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13 Kilometers off the Irish mainland....

While circumnavigating Ireland aboard our Westsail 42 sailboat, we sailed by Fastnet Rock and launched the drone. Fastnet was known as "Ireland's Teardrop", because it was the last part of Ireland that 19th century Irish emigrants saw as they sailed to North America.

What happened was very unexpected...

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Wonderful weather. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: 13 Kilometers off the Irish mainland....

Oh wow!

I started saying " no no no no NO!"

So nice they were able to track you down. Beautiful lighthouse and location.

Stay safe and have fun out there.
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Re: 13 Kilometers off the Irish mainland....

Drake, great story and some really cool videos on YouTube !
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Wonderful video. Thank you.
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Wow, thinks for posting. I remember when that thread went up on facebook. I think it showed up on my wall once you were tagged.

Is the quad salvageable?

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Wow, thinks for posting. I remember when that thread went up on facebook. I think it showed up on my wall once you were tagged.

Is the quad salvageable?
The Commissioners of Irish Lights offered to mail it back to us, but by that time we had sailed to northern Scotland and were about to push off for Faroe and couldn't wait for a package in the mail. Now we're in Faroe, and I think the shipping cost would be worth it. From their description it didn't sound like the quadcopter could be salvageable. The frame was in pieces, and it had been rained on for weeks.

I had planned for a very long time to fly on Fastnet. We waited for days for the perfect weather, and then sailed for about 30 nautical miles before arriving there. The timing was perfect. My big chance to be the first to fly a quadcopter on Fastnet.

When we lost the quadcopter I was really sad to say the least... But then you couldn't believe how surprised and thrilled we were to see that Facebook post on the Commissioners of Irish lights page!

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Re: 13 Kilometers off the Irish mainland....

That is a very cool story and nice footage.

Did they email you the footage? Doesn't sound like you have the hardware back.


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That is a very cool story and nice footage.

Did they email you the footage? Doesn't sound like you have the hardware back.
The Commissioners of Irish Lights actually uploaded the video to a file server on the internet and then gave me a username and password that enabled me to download it. Amazing!
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