The Fast Track Sailing Tactics

The Fast Track Sailing Tactics


The Fast Track app is a powerful tool to help you sail more efficiently and aid in regattas.

Help at http://nautkaapps.wordpress.com

The Fast Track has three main sections. The Dashboard, the Map View, and the Leg Comparison Tool.

Before sailing The Fast Track app, we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the app in the simulation mode, where you will be provided with the necessary buttons to simulate your boat's speed and bearing.

You can easily define navigation waypoints, or import them from a GPX file.

The Fast Track app works as a time to line tool, synchronized with the regatta
chronometer, keeping you informed with estimated time to the start line. So you can make a perfect start!

When choosing a destination, The Fast track app will automatically
determine the theoretical wind of direction as upwind or downwind from your current position. Each time the boat passes through the direction of wind, The Fast Track app will assume the boat's tacking or gybing. And creates a new leg.

You can also specify the wind direction, so this angle will be used to decide when a tack or gybe has occurred. While the deviance keeps referred as the difference between the current boat bearing and the initial bearing to Waypoint.

The Text to Speech functionality can be activated from the preference menu, this enables The Fast track app speak specific navigation information updates, without the need to look at the screen.

Analyze your sailing through useful line charts as Speed, VMG & Deviance evolution.
Get full statistics from your sailing track as the Total Distance, Maximum & Average Speed, etc.

Save your navigation to GPX format and analyze it later in your PC, with your favorite GPS software as Google Earth, Garmin Basecamp, etc.
GPX file is saved in the folder /sdcard/TheFastTrack/AAAAMMDD_HHMM.gpx
where:
AAAAMMDD is the date
HHMM is the time

- Offline Maps. Now you can cache (store) cartography before sailing and have it available in the middle of the sea without data connection. Based on Open Street Maps (osmdroid project) and the overlays from Open Sea Maps

- Waypoints Name & Location modification

- Proximity alerts to Waypoint

- Route Statistics (Length, Num. Waypoints, etc.)

- Enable/Disable Legs auto - generation

We recommend you to use a bluetooth external GPS antenna to enhance the accuracy of the application and get the better results.

Your comments & reviews are welcome, they help enhance the product visibility and future improvements. Thus, if you like The Fast Track, please rate it in Google Play. If you don't like it please provide some description or email us directly, so we can take it into account to fix it for future releases. If a new release solves some of your previous issues we will really appreciate if you test it again and re-evaluate it.

Special Thanks to:

Bálint László, for his contributions, ideas & hungarian language translations

Teresa Albelda & Yolanda Barranco for the French translation

http://foro.latabernadelpuerto.com/portal.php
http://crew.org.nz/forum/index.php
for their continuous contributions & ideas to this product

Anders Ericsson for his great tutorial about Android Line Charts:
http://www.jayway.com/2012/08/29/creating-custom-android-views-part-3-animating-your-custom-views-smoothly/

osmdroid team:
https://code.google.com/p/osmdroid/

Recent changes:
Release 7:
- Load Nautical Charts and Topographic Maps from images and a calibration file (.map) to calibrate image pixels into image coordinates. Follow the tutorial at
http://nautkaapps.wordpress.com/
to learn more about this functionality.
- Automatic recovery of backup file after uncontrolled shutdowns
- Ability to import more than one track at a time
- GPS status indicator
- File list by Name or Date at the Open File window
- New Donate option at preferences to help product development
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About The Fast Track Sailing Tactics
The Fast Track app is a powerful tool to help you sail more efficiently and aid in regattas.

Help at http://nautkaapps.wordpress.com

The Fast Track has three main sections. The Dashboard, the Map View, and the Leg Comparison Tool.

Before sailing The Fast Track app, we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the app in the simulation mode, where you will be provided with the necessary buttons to simulate your boat's speed and bearing.

You can easily define navigation waypoints, or import them from a GPX file.

The Fast Track app works as a time to line tool, synchronized with the regatta
chronometer, keeping you informed with estimated time to the start line. So you can make a perfect start!

When choosing a destination, The Fast track app will automatically
determine the theoretical wind of direction as upwind or downwind from your current position. Each time the boat passes through the direction of wind, The Fast Track app will assume the boat's tacking or gybing. And creates a new leg.

You can also specify the wind direction, so this angle will be used to decide when a tack or gybe has occurred. While the deviance keeps referred as the difference between the current boat bearing and the initial bearing to Waypoint.

The Text to Speech functionality can be activated from the preference menu, this enables The Fast track app speak specific navigation information updates, without the need to look at the screen.

Analyze your sailing through useful line charts as Speed, VMG & Deviance evolution.
Get full statistics from your sailing track as the Total Distance, Maximum & Average Speed, etc.

Save your navigation to GPX format and analyze it later in your PC, with your favorite GPS software as Google Earth, Garmin Basecamp, etc.
GPX file is saved in the folder /sdcard/TheFastTrack/AAAAMMDD_HHMM.gpx
where:
AAAAMMDD is the date
HHMM is the time

- Offline Maps. Now you can cache (store) cartography before sailing and have it available in the middle of the sea without data connection. Based on Open Street Maps (osmdroid project) and the overlays from Open Sea Maps

- Waypoints Name & Location modification

- Proximity alerts to Waypoint

- Route Statistics (Length, Num. Waypoints, etc.)

- Enable/Disable Legs auto - generation

We recommend you to use a bluetooth external GPS antenna to enhance the accuracy of the application and get the better results.

Your comments & reviews are welcome, they help enhance the product visibility and future improvements. Thus, if you like The Fast Track, please rate it in Google Play. If you don't like it please provide some description or email us directly, so we can take it into account to fix it for future releases. If a new release solves some of your previous issues we will really appreciate if you test it again and re-evaluate it.

Special Thanks to:

Bálint László, for his contributions, ideas & hungarian language translations

Teresa Albelda & Yolanda Barranco for the French translation

http://foro.latabernadelpuerto.com/portal.php
http://crew.org.nz/forum/index.php
for their continuous contributions & ideas to this product

Anders Ericsson for his great tutorial about Android Line Charts:
http://www.jayway.com/2012/08/29/creating-custom-android-views-part-3-animating-your-custom-views-smoothly/

osmdroid team:
https://code.google.com/p/osmdroid/

Recent changes:
Release 7:
- Load Nautical Charts and Topographic Maps from images and a calibration file (.map) to calibrate image pixels into image coordinates. Follow the tutorial at
http://nautkaapps.wordpress.com/
to learn more about this functionality.
- Automatic recovery of backup file after uncontrolled shutdowns
- Ability to import more than one track at a time
- GPS status indicator
- File list by Name or Date at the Open File window
- New Donate option at preferences to help product development
User reviews of The Fast Track Sailing Tactics
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A Google User
May 30, 2014
Great job ! Work perfectly under 4.x but also my old 2.3 phone. I was just wondering if a white on black display may not be more battery friendly ?
A Google User
May 28, 2014
Good Nice apps
A Google User
Apr 18, 2014
Great racing tool
A Google User
Jan 14, 2014
App for replacing your old GPS handset Very good for boating
A Google User
Jan 13, 2014
Rad app, speed in knots and map Love it, a ny on the water markers on the map would rock more