We’ve got the low-down on five of the most recommended sailing apps:
Designed for cruising rather than racing, Boatie costs £6.99 and provides all the basic tidal, weather, navigation and port information for UK coastal waters. Not all features work offline though, and the developer suggests that the app works best for “meeting the crew in the pub for planning your weekend”.
The Yachts & Yachting Magazine app gives you online subscription access to the latest articles and features from across the sport. Options range from 1 issue (£2.99) to a year’s subscription of 12 issues (£39.99). Take your reading material with you for those light wind days or evenings on the mooring.
Add favourite locations to access accurate tide times from their offline database – a major bonus for anyone on the water away from a decent connection. The free version gives you tides for one day, but the in-app purchase option enables tidal information for over further ahead, for over 8,000 locations.
This paid-for app (£19.99) is more focused on race tactics, tracking headings and wind shifts via GPS. It also includes features for setting your start line and measuring distance to the line and identifying line bias/favoured end. The developers are also in the process of adding a facility for tracking waypoints.
Created by marine navigation experts MaxSea and Nobeltec, the TimeZero iBoat app combines traditional chart views with satellite photography. Raster and vector charts are available for route planning and tracking, as well as capturing COG (course) and SOG (speed) data.