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    Posted: 17 Nov 21 at 9:15am

We run a weekly Pursuit Race, currently holding up boards to indicate competitor start times The time has come to make this easier for ROs and look into a waterproof rechargeable clock for the back of the committee boat that can count up and competitors can see.


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Rather than spending hours researching this, I bet someone has already looked at this, it needs to count up to say 30min, be a decent size for competitor visibility but not huge, be OK with being occasionally knocked in the drink, rechargeable battery powered and in an ideal world cost less than 500 quid anything useful for normal sailing races would be a bonus.



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Ive sailed mostly pursuit all of my sailing life and Ive never come across a system like this. Its the responsibility of each sailor to know his own start time , what ever the type of racing . Thats why we all wear watches. It no more difficult for pursuit races. You set your watch for your start at first gun and away you go .
It seems like you are making the race officers job more complicated than it need to be . At my tiny club all the sound signs are computerised so the race officer can watch the start line with out interruptions. 
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Having boards or similar to announce start times is very common for pursuit races. With a longish pursuit race and a wide variety of classes some competitors in the last starts may not even have arrived at the club when the warning goes off!
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I do understand the difference in py between a oppy and a international moth. But most clubs dont have anywhere near this gap.Lots of clubs still have a 1000 py limit. 
Also if your pursuit racing at a small club regularly, you will not be sailing full length pursuits as they just take to long . 
I think we sail half length ones . Start time 11.00am. First boat off is the topper at 10mins , last boat off is the Aero 9 or me in a Dzero at 29.45. Last boats off get to race for a hour.  Race finishs 12.30pm.
Tbh most of our boats are starting between 19.00 to 26mins.
Works for us . 


Anyway I with try and stop this thread drift.
Does anyone know where the op can get his timing clock ? 


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We've got a computer system ties to a bank of four lights which I guess could be manipulated, we've only ever run one pursuit race at hythe and I missed it, so not sure wether the programme that comes with the system does it, but I do tend to agree with Grumpyfeline it kind of is your responsibility to set your own watch..
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I suppose you could do something with a large screen (old TV) link it to a laptop will show time and when a boat is due to start it could show Topper/whatever.
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Something like this? http://www.kitst.co.uk/kitst-clocks.html They can be configured to count up from 0:00:00 if that is what you want. NB These are "weather resistant" but NOT waterproof.

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You could use a large screen/telly that displays the output of a website like https://www.bigtimer.net/ - this would allow you to set the 5 minute countdown to the first start and then you set it to countup from there, with each minute being the relevant starts. You could output it on a smaller screen on a committee boat as well I guess, run from a phone or the like.
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The point that I should have made earlier is that the displayed numbers serve the purpose of class flags. In a conventional sequence you know where you are by the flag display. Your watch tells you what second the signal will happen, but the flags tell you which signal the next one will be. I suppose it would be feasible for a club to use numerical signal flags, and change the number every minute but the boards are easier for most folk. In our club SIs we don't mandate that the number display is accurately timed, just that its displayed from around 20secs before the matching start to about 10 secs after.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 21 at 3:34pm
A cheap 9" tablet in a waterproof case? At L&LSC we display a countdown (shown by number boards on the committee boat) with boats starting on the nearest minute. It could be done with a tablet or a relatively simple clock but I'm guessing that as we need several people to log finishing positions it's easy enough to do manually.



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