Volvo ocean race using drones

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  1. Transplant

    Transplant Active Member

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    The Volvo Around the World race has onboard reporters on each boat and they all use drones. They're currently in the southern ocean heading towards Cape Horn and the reporters are flying in conditions that are tough. Winds speeds in the 30+ knots range and boat speeds in the high 20's.

    This footage show the Team Brunel boat nosediving and having it's boat speed checked dramatically! (starts at 9 second mark)


    Sadly, on March 26, Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag lost a sailor overboard. John Fisher was wearing safety gear but with the sea state and weather conditions, he was not recovered.

     
  2. dronerr parts

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    Love the footage, I can't wait to get my drone up on my boat.

    I will be testing a spark, mavic and phantom and see which works best and then I will write an article for the Yachting magazines.
     
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    I think the Volvo boats are using Phantoms...
     
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    suprPHREAK Well-Known Member

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    With wind speeds such as they see? No way. Inspires for sure. Keep in mind they are launching from a support motorboat, not the sailboat and thus constrained by space.
     
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    Nope, they're launching from the boat. That clip was taken in the southern ocean near Point Nemo. No other boats (other than the other volvo racers) near by.

    Here's how they do it.
     
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    suprPHREAK Well-Known Member

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    Well paint me pink and call me Susan, that's impressive!
     
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    Jesus thats impressive to bad they couldnt use it to locate the overboard seamate!
     
  9. Skynet HK Aerial

    Skynet HK Aerial Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Talk about a wind advisory!