The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) represents 4,300keel boat sailors and has announced ambitious plans to launch a nationwide ‘Crew Recruitment and Training Programme’. The objective of this programme is to create a pathway to gain entry to the yacht racing scene, to promote localised training and also provide specialist training for the various positions on board such as mast, bow, trim, helm, etc.
ICRA will operate under the banner of ‘More sailors… More Sailing’ and the project is open to all levels of sailors from those interested in mid-week social racing, right up to a possible position on the Irish Commodores Cup Team.
Initial roll out of the programme will take place on April 21st at Howth Yacht Club, where 120 slots will be available on the day on the ISA J8O yachts. This will consist of both water and shore based sessions led by top Irish sailors.
For those who are interested in attaining a slot, please visit the website www.cruiserracing.ie to register initial interest.
The 2013 ICRA Cruiser Nationals will return to Fenit and this beautiful venue should provide exciting racing as it was agreed at the Annual Conference of the Association that a no discard policy will apply and while this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it will interesting to observe.
The newly elected Commodore of the Association, Norbert Reilly is looking forward to a packed season of high end cruiser racing action and hoping for an influx of new interest.