Timing a multi-heat regatta (boat) race
The following was a reply we sent to someone planning to time a multi-heat regatta:
Using the timing bar to start multiple boats at the same time — Since four boats will be starting together, you will time their start at the same time by entering each’s bib number (identifying number) on the RaceSplitter “timing bar”, and tapping “Record” to assign the same time to each.
Use the website to view the final times — The app itself doesn’t know it’s a “variable-start” race. To the app, it will appear as a mass-start race, timed with two devices. Only when each device publishes results to the website can you, the race owner, log into the website and toggle the results to be “variable-start”, at which point the website will do its thing, and display the results correctly.
Letting the public monitor the results — People watching the race can either follow the results online as you publish (and re-publish) them throughout the event. You’d need to announce the race link (URL) to everyone in advance. (The results are available at the same URL where the race is created.) Some race organizers broadcast the results web page onto a big screen. So that’s an option too.
Practice, practice, practice — The above might sound a little complicated, but it’s simple when you’ve practiced a few times with test races. It’s critically important you do that. You don’t want to wait to race day to try to figure all that out!
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