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I agree an audio speed read-out would be handy for training purposes- I don't think it'd be legal when racing in many classes. If it was an app on your phone it might be hard to hear though with the wind and more so if the phone is in a waterproof case. 

I always thought the google glass would be a cool way to do this eventually- glasses that overlay the speed over what you're seeing. That tech may be a bit far off though!
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Whilst many of the regular posters pretend not to be competent and experienced sailors, most are.

We can all feel through our feet, body and the boat ( and rig) the difference between naff, ok and perfect tacks. The boat feels alive coming out of the best ones.

And I am not sure a beginner having to watch and listen to outside inputs is going to help much
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Something that gives audio feedback when the boat slows or speeds up would be useful. As johnbrooker says above a phone app might be viable. I'd suggest a continuous tone that changes frequency with speed, higher pitched=faster or a regular beep which speeds up or slows down would be the easiest to hear/interpret.

If a cheap visual readout is needed a paddle wheel device and a bicycle speedo may be the way?


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Agreed Ian, depends what level you are at. If you are at British Sailing Team/ Americas Cup level I could see how that could be useful. 

Sam, the continuous tone would make sense. And I liked the "Sailing Googles" comment!
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Originally posted by johnbrooker

Sam, the continuous tone would make sense.

Just thinking about that one, maybe beeps would be less irritating  Embarrassed
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Audible would be a no no, people moan about my sailing watch beeping for every minute  Angry
got moisture in the glass, left it in the window till it disappeared, works perfectly except for the beeping for every minute, won't go even when you cancel it in settings  Angry 'SO' something sounding like a geiger counter picking up radiation would be a fighting matter  LOL
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TBF this would only be for training as most classes ban electronic aids while racing so the only others around would be your crew and/or training partner and, for both, the info would be relevant.
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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

Something that gives audio feedback when the boat slows or speeds up would be useful. As johnbrooker says above a phone app might be viable. I'd suggest a continuous tone that changes frequency with speed, higher pitched=faster or a regular beep which speeds up or slows down would be the easiest to hear/interpret.

If a cheap visual readout is needed a paddle wheel device and a bicycle speedo may be the way?

The changing frequency was the the thought of thing I figured would work 

I am dyslexic which means I don’t make the normal connections and has helped my career as a design engineer. Any ho - from bike speedo - bike bell, impeller rotates the hammer of a bike bell, as speed changes frequency of ‘clangs’ changes
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