WORLDWIDE freight forwarding and boat transportation company, PSP, has brought the first of the Clipper Race’s new fleet of twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts from China to the UK this week, marking the start of a new era for the race.
PSP won the coveted contract to transport the boats following a competitive pitch and Managing Director, Frank Dixie, said he was “awash with pride” as they touched UK soil.
Highly respected naval architect, Tony Castro, was commissioned to design the new fleet, which features the third generation of Clipper Race yachts. Their production took place in Qingdao, China, over a period of ten months. The new models are likely to set new speed records compared to previous fleets, with speeds of up to 30 knots when conditions suit. The twelve new yachts will create the world’s biggest matched fleet of large ocean racing yachts.
PSP delivered the first Clipper 70 this month and the second is already en route. Each was loaded onto a vessel in Qingdao and transported by sea to Felixstowe in Suffolk, where the mast and rigging will be fitted locally before the yachts are sailed to the Clipper Race base in Gosport, ready for final fit out, trials and pre-race training.
Managing Director of PSP, Frank Dixie, said: “As a trenchant supporter of the marine industry and the sport of sailing, we are honoured to bring these yachts to the UK. The Clipper 70s will form a part of sailing history and to be a part of that is fantastic. It was a competitive pitch but our win once again proves our dedication to the sport and the result of our stellar work as Official Logistics Partner for both the 2009-10 and 2011-12 editions of the Clipper Race.”
Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Founder and Chairman of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, added: “This is a very exciting time for the Clipper Race. PSP is playing a vital role in delivering these yachts to the UK all the way from China. We are particularly looking forward to receiving the first boat and completing our company trials in home waters.”
As well as being selected to transport these first yachts to the UK and being named Official Logistics Partner for the race twice in a row, PSP has brought the thrill of the event to people back home through its Clipper Race Ambassador Blog. The website tells the tale of PSP’s Ambassador, Martin Woodcock, who took part in this year’s event. To read the blog visit http://clipper.psp-logistics.com/.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht race is the longest at 40,000 miles. The ninth edition of the unique biennial event starts in summer 2013 and will take almost a year to complete. It is the only race to train amateurs to cross some of the world’s most challenging oceans.