Handicapping

ECHO and IRC Handicapping

For Current 2017 ECHO and IRC Ratings click here

For 2016 ECHO and  IRC Ratings click here

ECHO Standards and IRC Rating Certificates in Ireland are issued by the ISA. The ISA is the IRC Rule Authority in Ireland. The Irish Sailing Association 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 MyISA/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 MYISA 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 ISA approved IRC Measurers:

ISA Measurer

Fergus O’Kelly
Brian Mathews
Gerard Deegan
Martin Darrer
Adrian O’Connell
Aodhan Fitzgerald
Colm Dunne

Region

Nationwide
East Coast
South East
South Coast
South West Coast
West Coast
South Coast

Contact Number

086 2550992
087 253 2759
086 8240367
087 4176372
086 6026700
087 2488765
086 2516101

Email

fergusjokelly@gmail.com
brian@allspec.ie
gdeegan.tqms@gmail.com
martindarrer@gmail.com
asteryachting@eircom.net
aodhan.fitzgerald@marine.ie
yachtservicesireland@gmail.com

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
ISA Administrator
Phone: 01 2710104
racing@sailing.ie