Next weekend, the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) is coming to Portsmouth.
The ACWS is a series of race regattas and is part of the preparations for the 2017 America’s Cup to be held in San Francisco (we’re hosting another series next year in Portsmouth). The overall ranking position from the ACWS will determine the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017. It will include teams from Oracle Team USA (the defender) and fiver challengers – Ben Ainslee Racing (our local team), Artemis Racing, Team Japan, Team France, and Team New Zealand.
The standout section of this guide, however, is this excellent example of how drone video footage should be used by event organisers everywhere.
Here’s the video shot by their resident drone pilot Charley Whitmore:
Naturally, they will be limited by CAA regulations when the event is running but these sorts of pre-show flights are well within the regulations.
In addition to delivering just a completely different view of the event, it also helps visitors clearly see the key attractions and how the show will be set out. I’ve had a look to see if anyone else has done this thing before and couldn’t find anything – so well done TeamLocals for leading the way with this – we will definitely start to see more guides done like this I think.