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    Posted: 09 May 16 at 10:48am
We're setting up a light system to run alongside a new computerised start, race recording system and I wondered what other folk use for their start sequence.

We're thinking Blue on at the 10 minute (we tend to use the ten minute to get all the dawdlers off the beach) then we go 5 -4 1 Off,

So we'd go red amber then all off and green for go or red 5 amber 4, green 1 and all off at the gun.

Anyone else run similar system with lights?
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Suggest you go out to your start area and see which light colour shows up best.

Green and red are hard to see from a distance against open backgrounds.

Trygoing with 3 white lights, 1 on 10, 2 on at 5, 3 on at 1, all off to go, 1 flashing for an OCS, all 3 flashing for general recall

Difficulty comes if you have more than one start with less than 10 mins between each one as no one would have a clue what sequence you are in, suggest you would still need 'class flags' with a traffic light system


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Try contacting either Starcross (on Exe estuary) or Southport (marine lake on coast above Liverpool) as both run lights for start sequences.
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We don't use lights but have no problems with sending classes off at two minute intervals using flags and a hooter. For open meetings we use a Laptop which controls all of the sound signals and tells you which flags should go up and when they come down. That works as well.
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Hmm not many clearly, maybe when we get this system up and running it could be of interest, the nerve centre is a tablet controlled device that can be taken out on the water, or to another venue, (we run a distance event annually a to b) so we can start one end and finish the other.

Can't remember the name of the guy doing it, he's a GP14 man so had my doubts initially but it all seems to be pretty kosher.

We've settled on Blue at the 10, then Red at the five, Amber at the four and Green on the one, then all out on the off. It won't be very useful for those of us that like to use the sound delay off shore by going a split second before the sound reaches the line having set the watch up inshore, but a little more precise than waiting for flags to move.
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Pevensey has had a PC controlled light system for several years, think we were one of the first.
All white halogen floods, we tried to replace with LED floods but the driver circuit couldn't cope with them.
The sequence is:
AP=alternating flash
5=1 solid light
4=2 solid lights
1=3 solid lights
Go= lights out
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