Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Sailing Handicap Calculator - A distinct advantage on the water

by Lachlan Ritchie on 14 May 2013
Time-start . .
Former Etchells world champion, Bruce Ritchie wishes there was such a thing as a sailing handicap calculator app when he competed on the international scene in the early 80s.

This Sydney sailing veteran of 65 years may have proved himself on the water over the decades but working out handicap race result times both mid race and post-race had always proved an elusive task, until now.

At 81, Ritchie no longer aspires to winning world championships but nonetheless he races competitively each week on Sydney Harbour and reckons his new sailing handicap calculator app is giving him a distinct advantage over his competition.

'I may be old but I’m no dinosaur when it comes to technology,' Ritchie laughs. 'Using this app mid race means I can see how we are going against other boats as they round the marks. I’m finding the crew responds really well to this information and it drives us all to go that extra mile. I love the fact it’s taken the guess work out of trying to work out where we are positioned in the race.' According to Ritchie the app also means he gets immediate race results as soon as each boat goes over the line.

'Now I don’t need to wait for the race committee to get back to the yacht club, do their calculations and then post-race results. When you’re racing the heat is on and there’s always a lot happening at any one time. Nobody wants to be stuffing around with a complicated piece of technology. This is designed to be used with ease while you’re racing' he says. 'The app gives me the results instantly. But the real beauty of this one is that it can refer to any handicap system which uses a time multiple to calculate the corrected times – IRC for example – so it’s applicable anywhere in the world.'

This iPhone application is quickly becoming very popular with sailors and race committees all around the world which is probably due to the great design of the application that makes it very easy to use. It is clearly designed to be used while your racing.

It works by entering the names of the boats which are in the race with their handicap rating before the race starts, then the app can capture the elapsed times of boats going around marks or going over the finishing line and it will display the boats in order of their places with their corrected times next to them. There are a number of ways you can capture the elapsed times, including using the internal timer or by entering the elapsed times manually if you prefer to use your own stopwatch instead.







https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sailing-handicap-calculator/id589988587?mt=8

PredictWind.comWildwind 2016 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82

Related Articles

Marine Resources expands Boatbuilding Team with two key appointments
Marine Resources have recently expanded their in-house boatbuilding team, with the addition of two new key members. Leading leisure marine industry and luxury yacht recruitment specialists Marine Resources have recently expanded their in-house boatbuilding team, with the addition of two new key members.
Posted on 16 Mar
Southern Spars takes to the air with new composite engineering project
One of the challenges for companies who have had their roots in the marine industry is diversification beyond that field One of the challenges for companies who have had their roots in the marine industry is diversification beyond that field. Moving into the composites engineering for non-marine projects is becoming a more common occurrence as clients realise the opportunities from utilising the expertise of composite boat and spar builders.
Posted on 8 Mar
Experience the future of foiling with Spinlock
Spinlock will be launching two new products at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show over the fourth and 5th March. Spinlock, the award-winning designers and manufacturers of rope-holding equipment and personal safety products for water users, will be launching two new products at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show over the fourth and 5th March. Plus, visit their stand to experience the thrill of sailing the Nacra 15 and 17 – the future of foiling catamaran sailing at the highest level around the world
Posted on 28 Feb
New Drew Marine Signal & Safety AUS General Manager of Operations
Drew Marine Signal & Safety Australia announce the appointment of its new General Manager of Operations, Fenton Long. The world's leading supplier of marine pyrotechnic distress signals, Drew Marine Signal & Safety, announces the appointment of its new General Manager of Operations for Drew Marine Signal & Safety Australia, Fenton Long.
Posted on 22 Feb
New Xperformance - Optimising the cruiser/racer range from X-Yachts
X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many Intl titles Since the company was founded back in 1979, X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many famous International titles, and of course One Design Class yachts such as X-79 and X-99
Posted on 14 Feb
World Sailing unites Kiteboarding governing bodies
World Sailing has today signed a landmark agreement with the IKA and the GKA to unite the kiteboarding community World Sailing has today signed a landmark agreement with the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) to unite the kiteboarding community and provide clarity of kiteboarding's governance structure.
Posted on 13 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
The price of legacy
Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist (470) with Nathan Wilmot in 2008 and Mat Belcher in 2012, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 this year. In and of itself it is hardly the freshest news, and well and truly yesterday’s fish wrapper. It was also a wise choice on behalf of Team USA, for he has succeeded in both the physical and commercial arms of our sport.
Posted on 5 Feb
Zhik becomes Official Clothing Partner to the Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series™ has established an exciting new partnership with the high-performance clothing brand, Zhik. As it enters the 2017 season, the Extreme Sailing Series™ has established an exciting new partnership with the high-performance clothing brand, Zhik.
Posted on 2 Feb
World Sailing headquarters to relocate to London
World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. The selection of London as the new home for the International Federation comes after an extensive evaluation process of possible locations undertaken since the election of a new President and Board of Directors in November 2016.
Posted on 1 Feb