At the ICRA National Championships at Howth, light winds failed to develop into a racing breeze for the bulk of the 70-strong fleet gathered from around the country.

Just the J24 class competing for their national championship secured a brief two lap course under principal race officer Derek Bothwell.

The Commodore of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA), David Cullen, has reported strong entries for the ICRA National Championships incorporating J24 National Championships with six weeks to go.

ICRA and Howth Yacht Club are very encouraged to see entry numbers at 40 boats with six weeks left to go before the event.

This Years ICRA National Championships are being Hosted by Howth Yacht Club. The Club are looking forward to greeting some 500-600 sailors and 80+ boats from the ICRA fleets. Howth Yacht Club plan to provide the best racing possible for the ICRA National Championships. A large team of volunteers from HYC and other clubs has been assembled to make sure that you have a great time afloat and ashore. Keep an eye on the Event Website for details of trailer parking and other information to make your event as easy as possible for you. The club officers and staff are very excited about the event. If you have any questions or queries, get in touch.

ICRA last week announced at it’s annual conference that it is delighted to announce that the 2024 ICRA Nationals would be held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on September 6-8th.

Commodore David Cullen spoke highly of the team in  the Royal Irish who undoubtedly will put together a very attractive and professionally run event.

Save the Date

ICRA National Conference & AGM

Saturday 4th March 2023

This summer past we had the pleasure of racing in the J24 European Championships, which were hosted by Howth Yacht Club. This was the first time since 2013, when the same venue hosted the World Championships, that Irish waters have held a major international J24 event. The 2013 Worlds were a feat of excellent organisation and produced stellar racing but, despite some excellent race results, no Irish boat made the top 18. Nine years later and the Irish are a driving force at the top of the rankings. Going into the final race of the 2022 European Championships, more than one home team could have taken the title, with the crew on Kinsailor missing out by just one point in the end. Rather than the class wilting in the wake of hosting a major event, it seems like 2023 will be an even bigger year for Irish J/24s.

Following a busy and successful racing season of ICRA events nationwide, the J99 yacht Snapshot in Class 1, owned by Mike and Richard Evans of Howth Yacht Club was deemed the clear winner for this prestigious Annual Award. She claimed victory by 1.75 points from her nearest rival Samaton in Class 0. The season was blessed with good weather for most of the events, which added greatly to the enjoyment of the 109-boat fleet that competed for this award. Snapshot had a great season overall, she finished 1st in her Class in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race, she finished 1st in her Class during CD Environmental Calves Week, 1st in the Beshoff Motors HYC Autumn League and 2nd in her Class during the HYC WAVE Regatta.

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