Thursday, 2 July 2020
Thursday, 18 June 2020
Wednesday, 10 June 2020
The first few weeks after launching a new service on the web are always an interesting time. SailEvent's introduction has been no exception!
No matter how much you test and check in the lab, once out in the wild there are all manner of unforeseeable pitfalls awaiting young and innocent software. SailEvent has been buffeted by web browsers and operating systems but, fingers crossed, those travails are all behind us now. If you’ve been caught out by any of them, please accept our apologies and thank you for sticking with it.
On a more constructive note, we have received much useful feedback from early adopters. Several ideas have been filed away for future development; others have been implemented already. Some changes are so minor you may not even notice them but more significant are
- Minimal registration procedure for sailors. All you have to do now is submit your email address, receive an email in response then three clicks and you’re in. You can do more if you want but you don’t have to.
- A statement on online entry forms that sailors need to agree. Clubs write their own statements, for instance “If all else fails I promise to read the Sailing Instructions”. Sailors must tick the box to confirm before their entry is accepted.
And to accommodate additional stuff now and in the future, SailEvent has a new menu system. Hope you like it.
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Friday, 22 May 2020
How does this all happen?
Clubs don’t have to do anything! It's built in to the SailEvent service and the strategy is to let sailors opt in to use it if they want to. They provide their own tracking device as either a mobile phone for free or by investing in a dedicated tracker. Device options and configuration are on the sailor fact sheet page.
“The members won’t like it”
It’s new, it’s unexpected, it’s a bit geekish, it requires effort so there will be resistance from some. But that doesn’t mean that technophiles can’t give it a go.
GPS tracking is not going to go away; it can’t be uninvented. That’s why SailEvent offers sailors the opportunity to make this small addition to their safety portfolio if they choose.
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
This post is for all you sailors to encourage you to register yourself with SailEvent. The process is relatively painless, takes only a few minutes and it’s free.
What’s in it for sailors?
When you are registered with SailEvent and have entered a competition run by SailEvent-registered club you can use
- eTally Think of it as signing afloat and ashore on your phone. Quick and effortless. It can even deliver the day’s course to your phone too.
- eLocate GPS location monitoring while you are on the water. Race management and spectators alike can monitor your progress.
We believe that eTally and eLocate make sailing that little bit safer while giving race management extra information to help them provide better racing.
How to register
Either go direct to https://sailevent.net/app/sailor/register or there are links on the SailEvent website.
The wizard takes you through the process. The steps are:
- Check your email address once more.
- If you want, set a password for logging in later. It’s optional.
- Try your personalised eTally link. It’s a good idea to pin it to your phone’s screen. How to
- Opt in to receiving reminders to eTally. They are normally emailed but can be texted if the event organisers go for that and you provide your mobile number.
- Register and test a GPS tracker. Needed if you want to use eLocate, otherwise skip – you can always come back later.
- Finally a URL if you want to sync your sailing dates to your phone calendar.
Once registered you will hear no more from SailEvent until you are entered in one of those SailEvent-registered competitions. If that doesn’t happen it probably means your club isn’t itself registered. You may want to encourage it to do so!