racing watches

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by flaserlover, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. flaserlover

    flaserlover Member

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    When i race ive been using a normal watch. Has anyone been using a racing watch? if yes what kind was it and was it usefull?
     
  2. dredies

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    A racing watch is an asset but by no means essential. The audible alerts as you approach the start time are nice, as well as the ability to sync to the next horn if you didn't quite set your watch on time at the 5 minute gun.
     
  3. flaserlover

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    Yah but 99.9% of the things we buy for sailing are "by no means essential"
     
  4. Sailorchick

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    I just have a cheap casio and it works fine for me despite not being sailing specific.

    I think as long as your watch includes a countdown feature which beeps every minute, then 10 secs in last minute, then last 10 secs that is plenty for a sailing watch.

    I was given a Nautica Sailing Watch a few years ago to review and absolutely hated it (marketing team were not impressed but thankfully all the other sailors given it agreed) as it was far too complicated to actually use on the race course.
     
  5. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    I have the Ronstan RF 4030 Clear Start sailing watch. It's easy to use on the water with huge numbers, intuitive functions, countdown beeps, and a synchronize button for when you miss the beginning of the sequence. It is worth the $99.
     
  6. 132711

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    i have a timex ironman, i actually just recently saw one in a target ad for 20 bucks, it works great and is real easy to use
     
  7. laserxd

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    x2, best $99 I spent on racing gear.
     
  8. powergroove

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    The Ronstan racing watch works great for $55, and its easy to use, racing specific but has all the functions of a regular watch too.
    I still own a Gill racing watch that is been pretty much a bad investment at $99. Ive owned it 4 years, replaced batteries 3 times, 2 new bands(at $30 each because no other replacemnt band fits), and my sailing gloves occasionally hit the start/stop button at very inoopurtune times.
    It does look sporty though!
     
  9. flaserlover

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    55$??? was looking @ those watches and they were around 100$... Were did you buy it from???
     
  10. dredies

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    I thought the Gill watch included a digital compass - something not permitted when racing a Laser. I appreciate that clubs might not worry too much and that a digital compass built into a wristwatch is totally useless but rules is rules (though personally I would never even comment about somebody using one). From what others have posted here I sort of thought that as regattas such devices would not be allowed.

    I also think the rules should be changed to allow wrist mounted watches with digital compasses - but that's another thread that we have been through before.

    Ian
     
  12. emocean2

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    best watch i have ever had. defiantly worth the $99
     
  13. Merrily

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  14. Deimos

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    These look like the same watches that are sold in the UK under the Optimum brand. I actually got mine from PSC(UK) - as I happened to be there. I have the smaller wrist watch one and it is OK except sometimes the buttons get quite hard to press. Then when I decide its time to spend money on a new watch they go good again. The stiff button problem has never yet been the cause of my bad starting.

    (In the UK) Gill make (some of) their sailing gloves with the velcro wrist fastener on the "other side" (i.e. below your wrist, on the side you take your pulse on) - specifically to reduce the gloves pressing buttons problem.

    Ian
     
  15. laserxd

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    The big Clear Start you can put on your mast, or over your drysuit/wetsuit/gear easily
     
  16. powergroove

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    The Ronstan buttons are somewhat hard to punch, but never been a problem....yet

    My Gill doesnt have a compass

    The new Harken gloves strap underneath as well, much nicer more comfortable IMHO, but I do like Ronstan sticky Race gloves best for durabilty and grip
     
  17. laserbahamas

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    Yeah. I put the big ronstan clear start on my mast but i still have my timex/ironman on my wrist just incase.
     
  18. dredies

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    The Ronstan watches are made by Optimum.
     
  19. laserxd

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    yesterday was mostly very light wind to no wind for the last race and you could hear all the clear starts perfectly in sync at the start, it was pretty cool.
     
  20. scars_scrapes

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    has anyone used the WinDesign sailiing watches? If so what are your comments? My citizen is going into the shop for some R&R and I need a back up.
     

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