Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Sail racing results software

I have been developing some on-line sailing race results software over the past year or so.  There are plenty of free programs out there which will work out sailing results but I believe this to be the most useful and easiest to use because it works in "the Cloud" and publishes the results to the Internet immediately.  Also, because it is web based, it will work with any operating system and environment including Macs, Linux, iPhones and iPads.

The system copes with handicap racing using both the Portsmouth Yardstick and the SCHRS.  Times can be entered in hours, minutes, seconds format or seconds.

Discarded results are calculated instantly as races and results are added.

The software allows for unlimited numbers of competitors or races in a series.

Statistics are calculated for each series, race and competitor with a graph of the latest results showing a trend of how well individual sailors are doing.

The only system requirement is a web browser and an internet connection.  There is a low-graphics version designed specifically for mobile phones which allows you to add non-handicap race results instantly to the internet in the club house.

As soon as the results are published there is an RSS feed created which is added to Twitter complete with a link back to the results page.

I believe this is the best system out there.  It doesn't involve FTP, spreadsheets and web design.  It is easy to use and will work on any web enabled device.  If you want to try it out please call Liam on +44 1983 721264.  For a demonstration of the results please visit Shanklin Sailing Club.