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MotionX-GPS tracks a 40 Mile Downwind Sailing Race

The Race: 40 miles downwind on the Columbia River from Cascade Locks, Oregon to The Dalles, Oregon.
It is a 40 mile West to East course in an area of typically strong prevailing Westerlies.
This year the wind was 20-40 knots! More about the Double Damned Race

Morgan and his team used MotionX-GPS on his Moore 24 sailboat to track the race. It took the them 3 hours and 50 minutes to finish the race for an average speed of 10.44 knots. View their track in Google Maps

This sequence of pictures shows the boat throwing huge spray and then submerging, followed by a near wipe out. They saved the boat from capsizing but as you can see below, their competition was not so lucky.

Morgan and his team blasting along the Columbia River:
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Their track in Google Earth. Mount Hood visible on the top right.
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The competition wiping out:
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Geotagging Pictures with MotionX-GPS

Geotagging pictures with MotionX-GPS is automatic – just take a picture and MotionX-GPS creates a waypoint at the location of the picture. View the photo in Google Earth, easily share with friends and keep a catalog of your geotagged pictures.

This picture of Catalina Island is at the following location shortly after the start of the Transpac Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Click on the picture for a larger view.
Latitude = 33° 26.53′ N Longitude = 118° 39.09′ W
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Sailing World: New “App” Takes GPS to New Realms

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“What the MotionX-GPS application does is combine GPS technology with the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer (the technology that senses movement) to create a highly accurate navigational interface.”
– Sailing World, April 2009

 

The application has all the essentials a racing sailor would want:
-Digital Compass
-Navigation (waypoint input, latitude/longitude, Velocity Made Good, Speed Over Ground, etc.)

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Sailing and Iceboating with MotionX-GPS

Using MotionX-GPS on the iPhone 3G is a great way to look at your sailing races between each race and at the end of the day.  This past weekend two MotionX-GPS user’s sent us their tracks and a few photos.  They both use the AquaPac to keep their phones dry all day.  Jen has been using MotionX-GPS on her 29er sailing skiff and Daniel on his DN Class iceboat.  Daniel says, “I love seeing how fast I went for each race and try to increase my average speed around the race course for each race.  MotionX-GPS allows me to compare my results from one race to the next. It is perfect!”

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Navigating back to the Harbor with MotionX-GPS

Tom has been using MotionX-GPS on his boat for navigation.  “Navigating safely back to the harbor after sunset is easy with MotionX-GPS.  I create a waypoint at the harbor entrance and navigate to it when I want to come back.  The Compass screen gives me the bearing to the harbor, course over ground, waypoint distance and ETA so I know when I’ll be back”.

 
 

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