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Old 23-09-2020, 14:14   #1
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Create Route from Waypoint Names

Is it possible in OpenCPN to create a route using the Waypoint names rather than their positions? For example I have a list of buoys and want to create a route by selecting their names - maybe I don't actually know where all the buoys are, this is typical in a yacht race.
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Old 24-09-2020, 18:40   #2
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Re: Create Route from Waypoint Names

This is not possible in OpenCPN.
You could make a tracker feature request
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Old 25-09-2020, 03:56   #3
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Re: Create Route from Waypoint Names

+1 for this feature in the Route Manager.

Meanwhile, like in the DashT Race Mark race course definition maybe the following workaround is convenient: get a list of all marks from the organizer (Solent waypoints 2020.gpx), make a copy of it for editing, keeping but your race's buoys (Solent waypoints 2020 My Race1 WPs.gpx). Import it in the Layers-tab of the Route Manager, tick all boxes to make buoys visible on the chart. Draw the route from one mark to another, starting with a right click.

Not exactly what you want but learning the actual position of the buoys would not hurt...
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Re: Create Route from Waypoint Names

While I know where many if the buoys are and our club provides a file that can be imported to OpenCPN with over 100 buoys in the Solent and some changing name each year as sponsors change knowing where they all are is impossible.
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Re: Create Route from Waypoint Names

I've been known to edit a GPX file in a text editor, then import it. I could see taking a list of waypoints, changing the "wpt" tag to "rtept," then adjusting the header information to make it a route.

I agree being able to do this right in OpenCPN would be a LOT easier.
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Re: Create Route from Waypoint Names

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<snip>I've been known to edit a GPX file in a text editor, then import it.</snip>
I've been doing exactly the same, but directly in the navobj.xml file. Use "Layers" then Export to convert the club's GPX file to OpenCPN XML. I copy only the announced mark names "1A", "1B" etc. not paying attention to sponsor names nor lat/lon - they will come along. CaptTom method above transforms those waypoint XMLs into a route XML. When you start OpenCPN you have the race as a route, no clicks. Works but not practical. I have created features requests in Tracker #2718 (regatta) and #2719 (offshore) - please up-vote and/or suggest further features.
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