News

October 21st, 2021

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This past season we've been testing a feature near the core of SailScores' goal: allowing results to be entered and shared as fast as possible. This has turned out to be one of the places where speech recognition can speed things up quite a bit.

So we did it. SailScores result entry now supports speech recognition, both on laptops as well as mobile devices. If you are interested in trying this out, contact us to enable this feature for your club.

The speech recognition is focused on sail numbers and skipper names, and requires an internet connection to work. If this becomes popular, we'll come up with a way to share the service costs for those that are using it.


January 1st, 2021

Happy New Year!

New Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) became effective today, January 1. There are a couple of minor changes to scoring in the new rules. SailScores has been updated to be in compliance with the new rules.

  • New Score Code: NSC: Did not sail the course. This code may be used by the race committee that observed a boat not completing the course correctly. Previously, the Race Committee needed to either protest the boat or score them as DNF: did not finish. From a scoring perspective, this code is treated the same as "DNF." SailScores' scoring systems now have NSC as a scoring code.
  • Series scoring rule A9 becomes rule 5.3 and has been slightly reworded. Previously rule A9 described how scoring could be changed for a "series longer than a regatta." This rule has been moved to A5.3, and now indicates that the Sailing Instructions must state that rule A5.3 will apply to be in effect. To accommodate this, SailScores default scoring system is now called "Appendix A For Series - Rule 5.3"


December 23rd, 2020

❄ ❄ ❄ Happy Holidays ❄ ❄ ❄

Snow is coming down outside, so no sailing means more time for updates to SailScores.

Many Admin page tweaks The design of the Club admin page has been updated to keep things easier to use and better fit on mobile devices. Other pages on the site may be getting similar updates as they are changed.

Browser Analytics Registered users may now select "Enable Browser Analytics" which will send more information about delays and script errors on our pages to SailScores. This is not advertising tracking: the information from this setting will only go to SailScores.

Dark mode is now supported. SailScores now uses your browser setting to determine whether a light background or dark background should be used. (Many browsers will use the operating system setting for this.)

Still more work to do. If you're interested in all the details, watch the code at Github.


October 13th, 2020

Summer's over

Here in Minnesota, the sailing season has come to an end for 2020. In the past few months we've made some small improvements to performance and stability.

And automatic weather information snuck in. Weather info is filled in when a race is created or moved from "scheduled" to "raced." Pre-filled weather info will be cleared out when the race date is changed.

In the next few months, SailScores series should gain the ability to have overlapping competitor divisions. With this, a regatta can include separate results any subset of the sailors, such as youth or single-handed, while still showing them in the overall regatta results.

Your thoughts and feature requests are welcome, either by email or at GitHub. For example, since the initial go-live clubs haven't expressed much interest in importing results from other systems, so time has been spent on better stats reporting and improving the result entry UI.


April 30th, 2020

Staying at home

Stay-at-home orders are causing us all to find a new rhythm. While staying safe, the competitor page finally got some attention, and is now available by clicking on a competitor name in series results. Let us know what you think and if there's a stat you think would be useful, please let us know.


March 14th, 2020

To the cloud...

Along with changing SailScores' hosting service, a few updates have been made to improve site performance. We're still finding some places that can be sped up and expect to continue making tweaks to help the site's responsiveness.

But for the next few months feature updates will slow down. We're working on a mobile app to support offline score entry integrated with this site.


January 23rd, 2020

New Feature
Weather!

If the location of your club is set, SailScores will download and include the current weather conditions when you enter race results. The weather conditions will be displayed in the headers of series results, with a wind direction arrow, wind speed and selected icon.


November 26th, 2019

New Features
Faster creation of multiple competitors.

The page to create competitors now can create multiple competitors at once, and can handle competitors pasted from a spreadsheet such as Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel.

Club request page

We're working on speeding up the process of creating a new club. Requests still need to be approved by a person, but the form now gives a better idea of what information is needed to initially set up the club.

Admin tips

Guidance for newly setup clubs is now provided as on-page tips suggesting activities that should be completed for race scoring.


November 19th, 2019

New Features
Exports

Series can now be exported to a stand-alone html page or comma separated file (.csv). Look for the buttons in the lower right below a series results.

Create and Merge Competitors

Competitors can now be created while entering a race's results. And if you later discover that a racer already existed in the club, the two competitors can be merged.

Admin tips

Guidance for newly setup clubs is now provided as on-page tips suggesting activities that should be completed for race scoring.


October 13th, 2019

New Features
Series Charts

Series with more than one race can show a chart with the trend of competitors' rankings.


September 3rd, 2019

New Features

Regatta support: a regatta is featured on the front page for a week before and after the event, and is highlighted on the club home page for three weeks before and after the event.

A regatta will have fleets of competitors different from the usual club fleets, and will show competitors' home clubs.


August 16th, 2019

New Features

Series can include a column with changes in competitors' rankings.

Historical series can lock results, so that changes in the scoring system or the races will no longer change the series.


August 10th, 2019

New Features

Custom Scoring systems are now working.

  • Three base systems are currently implemented: Appendix A (a.k.a. low point) for Series, Appendix A for Regattas, and High Point Percentage.
  • Clubs can implement custom scoring systems that derive from the base systems, but customize codes or the discard pattern.
  • A club should have a default scoring system set. (It can be one of the built in systems.)
  • Series can then be set to use a different system.
Also some enhancements have been made to support long series: helm name is now shown every 25 races and as the last column of the results.


June 7th, 2019 Update

New Features

Enhancements to the race editing page are getting rolled out today:

  • The page automatically scrolls to show the last entered result. (This required that the Add Result field get moved toward the bottom of the page.)
  • A few weeks ago we added a field to track scheduled, raced and abandoned races. Scheduled and abandoned races don't show up in series views on small devices and aren't used for scoring.
  • The Name and Description fields have been moved to Additional Fields section that is collapse by default.
  • The format of the result list has been improved, including more details score codes.
These changes should make entering results on a phone a much better experience. The changes came about after using this with great success for the last several weeks at Lake Harriet.
Other News

We've consolidated our issues list with the SailScores code at GitHub. Some of the issues have a "Help wanted" tag, where we'd love to hear more input from potential users.


February 25th, 2019

SailScores.com is kinda live. There are still features to be added, but the basics are working. In the next few months there will be plenty of testing and tweaks. Hopefully a few new features as well. If you are interested in helping out with the testing, please reach out and let us know.