Just had a little look at Sailwave, and I think it should be possible to
spread the data entry over multiple people. I think this method should work
with separate fleets; however I would strongly recommend that you test it
yourself. That way if you find I've missed something obvious it won't cause
a lot of grief.
Assuming you have Excel, give each person a batch of results to enter. In
the first row you need the headings Class, Sailno, RaceNo, Elapsed Time. In
each row below you enter each of your results. Then once the person has
finished their results you save the file as a comma separated file, and use
the results import tool in Sailwave. You'd probably need a bunch of floppy
disks to get the data from each computer to the main one with Sailwave on.
You can just use notepad, just separate each field with a comma. If you do
not allow the import tool to create new competitors, and someone has entered
the class or sail number incorrectly the data will not be imported. Also if
you think you have an error, you have the data split up, allowing multiple
people to check separate sections at the same time.
May turn out that the method I have just suggested has some obvious fault
with it, but I think in principle it should be fine.
Hope you find a good way to do it,
From: ExcelRAT@aol.com [mailto:ExcelRAT@aol.com]
Sent: 01 April 2004 17:55
Subject: [sailwave] Handicap Regattas
Can anyone help with processing results for large, multi-class, dinghy
Our event is held in the UK and attracts some 200+ dinghies for 4 General
Handicap races on Saturday and a 2hr Pursuit on Sunday (Laser Radial to
We have 2 starts (fast & slow) for GH races and 2 sets of finishing sheets
(fast & slow) but all results are combined in sailwave for one event. We
results manually which are then sent ashore for processing. Due to the sheer
volume of data, the entering of results into Sailwave by a single operator,
takes some considerable time and can result in delays and unhappy
Whilst we are happy with the race management aspects on the water, we are
looking for ways to improve the time taken from receiving the hard copy data
publishing results on the noticeboard and would appreciate any advice from
experienced users of Sailwave.
One limiting factor is that the event is run in the cold of early February &
there is a reluctance from owners of laptops to place their expensive kit on
committee boats which are not totally weatherproof.
PS In case you were wondering - Yes it is the Tiger Trophy at Rutland!!
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