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      This is to capture those Apps I have looked at but in their current form, they’re not suitable for the Weta and why. Criteria included:

      – It should work in vertical (portrait) and landscape mode so that the phone can be fixed to the mast but not catch on the sheets.

      – Displays should be legible from 3 metres distance

      – Buttons should be large enough so that you don’t need glasses to read them and can press them easily while sailing

      – Countdown should allow any amount of time (not just 5 mins) for pursuit races and multiple starts.

      – Countdown time should be able to be set in advance with a start button to activate and sync up and down

      – App should be able to use the internal GPS of the phone rather than just rely on NMEA data

      – App should be configurable for small boats like the Weta

      So here are some that didn’t make the cut:

      SailRacer (sailracer.net)**

      An interesting idea of linking a racing app with tracks that are automatically updated to the website but unfortunately the UI – even in the demo video from the apps developer, suffers from a poor user interface with small display and lack of contrast. A pity because it has a portrait and landscape display. Also most functionality is only available if you buy a subscription.

      ESA Regatta *

      Mainly a tool to link with their NMEA WiFi Dongle which transmits NMEA data over Wifi. There is a lite version of the app without the NMEA data input but it’s aimed at large yachts and if you want to add a new boat the first thing you have to do is manually enter a polar chart. In demo mode the displays are too small on a phone and it only works in landscape mode.

      Regatta Recon **

      This has a very clear display for the limited information it can show – basically your bearing and speed as well as a start countdown which you start by picking from a list of times (6 mins max) – rather then setting the time in advance and then pressing go. Shift indicator is good but no vertical display.

      SailRace Timer *

      If you just want a timer then this app is OK but the leading zeros in the display (e.g. 00:05:00) are completely unnecessary and make it less readable.

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