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I downloaded it onto my Quatix 5 last night. Looks like it may be the answer to some of my problems with the quatix -  so brilliant - thanks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hengest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Sep 20 at 5:52am
The quatix 5 is definitely in the list of compatible devices. I don't have one so can't prove Garmin allow you to download it though. Can you try again.<br>
You can set the app to only record whilst the timer is running. So if you restart the timer after each race you will get separate tracks. No need to exit the app. Here's the link again https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/d24109e9-2fa4-4dc6-bc44-4240c97a10db
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Post Options Post Options   Quote NeilB-Phantom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Sep 20 at 3:09am
Quatix 5 not listed as compatible, and surely that's the most common Garmin sailing watch
I've tried race Q's and Garmins own app.  The thing both lack or I've failed to find is a good replay system, so one can compare performance lap to lap esp if trying different sailing styles eg footing off a bit up wind or different angles down wind.  Does Strave do this? I though that was for cycling.
The other thing I've found difficult esp with the Garmin app, is multiple races,  seem to have to exit the app and restart.  Maybe better that way in any case to split the data up more.
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No problem with the lack of touch screen, RQs turns it off, but Gamin IQ won't let me download your app. All I need is to be able to start and stop it, preferably with an option to preset the start timer, or skip it altogether though, with only one button, I guess that would require touchscreen access.

I like a lot of what RaceQs does and the animations of sailed races are great but I don't need to post it online for all to see....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hengest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 20 at 6:35pm
I tried RaceQs myself before starting my own app, I didn't really get on with it. It's because of RaceQs I didn't support the touch screen watches. Somewhere in their ducumentation it said that water and touch screens don't work too well, and as my watch isn't touch screen I thought I'd save myself the pain of trying to make it work without being able to test it properly. Sorry.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 20 at 5:14pm
Sounds ideal but it's not compatible with my Vivoactive 3  Unhappy

TBF, I'm struggling with RaceQs and Race Countdown timer on the watch (and Garmin's help is hopeless, much worse than Apple's and that's not up to much for minority interest apps) and I don't really use Strava so I'd probably better persevering with RQs.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hengest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 20 at 3:10pm
Indeed, 

I think it was you that prompted me to make the "legal" version
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GarethT Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 20 at 3:08pm
I think yours is the app I'm using :-)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hengest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 20 at 2:39pm
I'll be upfront and declare I have an interest here as I have written a couple of apps available on the Garmin store aimed exactly at (Hopefully) what you're looking for.


But as they're free to download and use, no hidden charges. Not even a "Buy me a coffee" button this isn't a commercial plug


I bought a garmin fenix 5 watch earlier in the year and was disappointed with what was available for dinghy racers / sailors. So I wrote an app I thought I would use instead of my old Optimum watch. 


Then I thought I'd add tack tic compass functions. Adding speed was easy so I added that as well. Recording the track was another thing I wanted so I added that and published it on the Garmin store just to see if anyone else wanted to use it




Someone commented on the facebook page I'd setup, saying it was not class legal for most classes. Which is true including the one I sail in (RS600)


So I stripped out alot of the functionality leaving just the timer and the track recording. Although not strictly legal to record the track in some classes, if you can't look at until you're off the water what's the harm?


And uploaded the simpler / (hopefully) legal app. https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/d24109e9-2fa4-4dc6-bc44-4240c97a10db


The tracks will upload to strava without you having to do anything. If there's a few of you recording, using phones, garmin watches, apple watches whatever, it's great to watch the flybys which effectively give you a race replay on Strava.


Would be great to get some feedback


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