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    Posted: 08 Dec 21 at 6:53pm
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Thanks, how much is the subscription?

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I've tried out the RaceQs app a number of times. I found that it didn't give me what I wanted and it crashed a number of times while I was checking it out. Sail2WIN runs on the Vivoactive 3 as well as many other Garmin watch models.
I suggest you give it a try. There's a 30 day free trial period but given the season, I'm happy to extend that to 60 days so you can get a substantial period of time with it before deciding if you want a subscription.
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I bought my Garmin Vivoactive 3 specifically to run Race Qs but it is not great, as suggested the touch screen causes problems and may be responsible for the app stopping recording tracks mid session. I'll persevere for now as I don't have a recent Apple Watch, my original version is not waterproof but I'm seriously considering buying an Apple Watch 3 or SE which conform to ISO 22828:2010 with a 50m depth rating.

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Hello iGRF,
Garmin's software certainly isn't wonderful but they have been making improvements over time and I just checked with a Mac user who sails with my app. He tells me that downloading tracks works fine through the Garmin Connect web site and you can download in several formats. He also uses Garmin Express on the Mac and Garmin Connect on his phone. All apparently work as well as they work on the PC. Express sometimes wipes out app settings which is a pain but in general they work for Mac users these days.

As for the apple watch, I considered supporting it.

The key reasons that I decided not to are:

  • 1) They exhaust the battery charge quickly. I charge my Garmin Forerunner 245 Music about once a week.

  • 2) Touch screens can be a problem in a wet environment.

  • 3) My understanding is that Apple watch apps are generally dependent on an app running on the iPhone. I want something that's not dependent on a phone to the greatest degree possible.

  • 4) Cost. I began running my app on Garmin's Vivoactive HR. They run around $125 refurbished. They use a touch screen so there's a tradeoff there, but that's what I started with. My Forerunner 245 Music cost around $250. A friend who runs Sail2WIN on a Forerunner 245 Music gave his Apple watch away after switching over to the 245. The Apple watch does things the 245 does not (cell connection) but overall he's happier with the 245.



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Been my experience that Garmin and Macs don't mix which is a shame, pity that app wasn't written for the Apple watch, the current sailing app is pants. Screen usually waits til ten seconds to go before going blank, then Siri pops up and asks if there's anything you need..

Problem with Garmin you used to need a PC to do anything snesible like downloading your speed data off their watches, gave up on them years ago, got drawers full of Foreunners and ForeTrex, all next to useless for sailing.
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Hi Jeff, I tried to load it onto a MacBook Pro but that was, presumably, the issue. I will try to download directly to the Garmin watch.

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Hi Sam,
It sounds like you were trying to load Sail2WIN into an iPhone.
Sail2WIN is an app for Garmin watches, not for the iPhone.
If I misunderstood the issue you ran into please let me know.
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I've tried to download the demo but Safari doesn't recognise the 'connectagent' web address?
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I tried a number of the sailing apps on the Garmin app store and didn't find one that provided the information that I want while I'm racing, so being a software developer, I wrote one.

The feedback I've gotten is very positive so you might find it's a fit for you.

I'd be interested to hear if it gives you what you want.

Jeff


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