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I've got Strava on iPhone, android tablet and via the website. Garmin connect syncs with the strava server.
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Originally posted by mongrel

Iíve used a Garmin Vivoactive 3 for this, Iíve used an application on it called ďRace CountdownĒ.  It will count down your start sequence, and record your GPS track, which you can then upload to Strava etc..
The Vivoactive 3 is one of their cheaper wearable devices but is fine for this, and will also record your heart rate from its built in wrist sensor, you donít really need anything better for sailing.
Its also good for cycling, running, swimming etc..

I've just ordered one of these, what device do you run Strava on?

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Originally posted by Chris_H

Originally posted by maxibuddah

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Originally posted by GarethT

Which app did you use?

Garmin Connect. It also tracks and map displays your sail afterwards on the App. I understand the Quatix can interface to Garmin yacht instrumentation, but an Aero is not in that league  ;-)
(for the iPhone, I use the Waterspeed app - I am sure there are many others)



Chris, have you tried using the Apple Watch on the water? I know there is a Waterspeed app for it but Iím a little concerned about the security of the watch on my wrist to try it yet.....really donít want to see several hundred pounds of tech sinking to the bottom of our pond


Yeah, was worried myself when I first used it on the water but then the cost of the Apple Watch is not dissimilar to the Garmin I had also. Works fine though

But its a lot more than the Casio Pathfinder I normally use though.....good to hear you've not had issues. The design of the strap does look like it stops the end getting snagged by ropes, etc, that would normally undo a strap. I might have to give it a try
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Originally posted by Chris_H



Originally posted by GarethT

Which app did you use?

Garmin Connect. It also tracks and map displays your sail afterwards on the App. I understand the Quatix can interface to Garmin yacht instrumentation, but an Aero is not in that league† ;-)
(for the iPhone, I use the Waterspeed app - I am sure there are many others)



Chris, have you tried using the Apple Watch on the water? I know there is a Waterspeed app for it but Iím a little concerned about the security of the watch on my wrist to try it yet.....really donít want to see several hundred pounds of tech sinking to the bottom of our pond


Yeah, was worried myself when I first used it on the water but then the cost of the Apple Watch is not dissimilar to the Garmin I had also. Works fine though
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maxibuddah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 20 at 9:02am
Originally posted by Chris_H



Originally posted by GarethT

Which app did you use?

Garmin Connect. It also tracks and map displays your sail afterwards on the App. I understand the Quatix can interface to Garmin yacht instrumentation, but an Aero is not in that league† ;-)
(for the iPhone, I use the Waterspeed app - I am sure there are many others)



Chris, have you tried using the Apple Watch on the water? I know there is a Waterspeed app for it but Iím a little concerned about the security of the watch on my wrist to try it yet.....really donít want to see several hundred pounds of tech sinking to the bottom of our pond
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GarethT Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 20 at 8:51am
Iím lucky enough to have a teenage programmer in the house, so if I donít find an app I like Iíll get him to tweak one. Will be getting him to make a Europe Class compliant one too.
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I have a Garmin Quatix 5. Its great for everything apart from what I bought it for - dinghy racing.

Its brilliant for bike rides, rowing, hiking, even open water swimming, but racing - not so good.

Firstly the distance to line feature (why I bought it). Its too slow to update. It says I am 5m behind the line when I am on it. Then it catches up a few seconds later it tells me I am over the line. Its OK for off shore racers but not for dinghy racing.

Secondly the countdown display is too small. I thought it would expand to fill the screen, but it doesn't - its hardly readable, especially if using with the distance to line feature.  

I have downloaded 2 apps which have a bigger countdown display, but my old Suunto gives a much clearer countdown, and is easier to use, so I have reverted to that.

So all in all I love its features and look - but don't buy it for dinghy racing (unless I have missed something in set up).
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I'll give that one a try, thanks. I've just bought the Forerunner 245 Music.
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Iíve used a Garmin Vivoactive 3 for this, Iíve used an application on it called ďRace CountdownĒ.  It will count down your start sequence, and record your GPS track, which you can then upload to Strava etc..
The Vivoactive 3 is one of their cheaper wearable devices but is fine for this, and will also record your heart rate from its built in wrist sensor, you donít really need anything better for sailing.
Its also good for cycling, running, swimming etc..
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Originally posted by GarethT

Which app did you use?
Garmin Connect. It also tracks and map displays your sail afterwards on the App. I understand the Quatix can interface to Garmin yacht instrumentation, but an Aero is not in that league  ;-)

(for the iPhone, I use the Waterspeed app - I am sure there are many others)


Edited by Chris_H - 03 Sep 20 at 10:35am
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