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Official app of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) – RYA SafeTrx allows you to register your vessel and plan and track your trip on your smartphone. This app is freely available to anyone, you do not need to be an RYA member. It is free to download and there is no charge to use it.

Once registered, choose from the menu options to plan and file your trip (Sail Plan mode) or just activate the tracking function of the app (Track only mode).If you are filing a Sail Plan, choose your vessel, set the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival), enter the number of persons on board, the activity type and choose your emergency contact. Then, using the built-in maps, select a starting point, an optional waypoint and the end destination. Once this is completed simply press the ‘set sail’ button when you are ready to start your trip. You and your emergency contacts will be automatically alerted following an escalation process after the journey exceeds the ETA in Sail Plan mode.

Pressing ‘set sail’ in Sail plan mode or just pressing the start button in Track only mode will register trip details with the RYA server and will activate position reporting in the app. At regular intervals the app will send a position report to the server.

At any stage during the trip you can end your trip, revise the ETA, number of people on board or the destination.

Use the RYA SafeTrx app to:

- Quickly start recording using the ‘Track only’ mode to begin tracking at a touch of a button. Change the recording interval to save on battery consumption when your tracking is in progress.
- Find nearby port and marina information, Notices to Mariners, VHF channels, lifeboat stations and useful safety information using the “Explorer” tool.
- Access location-based and real-time weather when planning your trip or when your trip is in progress.
- Give friends and family peace of mind ashore by sharing your real-time location on a live map, and allow them to track you while you’re on the water.
- Check valuable maritime safety information when both online and offline.
- Create your own personalised checklist to be included as part of your Sail Plan before departing.
- Activate an Emergency call from within the RYA SafeTrx app. (iPhone only)
- Manage your profile, vessel, checklist and emergency contact information.

Continued use of GPS running in the background can considerably decrease battery life while in use.

Please note:
This application’s functionality and the information it contains are published on the understanding that end users are to apply their own knowledge and skills in the use of this application.

Maritime safety is an extremely serious matter. In an emergency this application’s function and information are not meant to be relied on exclusively. Other reliable information and help from third parties should be looked for and made use of in addition.

This application can provide valuable coordinates of the user’s position, as determined by the mobile device used and the GPS system. Mobile devices and their supporting telecommunication networks are, however, not reliable and there is a real chance of loss of connection between the mobile device and the mobile network and / or the GPS system. Nor is there any guarantee that the connection between your mobile device and mobile networks will be uninterrupted. The user hereby agrees to and accepts all risks involved in the use of this application.

What’s New

Version 2020.2.0

This update includes changes to the Track Only mode tracking option. When setting up a Track Only trip, you now have the option of specifying whether or not you are on a vessel or craft. You also have the ability to choose from a list of activities in this mode.

This update checks for the Location Services permission ‘Precise:on’ and prompts you to change this setting if it is set to ‘off’. This permission is required in order to record a Sail Plan or Track Only trip.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
310 Ratings

310 Ratings

Plesiochronous ,

Use it every passage

This is one of the best safety enhancing contributions of recent times. I use it on every coastal passage. Even if making a crossing e.g. Irish Sea or Channel and losing cell range it still means there is someone holding your course history out to about 12 miles (cell range) and an expectation of when you should be popping into cell range on the other side. Since my emergency contact is also a parent it also gives them constant reassurance. Technically the App has worked without problem for me, you just need to leave it active on your phone the whole trip don’t close the app. I also like the history you get as I now have a nice course library of my recent passages. Top marks to the RYA on this one.

Chalkie in Edinburgh ,

Almost excellent

I use this app all the time, it gives me peace of mind that if something happens my last known position will be recorded. I particularly like being able to look back at trips and see details of the journey. I did have it on my iPhone 4S but even though it works, setting the waypoints is impossible as the screen keeps scrolling to my location as soon as I take my finger off. I now use it on my iPhone 7 and the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that it’s constantly checking my location, not just during the trip while the program is active, but after the trip is ended it carries on, even after I’ve forced the app to close, restarted the phone etc. The only way I can stop it is by going into settings, privacy, and denying it access to the gps. I then never remember to turn it on and the program tells me as I’m setting up my next trip. On the whole, good, and very useful but my paranoia is asking why it keeps checking my location?

Steve.B.1969 ,

Used for first time. Impressed.

I used this for the first time on Sunday. It was only a short trip, but has worked well for me. I was concerned that it might use excessive battery, but it only checks location every 5 min - which is a sensible balance between location accuracy and battery life.

To put this into context, I would not have bothered to report my departure and arrival without this app so doing so has increased my safety. Sailing on inshore waters, with mobile signal a lot of the time, the app was able to report my location regularly, which would have made finding me much simpler should that have been necessary.

No doubt the App will extend and improve over time, but this is a solid start.

Now I need to explain what the App does and doesn’t do to my emergency contact(s) so that they’re clear about what they should do if I don’t return on time.

App Privacy

The developer, Royal Yachting Association, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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