Drone Racing League Pilots And Team Brunel Ocean Racers Speed Through Sweden

Elite DRL pilots fly custom-built racing drones from a high-speed boat, sailed by Olympic gold medalist ocean racers.

Gothenburg, Sweden, June 19, 2018 — Two of the toughest professional sports, The Drone Racing League (DRL), the international, premier drone racing circuit, and Team Brunel, the first-place, global nautical-race sailing crew, teamed up to create this daring Drone x Ocean Racers video. Featuring the best pilots and sailors zipping along the coast of Gothenburg, Sweden, the video celebrates DRL and Team Brunel’s shared passion for extreme speed, world class engineering and legendary race locations.

In the clip, DRL pilots Niklas “UpsidedownFPV” Solle and Dino “Dino” Joghi show off their freestyle flying skills with custom-built DRL Racer3 drones, launching from the bow of the high-performance Team Brunel boat. Soaring at 90 miles per hour, the pilots flip, twist and swirl their drones through turbulent 15-knot winds, nosedive down 150-feet high cranes, and whip around the 65-foot long sailboat as it rocks over choppy waves. The rough conditions caused a DRL drone to free-fall and drown in the water and a photography drone to crash on top of a crane (which was later rescued).

A Fierce Adventure

“Bringing the sport of the future to the ocean was a fierce adventure,” said DRL CEO and Founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski. “We’re excited to have collaborated with Team Brunel, who like DRL, challenges elite athletes through highly competitive, insanely fast racing in spectacular spots around the world, while testing true racing skills through identically designed technology: DRL pilots fly the same drones and Team Brunel sails the same boats as their competitors.”

“The combination of DRL drone pilots and sailors that both push the boundaries is very powerful,” said Brunel Manager Global Marketing Steven Biester. “In this race we rely heavily on drones to tell the story. The current technology makes it possible to show footage of the extremely harsh sailing whichwas impossible until now. By telling this story we can engage our twelve thousand employees working at Brunel and reach out to thousands of professionals seeking a new challenge. Driven by results and with the highest ambitions for ourselves and our people, we’re all engineered to move faster. Across oceans but also in business and the careers of our people.”

Sailors Tried to Fly Drones
The DRL Pilots boarded the boat after teaching FPV (First Person View) flying in an abandoned factory to quad-obsessed, Team Brunel sailors including:

  • Olympic Gold Medalist and 2017 America’s Cup champion, Peter Burling
  • 2013 America’s Cup champion, Kyle Langford, and
  • On-board-reporter known for innovating sailing media capture with drone photography, Sam Greenfield

“It was an absolutely amazing experience to fly DRL racing drones from Team Brunel’s sailboat. It felt crazy to fly around from a swaying boat while watching it sail from the perspective of my FPV goggles,” said DRL Pilot UpsidedownFPV.

“Flying a DRL drone from a heeling boat was definitely one of the most memorable freestyle sessions I’ve ever had. It was also interesting to have to deal with the wind in an opposite way to the sailors. While the ocean racers used the wind to spin and push the boat forward, UpsidedownFPV and I had to avoid getting our drones caught in the same wind,” said DRL Pilot Dino. 

Team Brunel crew members filmed the video in between practice rounds during their Gothenburg, Sweden ocean race — the second-to-last leg of their 46,000 mile adventure, which they won. UpsidedownFPV and Dino are top competitors in the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season, which will premiere on September 6, 2018 on ESPN and air on leading sports broadcast networks including Sky, Prosieben, and Groupe AB in 75+ countries worldwide. 


DRL is the pro drone racing sport for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2018 DRL is hosting a global series of seven races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Groupe AB, Disney XD, OSN, FOX Sports Asia and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on DRL, visit www.drl.io. To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at facebook.com/thedroneracingleague, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.

For the fourth time, Team Brunel takes part in this nautical marathon where teamwork, perseverance and engineering make the difference between eternal glory and forever wondering what if. Brunel International N.V. is an international service provider specializing in the flexible deployment of knowledge and capacity in the fields of Engineering, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Automotive, ICT, Finance, Legal and Insurance & Banking. Services are provided in the form of Project Management, Secondment and Consultancy. Incorporated in 1975, Brunel has since become an International group with a strong global brand. Operation from its own international network of 106 branch offices in 37 countries, we have over 12,000 employees and an annual revenue of EUR 790 million (2017). The company is listed at Euronext Amsterdam N.V. and included in the Amsterdam Small Cap Index (AScX).

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