ECHO and IRC Certification
ECHO, as the national performance handicap system, is mandatory for all boats wishing to take part in cruiser racing. All boats are also encouraged to take up an endorsed IRC certificate.
We promote that policy because of a belief that it encourages high levels of participation in cruiser racing.
There are no exceptions to the policy of mandatory ECHO certification so I’m afraid that if you require IRC certification then you will have to take an ECHO cert as well.
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.