Locosys are a Chinese company who gave Windsurf Speedsailing a major boost around 2008/9 when they released the GT11 armband GPS. It was the first time someone had developed a dedicated windsurf speedsailing GPS data logger with everything we needed for accurate speed record at International Record level.
The Harsh Truth
Locosys have been with us on our GPS Speedsailing journey for over a decade. We’d love to say they are the watches we all wear and the only GPS watch we’d recommend for Speedsailing – but that wouldn’t be true. If you partake in other sports and think you’d benefit from a built in Heart Rate Monitor then look no further than COROS. This brand has taken the world of speedsailing under their wings and given us EXACTLY what we needed – so much so that GPS-SPEEDSURFING.com recommend it. Unlike Garmin – the Coros Apex Pro and Coros Vertix are recognized by GPS-Speedsurfing.com for Speedsailing RECORDS, National and International Speedsailing Competitions etc. If you want to embrace the future – buy a COROS GPS. Now, back to Locosys
Good bye GT31 … Hello GW60
Anyone who has speedsailed as long as I have will remember the days when we had to clip a GPS the size of a block of butter on your boom. Then, thankfully, we were presented with the bicep worn Locosys GT31. A GPS unit with Doppler speed verification that featured dedicated Speedsailing functionality providing on the water Max Speed, Max 2s, Max 10s and Average 5 x 10s. Instantly – Speedsailing was back on the map and we all headed to West Kirby, Southend, Weymouth and …. Hunstanton.
But who wants to speedsail with a GPS unit strapped to their bicep. More often hanging about your elbow and flapping around in the wind at 40 knots – not me! Goodbye GT31 and Hello GW60. The Locosys GW-60 GPS watch. Every GPS speedsailing feature found in the GT31 and GW-50 has been incorporated into this convenient WRIST WORN GPS-speedsurfing watch.
Wrist Worn GPS Speedsailing Watch
Introducing the Locosys GW-60 GPS sports watch. This robust and highly-refined wrist worn GPS sports tool is ideal for all speedsurfing sports. The GW-60 takes it’s place in a long line of established GPS devices used by the world’s best speedsailors. The GW-60 is the natural heir to the LOCOSYS’ Surfing GPS series including the GT-11, GT-31, GW-31, and GW-52.
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It stores all the necessary parameters of speed and distance helping surfers optimise each run for maximum speed in each sailing session. The GW-60 is simple to operate and most importantly – it’s wrist worn and water resistant – no more armband Aquapacs required. The GW-60 has been developed in conjunction with speedsailors (windsurf and kiteboard) making it the obvious and reliable partner for all speedsailors. The clever “SPEED GENIE” mode records the maximum and average speed for EACH run – automatically displaying the data at the end of the run. The GW-60 also provides automatic recall of the top 10 x 10 second average speed runs (as well as top 10 max speeds). A useful feature – no disappointing shock when you upload to GPS-speedsurfing.com.
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Buy Locosys GW-60 Online
I’m all for people supporting stores that are involved in our sport. I have seen them for sale in the UK at Poole Harbour Watersports as well as Amazon.co.uk . The team at GPS-speedsurfing.com sell the Locosys GW-60 worldwide offering excellent support and experience using this device. That said – I’m still suggesting that anyone who partakes in other sports should consider the COROS ….
Windows & Mac compatible
The GW-60 has been developed to work with BOTH Windows PCs and Macbooks. For those wanting to view data via a dedicated user interface, Locosys have developed a Windows Utility. This is NOT available for Mac users – trust me – that’s NOT a problem.
GW60 and Windows
Locosys have created this Windows Utility for gathering GPS data and viewing it in Google Earth. The GW-60 PC Utility is a little overly complicated for my liking but it does the job if that’s what you’re looking for. (It takes me back to the GT11 – I think that’s why we all prefered the SD Card approach of the GT31). Whether or not you plan to use the provided utility you MUST ensure you upload the latest driver and firmware available from the Locosys website.
Most people won’t need to use the Utility as they only want to extract the GPS data for upload to GPS-speedsurfing.com. Once the Windows driver has been installed it’s quite easy to connect the watch as an external memory device.
For BOTH Macbook and Windows users the watch has to be set in to USB/MSC mode (more details here from Seabreeze.com.au). Plug it in to the USB and you should see (via File Manager/Windows Explorer) “LOCOSYS_MSC” displayed as a USB drive in Windows Explorer – now simply “Cut/Copy” the file >GPSLOG.SBP< and Paste to a folder on your PC. This SBP file can now be renamed and uploaded to GPS-speedsurfing.com
More details on the utility can be found here > Locosys User Guide
GW-60 and Macbook
The Macbook user can connect the GW-60 directly to the Macbook using the supplied USB cable. For BOTH Macbook and Windows users the watch has to be set in to USB/MSC mode (more details here from Seabreeze.com.au) . The GW-60 can be found with other external storage devices. Download the SBP file to your desktop or other suitable folder, rename and upload to GPS-Speedsurfing.com
How to upload a session with the GW-60 GPS to GPS-Speedsurfing.com
With the brand new GW-60 GPS uploading your session to GPS-Speedsurfing.com is so easy now… plug it in like a USB drive and use our enhanced web-uploader, your session will be uploaded in just secondsYouTube
How to upgrade the firmware on GW-60 GPS
Short video with detailed instructions how to upgrade your GW-60 GPS with the latest firmware from Locosys. After upgrading it can be connected as external USB device on both Mac and Windows machinesYouTube
First go of the new Locosys GW-60
This watch has been in the making for some time after many windsurfers giving Locosys information on what they wanted the team at Locosys listened and came up with this new model and first impressions it seems to be just what we all wanted. Should be very useful for many other water sports with its very high GPS accuracy.YouTube
This video is about How to start your session with your GW-60
A short – How to start your session with your GW-60, the new Full Doppler GPS for GPS-Speedsurfing.com. GW-60 is a solid highly-refined and wearable GPS for gps-speedsurfing.com, it is the natural heir to the LOCOSYS’ Surfing GPS series (GT-11, GT-31 and GW-52). This makes the GW-60 the perfect GPS device for high-speeds sports like speedsurfing, kite-surfing, ice-sailing, motor & car-racing, karting and many many more !YouTube