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Originally posted by 423zero

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.


That won't be waterproof.

How about trying to source one of the individual cells used for "big screens" at outdoor events?

Might have 240v power problems.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 21 at 10:08pm
Perhaps a digital projector, can be shielded from the elements, display on a large screen, obverse side to view, so will need image reverse.
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At Burghfield we use an old ipad linked to a digital display and auto hooter which is either mounted on the club house or on a committee boat. It has a three or six minute count down to the start for an oppie (datum) and then continues running up to 90 or 100 or however long the pursuit is. You need to know at what time past datum your class starts but the system lets out a hoot every 30 seconds over the period that most people start. Seems to work reliably and I think it is now even linked into the GPS trackers that we use on each boat so at the end of the race everyone can go see where they finished by simply watching the GPS tracking
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 21 at 11:25am
It occurs to me that the problem with most of those displays (including, possibly, the one I linked) is daylight viewability. The seven segment display elements used for marathons etc are available from RS for under £20 each and a half competent programmer should be able to get an Arduino set up to drive for or five of them but nobody seems to do a simple minutes and seconds display that can count up or down without hours, hundredths, or goals on there as well.

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Sorry still think it’s easier for a sailor to look at his own watch .

I have no  idea why so many sailors seem to need to have their a@@e wiped for them when they are doing pursuit races.
They are just so so easy  Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 21 at 5:56pm
Worst racing in sailing history, totally waste of time and effort, never been in one and never intend to either, won't run one either.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 21 at 7:03pm
Gosh, what a cheery bunch. 
4230 - how do you know pursuit racing is so bad if you’ve never tried it?
Grumpcat - by that logic you don’t need any signals… just declare the first start to be 1100hrs GMT and tell competitors to sync their watches to the speaking clock. 
Quite glad I don’t sail with all you miserable sods!
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LOL I always try to have a laugh LOL, sit back and watch the debacle of a 'pursuit race', training RO's is difficult enough, without trying to get them to run a pursuit race.
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Oh  Smile and not forgetting RO trying to explain they needed to pass the 'Mirror' twice.
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Originally posted by 423zero

LOL I always try to have a laugh LOL, sit back and watch the debacle of a 'pursuit race', training RO's is difficult enough, without trying to get them to run a pursuit race.

For a RO a pursuit is simple compared to a handicap race . No yardsticks to work out .No times need to be taken . Everyone knows where they finished before they have even come off the water. 

Only one difference between handicap and pursuit races.
Handicap races favour fast boats.
Pursuits races favour slow boats. 


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