Oxford University Rowing Club was challenged to still execute their Summer Regatta during the pandemic amidst COVID-19 restrictions and bring thousands of spectators and rowers together for the highpoint of the rowing year. First Sight Media was brought on board to produce the University’s first ever hybrid regatta involving 147 boats and over 1,500 participants with just five weeks to go!
The regatta could only take place if spectators were successfully persuaded to watch high-quality live footage of each race rather than supporting their fellow students from the riverside. In addition to the timeframe of five weeks to turn around planning, filming permissions and all tech checks, the remote location meant reduced connectivity, as well as all vision mixing and streaming needing to be done from a Boat House on the River Thames with audio from other remote and in-person teams.
First Sight Media:
“A bumps regatta is normally a highpoint of the Oxford rowing year and it was particularly pleasing to be able to run this in a COVID secure way, nearly two years after we were last able to offer this experience to students. By working with First Sight Media, we were able to stream high quality footage so that we could effectively discourage spectators from attending but also make the event accessible to students’ families and our alumni around the world. It is a format we will definitely consider using beyond the pandemic.”
David Seale, Bursar, Linacre College, Oxford University