Previous posts have talked about the why, what, how and when of eTally prompts. Here we look at how this translates into reality from a sailor’s point of view.
Imagine it’s a typical sailing day with an 11am start and all done by 3pm. We'll assume the prompts ask something like Are you sailing today? and Have you finished sailing? for afloat and ashore respectively.
Here are timelines for four likely scenarios:
The organised one
09:00 Receives afloat prompt 1 and responds Yes14:30 Receives ashore prompt 1 and responds Yes
The relaxed one
09:00 Receives afloat prompt 1 but does not respond
10:00 Receives afloat prompt 2 and responds Yes
14:30 Receives ashore prompt 1 but does not respond14:50 Receives ashore prompt 2 and responds Yes
The one who’s not going
09:00 Receives afloat prompt 1, responds No and so receives no further prompts
The distracted one
09:00 Receives afloat prompt 1 but does not respond10:00 Receives afloat prompt 2 but does not respond14:30 Receives ashore prompt 1 because SailEvent does not know whether this person has sailed or not. Receipt of ashore 2 depends on any response to ashore 1
These are the settings behind the above scenarios.
The sailor is opted in to eTally.eTally is enabled for the competition being sailed and an initial afloat status has not been set.For this session:
Start time 09:00Afloat cutoff time 11:00Afloat 2 at 60 minutes before cutoff = 10:00Ashore cutoff time 15:00Ashore 1 at 30 minutes before cutoff = 14:30Ashore 2 at 10 minutes before cutoff = 14:50