Since I'm responcible for posting race results for our local PHRF racing series, I often reveive them as a spreadsheet with calculations built in, that probably originated from the the person who orginally did the scoring who was using something like visacalc. Reformating these into a readable html document can be time consuming. And then adding, modifying competitors is a chore. For a number of years, I've been recommending the use of a real, purpose built, scoring program.
So I've been looking at some scoring programs that are around. (Free, naturally). Fortunately there are many.
For our type of racing, I've narrowed down to 2. Racesail, http://www.racesail.org/
and Sailwave http://www.sailwave.com
I'm not saying these are necessarily the best. It depends on your particular application.
The main critirion for me is ease of use, (we usually have different race committees and scorers, and it's applicability to our type of racing, in this case, PHRF series racing. Since we use both time on time as as well as time on distance, the program has to have the ablility to switch between these two handicap methods with relative ease. The both seem to do this. They also both make the formatting of an html document very easy. Of course, with any fleet racing program, especially handicap racing, the most time consuming part is entering all the boats. It seems like Sailwave is a more widely used program, with a larger base, but I am leaning towards Racesail since I've discovered that a few other clubs in our area are using this one.
But they both seem to be more than adequate for our needs a will be a huge improvement over the typical spreadsheet.