it no later than 1 week before the meeting (Saturday 27 of October at 14:30).  Any member putting their candidacy forward needs to be proposed and seconded by members.  The completed paper form signed by proposer and seconder, plus a copy of their 2017-2018 IRC or ECHO cert need to be brought to the AGM.  The current committee will endeavour to make list of candidates that have put themselves forward made available on the website 3 days before the event. We would welcome anyone to put their name forward who would like to contribute to the future of Irish Cruiser Racing.

ICRA is your national association and we want to hear your views on how we are doing and how it should develop for the future – we would like to see and hear from you on November 3.

We hope to see you there!


Annual Conference:

10:30 – Registration (Tea and Coffee)
10:55 – Commodore’s Welcome – Simon McGibney
11:00 – RORC’s Approach to IRC – Michael Boyd
11:25 – Sail Trim and Tactics – North Sails
11:50 – Rig Tune and Boat Balance – Uk Sails
12:15 – Irish Sailing – The Bigger Picture
12:40 – Area Updates:

  1.  Strategy
  2. Events
  3. Training grants
  4. K25 Teams
  5. Offshore year
  6. Ratings

13:30 – Lunch (Soup and Roll)
14:30 – Forum:

  1. ICRA General Rules
  2. ICRA Championship Regulations


15:30 – Commodore’s Update
15:35 – Retention of current articles: VOTE
15:40 – Exec Committee Nominations: Review
15:50 – Exec Committee Nominations: VOTE

Boat of the Year

16:00 – Presentation Boat of the Year 2018



ICRA Interim ConstitutionConstitution currently in place for the governance of ICRA. This document was adopted at the ICRA EGM on March 2018
ICRA Championship RegulationsThe ICRA Championship Regulations document will be discussed at the Annual Conference. They are aimed at ensuring certain standards are met when organising the ICRA National Championships.
ICRA General RulesThe ICRA General Rules document is prepared to deal with specific issues when racing under the ICRA auspices. These rules will also be presented as a draft for discussion at the Annual Conference

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