Sunday, 15 May 2022

Disappearing Logos

A number of clubs have contacted me to say that the logos they display on their HalSail pages have disappeared, to be replaced with little grey rectangles. This is due to a recent attempt by the authorities to increase internet security. Most browsers now refuse to show images that are not hosted on secure servers (in other words whose web addresses start with http: not https:) on pages that are otherwise secure.

If your logo is hosted on a non-secure server it will not show on HalSail pages. To restore it you will need to move it to a secure server and alter the URL in your HalSail account to start with https:


Saturday, 16 April 2022

More space for archived results - up to 20 years worth

When you send your results to the archive server (see this FAQ) you take a snapshot of everything that is in your account so that it remains visible for posterity. Typically people do that at the beginning of the season, prior to doing a spring clean to remove old results and boats that are no longer relevant.

Several clubs have built up lengthy histories of results in the archives, going back many years. Until now the limit on the number of result sets each club could have on the archive server was ten, so they had to delete their oldest results in order to put the latest ones on. The good news is that I have increased the limit to twenty, so you can have up to twenty years of historical results available online, in addition to the current year.

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

HalSail and Data Protection

I am frequently asked whether HalSail complies with the General Data Protection Regulations. The answer is yes.

HalSail keeps it data on computers in the UK and complies with the UK GDPR. The EU has agreed that the UK GDPR is equivalent to the EU GDPR. You can see details of the agreement on the EU website here and on the website of the UK Information Commissioner here.

Further details of how HalSail keeps your data protected are in this FAQ.

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Server Update (Again)

In my post on 28 January I told you that the company that hosts the HalSail website has to move the site to a new machine. After an aborted attempt to do so on 2nd March, they are going to have another go on Thursday 10th March at 9am (UTC). This post is to give you warning that the site will be offline for an hour or so.

Thursday, 3 March 2022

HalSail website outage

I apologize for HalSail going down at about 14:30 yesterday, 2nd March. It came back up today at about 09:30.

The problem was at the hosting company. They attempted to change some hardware and made a mess of it. They got it back up eventually, but had to revert to a backup made at 03:30 on 2nd March, so any data that was put in between then and 14:30 was lost.

The hosting company assures me that it will not happen again and I am keeping a very close watch on them.

Friday, 25 February 2022

Some recent Updates

 The latest update to the HalSail website went live on 22 February. The main new features are:

  • People logged in as race officers (and anybody logged in with a higher status, of course) can now mark races as cancelled or abandoned from the Results / Enter new results screen. They can also mark them as No results yet (i.e. ready to sail) if they were previously cancelled or abandoned. They can do the same from the Results / Review and edit results screen. As before, race officers cannot make any changes to races that have been validated by somebody logged in as a sailing secretary.
  • There is an improved layout for preselecting boats that have entered a race, from the Choose races screen. You can enter guest helms or crews on this screen and, if there is more than one race scheduled for each racing class on a particular day, you can copy the selections and guests from race to race.
  • The Result / Series winners page can now vary the number of places to show. Previously it was always the first three places.
  • Delete all button has been added to pages that show boats that are not in a racing class or boats with no results.

IRC handicaps for 2022 are coming in fast, while PY Numbers are unchanged

The number of northern-hemisphere ratings is building up fast on the IRC website. They are downloaded into HalSail automatically every day so that the default handicaps given to boats in IRC classes are kept fully up to date. Note that the ratings from 2021 are no longer available, so boats that have not yet got a 2022 rating will appear as having no default handicap. You can see all the latest IRC ratings from the Boats / Standard handicaps page. At the time of writing this blog there were 1437 of them.

The RYA has announced that, as the number of returns during 2021 were reduced by covid, there will be no changes to the Portsmouth Yardstick list for 2022. So the default handicaps for PY racing classes in HalSail and Hal's Race Results remain unchanged.

Disappearing Logos

A number of clubs have contacted me to say that the logos they display on their HalSail pages have disappeared, to be replaced with little g...