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I thought I'd post some info about what I use for recording and uploading GPS Tracks using Dave's new BWD.ca features!
I use my Apple Watch series 5 to record my tracks. I've used both Strava and Waterspeed apps.
Waterspeed is more water activity minded and more stats are built in for speeds. It has some limitations in the free version in terms of stats, but as I recall you can still record and upload tracks in the free version.
The watch version of the apps sync to your phone and in Strava's case it syncs online pretty reliably with an option to do a manual sync.
Waterspeed also syncs from your watch to your phone automatically. (no web app that I'm aware of - just a website: https://www.waterspeedapp.com/)
Steps to sync Waterspeed to BWD.ca:
  1. On your watch simply set your activity, and start the session
  2. sail your guts out
  3. stop the session recording
  4. check your phone for the session to sync
  5. open your Diary and select the session
    1. You can edit the track to trim out the drive home when you forget to stop the session
    2. sometimes it also helps to trim out your shore activities because the GPS signal can get a little spikey near the trees.
  6. Use the up arrow button to export the track - I usually use GPX - Strava, Relive format - and I save it to a file on my phone
  7. Create your BWD sailing log
  8. log into bwd.ca on your phone and create a new track, select "I have a track", choose file, and browse to the saved file (How to submit a GPS Track)
  9. save and submit
The GPS track features in bwd.ca will filter out spikes pretty well and give you all your speed stats!
If you already entered your sailing log, the track will automatically match up with the same day sailing log.
For multi-session days, Dave posted some instructions, but the GPS track in edit mode has a "Details" tab where you can manually type in the sailing log session ID.
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Thanks for the great write up, followed your instructions and it worked perfectly! \:D/
I ended up using the waterspeed app on my phone that I put into a water proof case and tucked into my wetsuit, I guess the next step in getting a watch.
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Great to see people posting tracks! Sometimes the stats don't work the first time. If you don't see any stats after you upload your track file, go the the track again and hit Edit -> Save and this will redo them.
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I am gonna try this out on my next session. Thanks Mark for the write up.
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Although cool, I have been seeing some fairly unimaginative tracks being uploaded... "mowing the lawn" I believe is the phrase... I have ordered a waterproof phone case and will be participating soon, and therefore propose an ongoing challenge to produce creative or artistic tracks :lol:

https://www.newsweek.com/aircraft-phall ... ts-1188424
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I think Bezos has us all beat.
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Question for the guys who tuck their phone in their wetsuit........ came in tonight and my iPhone had locked me out for 15 minutes due to too many incorrect PINs from the touch screen picking up my wet wetsuit. Any tips to avoid this?
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Actually now that I have switched to my other wetsuit I am getting the same issue..or I am crashing more lol.
I have a larger iPhone case that I am going to be using so that my work out better. Once I save up enough pennies I will eventually be upgrading to a smart watch.
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themorb wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:11 pm Question for the guys who tuck their phone in their wetsuit........ came in tonight and my iPhone had locked me out for 15 minutes due to too many incorrect PINs from the touch screen picking up my wet wetsuit. Any tips to avoid this?
Not sure if this helps, but you can enable Guided Access and disable the touch screen temporarily:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disable-t ... id-iphone/

So far I think J_dog and Juandasooka are the leaders in the most interesting tracks so far =D>
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Thanks I was meaning to reply to my own post — tried guided access and it works great!
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