ECHO and IRC Handicapping
ECHO Standards and IRC Rating Certificates in Ireland are issued by Irish Sailing. Irish Sailing is the IRC Rule Authority in Ireland. Irish Sailing and Irish Cruiser Racing Association strongly recommend that all cruiser races be dual scored under ECHO and IRC rating and handicap systems. The purpose of this policy is to encourage participation by all cruiser boats in cruiser racing.
ECHO and IRC Certification
ECHO, as the national performance handicap system, is mandatory for all boats wishing to take part in cruiser racing.
Follow these steps ...
▶ login and then click MyIrishSailing/Myboats.
▶ Go to IRC / ECHO shop window to pay on line for new or revalidating ECHO or IRC
NB: All IRC boats revalidating in 2021 MUST complete the IRC 2021 Revalidation Form - that will be available on 5 January 2020
IRC Rating application forms:
All forms and downloads are available in our IRC LIBRARY HERE.
COPY certificates can be ordered on-line or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ECHO & IRC Certificate Information
- ECHO & IRC Rating Certificate is issued annually and is valid until the 31st of December. Any change to the ownership or measured data of a boat will invalidate the certificate.
- An ECHO & IRC Revalidation Form for the new season is sent to each boat owner holding an ECHO and/or IRC Certificate(s) in the previous year, along with an IRC Yearbook, by post in the first week of January.
- The delivery time for IRC Certificates can take up to 20 working days days from receipt here of all required details. If we do not have all the data required we cannot start the process until you or your measurer supplies it.
- Applications for IRC Certificates requiring guaranteed 5 working days processing may incur an Expedited Fee (fee x 2). Please include “EPF” or “Expedited” in the subject line of your E-mail.
- Many regattas require boats to hold an endorsed IRC. This means that the data on her certificate has been recorded by an approved IRC Measurer.
- The recorded data is subject to very rigid standards and owners are advised to check with us or an IRC Measurer before making changes to their boats.
Approved IRC Measurers
Many regattas require boats to hold an endorsed IRC. This means that the data on her certificate has been recorded by an approved IRC Measurer. The recorded data is subject to very rigid standards and owners are advised to check with us or an IRC Measurer before making changes to their boats.
Below is the list of Irish Sailing approved IRC Measurers:
Irish Sailing Measurer
|| 086 2550992
|| 087 253 2759
|| South West Coast
|| 086 6026700
|| West Coast
|| 087 2488765
|| South Coast
|| 086 2516101
IRC measurer in Northern Ireland ... John Stewart Ph: 077 7441 9468 Em: email@example.com
Details and Irish Manufacurers HERE.
ECHO rating and handicapping Policies
ECHO is a performance based handicapping system and as such can be very simply summed up as a system that ranks boats in any fleet from fastest to slowest [or vice versa] and handicaps them accordingly. A boat with a higher average speed should always have a higher handicap than a boat with a lower average speed, or, which is the same thing, a boat should not have a lower handicap than a boat that regularly finishes behind it – on the water. This principle is explained in greater detail in the document here. It answers the basic questions about the nature of ECHO and also explains the difference in approach between ECHO and IRC. The excel file is for those who want to examine the ECHO calculations in more detail here.
All forms and downloads are available in our LIBRARY HERE.
ECHO & IRC
Irish Sailing Administrator
Phone: 01 2710104