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Re: StartLine Racing app for Android
StartLine has come a long way in the past couple of years of development. Among other improvements, it will now work with Pebble. There is also a companion RaceBox that can be built for under $100 that interfaces to a nmea-0183 network, does true wind corrections, and communicates with StartLine over Bluetooth. Right now it is optimized for TackTick but there is no reason it could not be extended to other instruments. The latest version is called StartLine 5.
Pebble is ideal because it can be seen in bright daylight. I have both a Pebble and an LG G watch. Pebble is the much better solution.
StartLine is free now. It does require a license or it will stop after 15 minutes. You can try it without a licence. You do need to qualify to get the licence. You need to be serious about raceing, not compete with other users, and answer a short questionnaire correctly. To lift a quote from an email I got this morning Startline has "improved our starts enormously". That said the app is now very complicated. It deals with current and has a full set of "Wind" screens for estimating the apparent wind on upcoming legs. It is not as complicated as Expedition but it is closer to that than other starting racing apps. That may scare people away, I am not sure, but if you are willing to invest the time and contribute to the StartLine development in some way, I am sure you will find it the best Android app for racing that there is.
Full disclosure. I make no money from this app. I make no money from the Race Box. I do this because I can and because because I enjoy the StartLine community.