Using “Move Up” in Boat Timer

On the Boat menu (the one that appears when you click on a square on the race grid) there are several options. Most are obvious: Retired, Disqualified etc but there is also Move Up. So what is it and why would you use it?

If your club’s fastest sailor gets to the first mark and capsizes, they might get to the end of the first lap in the bottom half of the fleet. As a race officer you know that he/she is going to move up through the fleet as the race progresses. At the finish, your fast sailor might be near the front of the fleet on the water but halfway down the race grid in Boat Timer. That is when Move Up is useful.

Each time you press Move Up it improves that boat’s lap time by 30 seconds. So if you use it enough times the boat will move higher up the Boat Timer race grid, making it easier to find them at the finish or at the end of the next lap. The boat has to complete at least one lap for Move Up to work – on the first lap there is no lap time to improve and the boats are just ordered by sail number and class.

Just to be clear, the Move Up action doesn’t actually change the lap time or finish time of any boat. It is only used when Boat Timer is updating the order of the boats on the race grid. But it does allow you to push boats further up the race grid to match what is happening on the water.

Boat Timer April Update

You will automatically be upgraded to the new version of Boat Timer this week (version 21100). This update fixes a couple of issues and adds a search facility to the race grid that comes in very handy when managing a lot of boats in a race.

Fixes:

  • The country code for China has been corrected and two missing countries Bolivia and Chile have been added.
  • The “Move Up” function now works correctly. There will be a new blog post soon to introduce you to Move Up if you have not used it before.
  • Zero is now accepted as a sail number. Previously it could not be used and an incorrect error message was shown.

New Search Facility:

At the top of the race grid there is now a search box. If you are tracking a large fleet, search helps you identify boats quickly by class or sail number. When you enter part of a class name or sail number, the matching boats are highlighted in the grid. To unhighlight, simply delete the text in the search box and press search again.

Plymouth, Falmouth & Langstone marks added to JettyMap

JettyMap can use shared marks as well as club-specific race marks where clubs share their sailing area.

Chichester and Portsmouth Harbours, plus the Solent sea marks are already mapped. Now three new areas in the UK – Plymouth Sound, Falmouth and Langstone Harbour have also been added.

You can see the shared marks when you select any sailing club in that area.

If you would like your club to be next, let us know – it can be anywhere in the world.

New version of Boat Timer released

The latest version of Boat Timer is now available. This is a significant upgrade that introduces Cloud Services sync with online race entry and results, plus many other features such as a simpler screen for adding new entries and more obvious buttons on the race grid.

A guide (PDF) to the new version is on the main Boat Timer page.

If you open the app the upgrade will be applied and you should see the new version the second time you open it.

**However** often browsers will cache the old version and – depending on the browser settings – it may take several hours before you see the upgrade. You can wait and the upgrade will eventually appear or you can clear the part of the cache that affects this.

In Chrome, the relevant part is in Chrome Settings – Privacy & Security – Clear Browsing Data – Cached Images & Files.

The Chrome Settings option can be found from the three dots menu (top right)

The new version number is 21045 and you should see this near the top of the page if you press the Options button.

Boat Timer Upgrade 2021

The new Boat Timer update for 2021 will be released later this week.

Upgrades are automatic. When you open the app after the update it is downloaded in the background. The second time you open, the upgraded app will be available.

This release is a significant upgrade bringing a number of new features, including the new Cloud Services for online entries and results.

A detailed guide to this release is available on the main Boat Timer page. Here is a summary of some of the new features:

Cloud Services

  • App Sync – Boat Timer data is saved to the cloud
  • Online Entry – Sailors can enter races online
  • Online Results – Race and Series/Event results immediately available on the web

Cloud Services will be available to sailing clubs for £25 per month (or equivalent in local currency).

Boat Timer

  • Auto-Add Online Entry Requests – add online entries to the race
  • Average Points – average points can be assigned for series/event results
  • Auto-Sync – sync to the cloud can be manual or automatic
  • Event Options – scoring system and race discards controls for online results tables

JettyMap released

JettyMapThe sailing club mapping app JettyMap is now available. It is an app for phones, laptops and tablets that lets clubs add race marks, start/finish lines, race courses & notices to their map, plus labels and directions to help visitors find the car park, launching area and other facilities.

Boat Timer joins RestartSailing technology webinars

If you have not seen RestartSailing yet, it is an organisation to support sailing clubs during and after the Covid 19 restrictions. From the site they say:

“RestartSailing came together at the start of the Covid 19 pandemic to give a platform for the sailing community to work together and help restart sailing in these difficult times. It has been encouraging to see sailing activity re-establishing itself after lockdown measures were eased.”

I was invited to present Boat Timer at the RestartSailing (race entry, payment processing, track and trace) webinars on November 18th 2020, so if you missed any of it here’s the presentation and videos from the event:

Boat Timer slides from RestartSailing webinars

Boat Timer video 1 – Getting Started

Boat Timer video 2 – Recording Lap Times

Boat Timer video 3 – Finish Timing & Results