Members of the Race Management Committee and others within US Sailing have evaluated the following programs.
The evaluations are provided as a service to members of US Sailing and the sailing community. No warranty of any type is implied. US Sailing does not specifically endorse one program over another, but encourages users to consider all aspects of any program before selecting it for use, including ease of use, documentation, ongoing support and compatibility/ability to upload and download data for evaluation and distribution. Program authors who are interested in having their programs evaluated and included in this listing should send a copy of the program and complete documentation to Scoring Program Review or to US Sailing, Attn: Race Administration Director, 1 Roger Williams University Way, Bristol, RI 02809.
Handicap Systems Scored
|Hal’s Race Results and HalSail Web|
|Portsmouth Yardstick, IRC, IRM, Small Cat, SBR, CYCA, ECHO and IHS, One Design|
Windows, Mac, OS X, Unix, Linux, Solaris
|One Design, PHRF (TOT&TOD), Portsmouth, MORC, CBYRA Multihull|
|PHRF, Portsmouth, IOR, MORC, IRC|
|Race Log and Race Log Web|
|One Design, Level Racing (in compliance except for DGM status)|
|One Design, PHRF (TOD&TOT), Portsmouth, Americap, IRC PHRF Pursuit, high point, Cox-Sprague, Rinderle, Austrian|
|Regatta Management Solutions|
|One Design, PHRF, Pursuit|
|Regatta Network Online Scoring||Web-based||One Design, PHRF, Portsmouth, IRC, ORC|
|PHRF, Portsmouth, IRC, TCF, CHS, PY,+/- Seconds, Time-On-Distance, Progressive|
|Portsmouth, PHRF, Others (in compliance except for DGM status)|
|St. Pete Scorer|
|One Design, Level Racing, Separate modes for Opti’s and Laser Masters (in full compliance)|
|Top Yacht||Windows||One Design Scoring, Portsmouth, PHRF Variants|
|PHRF ToD, PHRF ToT , IRC, HPR ,ORC,ORR, CSA , CRF,CHS, GLMRA Transpac, Portsmouth, One Design, J Boats|
|ZW Sail Regatta|
|ORC (Club & International), SW Factor, Texel Rating, SCHRS, Portsmouth, PHRF, IRC|
- The Race Management Committee has developed a set of race results specifically intended to test scoring programs with a focus on tie-breaking procedures. While every effort has been made to verify compliance, there are enough variations possible that every one cannot be tested, and therefore no guarantee of compliance is provided. Individuals responsible for scoring are encouraged to review the latest version of The Racing Rules of Sailing. Unless specifically noted, all programs listed here have been tested for compliance with the current Racing Rules of Sailing.
- World Sailing has a program called SAILOR ID. Some programs provide support for this program and the individual scoring review will identify those programs that support SAILOR ID.
Author: Cyber Altura is certified and approved by the Offshore Racing Committee (ORC)
Evaluation Copy Source: Downloaded from Offshore Racing Council, Scoring Software site ( 680KB)
Handicap Systems Supported: All ORC scoring options
CyberAltura has been developed to perform results calculations in ORC races and replaces an older DOS version that is still available. It covers completely all ORC scoring options and does not have any limit in fleet size, number of events, number of races, etc., and thereby overcomes the limits emerged by the use of the DOS code. All listings can be configured by adding or removing fields that appear in the listings. Boats data can be read from “RMS” files provided by every ORC rating office. The data necessary to run the program can be entered manually through the window provided. No more data than those actually used in the customization printouts need to be entered. The sail number is the primary key, and does not allow many alphanumeric characters (including lowercase).
CyberAltura is distributed and made available by ORC – to anybody – free of charge. Download from the CyberAltura website.
Note: IMS scoring is provided for separately in a program called Velum, which is available on the following website: http://www.velumng.com/. The cost of Velum is between 180.00 € and 220.00 €.
Hal’s Race Results and HalSai
Hopford Associates Limited
Evaluation Copy Source: Downloaded from the website.
Handicap Systems Supported: Portsmouth Yardstick, IRC, IRM, Small Cat, SBR, CYCA, ECHO and IHS, One Design
- Installs from download
- Windows 7 or later
- Boats can belong to multiple racing classes
- Can prepare HTML pages with results for immediate publication onto the Internet
- Portsmouth data can be uploaded from the RYA database
The program is a stand-alone (used to be Microsoft Access-based) application designed to manage racing throughout an entire season. Tasks are divided between Race Administrator and Race Officer roles. The Race Administrator must set up all classes, boats and races. The Race Officer can then edit starting times for the races and enter results. Result entries can either be made by typing or by point and click with the mouse. The Race Administrator edits the race results for protests and prints or publishes the standings. Web pages can be made directly from the report screen. Users should understand the provisions of Appendix A before using this or any other scoring program. Note that the program includes the Portsmouth Yardstick data.
Program can be obtained for the HAL’s Race Results website. The program is free. Services associated with the program are charged for. A web-based version called HalSail is available and allows access to data on the cloud with Mac’s and tablets.
Handicapping And One-Design Scoring Program
JavaScore is a sailboat regatta scoring program that runs on multiple platforms, including Windows, Unix/Linux, and Macintosh (OS X) computers.
Author: Sandy Grosvenor
Evaluation Copy Source: Downloaded from Java Score website
Handicap Systems Supported: One Design, PHRF TOD & TOT, Portsmouth, MORC and CBYRA (Chesapeake Bay) Multihull
- java-based program
- is downloaded as 3.4MB file
- program requires Java 7 also be present or installed
- this program is free and can be linked to from Java Score web site
- a link is provided on the Java Score website
- program will run on any Windows system as well as on Mac OS X, Solaris, Linux, Unix and other Java-enabled platforms
Program’s heritage is the DOS-based “Snipe” one design program used extensively by the Snipe class, especially in the Annapolis area. Version 3.0 has the major new feature of support for Fleets of classes and for Subdivisions of classes. Also new scoring systems and handicapping systems added: Snipe 2001-2004 system, PHRF Time on Time, Portsmouth, Dragon Ice Boat system. See details on the new releases here. Program and JAVA program downloaded and installed without any problem. Program has ability to generate numerous reports for Race Committee use and of course results, including html-formatted results for website posting. The program complies with the Racing Rules of Sailing. The program was tested and was in compliance with Appendix A. Version 4.0, released in June of 2003, focused primarily on improvements for the handicapping side including making rating and division changes more reliable. Divisions can now be split in an existing regatta. Version 5.1 fixed several bugs, including bugs in Snipe and Iceboat scoring, support Olympic-path medal race scoring (ability to “weight” races and ability to flag a race as nondiscardable). Also, improvements and bug fixes to splitting large classes into multiple subdivisions for qualifying series.
Do not let having to load JAVA on your computer interfere with your trying this program. The process is simple. There is some documentation with the program (Help Files), and the web site has a good amount of additional documentation.
JavaScore is an Open Source project under the GNU General Public License, and it and the code for it are freely available for downloading from JavaScore website.
Author: Dan Hollands
1120 S Creek Drive
Webster, NY 14580
Evaluation Copy Source: Downloaded from QuickScore Yacht Race Scoring
Handicap Systems Supported: PHRF Time-on-Time, PHRF Time-on-Distance, Portsmouth, IOR, MORC, IRC, One-Design
- Program version for Windows 7/8 (12,211 KB download)
The Program can be downloaded from the web site and the demo version of the program handles a maximum of 12 boats. An instruction manual in Word is provided though built-in assistance is very good. The program provides for PHRF Time-on-Distance, Time-on-Time, Portsmouth (multiple wind ratings), IOR, MORC, IRC and One-Design scoring options. Several options for PHRF Time-on-Time rating calculations are provided. The program is in compliance with The Racing Rules of Sailing. Users should understand the provisions of Appendix A before using this or any other scoring program. In testing the program for compliance, it was noted that while the program does correctly handle a ZFP or a 20% scoring penalty, in the rare case that both penalties apply, the result has to be manually adjusted using the scoring penalty option. The program supports a variety of output reports including results in html format for web publishing. Users can create their own report format specifying what to include in the report and where on the report it is placed.
Cost for new user is $US 140. The cost to update from any version of QS earlier than 2003 is $40. The cost to update from QS03 or QS04 is $20. Full information and the program for downloading is available on the QuickScore Yacht Race Scoring website.
Race Log and Race Log Web
Author: ELB Software
PO BOX 463
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Evaluation Copy Source: Downloaded from ELB Software website. Download file size is 3.6 MB.
Handicap Systems Supported: None, one-design/level racing scoring only.
- Windows-based (Version 2.8 and higher), runs under Windows XP and Vista, would not install on Windows 7, 64 bit
- Requires 28 MB of disk space for installed version
- Race Log Web is completely web-based, no software to install. Works on smart phones and tablets.
- Downloaded version is fully functional shareware
- Drag and drop finish entry
- Customized registration report
- Ability to archive fleets
- Support for World Sailing ID
Program downloaded from ELB Software is a self-contained installation file. Extensive program documentation is provided as part of the downloaded material and built-in help files are included. Documentation is also available on the website in html format. Data entry is fully Windows-based. Several different scoring methods and scoring options are supported. Race Log is strictly a scoring program, and it does not do any type of handicap calculations or corrections. Very good flexibility in managing fleets, divisions and classes is provided. Team racing is supported in the current version. Season and weekend standings can be separated out. Results from one year can be compared to another year’s results. Version 3.4 and later versions of the program are in full compliance with The Racing Rules of Sailing. Error checking is built-in. Numerous output options are included including html format for publishing on web pages. Registered users can upload results to the Race Log website for hosting. Support is indicated from ELB Software and change notification has been very good.
The shareware version can be downloaded at ELB website at no charge. The Pro version, which provides for additional registered users and technical support, is $49.95 plus shipping and handling. Race Log Web.
Author: Edward Mitchell
500 Ocean Street, Suite 134, Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 771-0806
Evaluation Copy Source: Author requested US Sailing download from RaceSail website for review. Documentation available for separate download.
Handicap Systems Supported: PHRF, Time-on-distance, PHRF, Time-on-time, ORC Club (was Americap), Portsmouth wind dependent coefficients, RC time multipliers, PHRF Pursuit
- Tested on Windows 7, 64 bit; Mac in emulation mode, tested with Virtual PC by Connectix. Vista and Windows 7 do not support on-line help files but manual is sufficient.
- Downloaded ZIP file is 12.6 MB in size
- User Manual available online in PDF format
Program is downloaded as a zipped file that is extracted. Program is well structured allowing for easy entry of competitors, and maintains an archived database for competitor information. Unique sail numbers are required. Provisions are made for multiple divisions and classes. Scratch sheets can be printed. All four Portsmouth wind ratings and a context menu wind speed are entered for each race. Entry of finish positions is intuitive and requires minimal keystrokes. Changeable scoring penalties are allowed for ZFP and SCP. RaceSail also supports Pursuit Starts, where each entry has a unique starting time and theoretically all boats finish at same time (for additional information on Pursuit Starts see the Race Management Handbook.) Another useful feature is that the program handles bow numbers and allows for rotating to model the effect of skippers switching boats to even the playing field, and is based on the college sailing program developed at Annapolis. The program is in compliance with Appendix A of the Racing Rules of Sailing. Users should understand the provisions of Appendix A before using this or any other scoring program.
Software can be downloaded from RaceSail website. Currently there is no charge for the software.
Regatta Management Solutions
Evaluation Copy Source: Web-based regatta management system
Handicap Systems Supported: PHRF, One-Design, Junior and Pursuit regattas.
Regatta Management Solutions is a set of online race management tools for yacht clubs, sailing clubs and regional organizations for many types of sailing regattas including PHRF, One-Design, Junior and Pursuit regattas. These tools include: online event schedules, registration, payment processing and scoring. The emphasis is on the organization side. Also provided are online tools for boat owners to manage their race schedule, crew scheduling, boat profiles and more. They also offer customized membership management tools for clubs, fleets, regional and national organizations.
Program has been tested for correct scoring using a complicated tie breaker event. Program is in compliance with current scoring requirements.
Fully web-based services. Regatta Management Solutions
Regatta Network Online Scoring
Evaluation Copy Source: Online web based system demo site. IE7, IE8 and Mozilla Firefox 2 were used for evaluation.
Handicap Systems Supported: One Design, PHRF, Portsmouth, IRC, ORC
Regatta Network (http://www.regattanetwork.com/) provides tools for regatta organizers. US Sailing has partnered with The Active Network and Regatta Network to deliver a comprehensive regatta registration and management solution designed specifically for yacht clubs, racing associations, one design classes and independent events. The Miami OCR and other major events are managed using this system.
Scoring can be one by exporting the entrant list to JavaScore, St. Pete Scorer, or as a CSV file for scoring. The results are then posted on the web with support from Regatta Network. An option is provided for online scoring. Online scoring has been tested and is in compliance with The Racing Rules of Sailing.
Using Score This Event Online takes user to following screen
All current Scoring Abbreviations (All!) are included along a “TLE” or Time Limit Expired” entry that is being used in some programs like JavaScore. Because the entire process is web-based, the user interface is “different” but was found easy to get used to. Additional options for setting up the scoring are available when the event is first set up.
The regatta results for one of the US Sailing scoring program tests looks like:
Sailing Racing Results Program
Author: Robert McPherson
Evaluation Copy Source: Downloaded from Sailing Results Program website.
Handicap Systems Supported: PHRF, Portsmouth, IRC, TCF, CHS, PY, Time-on-Distance, +/- Seconds, Progressive. Also supports Team Racing
- Requires Office 97 or Later (Program Runs Within Excel – tested with Office 2010)
- Downloaded ZIP file is 2.26MB in size
This program is downloaded as a zipped file that is extracted to a user-specified directory. It is highly recommended that the directions provided on the website for installing be strictly adhered to. Once the files are unzipped, the folder will contain a series of files including some .doc (Word) files with user instructions. The program is installed within Microsoft Excel and, while the program has numerous features including features for round robins and team racing, it is not as easy to use as some other programs. The added flexibility and features come with some added complexity.
The program handles low point scoring, bonus point scoring, high point and custom scoring and is in compliance with Appendix A of The Racing Rules of Sailing. Users should understand the provisions of Appendix A before using this or any other scoring program. The program provides for a great deal of flexibility in formatting output, including html files. Only one design scoring has been evaluated. None of the handicap scoring routines have been evaluated at this time.
For a complete set of instructions and a detailed program description refer to the website.
Software can be downloaded from website. There is no charge for the software. Be sure to follow downloading instructions provided for proper installation!
19 Southlands Drive
West Cross, Swansea, SA3 5RA, UK
Author: Colin Jenkins
Evaluation Copy Source: File downloaded from Sailwave website .
Handicap Systems Supported: Portsmouth, RYA PY, ISAF SCHRS, TEXEL, PHRF, CHS, VICTORIAN, CUSTOM. A VOLVO YOUTH PLUG-IN, and an ISAF SCRS module are included. (Program is UK-based.)
- Windows 95/98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, Vista & 7. Tested on Windows 2000, SP2, XP Pro & Windows 7 64 bit.
- File size 2.5MB
Program was easily downloaded from Sailwave website and installed in default directory. This is a very straight forward program to use. The help files with the program are somewhat limited, but the website has a lot of information on it. The program provides for several types of handicap scoring, including “custom” scoring, so just about anything can be handled. The program is in compliance with World Sailing (The Racing Rules of Sailing) scoring requirements. The program has a good set of reports all of which either are displayed directly on your web browser or are printed as html pages. The program can download results directly to the Royal Yachting Association site. Versions 1.40 and above support the World Sailing Sailor ID. The website has a complete list of all features and enhancements.
St. Pete Scorer
St. Pete Scorer (Version 16)
Author: Richard Alan Weaver, M.D.
Evaluation Copy Source: Original copy of program on CD and letter sent to US Sailing. Revised versions downloaded directly from website. Programs and description available on the website.
Handicap Systems Supported: One-design (“Level”) scoring only. Separate modes setup for Optimist and Laser Masters events.
- Windows-based programs download as self installing files, approximately 6100KB
- Runs on PCs
- Windows-tested ( Windows 7, 8 and 10; 32 or 64 bit)
Self-install programs to any drive selected. Program-installed exceptionally easy with no problems. Previously separate versions of the program focused specifically on the requirements of Opti and Laser Masters events have been incorporated into one version of the program. These modes support the age brackets and provide sorted results. St. Pete Scorer scores events using Low-Point, Bonus, Low-Point Averaged, Snipe or Lightning Systems. The Laser Masters mode does age-based handicapping. In addition, other variations of low-point scoring can be user specified/modified. Up to 26 separate classes in a regatta can be specified and the number of boats and races is essentially unlimited. The latest version of program complies comply with The Racing Rules of Sailing. Users of any scoring program are encouraged to carefully review Appendix A of The Racing Rules of Sailing for additional information. Features include automatic tie-breaking, managing throw-outs, scoring of subgroups, scheduling, assigning and scoring with divided fleets, and other features. Data entry including penalties and handling of results is one of the easiest to use found so far. The program produces a significant number of forms including file generation in html for web publishing. The program includes the ability to store address information, including a permanent database of competitors for registration data, and to print mailing labels. The program comes with an extensive text file instruction manual and a good set of help files incorporated.
Version 16 is NOT compatible with earlier versions of the program.
Available through website.
A trial version of the program may be downloaded and used for maximum of 7 boats. The permanent version may be downloaded and requires a $30 fee paid by credit card or PayPal.
Top Yacht (for keelboats and dinghies)
Author: McCubbin Electronics P/L trading as Top Yacht
Evaluation Copy Source: Program (evaluation version) downloaded from website.
Handicap Systems Supported: One-design, Time-on-Distance (variation of Portsmouth), Portsmouth (UK Version of Program) Time-on-Time
- Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7, tested on Windows 7, 64 bit
- Downloaded file is 7.8 MB in size
Top Yacht Software, an Australian firm, has significantly changed the packaging of their products but it can still be a little confusing. The standard package will work for keelboat handicapping but, in order to properly handle most handicapping done in the United States, the Advanced, Keel, ToT Handicapping (includes HC Graphing) package is recommended ($165 AUS). The downloaded file was very easy to install. The free evaluation version is limited in application and has a built-in expiration time limit. Various types of handicapping algorithms have been and are being developed and the company appears very eager to work with clubs in addressing specific needs. The programs use a modular database approach and the databases are fully accessible. This power comes with increased user complexity. The programs provide for several different output formats for reporting, including html, and the Site Manager enhancement simplifies uploading of results to websites. The program has been tested and is in compliance with The Racing Rules of Sailing. Follow this link to get an idea of the web posting capabilities of Top Yacht.
- Enhanced Features
- regatta enhancements (tie breaking and csv/html competitor list import, finish time importation as csv)
- display enhancements (Full Names, Lap Times, Sub Agg Scores, Finish Offset)
- teams score (NOT World Sailing Teams Racing)
- handicap graphing
- Courses Plus
- designs courses on the screen
- saves and restores course layouts
- provides GPS coordinates for all marks
- calculates course sizes for dinghy and Cat classes under different wind strengths
- runs boats around the (on-screen) course ‘real time’ [or sped up] and indicates which marks they have passed and the ETA for the next mark
|Description||$AUS inc GST|
|Top Yacht Standard (For keelboat, dinghies and trailerables)||$330|
|EXTRA: Enhanced features||$165|
|EXTRA: Site Manager (enhanced internet publishing)||$165|
- The annual subscription is 1/3 of the initial purchase price and provides one year’s use of the product.
- These prices assume that you download the product from the website.
- Top Yacht does an excellent job of keeping updates to the programs on their website, and the site should be referred to on a regular basis if using their software.
Evaluation Copy Source: Fully web-based program. Initial evaluation as part of actual event (Clagett Regatta) in 2015.
Handicap Systems Supported: PHRF ToD (Time-on-Distance), PHRF ToT (Time-on-Time), Triple Number + (Time-on-Distance and Time-on-Time), IRC, HPR (High Performance Rule),ORC,ORR, CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association), CRF (Classic Rule Formula), CHS (Channel Handicap System), GLMRA (Great Lakes Multihull Racing Association), Transpac (Custom ORR), Portsmouth, General ToT (Any Time-on-Time), One Design, J Boats
100% web yacht racing management and scoring system that simplifies the task of competitor registration, event management, competitor and media communications while providing results online in near-real time to competitors and the world following your event. Yacht Scoring works online with a single database for all of the event information eliminating the need to keep the entry list in one program (or more), transferring entries into a scoring program, scoring and then having to upload the results to the internet and the media. Yacht Scoring also provides a single central data source that everyone in the Race Committee, using individually setup Access Codes, can access to manage the event from just about anywhere – home, office, club, etc.
Full description of services is on website with additional links there for signing up for services. Yacht Scoring
ZW Sail Regatta Scoring Program
Version 4.24 (Build 4)
Author: Leo G. Eggink
ZW Sail Regatta Scoring Program
Evaluation Copy Source: Downloaded from site.
Handicap Systems Supported: ORC (Club & International), SW Factor, Texel Rating, ISAF SCHRS, Portsmouth, PHRF, IRC
• Downloaded program, approx. 4.2 Mb
• Passed US Sailing Scoring Test for RRS 2017-2020
• ZW can prepare html pages with results for immediate online publication
• Supports selection races for splitting large fleets
The program is heavily used in The Netherlands and is supported by the Dutch National Authority. The main focus is One-Designs, with special facilities for large fleets with Round-Robin-Series. The program has been used in several Laser Worlds and European Championships. The program was easy to download and install. The user interface is straight forward and well laid out. One limitation is that sail numbers may not contain letters. Correcting results input errors includes the ability to insert a competitor. This is done by giving the omitted boat a fractional finish position.
Program can be downloaded from ZW Sail Regatta Scoring Program. No license fee required.