I have just cracked 2,500 users of my free Garmin Watch app Sail Racer.... Which is designed really for any racing or speed sailing of any type.
I have also started collaborating with a free mobile phone - app based startup that has it's phone application here kanarakitesurfing.com. In particular I'm Looking to move the Polar graph feature that gets created every time you record a session, directly into this app, and they also have plenty more instore. It works with Sail Racer , check it out !
They only just went live with the APP today, and they are hoping to expand into other sports also if they get enough interest. You do still require either a Garmin or Suunto watch to participate , I believe Apple watch is coming in the future.
I've nearly cracked 5,000 users of my Garmin watch Kitesurf / Sailing app, and have decided to add a few more features to the app in 'Sail Racer - version 3.5'
For the Speedsters out there I have added a max speed vibration that will vibrate every time you set a new maximum speed record in a session. Access in the main menu and set the minimum speed you would like the vibrations to start at ( 5 - 30 ) kts.
For the Navigators out there, the Waypoint and Course navigation has been fully re-vamped. If you are navigating to a waypoint ( either single waypoint or as part of a course ), and want to select the next / previous waypoint - from either of the 2 waypoint navigation screens push start button, and now the Next / Previous buttons will cycle through all the waypoints on your watch, or all the waypoints in the course you have selected. Press start again to select the desired waypoint and Next / Previous functionality will return to normal. * Note that you still need to enter the Waypoint Steering or Course Steering menu first to get the watch into waypoint navigation mode.
Fixed Exit screen statistics bug to appear when exiting the app from any screen
Fixed save menu that would only appear on some screens - now it appears on all screens when ending your session.
Next goal is the big one. Auto Polar diagrams with links onto an active webpage
Smooth Sailing !
Version 3.8 ReleasedWatch now automatically tells you to Tack or Gybe when reaching the layline ( with a course or waypoint steer active) You pre-set a tack or gybe angle, and the watch automatically updates the angle based on your actual tack and gybe angles on the day in the conditions
Version 3.9 Released - Waypoints can now be entered through the Garmin Connect or Garmin Express Mobile and PC applications through Sail Racer / App settings
Sailors, Windsurfers and Kiters,
After 18 months, a few hundred hours coding and plenty of on water testing, user request feature addition and more testing, I'm proud to release version 4.0 of Sail racer. apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/1980c826-844a-47f7-9ca8-ffc0e09ba2ba
New USER GUIDE in the What's New page on the app store.
Fixing a version 3.9 bug with the waypoint import from Garmin Connect. You can now import up to 20 waypoints at a time from Garmin connect onto the watch (and overwrite or add them), to then create a course on the watch, or select any waypoint for navigation.
Introduction of a 5 hour Trial mode, after which the app can either be purchased following the instructions on the watch, or the free version "Sail Racer Lite" can be installed for users that do not require the advanced feature set.
Stability performance improvement for the watches below, and also note that these particular watches are effectively at their limits running the application, so further development cannot happen without removing existing features. The Pro / X model watches in contrast have around 10 times the amount of free memory available than the ones listed below, and development for them will continue.
Approach S62EnduroFenix5/5s/Quatix5Fenix6/6s/6solar/6dualpowerFenix ChronosForerunner55/245/645/935Vivoactive 3 / MercedesVenu SQ
"Sail Racer Lite", will remain available but will not be supported for further development, and is provided free "as is" here:apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/7412cef6-7514-4743-a11c-bb93c603d01d
Safe Sailing/Kiting/Windsurfing,Feedback welcome and if you do try it out please leave a review on the Garmin Store.
Since this is the turning point for the app, I probably won't be able to post any more details about it on here- so keep an eye on the updates in Garmin Connect for future additions / versions.
Thanks for your support.
Version 4.1 will be released tomorrow to fix a download issue where forerunner 935 downloaded the forerunner 945 version and vice versa. Both tested and work perfect with Sail Racer Version 4.1
4.2 Released. Fixed waypoint copy issue from mobile to app, fixed forerunner 935 download incorrect version info
After session stats:
Version 4.3 released - Experimental feature added to version 4.3 - make your own Polar Graphs.
In Sail Racer if you have the option in the main menu to turn polar graph on, when you record an activity, the watch will save 1 polar data set for each recorded activity. All you need to do is bring your watch near your phone that has the Garmin Connect Mobile application installed, and then open Sail Racer on your Watch. Do Not Open Garmin Connect Mobile.
The watch communicates directly to your phone through Garmin Connect Mobile when it is not open, and your phone will tell you Sail Racer is trying to open a webpage ( your polar graph page)
This is experimental and the webpage hosting is free so there may be some unforeseen problems here, but so far so good it works for me.
The only data that is transmitted from your watch is the polar information in the graph ( speed and headings ), along with the date and time of your recording, and a randomly made-up username to access the graph...... Ie - nothing that can link any data to any person.
New Version 4.5 Released.
Added ability to drop Waypoints in save menu
Changed wind entry
Faster Elapsed distance/time carousel
Red session recording colors
Added distance lost every time you tack and gybe, displayed on the watch for 2 seconds after you get the tack angle alert displayed.
Experimental Polar data website can now overlay several polar plots at the same time.