ICRA is pleased to announce the rules for the 2024 Boat of the Year (BOTY) competition, with the introduction of a new ECHO trophy for the first time.

Details are outlined in the Notice of Race which can be viewed by clicking the button / link below.


Following a busy and successful racing season of ICRA events nationwide, the legendary half-tonner, Farr designed yacht, Swuzzlebubble in class 2, owned by James Dwyer racing under the burgee of the Royal Cork Yacht Club was deemed the clear and comprehensive winner for this prestigious Annual Award. She claimed victory by 4.25 points from her nearest rival Rockabill VI, ValenTina in Class 0, “Snoopy” in Class 3, and Black Velvet in Class 1. The season produced mainly changeable and unsettled weather for most of the events, which made this competition more challenging, and added greatly to the competitiveness in the fleet.

the OCRA Boat of the Year 2023 is the Swuzzlebubble RCYC,This yacht has a fascinating history and story, from near abandonment in Greece in 2012, to the top yacht on our island nation in 2023, what a lady! For further details, click on this link.

The ICRA Committee is disappointed with the overall participation in the ICRA events during the season, mainly due to poor weather and a very full sailing calendar of events nationwide. But they look forward to 2024 where we hope to see more cruisers compete in these highly competitive events, in hopefully better weather. The 2024 National ICRA Championships will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) between Friday 30th of August and Sunday 1st of September. This will be followed by “Key Yachting J Cup Ireland” championships, from Friday the 6th of September to Sunday 8th of September. For the more determined and intrepid cruiser sailors, they will further enjoy the IRC European Championships from the 12th to the 15th of September, all in the RIYC. What a wonderful carnival and festival of cruiser racing, seldom seen in one club on our island nation, don’t miss it. Something for all us cruiser sailors to look forward to in 2024.

Previous Winners of ICRA Boat of the Year

Year Boat Skipper Club Boat Model
2022 Snapshot Michael Evans & Richard Evans Howth Yacht Club J99
2021 Nieulargo Denis & Annamarie Murphy Royal Cork Yacht Club Grand Soleil 40
2019 Rockabill VI Paul O'Higgins Royal Irish Yacht Club JPK1080
2017 - 2018 Checkmate XV Dave Cullen Howth Yacht Club Half Tonner
2016 Joker II John Maybury Royal Irish Yacht Club J109
2015 WOW George Sisk Royal Irish Yacht Club Farr 42
2014 Antix
Anthony O'Leary
Mark Glimcher
Michael Boyd & Niall Dowling
Ker 39
Ker 40+
Gand Soleil 43
2013 Full Irish David Kennefick Royal Cork Yacht Club Figaro 2
2012 NUI Galway Cathal Clarke & Matin Breen NUI & Galway Bay Sailing Club Reflex 38
2011 Storm Pat Kelly Howth Yacht Club & Rush Sailing Club J109
2010 Antix
Mariner's Cove
Roxy 6
Anthony O'Leary
Dave Dwyer
Andrew Creigton
Royal Cork Yacht Club Ker 39
Mills 37
Corby 36
2009 Kinetic Richard Colwell & Tom Murphy Howth Yacht Club Corby 25
2008 Mariner's Cove
Dave Dwyer
Roy Dickinson
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club
Mills 37
Corby 36
2007 Jump Juice Conor Phelan Royal Cork Yacht Club Ker 37
2006 Chieftain Jer O'Rourke RWYC Cookson 50
2005 Antix Anthony O'Leary Royal Cork Yacht Club Corby 36
2004 Voodoo Chile Eamonn Crosbie Royal Irish Yacht Club Ker 32

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