Balboa Racing - Automatic Sailboat Race Starters - iStart Pro and iStart Controller

Balboa Racing is the leader in automatic sailboat race starters, using the latest in electronics technology for ease of use, excellent reliability and functionality. Whether you're a yacht club sailing director, coach or sailing instructor, one of our models will be your new best friend.  Perfectly timed automatic starts everytime will allow you to focus your attention on flag changes, coaching and teaching.  Review our models below and select the ones that work best for you.

iStart Pro iStart Whistle iStart Controller
iStart Pro iStart Whistle iStart Controller

 LOUD for Large Starts

$399.00
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 Features Volume Control

$399.00
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 Control your Ship's Horn

$299.00
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  • Professional model for large fleet starts
  • Built-in Air Horn Pump
  • Dual Chrome Air Horns are attached
  • Easy to use
  • Internal Flag Change Beeper
  • Large Daylight Viewable LCD Display
  • Pre-programmed with over 35 Starts
  • Internal Battery
  • Charger
  • Durable container
  • Rain and Splash Proof
 The iStart Pro controls a pair of loud chrome plated air horns (attached) that can be heard along the longest starting lines, even in very windy conditions (loud).  It's perfect for large fleets and harbor or ocean starts.  The horns can optionally be located 10-20 feet away from race committee personnel with a bit of inexpensive air hose.  Every yacht club needs to own one of these. Extra horns available here.
  • Best model for smaller fleets, noise sensitive areas and coaching
  • Powerful Audio Amplifier Adjustable from Loud to Quiet
  • 4 Dual Tones to Choose From
  • Weatherproof Loud Hailer
  • Easy to use
  • Internal Flag Change Beeper
  • Large Daylight Viewable LCD Display
  • Pre-programmed with over 35 Starts
  • Internal Battery
  • Charger
  • Durable container
  • Rain and Splash Proof
 The iStart Whistle uses a powerful audio amplifer to drive a weatherproof loud hailer and is adjustable from loud to quiet.  It's perfect for medium to small fleets, harbor, lake, or noise sensitive racing, when air horns are bit too loud. Coaches and yacht clubs really like this model. 

Demonstration video here 
  • Connects to your ship's horn
  • Includes 5' wiring harness and horn relay
  • Easy to use 
  • Internal Flag Change Beeper
  • Large Daylight Viewable LCD Display
  • Pre-programmed with over 35 Starts
  • Durable container
  • Rain and Splash Proof
 


The iStart Controller is designed to easily connect to your ship's horn or any other electrically operated sounding device for perfect starts.  It's small and light weight so can be mounted to your committee boat or can be handheld.  It can switch up to 30 amps with the included relay or 20 amps directly.  Our support team will be happy to assist with installation advice. (NHYC installation)

 Simply select your desired starting sequence from our list of over 35 then press START.  The iStart will do the rest – sound horns at the right time, display time remaining until each start, and will even advise Race Committee when to raise or lower each flag with internal beeps and on the screen.  Buy one today and enjoy perfect starts.