Filming the ROLEX Fastnet Boat Race
A record 388 starters took part in this years ROLEX Fastnet race, and we were there to capture the action.
The 48th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Rolex Fastnet Race saw records tumble as unusual winds lead to dramatic racing. The biennial offshore boat race eventually crowned the overall IRC Z winner as US team Wizard. This spelt the end of a French winning streak going back to 2013. Meanwhile Maxi Edmond de Rothschild past Francois Gabart’s MACIF in a nail biting finish, winning by just 58 seconds in the open multihull class.
This year’s race saw the first outing of our new helicopter G-TVGB. The Airbus H125 was fitted with the Cineflex V14 camera system and flown by GB Helicopters owner Will Banks. Heavy weather conditions made for some challenging flying but also led to spectacular footage. In particular as the boats approached the iconic Fastnet Rock, dark and stormy weather provided some of the most dramatic shots of the race. Shortly after the weather relented and the skies cleared to produce a brilliant sunset, finishing off a thrilling second day.
Over the three days the H125 excelled in its aerial filming role, making light work of the difficult weather conditions. G-TVGB is set to take on more aerial filming and utility work in the coming months. It is also available for charter flights in between these jobs so please enquire about its availability.
We’ve put together a short video to show you the work we did on this project. We hope you enjoy it!