You've seen it in grand prix levels of sailing. Now, OCS detection is becoming available for the average sailor. We tested RaceSense this weekend in Miami with the M32 class. RaceSense uses the Atlas 2, a device tons of sailors already depend on. The dual-band L1+L5 GPS allows 50cm accuracy, and the Atlas 2 is the only device in the market that has a L1+L5 receiver and is able to achieve this precision.
No more pinging, no more starting your timer, everything is automatic. The timer is started by RC and synced to GPS time, the line is called, and Distance to Line is calculated via an Atlas 2 on either end of the line. There's no more hiding behind other boats or causing massive general recalls.
If you're over, you're notified immediately with red lights and "OCS", pictured above. If you're clear the bright
LEDs display green.
If you race in a class that doesn't allow distance to line, pinging, or other features, the Atlas 2 can lock down and still call OCS even while restricting the ability to view widgets such as speed, DTL, VMG, etc...
This is all accomplished through a localized network. RaceSense does not depend on often-undependable cellular networks.
Want to read more? Check out our RaceSense page here: https://vakaros.com/pages/racesense