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Re: Any experience on a good racing watch?
The most important function on a starting watch is the sync button, everything else is just noise. Oh, and the ability to do rolling starts.
The issue with the sync button is it makes sure you have the same time as the RC. Just start it roughly at the first gun, then a minute later you can ensure that you have exacally the right time. No regular egg timer, or count down timer can perform this function.
Secondly is the ability to handle rolling starts. Unless I am in the first start, I want the count down timer to restart the 5 minute count down as soon as the last one is done. Otherwise you wind up fiddling with the watch in the middle of your starting sequence, and likely having a timer slightly behind the RC.
Sure these issues aren't that important if you just go beer cruising, but if you want to get to the front of the pack, good starts mean everything. The difference between an on time start, and a 10 second late start can be more than 2 minutes at a short windward mark, and the right watch helps get you there... Of course there is also the problem with learning how to start in traffic.