Routes are pre-defined paths created from a group of waypoints, selected in the sequence you desire to navigate them.
Not to be confused with a Track which is like a breadcrumb trail, allowing you to see all the points where you have been navigating. In fact, while you sail a Route, you also generate a Track of your route navigation.
So, in order to be able to create a route, you first need to create or import its waypoints.
This post explain in detail all the options to create a waypoint with the tool:
Once waypoints are created you need to specify the sequence you want to sail them, by Menu -> Routes -> Create/Edit Route
Another way to create a route is to import it. The Fast Track can import routes in GPX format, were Route Waypoints are specified as <rtept>
Sailing a Route
Once you have loaded a route, you can start sailing it by Menu -> Route -> Start Route
Current route destination waypoint is selected automatically by the App. Starting by the first one, The Fast Track will change from waypoint n to the next one, waypoint n+1, when:
1. Boat is closest to the waypoint n than the minimum distance specified in Preferences -> Navigation Route
2. Boat distance to waypoint n+1 is less than the distance between waypoint n and waypoint n+1
3. Boat relative bearing to waypoint n+1 is less than 180º
You always can change current destination waypoint by selecting Menu -> Route -> Next Wpt / Previous Wpt
Current Waypoint’s name font is red
You can define a race as a route. You don’t need to add the start line as waypoints routes, by default the app will start the route navigation once the race chronometer is finished, adding a route segment from the middle of the race start line to the first route waypoint.
You can save a route by Menu -> Route -> Save Route, this command will save the route in a GPX format.
If you only want to save the waypoints, then you need to execute Menu -> Admin Wpt -> Sace Waypoints
Menu -> Route -> Statistics will provide you with information about:
– Route Length
– Number of waypoints
– Starting / Ending Waypoint
In next releases it will be included the possibility to invert the sense of the route.
Enjoy your Sailing, Nautka Apps