It’s exciting to launch gpsailing.eu and make a contribution to our favorite sport. We want to maintain this blog as a way to provide updates on our progress as well as an opportunity for you sailors and coaches to share with us your experiences with our products and what impact they are having in your performance. The title of the blog “SUNSET TALES” pretends to evoke that time of the day when you can finally relax with your team mates or your fleet pals and chat about the most exciting things that happened or anything that comes to your mind while sipping your favorite drink. We want to hear those stories. It doesn’t matter if GPSailing is not a central part of the story, we don’t pretend it to be.

Because the central part of our story is you.

And with this short introduction I would like to contribute my first entry to the blog explaining how we got here.

GPSailing is the result of analyzing the need of David and Anton as coaches to include and process GPS data into their training sessions.

David coaches Optimists, while Anton coaches Olympic sailors. I first suggested David to use the kids’ smart phones and represent the data on Google Maps. We soon realized that was impractical for a number of reasons for a recurrent usage. Therefore we started to think about a solution. Our requirements were accuracy, ease of use, economic and rigorous; so that it could be equally appealing to an Optimist sailor and to an Olympic coach.

First, we studied the GPS devices in the market, and we chose TRACE for that

purpose (and we strongly recommend it). We have also selected a provider of anemometers for sailing coaches. That is the EasyWind package by Ocean Drivers. GPSailing has been optimized to work out of the box with EasyWind and TRACE.

Then, we looked at how people had tackled the issue of representing the tracks. In general, you need a special software to play-back the track. And anyone who wants to view the track needs a license of the software.

More recently there have appeared web-based solutions with free limited licenses. But we weren’t convinced by that approach. So we decided to simply generate a video in MP4 format with the GPX track. And that’s what GPSailing does. It makes an MP4 video using the tracks of the boats. Then you can share that video freely with whoever you want.

This approach fits nicely in our greater overall strategy. Because David and Anton also make intensive use of video footage of their training sessions (as probably you do too). And therefore the need for a tool for managing all that video in a specialized way arises. The solution is called ERIC Sailing. David, as a professional physical education trainer, has provided his knowledge to adapt the software ERIC to the particular needs of sailing. You can find a short discussion on the use of video in our INSIGHT section. The important thing here, is that by having the GPS information in a video, it fits nicely into a working environment where there are other video files to review and they can be synchronized. Moreover, as the

GPS has the best possible timing, it serves to synchronize with all the other videos.

The rest is summarized as a lot of hours of discussions, development, and many many tests on how to make a product useful and then bring it to the market. We know it is not perfect. But we know it is a very good product and we will keep working to make it better. There are lots of ideas in the pipeline. Be reassured that you will reap the benefits from the very beginning.

So start today by getting yourself a TRACE and download GPSailing BASIC for free to start with the basics. Tell your team mates about GPSailing and share the data from your respective TRACE trackers to render them together using GPSailing PROFESSIONAL. Review your trainings, check the differences in speed and compare your angles. You will soon realize that your tactical skills improve quickly as you have an effective tool to review your performances.

And to set the tone of this blog, I include a sunset picture of my home club in Sitges.

All the best,
Pere-Andreu

It’s exciting to launch gpsailing.eu and make a contribution to our favorite sport. We want to maintain this blog as a way to provide updates on our progress as well as an opportunity for you sailors and coaches to share with us your experiences with our products and what impact they are having in your performance. The title of the blog “SUNSET TALES” pretends to evoke that time of the day when you can finally relax with your team mates or your fleet pals and chat about the most exciting things that happened or anything that comes to your mind while sipping your favorite drink. We want to hear those stories. It doesn’t matter if GPSailing is not a central part of the story, we don’t pretend it to be.

Because the central part of our story is you.

And with this short introduction I would like to contribute my first entry to the blog explaining how we got here.

GPSailing is the result of analyzing the need of David and Anton as coaches to include and process GPS data into their training sessions.

David coaches Optimists, while Anton coaches Olympic sailors. I first suggested David to use the kids’ smart phones and represent the data on Google Maps. We soon realized that was impractical for a number of reasons for a recurrent usage. Therefore we started to think about a solution. Our requirements were accuracy, ease of use, economic and rigorous; so that it could be equally appealing to an Optimist sailor and to an Olympic coach.

First, we studied the GPS devices in the market, and we chose TRACE for that purpose (and we strongly recommend it). We have also selected a provider of anemometers for sailing coaches. That is the EasyWind package by Ocean Drivers. GPSailing has been optimized to work out of the box with EasyWind and TRACE.

Then, we looked at how people had tackled the issue of representing the tracks. In general, you need a special software to play-back the track. And anyone who wants to view the track needs a license of the software.

More recently there have appeared web-based solutions with free limited licenses. But we weren’t convinced by that approach. So we decided to simply generate a video in MP4 format with the GPX track. And that’s what GPSailing does. It makes an MP4 video using the tracks of the boats. Then you can share that video freely with whoever you want.

This approach fits nicely in our greater overall strategy. Because David and Anton also make intensive use of video footage of their training sessions (as probably you do too). And therefore the need for a tool for managing all that video in a specialized way arises. The solution is called ERIC Sailing. David, as a professional physical education trainer, has provided his knowledge to adapt the software ERIC to the particular needs of sailing. You can find a short discussion on the use of video in our INSIGHT section. The important thing here, is that by having the GPS information in a video, it fits nicely into a working environment where there are other video files to review and they can be synchronized. Moreover, as the GPS has the best possible timing, it serves to synchronize with all the other videos.

The rest is summarized as a lot of hours of discussions, development, and many many tests on how to make a product useful and then bring it to the market. We know it is not perfect. But we know it is a very good product and we will keep working to make it better. There are lots of ideas in the pipeline. Be reassured that you will reap the benefits from the very beginning.

So start today by getting yourself a TRACE and download GPSailing BASIC for free to start with the basics. Tell your team mates about GPSailing and share the data from your respective TRACE trackers to render them together using GPSailing PROFESSIONAL. Review your trainings, check the differences in speed and compare your angles. You will soon realize that your tactical skills improve quickly as you have an effective tool to review your performances.

And to set the tone of this blog, I include a sunset picture of my home club in Sitges.

All the best,
Pere-Andreu