There were some grumblings from media pros early in 2015 when we suggested US Sailing or ISAF plan ahead and institute real drone regulations before something bad happened. After all, it’s a big ocean out there, right? While the government jumped in to at least start things on a path to responsibility, the various nations’ rules are a huge mess, and forward looking sporting organizations should already be acting on it.
As of a few days ago, skiing’s governing body, the FIS, has absolutely banned drones from its World Cup events, with other levels likely to follow. If you don’t understand why, watch the incredible video above. Then imagine you’re at the top mark at a World Championship with the same thing happening on your foredeck.
We are absolutely in favor of drones being used to help show off sailing to the world. No technical development will have a bigger impact on the sport since Algore invented the internet. But drones and drone operators need to be tested, proven and insured under either a credible media organization or the event itself. Anything else is asking for an expensive, embarrassing, and potentially harmful or fatal problem. Don’t believe us? Watch that video again.