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Maybury's Joker II is ICRA's Top Yacht for 2022 at Cork Week IRC National Championships

20th July 2022
As well as winning Cork Week's IRC Two division, John Maybury (pictured with one of his trophies) and his Royal Irish J109 Joker II crew were crowned ICRA IRC 2 champions and ICRA's overall winner for 2022
As well as winning Cork Week's IRC Two division, John Maybury (pictured with one of his trophies) and his Royal Irish J109 Joker II crew were crowned ICRA IRC 2 champions and ICRA's overall winner for 2022 Credit: Bob Bateman

Last week's Cork Week regatta incorporated the Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships for 2022 and produced a list of National Champions that reads like a who's who of the Irish cruiser-racer scene.

As previously reported, in IRC 2, the immaculate scoreline of John Maybury's Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the week's top performance across the six IRC classes. It made the Dun Laoghaire yacht the overall ICRA champion for 2022.

Joker II's crew at Cork were: Bow: Adrian (Jack) Mulligan, Irene Sorohan, and Sarah O'Callaghan, Mast and Nav: Ronan Verling, Pit: Michelle Fitzgerald, Trim: Brian Phelan and Nick Kelly Main and Tactics: Stefano Cherin and Helm: John Maybury.

Joker II on her way to one of nine podium finishes at Cork Week 2022Joker II on her way to one of nine podium finishes at Cork Week 2022. Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Joker II's 2022 season started with a bucket list trip to the Caribbean, and it proved a good warm-up for the season with strong winds and fairly big seas every day.

Initially, Maybury didn't have enough crew available to do Wave Regatta in Howth in early June, but the last-minute availability of a good crew from another boat that had to withdraw made for a last-minute entry. Joker II took some early wins off Ireland's Eye to lead overall after day one, but a non-discardable DSQ in the Lambay Race put paid to any chance of a podium there.

J/109 Joker makes a neat job of the Cruiser One start on Howth Wave’s opening day Photo: AfloatJ/109 Joker makes a neat job of the Cruiser One start on Howth Wave's opening day Photo: Afloat

Cork Week was on Maybury's agenda from the start of the season, and the week came together well for the Dublin Bay sailors. 16 IRC Two teams had windward-leeward and round the cans courses over the five days at Cork Week, and Joker II scored four race wins, and nine podium finishes in ten races.

ICRA Overall champions -The Joker II crew at Cork were Bow: Adrian (Jack) Mulligan, Irene Sorohan, and Sarah O’Callaghan, Mast and Nav: Ronan Verling, Pit: Michelle Fitzgerald Trim: Brian Phelan and Nick Kelly Main and Tactics: Stefano Cherin and Helm: John MayburyICRA Overall champions -The Joker II crew at Cork were Bow: Adrian (Jack) Mulligan, Irene Sorohan, and Sarah O'Callaghan, Mast and Nav: Ronan Verling, Pit: Michelle Fitzgerald, Trim: Brian Phelan and Nick Kelly Main and Tactics: Stefano Cherin and Helm: John Maybury Photo: Bob Bateman

The next big event for the Maybury crew is the defence of the J109 National Championship title in September; a crown Maybury has already won five times.

ICRA National Champions 2022 (at Cork Week)

ICRA National Championship Prizes laid out at CrosshavenICRA National Championship Prizes laid out at Crosshaven Photo: Bob Bateman

ICRA Commodore Dave Cullen addresses the National Championship and Volvo Cork Week prizegiving Photo: Bob BatemanICRA Commodore Dave Cullen addresses the National Championship and Volvo Cork Week prizegiving Photo: Bob Bateman

The complete list of ICRA National Champions for 2022 are: 

IRC:

  • Class 0 Samatom
  • Class 1 Journeymaker II
  • Class 2 Joker II
  • Class 3 Headcase
  • Non Spinnaker 1 Prince of Tides
  • Non Spinnaker 2 Shillelagh

Class 0 SamatomClass 0 Samatom

Class 1 Journeymaker IIClass 1 Journeymaker II

ICRA Overall champions -The Joker II crew at Cork were Bow: Adrian (Jack) Mulligan, Irene Sorohan, and Sarah O’Callaghan, Mast and Nav: Ronan Verling, Pit: Michelle Fitzgerald Trim: Brian Phelan and Nick Kelly Main and Tactics: Stefano Cherin and Helm: John MayburyClass 2 Joker II (and overall winner)

Class 3 HeadcaseClass 3 Headcase

Non Spinnaker 1 Prince of TidesNon Spinnaker 1 Prince of Tides

Non Spinnaker 2 ShillelaghNon Spinnaker 2 Shillelagh

Echo divisions:

  • Class 0 Alpaca
  • Class 1 Jellybaby
  • Class 2 Bateleur 88
  • Class 3 Illegal
  • NS1 Hansemer
  • NS 2 Shillelagh

Class 0 AlpacaClass 0 Alpaca 

Class 1 JellybabyClass 1 Jellybaby

Class 2 Bateleur 88Class 2 Bateleur 88

Class 3 IllegalClass 3 Illegal

NS1 HansemerNS1 Hansemer

Next year's ICRA National Championships are in Howth from the 1-3rd September.

Published in ICRA, Cork Week, J109
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The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Information

The creation of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) began in a very low key way in the autumn of 2002 with an exploratory meeting between Denis Kiely, Jim Donegan and Fintan Cairns in the Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the first conference was held in February 2003 in Kilkenny.

While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

ICRA National Championships

Initially, the highlight of the ICRA season was the National Championship, which is essentially self-limiting, as it is restricted to boats which have or would be eligible for an IRC Rating. Boats not actually rated but eligible were catered for by ICRA’s ace number-cruncher Denis Kiely, who took Ireland’s long-established native rating system ECHO to new heights, thereby providing for extra entries which brought fleet numbers at most annual national championships to comfortably above the hundred mark, particularly at the height of the boom years. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)

 

ICRA Nationals 2023

The date for the 2023 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 1st to 3rd September at Howth Yacht Club in Dublin.

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