Boat Race Drone Coverage at Peterborough City Rowing Club



AAI Drones captured the thrilling moments of the annual commercial companies boat race at Peterborough City Rowing Club. This case study provides an in-depth look at the aerial documentation techniques used and the resultant promotional material created from the footage.

Project Overview

Client: Dragon Boat Events
Objective: To capture dynamic photos and videos of the boat race for documentation and promotional use.
Location: Peterborough City Rowing Club, Peterborough, England
Event: An annual boat race featuring teams from various commercial companies
Service Provider: AAI Drones
Date of Event: August 11th, 2023

Methods Employed


The DJI Mini 3 Pro drone was used, renowned for its 4K video capabilities at 60 fps and the ability to take 48 MP photos, providing crystal clear footage of the high-energy event.

Weather Conditions

The event enjoyed ideal weather conditions with clear skies and minimal wind, perfect for drone operations.

Documentation Highlights

Drone Photography and Videography Tactics

  • Starting Line: Captured the intense moments just as the teams were set to launch, adding to the race’s suspense.
  • Race Progression: The drone followed the boats along the river, offering a bird’s eye view of the strategic maneuvers and lead changes throughout the race.
  • Finish Line: Dramatic footage of the race’s climax as teams sprinted to the finish, highlighting the victory and celebration moments.



  • The client received three raw unedited 4K videos which captured the essence of the race from start to finish.

Client Feedback

  • Dragon Boat Events was highly satisfied with the comprehensive coverage, which not only showcased the competitive spirit of the race but also highlighted the camaraderie among the participating teams.


  • The footage and photos were utilized for post-event marketing, social media campaigns, and served as a lasting visual record of the event.

Additional Considerations

  • Environmental Awareness: Drone operations were carefully managed to avoid disturbing the local wildlife, highlighting AAI Drones’ commitment to environmentally friendly practices.
  • Safety Protocols: Comprehensive safety measures were implemented to ensure that all drone flights were conducted safely and in accordance with local regulations.


AAI Drones provided a unique and valuable perspective of the commercial companies boat race, enhancing the event’s visibility and offering an exceptional promotional tool for the participating companies. The expertly captured footage highlighted the intense competition and team spirit, making it a memorable event for all involved.

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