Ronstan Clear Start - Race Timer

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Inspired by Flava Flav but designed for the racing sailor, the Clear Startル Racing Timer by Ronstan has a number of applications that can be useful out on the race course. Thanks to the elastic band the timer can fit a liberal range of sizing options. Wear it on your wrist, over a drysuit or secure it to a Lazer mast with the band or permanently attach it using the two mounting holes found on the back. The huge 65mm face has oversized 16mm numbers that can be easily viewed by the crew when mounted to the boom or mast base. The timer has a rotating face with easy to hit, oversized silicon controls with start and SYNC functions on opposite sides to reduce the potential for accidental hitting.


  • Large 5/8 in (16mm) digits which can be quickly viewed at a glance without taking your hand off the helm
  • Preprogrammed with 10 minute Match Race and ISAF 5-4-1-0 start sequences but can also be programed for other countdown sequences if needed
  • SYNChronization function ヨ If you miss the gun, one push of a button allows you to resynchronize to the official race time at the next signal.
  • Rotating face
  • Spar/Hull mounting options
  • Multi-Line display ヨ no need to switch between countdown and time modes.
  • Easy to hit controls with Start and SYNC on opposite sides so they are less likely to be hit accidentally
  • End of Sequence, Countdown or Count up ヨwatch can be set to repeat the countdown for rolling starts or can be set to count up to track elapsed time
  • Loud intuitive lead up and start sound signals ヨ can be turned off if desired
  • Water resistant up to 150' (50m)
  • Ultra clear, durable sapphire coated mineral crystal lens
  • Bright, full-face backlight makes it easy to read at night
  • 12 or 24 hour time format
  • Month/Day, or Day/Month format
  • Daily Alarm
  • Chronograph; including hours and time of day
  • Shock resistant construction
  • Battery saving mode
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 You can get away with listening to the guns and trying to time it perfectly but if you want to start well consistently then you need a watch. You can use a standard watch like a Timex Ironman (which are great durable watches) but they don’t have a sailing oriented countdown timer. Enter the Ronstan Clear Start watch series.

Ronstan Clear Start - Race Timer

The specific sailing watch we’re talking about today is the Ronstan Clear Start Race Timer. This is a purpose built device, too bulky for most people to get away with at the yacht club bar but perfect for quickly and easily seeing where you are in the start sequence. Previously we even compared its predecessor’s size to something you might see hanging around Flava Flav’s neck.

So what’s changed? All of the buttons are now located on the top of the watch so they’re less likely to get bumped by your hand or clothing in general.

The new feature I most appreciate are the deliberately placed ‘start/stop’ and ‘sync’ buttons, separate from the standard ‘mode’ and ‘set’ buttons so they’re less likely to get hit accidentally when you’re in sequence.

It also includes a backlight to light up your night sailing and added a 10 minute Match Race specific countdown timer.

Like the old watch it retains the large easy to read numbers, an elastic band designed to be used over top of foul weather gear or around a dinghy mast, as well as a screw holes so you can mount it to a bulkhead. It also retains the ability to adjust whether you want a rolling sequence or to count down and immediately enter a count up timer.

Don’t just let me tell you what the features are, watch the video above so you can see it in action!


Original Clear Start 


Watches are a popular gift this season and John Maloney in Customer Service shares a short review on one of his favorite sailing items and why he thinks the Ronstan Clear Start Timer is the best choice in sailing watches...
The Ronstan Clear Start Timer is the coolest sailing watch out there in my opinion. Make no mistake! This is not a watch for “old folks” just because it has a GIANT display (although our predecessors will enjoy it).
As a long time dingy sailor of various boats, my favorite feature is that all of the buttons are on the face! There’s nothing worse than hitting the countdown timer perfectly, relaxing for a second before a start, pulling up to the line to see which end is favored then hearing the 5 second countdown that your watch apparently forgot to sound. Yep, you've hit one of the buttons on the side of your watch by accident with your bulky dry suit cuff or whatever you’re wearing and stopped the countdown. This will not happen with this watch!
If you don't nail the 5-minute horn, you're in luck. This bad boy has the good old sync feature. Simply wait for the 4-minute horn and hit the big sync button and you’ll be conveniently restored to the original countdown at four minutes. For you college 3-minute starters, whatever minute you’ve missed, you can always hit the sync button to get back on track. If you miss minutes 3, 2, and 1, I don’t know what to tell you except use the force.
A diverse amount of applications really make this watch stand out. Thanks to the elastic band it has a liberal range of sizing options. You can wear it over a wetsuit, dry suit, or simply on your wrist although you may look like a junior version of Flava Flav inshore. Another great feature of the band is it can be attached to a mast/spar. My colleague Aaron who’s gearing up for DN Ice Boat season (cold weather expert) has explained he’s got this piece attached to his Laser lower mast and has left it outside in the frigid temperatures we've been experiencing here in Annapolis and it’s still cranking. Attaching it to your mast turns it into an onboard electronic unit just like a big boat!
This is an all around great watch that would make a useful gift for any sailor and it conveniently fits into a stocking!
Thanks for the short review John!