RYA SafeTrx 4+

Tracking you home safely

Royal Yachting Association

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.6 • 591 Ratings
    • Free

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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 2023.1.4

This update includes a fix for the map display issue on the Trip Summary and Trip History sections.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
591 Ratings

591 Ratings

Stefan104 ,

Cannot download app on to new iPad

CG66 was a database used by the UK coastguard, so that individual yacht details could be entered by the owner. This had the advantage of linking the details to either the MMSI or the associated callsign of the vessel. If there were any reason to contact HMCG, by giving the MMSI the CG could get all the detail needed from the database, especially in an emergency. This keeps r/t to a minimum, no mistakes are made on the data and the crew can focus on the emergency instead of being distracted by the VHF comms.
CG66 was ended in March 2020 and the database function was replaced by the RYA SafeTrx system. The app itself is an excellent concept and continually being developed.
The app will not function on later iPads, but works well on smartphones. Although a useful planning tool, this is the only major shortfall. I would strongly recommend logging your vessel's details with the SafeTrx database.

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?

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.

App Privacy

The developer, Royal Yachting Association, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • Contacts
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Other Data

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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