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raceQs sailing tactics racing watch


Please read the Training Guide at before taking it on to the water.</p><p>The app is published as a free Beta testing version.</p><p>We have done extensive testing on land and water, including real-life testing in race conditions, but we are aware that we have not been able to validate all the billions of different scenarios that may occur, and while we are confident it will perform to specs in the majority of cases we expect there to be the occasional malfunction or crash. As beta testers, we will rely on you to provide us with as much feedback as possible if it misbehaves and have provided a facebook page for those comments.</p>

What’s New

FIX - issue with downloading marks</p><p>

Additional Information


This app requires access to:

  • Send/receive information to/from the Internet
  • FIT files (activity recordings)
  • Saved information such as courses, routes, waypoints, tracks or workouts
  • GPS location
  • Sensor data (i.e., ANT+, heart rate, compass)
  • Approach® S60 Approach® S60
  • D2™ Charlie D2™ Charlie
  • D2™ Delta D2™ Delta
  • D2™ Delta PX D2™ Delta PX
  • D2™ Delta S D2™ Delta S
  • Descent™ Mk1 Descent™ Mk1
  • Forerunner® 645 Forerunner® 645
  • Forerunner® 645 Music Forerunner® 645 Music
  • Forerunner® 935 Forerunner® 935
  • fēnix® 5 fēnix® 5, quatix® 5
  • fēnix® 5 Plus fēnix® 5 Plus
  • fēnix® 5S Plus fēnix® 5S Plus
  • fēnix® 5X fēnix® 5X, tactix® Charlie
  • fēnix® 5X Plus fēnix® 5X Plus
  • fēnix® Chronos fēnix® Chronos
  • vívoactive® 3 vívoactive® 3
  • vívoactive® 3 Music vívoactive® 3 Music
  • vívoactive® HR vívoactive® HR
Average Rating: (24 Ratings)

February 11, 2019 | Version Beta 2.3

This is the most comprehensive app! It does require learning and sometimes is misbehaving on unusual courses. The most annoying bit is a requirement for having 2 apps - can those please be merged into a single app for large memory devices?

February 9, 2019 | Version Beta 2.3

Hello, I also cannot complete the registration process between my Quatix 5 watch and the raceQS app on my phone. I receive the connect IQ notification on both but when i try to login on my phone all i get is the scrolling login bar without it completing successfully. I have contacted you via email. Thanks Mark

Developer Reply
February 10, 2019, RaceQs

If this is still misbehaving, please contact us through the Contact Developer link on this page and provide a return email address.

Christian Wildberg
February 4, 2019 | Version Beta 2.3

haven't received an email after registration! and unfortunately I found no way how to start the timer, where do I have to press/push to start it? (using the vivoactive 3).

Developer Reply
February 10, 2019, RaceQs

The raceQs registration has been broken for the last couple of weeks, but is now fixed. Anyone who has completed the registration process (but not received the email) will now be registered. The start timer is initiated on the VA-3 with the Start button. We don;'t have a device to test on, but is operated correctly in the device simulator. If it doesn't behave correctly on the device, please contact us through the developer Contact Developer link on this page.

January 28, 2019 | Version Beta 2.2

I'd really like to try this app out on my Fenix 5 in its full capacity. I've also just installed the QSPlus app as recently released in the app store. Problem I have is that I can't register on your website properly to unlock the full functionality. I have tried registering two separate email addresses but the confirmation email never comes through - yes, I've checked my spam! I have tried emailing you on a number of occasions for some support but haven't heard anything back. Please help me get my email address registered.

Developer Reply
January 28, 2019, RaceQs

Please contact me direct through "Contact Developer" (on this page) with your email address.

Pavel Shatsman
January 13, 2019 | Version Beta 2.1.1

Thank you for porting a great app to new devices But please explain how to make a registration to get qsplus

Developer Reply
January 13, 2019, RaceQs

Sorry about the delay. QsPlus is currently under review by Garmin before being published on the App Store.

Henrik Kliebhan
September 15, 2018 | Version Beta 1.28

Since two days i have two garmin´s. The VA HR and the VA 3. I did a lot of training with my VA HR to become familar with the amazing set of features coming with your great app. I definetly would pay for a version which supports my new device. Again - you are on the way to provide a leading edge app supporting the sailing community WORLD WIDE!!

June 21, 2018 | Version Beta 1.28

Please can you optimize it for vivoactive 3

Developer Reply
June 23, 2018, RaceQs

The arrival of the VA-3 was perhaps the "straw that broke the camel's back". Having developed for the VA-HR, with its rectangular screen and two-button interface, we ported the app to the Quatix/Fenix 5 with a round face and five buttons. That failed because of a bug in the firmware interpreting the Menu function. Then they released the VA-3, round face (OK) but now only one button!, with quite a different interface. It all got just too hard. So, sorry, we don't have any plans to port to that platform.

Chris Hofmann
May 20, 2018 | Version Beta 1.28

UI is a bit tough to get up to speed on, but really provides lots of good data once you get used to how to work it.

January 27, 2018 | Version Beta 1.28

Great app , great design and function for race and training , but 2 crash app at two training time and lost m'y trace ... . Vivo hr

James W
January 25, 2018 | Version Beta 1.28

Took some time to get the app running and had to read the manual a couple times. But, it works perfectly! Took the vivoactive hr out for a sail and it worked perfectly! I know, another person said it's the only reason they've bought the watch, but this app really is a massive contributing factor if you're a sailor that wants to improve. Tack and Gybe analysis works MOST if the time, but I wasn't racing so it sometimes if I did a slow tack, it wouldn't register.

Gilles Saulnier
December 15, 2017 | Version Beta 1.28

This app is so good it is the only reason I bought a Vivoactive HR and enjoying it so much ! Great job by the developpers, keep the updates (including the training guide) coming please !

November 4, 2017 | Version Beta 1.24

It worked once but it failed after I installed the beta 1.24. Can’t even get it started. Not sure how Long its gonna be beta version. The stability issue need to be fixed

Developer Reply
November 5, 2017, RaceQs

Sorry to hear you're having problems with 1.24. We are not aware of a problem that would stop it running as you describe. Please contact us through the support email and we'll do our best to get you going again. And yes, we are also frustrated to keep it in Beta as we await an update from Garmin to fix a firmware bug that causes it to crash after running for a while.

October 6, 2017 | Version Beta 1.22

version 1.22 has issues with Quatix 5 (firmware 6.0). There is no way to get to settings, like Setting the Pin or TED. Pushing the middle left button always reverts to the watch general settings, not those for the App

Developer Reply
October 9, 2017, RaceQs

This is a bug in the Quatix 5 firmware that Garmin have confirmed and will fix in the next FW release. Till then, sorry, our app won't run on the Q5 after all.

Colleen Flanagan
October 5, 2017 | Version Beta 1.20

I bought my Garmin watch specifically for this app. I love that I don't have to take my phone out on the course to view my race in raceqs for post-race analysis. The watch app is phenomenal - like having a velocitek on your wrist. The ability to put marks into the watch is great too. I'd really like to be able to enter courses as well...

September 28, 2017 | Version Beta 1.20

Great racing app. I love the connectivity, and especially being able to use data & record races using only my Garmin VivoActive HR watch. A bit of a learning curve setting it up and learning how to use it efficiently, but worth the effort. My only requests would be 1) make it possible to download and share race tracks from the Garmin Connect iPhone app (right now you have to plug your device into your computer to download files) and; 2) ability to personalize settings so that the screens don't automatically cycle (half the time I've wanted to check my speed I'd look at my watch and it would cycle away from that screen, so I'd have to swipe back again - doing that or waiting for the right screen is too much of a distraction while on the race course). Otherwise a great app! I also give 5-stars to raceQs customer support - excellent!

Developer Reply
September 28, 2017, RaceQs

Re 1: you don't have to connect your watch to the PC to get the file: it's available from your browser at as an Activity, which you can then download as a GPX and upload to raceQs. Long term we hope to integrate more closely with Garmin and make that step automatic - but we're walking before running. And Re 2: If you long press on any of the dashboard screens, the scrolling will stop and you can stay on your chosen screen, A second ling press will re-start the scrolling. It's there by default for when you have wet hands and the touch screen doesn't respond.

September 27, 2017 | Version Beta 1.20

Like this app. Currently testing it on a Quatix 5. Can you please add a section to the Training Manual explaining how to read the page for "Wind Shifts" (lifts and headers)?

September 27, 2017 | Version Beta 1.20

Sweet app! Literally the only reason I purchased my Garmin watch, and no regrets! We are a novice crew on my boat, and the benefits of this app are amazing! For instance, we know it takes about 2:30 to douse the spinnaker and get the headsail back up, so when my watch says Time to Mark: 3min, we jump into action! Or, if I'm training someone on the main sheet, we can make an adjustment, and see how it changes our speed, either for the better or worse. Or, tack by tack, seeing how fast we went, our slowest speed, and my oversteer helps me concentrate on what is working, and what isn't through each tack, and just get better and better! (also shows how much the rum effects tacking precision as the race wears on....) Such a great training tool! I've also raced in some seriously low visibility conditions, and it is amazing how accurate the markers are. I remarked to my crew the other day as we were approaching a pin in heavy heavy fog "It says 90 sec to layline, and that we're pretty close to the mark - do you see it?" suddenly "ding ding ding" goes the can, and it was crazy close! We've won races because other boats tacked to soon, and we listened to the omnipotent voice of "the watch". It generally is more accurate in speed and degrees to the mark than Navionics, so, unless we're in particularly gnarly areas, I generally only use the watch app now. Only reason for 4 stars is that there have been a few changes recently that seem to cause the app to crash after it's been running for a longer period of time, especially when using race markers, which can be a tad distracting in the heat of hte moment to restart the app, but the intuition of the app is amazing!

Developer Reply
September 28, 2017, RaceQs

Thanks for the review. We're waiting on Garmin to release the fix to the firmware that we have tested and which overcomes the crashing. We were hoping to see that by the end of this month (Sept 2017)

Gilles Saulnier
September 27, 2017 | Version Beta 1.20

Excellent ! I got my Garmin watch just for this app and I would do it again without hesitation !

September 27, 2017 | Version Beta 1.20

We tried to get the Santana 20 national sailors to try the app. Maybe next year in Eugene, or. We did have our hands full with the winds at Dillon Reservoir, Colorado. At the general meeting I did not hear the national officers wanted to come back to dillon. We had over half the 21 boats broached, torn sails, sunk boats. I did have great luck with your app and the garmin vivoactive HR watch in the race. The helmman did have a rude awaking through. He though he did a better job. LOL.

Karl Matiszik
September 26, 2017 | Version Beta 1.20

Have used raceqs on my android phone and it is excellent. Have not seen any updates for a long time and think there are still thing that need to be streamlined. Have trialled on my quatix watch but need instructions on how to set up it properly. Am not able to down load may recorded course to my web account. Please continue the development. Would be great if more sailors in my regattas were using.

Darin Keever
September 26, 2017 | Version Beta 1.20

I love RaceQs! Great to have it on the watch calling layline and recording my sail. I do a lot of small boat sailing too, so the ability to preload marks is fantastic. They are continually improving it.

Jeppe Bergvall
September 17, 2017 | Version Beta 1.20

I have used the Android phone app of RaseQS for a while and now I got my selves a Garmin vivoactive HR to help me live when I'm sailing regattas. At the moment it looks promising even if I only used it in my backyard by walking. There are some features i miss so far but I will come back to this review when I have more knowledge of the app at sea...

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