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SailGP's remote production recognized at the 2020 Broadcast Tech Awards

25 NOVEMBER 2020News

SailGP – the annual, pinnacle of sail racing - has been recognized for its remote production alongside its partners Whisper and Timeline TV, picking up the award for best use of remote production at the 2020 Broadcast Tech Awards.

Up against Sky Sports, BBC and F1, SailGP’s ambitious coverage of the 2019 Grand Final in Marseille and 2020 season opener in Sydney was recognized as being one of the most outstanding remote broadcast productions of the past year.

Since the league’s launch, SailGP has delivered an innovative and environmentally considerate solution to provide high-quality and consistent TV coverage of the global racing championship.

For the 2019 Grand Final, Australia and Japan – helmed by Olympic champions Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge – prepared for a winner-takes-all race in Marseille, competing for the sports largest monetary prize. The remote production team was 700 miles away in Ealing, where it was able to deploy the key resources on-site (Heletele, two chase boats, 20 remote onboard cameras and ENG cameras) to capture one of the great sporting dramas of the year. The win was sealed by Australia and race analysis determined that the final duel came down to a mere 78 centimeters at a crucial moment on the racecourse - all captured on camera.

All SailGP's Season 1 events – Sydney, San Francisco, New York, Cowes and Marseille – were covered from the same gallery in Ealing. Amid fluctuating weather conditions and challenging locations, up to 20 different feeds are fed from onsite cameras through fiber circuits back to the gallery, all directed remotely to produce three different language broadcast feeds (English, Japanese and Spanish).

The ambitious project pushes the boundaries with a remote production solution that delivers its programming into over 100 broadcast territories as well as a complementary, state-of-the-art app making SailGP available to a wide range of people.

SailGP Chief Technology Officer Warren Jones said: "We are delighted that our remote production has been recognized by the Broadcast Tech Awards. It is a hugely collaborative effort so special thanks must go to our partners Whisper, Timeline TV, Oracle and TATA Communications in helping deliver the innovative solution.”

Sunil Patel Whisper CEO said: “This is great for the whole team. We are always looking to push boundaries and find new ways to entertain.

“This year Covid accelerated the move to remote production. At Whisper we have been at an advantage, having been a promoter of remote production for some time. With SailGP we ambitiously pushed creativity and delivered strong storytelling, thanks to the unique remote-production set up and the impressive combination of cameras. It's great for that to be recognized.”

Remote production aids sustainability, reducing the number of personnel onsite. It also makes more budget available for programming and creates a more diverse workforce, by centralizing production and reducing the need for overnight travel.