Saturday, 12 January 2008

Sail Regatta Scoring Program: ZW

If you are looking for a good Sail Regatta Scoring-program have a look at ZW. We use it for our local regatta's big and small. One of the features I like is that the competitor -entry list can be set up in almost any program (we use Excel) and then imported into ZW. No need for painstaking type work. This is what the programmer himself says on the ZW homepage:

The Sail Regatta Scoring program ZW is used for the administration and scoring of regattas. ZW can handle results upto 60 races per series. There are no limits for the number of competitors, the number of classes or the number of fleets. ZW supports the following languages: English, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch. Support for other languages is possible.

The following scoring systems are supported:
  • Bonus-Point System (formerly known as Olympic)
  • Austrian scoring (starters)
  • Austrian scoring (registration for series)
  • Low-Point System
  • Low-Point System with .75 score for place 1

The program is based on the regulations of ISAF, as described in the Racing Rules of Sailing. The program can calculate with discards. The number of discards is completely user defined. Results can be calculated with the following handicap formulas: IMS; ORC-CLUB; SW-factor; Texel Rating; ISAF SCHRS; Portsmouth; PHRF; IRC; IRM

Much attention has been given to the entry of finishing sequences. Finish lists need not be separated per fleet. ZW will match the fleet for each entered boat. In most cases the entry of just the sail number will be sufficient. Only if a sail number is duplicated in the regatta, the program will ask for the complete sail number (incl. Class and Country). After decisions of a Jury, you will be able to quickly present revised Results. Competitor listings by fleet or by sail no, finish lists and results can be printed. In addition, lists of not yet paying competitors (black list), lists of duplicating sail no's and address labels can be printed. ZW can prepare HTML pages with results for immediate publication onto the Internet.

You will have to register to download it, but it's free and because the Dutch National Authority supports it, it will be maintained and updated. There's even a forum (although not very active) for questions, tips and tricks.

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