Forum: Event Management System

Drawing courses in Sailing Instructions

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Paul Jackson
Nationality: United Kingdom
Certifications:
  • International Race Officer
  • Club Race Officer
  • National Race Officer
I wonder if anyone has a good solution I can use?
In the sailing instructions the course diagrams usually come from a standard set which in many cases come from the MNA. When running offshore the course is often set up on Navionics.  I have been trying to find a simple drawing program where I can draw myself some alternative courses, as we use in some of our Regattas. I tried Boat scenario but it is not set up for that. Preferably Android/Windows operation. What do people use?
Created: 23-Jan-09 13:58

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David Hubbard
Nationality: United States
Certifications:
  • Club Race Officer
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I couldn't find anything myself.  So I have used Google Earth.  I also use a program I wrote that calculates a spreadsheet of distances from every mark to every other mark.  That way I can quickly figure the course distance. My own racing app can export marks as a .kml file which Google Earth can import. (The app can also import marks from Google Earth kml files). For placing over Nautical charts, I have my own program that can render ENC charts and put marks on it.  I then do a screen capture.  But that program really isn't commercially ready. I could provide it 'as is' if you are interested, but it's a bit clunky.
Created: 23-Jan-09 14:34
Jerry Thompson
Nationality: United States
Certifications:
  • National Judge
  • Umpire In Training
  • Regional Race Officer
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Give Google Draw a shot.  Click here for a Windward/Leeward course. Before you do anything, save a copy to your Google drive then work with the copy.  This will leave the copy in the link unchanged for others to copy.

You can make any course you like.  It takes a little practice, but one you understand how to create, move and group shapes it is easy.  Zoom in to work details.  Once you have the course you want configured, use Print Screen to make a copy. Then paste into a picture program such as Microsoft Picture Manager and save as a jpeg which can be used in any document.

Feel free to shoot me a note if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Jerry
Created: 23-Jan-09 14:53
Craig Evans
Nationality: United Kingdom
Certifications:
  • Regional Umpire
  • National Judge
  • Regional Race Officer
0
Paul,

There is a PowerPoint protest diagram file that might be of use. I’ll email it to you.

Craig 
Created: 23-Jan-09 15:32
Robert Thomas
Nationality: United States
Certifications:
  • Club Race Officer
1
If you want to provide lat/lon and draw courses on a nautical chart, OpenCaptain is free and runs on Windows, MAC ad Linux downloadable from https://www.opencpn.org/

Created: 23-Jan-09 18:56
Iuan Gray
Nationality: South Africa
Certifications:
  • International Judge
  • Club Race Officer
  • National Judge
1
I second Roberts suggestion of using OpenCPN. https://www.opencpn.org/

Add the marks in their actual positions.
Then set up your course as a GPS Route. Print the route to automatically list geo coordinates of each mark, bearing from mark to mark (your choice of true or magnetic) and distance of each leg.



Created: 23-Jan-10 11:27
Sergio Pereira Mega
Nationality: Uruguay
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Paul, i suggest you to create a free account into https://www.figma.com/ and create your favorite course. You can insert .jpg images in diferent layers. After that, you can export that component to print or insert into other document.
You can see videos on youtube to understand how to draw in that web sketcker.
Created: 23-Jan-11 18:46
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Paul Jackson
Nationality: United Kingdom
Certifications:
  • International Race Officer
  • Club Race Officer
  • National Race Officer
0
Thank you everyone for all your suggestions, I will now try them out and see what works for me. I really appreciate everyones suggestions.
Thanks
PJ
Created: 23-Jan-13 08:51
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Tom Björkholm
Nationality: Sweden
Certifications:
  • National Race Officer
  • National Umpire
  • National Judge
0
If you are using mac OmniGraffle is really great for course diagrams. I am attaching the "stencil" with the shapes I usually add to my diagrams. 

course_diagram_parts.gstencil 8.16 KB


Draw Io  https://draw-io.net/ is a free drawing tool that is available for online drawing or as download for offline drawing on Windows, mac, Linux.
Created: 23-Jan-15 05:43
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