Most members of the Club live in Ireland and Northern Ireland, although there are many living in other parts of the world. They are joined together by their mutual love of the sea and sail boat cruising. The Club has no premises but regular functions are arranged so that members can meet, and of course many rallies are held on the waters both around Ireland and abroad.
Most of of this website’s contents are solely for the use of the members of the club. However from these public pages you can discover more about the club, learn about the club’s two highly regarded Sailing Directions for the coasts of Ireland, its new book 'Cruising Ireland', and read some of the logs of the voyages of some of the members. There is also a brief section on how to join the club.
Cruising under sail along the coasts of Ireland has a long and colourful history, but it was not until 1929 that the Irish Cruising Club was brought into being to act as a co-ordinating body for seagoing amateur sailors in all parts of a country which had only recently been partitioned.
The club publishes two pilot books that cover the coasts of Ireland, and another, 'Cruising Ireland', that fills in the interesting details about the coastal regions. All are essential aids to safe and enjoyable voyaging around Ireland.
Details of these outstanding publications can be found at http://www.iccsailingbooks.com/
Membership of the Irish Cruising Club is open to interested persons of 18 years of age or more.
The qualities sought are based on a number of factors such as -
1. Cruising experience and competence
The level of cruising experience required will reflect the candidate’s age, situation and time available. He/she must be able to demonstrate seamanship, sailing skills and competence.
It is a requirement that a prospective member should be able to stand watch on a long passage and deal with all the things that happen – sail changes, pilotage, shipping, lights, general management of the vessel, etc.
He/she should be someone that an ICC member would take on a cruise without hesitation and the member should be able to sleep when he/she is in charge.
Recognition of a certain level of experience and competence is one of the great attractions of membership and is essential to sustaining our reputation as a leading Cruising Club.
2. Interest in and commitment to cruising
A genuine and credible enthusiasm for, and continuing interest in cruising is more important than a long history.
3. Commitment to the Irish Cruising Club
The candidate must make a commitment to contribute to the life of the Club and support its activities through attending events both afloat and ashore, contributing to publications and flying the ICC burgee.
4. Be Good Company
Candidates for membership should be good company both afloat and ashore and enjoy club life. It is important that the ICC remains a friendly and sociable club in the real sense of the word and that it does not allow itself to become a loose association of people who happen to share an interest in cruising.
The deadline for the first stage of the nomination process is 14 September of each year. Applicants should know members who would be prepared to propose and second their nomination. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential sponsors well before this date to allow adequate time to prepare the application for final submission by 30 November.
Membership applications are considered each January and candidates are informed as soon as possible after the Election Committee meeting. The number of members is limited to 550.
Further enquiries should be directed to the Hon Sec:
At the end of every year many members submit logs of their voyages for publication in the Club's Annual. The voyages cover widely different areas in home and foreign waters - some are short cruises around the coasts of Ireland, whilst others are long-planned adventures to distant places rarely visited by most people. All the cruises are treated with equal respect.
Each year the logs are judged to compete for the many prizes that have been presented over the years. The Club's premier prize for club members is the Faulkner Cup which was presented in 1931
The Faulkner Perpetual Challenge Cup shall be awarded each year for the log of the best cruise on a sailing yacht owned by a member of the Club, undertaken during the Season by any member, provided that he shall be in command of the yacht. The judge will take into consideration the distance covered, the crew, the time occupied, the size of vessel, the amount of use of auxiliary power, seamanship displayed and the difficulties encountered and overcome. A description of the yacht and photograph should included with each entry.
Assembled below are the winning logs from the last couple of years and we hope that you will enjoy reading them and appreciate the span of the members' activities with their yachts. They may conveniently be printed off.
The Faulkner Cup was awarded to Sam Davis for his log of an outstanding solo voyage from Tonga around Cape Horn to Ireland to complete his world circumnavigation.
The log appeared in the 2013 Annual and is reproduced here.
Suvretta - Tonga to Strangford Lough by way of Cape Horn
The Faulkner Cup was yet again awarded to Fergus Quinlan for his log for the concluding year of his and Kay's three year circunnavigation. This part of the voyage was from Darwin back to Kinvara.
The log appeared in the ICC's 2012 Annual and is reproduced here'The Origin Cruise' (conclusion): Darwin to Kinvara 2011-2012