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Electronic Finish Recording

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Category: General
Forum Name: Race Management
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Printed Date: 05 Oct 22 at 4:38am
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Topic: Electronic Finish Recording
Posted By: Brass
Subject: Electronic Finish Recording
Date Posted: 08 Feb 20 at 5:02am
Below are some different viewpoints about electronic finish recording.

No doubt any Sailwave or other electronic system operation needs to be well trained/practiced.

Is it possible to get Sailwave operation up to speed for large close finishes?

Are there any other systems that are better at this?

Originally posted by Brass

[Finishing line] functions:

Caller/Line Sighter, usually the RO


Recorder 1

Recorder 2

Hoots/Division Tracker (increasingly important with 4 or more Divisions)

Sound Signals

So, recording is redundantly duplicated.  If recording on-line, one of the Recorders, is electronic.


Note that Sailwave, and the DSRC mobile phone app can produce finishing line lists sorted by handicap order, or (for DSRC, at least, recorded time at previous mark/lap)

Originally posted by JimC

Whenever I've tried automating timing the thing that has really bitten me has been managing close finishes with multiple boats, so that's the area that really needs to be sorted out....


Originally posted by craiggo

My advice is: 

Get someone to enter all the competitors details into Sailwave while you and your race team set courses, prepare flags and generally prepare for the day. 
Do not attempt to try and enter times directly into the computer. Leave it and an operator in your clubhouse. 
One completed send your paper sheets to the person in the club house to insert into Sailwave while you get on with the next few races. 
At the end, your person in the clubhouse on Sailwave should be able to rapidly input the final race results and give you very quick results while you tidy up. 

My key advice, make sure your Sailwave operator is well trained and make sure your fleet files are well prepared, your discard profiles etc. Are all sorted. Record boats and times in chronological order on paper as it's easier to shoot errors and fix mistakes.

Posted By: Sighmoon
Date Posted: 11 Feb 20 at 2:41pm
It's still in beta version, but presumably you've seen my thread on this board? I've made a browser based app for just that, here:

In an ideal world, you can time a boat crossing the line in one click. In a less than ideal world (i.e.  sail numbers hidden), you can use a timed dictaphone to record when they cross the line. For example you could say "yellow spinnaker" if that's all you can see and then associate the time to a boat in a few clicks later.

Posted By: Brass
Date Posted: 11 Feb 20 at 10:49pm
Thanks Sighmoon, yes I've been following your threads and I'll give your app a go.

What I wanted was feedback from people with practical experience using on-water timing devices.

Posted By: polc1410
Date Posted: 25 Feb 20 at 5:13pm
DSRC on Android.

No need for internet.

Runs on old tech.

Can integrate with horns etc if you want.

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