“PSP Worldwide Logistics is proud to have been the Official Logistics Partner of the Clipper Race for three consecutive races but this year, being a Team Sponsor has been an amazing experience,” said Frank Dixie, Managing Director at the race finish in St Katharine Docks, London at the weekend.
“The PSP staff have avidly followed the race, cheering our team on all the way. Throughout the year we visited the stopovers and entertained our guests on board PSP Logistics, attended the events hosted by Clipper Ventures and the British Consulates around the world, sponsored Race 11 from San Francisco to Panama in celebration of the Panama Canal’s centenary and involved local schools in the journey, but the icing on the cake was undoubtedly watching PSP Logistics sail into St Katharine Docks on Saturday.
"The sponsorship has given us the opportunity to build our profile on a global platform, while supporting something very important to us. It has opened doors for us in South Africa, Australia, Singapore, North America and Northern Ireland and introduced us to important future contacts for our business. PSP has partners all round the world and the race arriving in their cities has made our brand highly visible.
"The race inspires people to get onto the water and is undoubtedly a life changing experience. We are so proud of all who sailed on PSP Logistics and shall miss our daily involvement with them all. However, we are really looking forward to including our yacht in our presence at the PSP Southampton Boat Show in September. We shall certainly be inviting all the crew to come and join us so we can catch up with how they are getting on,” concluded Frank Dixie.
On the eve of the Clipper Race’s return during an event at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to celebrate British trade and adventure, Frank Dixie presented Conrad Bird, Director of the GREAT Britain campaign at the Prime Minister’s office, with the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup following GREAT Britain’s victory in Race 11 from San Francisco to Panama. The trophy will be displayed at Number 10 Downing Street.
PSP Logistics finished in ninth overall and celebrated one first place podium in Race 2 into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With a predominately Australian crew on board, competing in the infamous Rolex Sydney Hobart race against seasoned sailors in home waters was a real accomplishment.
Sydney-born skipper Chris Hollis and his crew had a rapturous welcome during Leg 4 around Australia which was a highlight for him, especially leading the Parade of Sail in Sydney Harbour against iconic landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
The team also smashed the golden Clipper Race ‘300 miles in 24 hours’ mark between Cape Town, South Africa and Albany, West Australia on Race 4, clocking up 310 miles in a day whilst also setting the fastest time for the Ocean Sprint of 18 hours and two minutes. Their 24-hour speed record remained unbroken for the duration of the 2013/14 edition of the race.
Skipper Chris Hollis commented: “It has been one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs of my career. At the beginning, people try to tell you about it and what to expect, but until you do it, you just don’t know. All I can say is, expect the unexpected, go with it, and have fun.
“The crew have exceeded themselves in every way. All those green (sometimes from seasickness) faces at crew allocation are now hardened ocean racing sailors. I am extremely proud of every crew member that sailed on PSP Logistics. It is hard to believe it is over, it has not sunk in yet.
“I would like to thank the crew, our friends and family, our sponsor PSP Worldwide Logistics, all the skippers, the Clipper Race staff, all the fans and all the Clipper Race crews for a fantastic year. PSP LOGISTICS - RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.”
PSP Logistics will be on display at the PSP Southampton Boat Show from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 September 2014 inclusive.