How to Make a Race Starting Clock


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by Jack Ryan

The problem of providing a good readable starting clock is of major concern to regatta committees. Often enough a local racing group has to borrow a clock from some neighboring community, unaware of the fact that construction of such equipment is fairly simple and that it is a decided convenience to have one locally. While it is possible to build a satisfactory starting clock that is operated by a phonograph motor or other mechanical device, ranking officials in the two national inboard and outboard boating associations are uniform in their agreement that a simple, nianually operated clock is best. The reasons for this opinion, based on racing events conducted over a period of many years, are that a clock must stand much weather abuse which is not particularly helpful to a mechanical drive, and the “works” have a habit of going temperamental at the crucial moment.

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