PSP_Logistics Airlie
09
Mar 2016

While in Vietnam last month, the stopover before Race 8, the Asia-Pacific Challenge, the worldwide logistics company met with its partners, clients and crew. Frank Dixie, managing director, and Mike Austin, sales director, were on hand to resolve any logistical problems. Using their global network, the firm leapt into action and oversaw the transportation of essential maintenance parts across the globe.

 

Frank explained: “The gruelling nature of the biennial eleven-month race means that new equipment is required for maintenance en route, from boat parts to team kits.

 

“We were glad that, together with our partners, we have been able to deliver the boat parts required for the stricken crew to continue in the race - and we even delivered a pair of sailing boots to one crew member in need as well.”

The crew member commented: “I knew from the start that it was a long shot getting sailing boots in Vietnam as there is very little recreational sailing here, and on arrival, I was even more daunted. We contacted PSP because of its involvement in the Clipper Race, hoping at best for a bit of advice about shipping.

“To instead receive your personal assistance and access to a local network of sources was truly amazing, and is a testament to the kindness and international expertise of PSP.

“I would have massively struggled in the next race as my old boots really disintegrated as a result of our diesel leak, and the conditions to Qingdao are going to be cold and quite rough. As a result of PSP's help, I will have a much better race, and so I can't thank them enough for their personal help, and also PSP as a whole as they sorted out this massive problem for me.

“I really hope that PSP continue to be involved in the Clipper Race, helping to solve very specific and tricky logistical problems on an international scale.”

As Official Logistics Partner for the fourth time running, PSP is taking charge of moving the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race containers 40,000 miles around the globe, as competitors battle it out for victory on the water.

 

The contract builds on PSP’s years of specialist experience in the sector, having worked with the Volvo Ocean Race, Dee Caffari MBE and record-breaking yachtsman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, among many others.

 

In addition to providing the logistics, PSP is also an official Team Sponsor. This year, its yacht is skippered by local sailor, Max Stunell, who grew up in Portsmouth, and learned to sail on the Solent near to PSP’s head office.

 

Frank said: “Our involvement in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race over the years, both as Official Logistics Partner and Team Sponsor, has resulted in some fantastic opportunities and several new clients for PSP. We have been able to build our profile on a global platform while supporting something very important to us.

 

“It’s for this reason, plus our passionate support of the sport of sailing, that we are proud to be so heavily involved again this year. To know that some of the greatest sailing races in the world are confident that they can rely on us really is testament to the talent and dedication of our team.”

  • Team PSP Logistics after winning Race 2

  • Trish Dixie naming PSP Logistics

  • Trish Dixie naming PSP Logistics

  • The naming ceremony

  • Sir RKJ and Trish Dixie

  • Sir RKJ

  • Stepping the mast

  • Chris Hollis - Skipper of PSP Logistics

  • Before PSP Logistics was branded and launched