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'Pinging The Start Line' - Should Race Officers Provide Time for This?

29th September 2019
A crewman at the mast of the Howth Yacht Club J109 'Outrajeous' prepares to 'ping the line' on an onboard computer at a start of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Should Race Officers provide time for competing boats to do this between races? A crewman at the mast of the Howth Yacht Club J109 'Outrajeous' prepares to 'ping the line' on an onboard computer at a start of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Should Race Officers provide time for competing boats to do this between races? Photo: Afloat

Afloat correspondent Mark Mansfield who provided some sailor-focused thoughts for Race Officers on race management in his recent article here has had one of his tips rebutted by the editor of American website, Scuttlebutt.

Scuttlebutt's Craig Leweck who picked up the story rejects Mansfield’s fourth tip covering the recent requirement for race boats to 'ping the line' to set up onboard computers. 

"With all due respect to the esteemed 4-time Irish Olympian, I oppose his advice with regard to adjusting start lines says Leweck. "Mansfield states that if a race officer decides to move either the Committee boat or the pin prior to the start, they should allow 5 minutes or so before going into a sequence, as many boats will need to enter the new location into their startline GPS aids like Racegeek or Velocitek pro starts. I say phooey to that, as anything that slows down the running of races is a negative, particularly if it promotes the use of costly tools instead of sailing skill", Leweck argues.

Read Mansfield's full article here.

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