Handicapping

ECHO and IRC Handicapping

For Current 2018 ECHO and IRC Ratings click here

ECHO and IRC 2017 Ratings click here

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. Click here to access our shop and apply online for an ECHO. Remember you must login and then click MyIrishSailing/Myboats.

IRC, if you are revalidating without changes you can click here to access and pay on-line. If you are revalidating with changes then you must use the revalidation form below.

 

IRC Rating application forms:

In all cases, you will need to save the Excel file to your computer hard drive before starting to complete it.  Once completed return to racing@sailing.ie and remember to login to MYIrishSailing and pay on-line also.

 


For boats holding a current full IRC certificate:


COPY certificates can be ordered on-line or email racing@sailing.ie

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.
  • Delivery
  • 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.
  • ENDORSEMENT: 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

  Region

  Contact Number

  Email

Fergus O’Kelly   Nationwide   086 2550992   fergusjokelly@gmail.com
Brian Mathews   Nationwide   087 253 2759   brian@allspec.ie
Adrian O'Connell   South West Coast   086 6026700   asteryachting@eircom.net
Aodhan Fitzgerald   West Coast   087 2488765   aodhan.fitzgerald@marine.ie
Colm Dunne   South Coast   086 2516101   yachtservicesireland@gmail.com

 

 

PLUS
IRC measurer in Northern Ireland ... John Stewart Ph: 077 7441 9468 Em: john@stewartmarketing.co.uk

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.

IRC RULES

Click here for the current and previous IRC Rule from the RORC IRC Rating Office.

Click here for pdf changes to main software for 2017.

Click here for IRC Measurement Manual.


Contact Information:

ECHO & IRC
Liz Hall
Irish Sailing Administrator
Phone: 01 2710104
racing@sailing.ie