GPS Freeracing

Freeracing is a new GPS-based race format that is rapidly increasing in popularity. Instead of racing around buoys, competitors pick their own course in a pre-defined area. They go as fast as they can for a pre-defined period of 15 or 30 minutes - whoever covers the most distance wins.

Minimum Wind Requirement / Alternate Speed Winner

GPS Freeracing will only be done if the wind exceeds 15 knots (in contrast, there is no wind minimum for regular racing). If the wind conditions do not allow for GPS Freeracing to take place during the ECWF Cape Cod, we will instead award speed rankings based on GPS speeds obtained within the 7 days before the event (September 9-15). To qualify, the following conditions have to be met:

  • Sailing area: northeastern coastal USA (Main - New Jersey)
  • Speed category: 5 x 10 seconds
  • Data files must be submitted by email to the event organizers by 3 pm, September 15, 2017
  • The winner must be present at the price giving ceremony at the ECWF Cape Code 2017 on Sunday, September 17

GPS units used must meet the same requirements as for GPS freeracing outlined below.

GPS Units

The only GPS units allowed for the GPS Freeracing are Locosys GW-60, GW-52, GT-31, and GT-11 units, and Canmore GP 102 units. Units must be set up to record at a rate of 1 Hz or higher. Participants should bring their own GPS units, although a small number of GPS loaner units will be available at the event.