All hands on deck—set course on a starboard beam reach to 170° south! Now, this might sound like complete nonsense, but for any sailor it’s as simple as saying “take a right up ahead.”
There are a lot of factors that can impact your day on the water: Windspeed, the weather, and tides can all play a role in navigation. And that’s why Waterspeed is a must-have for any water sport or sailing enthusiast.
Waterspeed lays out all the information you require. Let’s say you love to sail: The app will track your trip, log your speed, and send you real-time weather updates and directional and windspeed information. With its Apple Watch extension, not only can you keep your phone away from the water, but Waterspeed automatically sets your watch to water mode from the moment you start your journey.
The real joy of using the app comes from finding new features that are frequently added, normally based on users’ feedback. For example, kayakers noted that they would like to get a notification every kilometre to remind them to rehydrate; that feature was then added to the app.
This app is built for those who live to be on the water, because out there, a little guidance goes a long way.
When you’re on the water it gives you real-time speed, heading, trajectory and distance in the measurements of your choice, and if you use it on iPhone or iPad there’s real-time mapping too in both Map and Hybrid (satellite overlay) modes.
The app automatically saves your route so you can review it later, and it gives you stacks of stats to delve into. It even integrates with Apple Health.
Whether you’re a sailor or a surfer, a boarder or a boater, Waterspeed is a wonderful tool to have on your device.