Support when using ZW 5

When you start using ZW5 for your regatta for the first time, and are not familiar with it, then please don’t wait until the last evening before your event starts to try things out. I will help if I have time, but asking me to look at things at the last minute may turn out to be a problem.

A full manual is also available on this site, you can find in on the main menu.

Both the manual and this guide are a work in progress.

You can contact me through my Facebook page (see menu on the right) or mail me at zwscoring[at]zw-scoring[dot]nl. Replace the [at] by @ and [dot] by . before sending the mail.

ZW 5 features

ZW 5 is built and supported without profit motive and is therefore free of charge. My mission is that any group of competitors from 5 Optimists to 100 large yachts that want to race, can make use of this program and publish their results. Privately or on-line.
Since I’m only one guy doing this for my and your fun, I’m easily approachable and always open for your feedback and wishes.

There are no limits for the number of races, competitors, classes or fleets. Also long series over several weekends with changing competitors and organizers are supported. ZW 5 has a built-in protection against loss of data in case of system failures.

Competitors can be entered manually, or imported by excel file (e-Captain and Manage2Sail exports are supported), csv of .txt files.

ZW 5 currently actively supports the following languages: English, Italian, Frisian and Dutch.
Support for other languages is possible, if you want to join the translation effort please let me know.

The following scoring systems are supported:

  • Bonus-Point System  (formerly known as Olympic)
  • Austrian scoring (starters)
  • Austrian scoring (registrated for series)
  • Low-Point System
  • Low-Point System with .75 or .9 score for place 1

The program is based on the latest ISAF regulations, as described in the Racing Rules of Sailing.
Also TLE is supported

The program can calculate with discards. The number of discards is completely user defined with a current limit of 60 discards.

Results can be calculated with the following handicap formulas:

  • ORC (Club & International)
  • SW-factor
  • Texel Rating
  • ISAF SCHRS
  • Portsmouth
  • PHRF
  • IRC

Much attention has been given to the speedy entry of finishing sequences. Finish lists need not be separated per fleet. ZW will match the fleet for each entered boat. In most cases the entry of just the sail number will be sufficient. Only if a sail number is duplicated in the regatta, the program will ask you to choose which competitor to finish.

After decisions of a Jury, you will be able to quickly present revised Results.

Competitor listings by fleet or by sail number, finish lists and results can be printed. In addition lists of duplicating sail numbers can be printed.

ZW can prepare HTML pages and PDF files with results for immediate publication onto the Internet.

It is possible to export your results to XML for importing in your site, of for direct uploading on your e-Captain site.