I have a racegeek. After some fiddling it works as advertised except that I have not yet been able to get any nmea data out of it (via wireless) but I'll admit that I have tried that much. The display is excellent with good readability in different light conditions. The app also works well and i like the interface.
We're happy to answer any questions either here, PM, or contact us through our site. Our first round of pre-order Atlases ship in Q3. We're currently doing testing now and through the summer - we'll be posting updates from the sailors helping us do this across various classes.
Talked to the guys that use the race geek on juds boat, they hate it compared to the velocitek tactic combo. Jud likes the big numbers though. The big problem is that the buttons have a weird delay where you have to time it rather than just hit the button. Apparently when they ping they press the button about a second before the mark then release it when your exactly on the mark. Much bigger problem when working with the start timer because it’s not always apparent when 1 second before the gun actually is. But jud likes big numbers so the guy he’s paying at the front of the boat just has to deal with it.
This does take a bit of getting used to, mostly because people instinctively expect it to work like a smart phone where as the d10 is set up to work in a wet environment with salt wet sails and ropes flicking off the surface.
The buttons trigger when you lift your finger off the screen. So you get the physical comfort of touching something while you wait for the ping and the accuracy of a lift vs a push and lift.
The actual touch required is 0.3 seconds. If a 1 second error is an issue the 4 minute can be synced to by just pressing the circle again. We did look at adjusting the times based on when the button was pressed, but it didn't actually make a material difference to performance on the water. Based on feedback trust in distance to line is a lot more important.
The reason we went for touch is that it removes the perishable buttons and reduces the mechanical challenge in terms of waterproofing the unit, which should make it more reliable and last longer.
I finally got the Racegeek hooked up on my Seascape 24. I still need to figure some things out, but on its first trip tonight, it was nice. Real easy to read and responsive. There were a couple of things that didn't seem to work right, but I think it is more of an issue of getting it set up correctly. I plugged it in for the first time about 10 minutes before we left the dock.
If there's anything you need help with the best way to get hold of us is via the Help button on the bottom right of the racegeek.ie home page. We're always interested to hear what you had trouble with so we can improve it.
And don't forget to register at racegeek.io so we have contact details for wifi password confirmation etc.
We're here at Annapolis too! Come check us out in booth F14 and see an Atlas in person! As for reviews, we've been having great feedback from the teams currently using the Atlas:
“This product is superior to the others we’ve used. The GPS is updating much faster. It really
lets you know where you are, even when you are approaching the line at 20kts.”
-- Morgan Larson
“The instruments are really adaptable to what we’re looking to do: everything from heel angle,
distance to the line, accurate speed and heading. The display is great; you can see it from
anywhere on the boat.”
-- Taylor Canfield
“The Vakaros Atlas updates very quickly compared to other competitive products. It gives you
that extra second to think and respond quicker. It’s a lot more reliable in terms of being able to
trust distance to line especially when accelerating [quickly]. The screen is very good. Being able
to read it from anywhere on the boat is a big advantage.”
-- Ian Williams
We've also been working with Stu Johnstone testing our wireless paddlewheel interface which he's a huge fan of.
We're just getting started, but we couldn't be more excited about what's coming!