Mar 2014

Over the weekend, we took the opportunity whilst racing is suspended to catch-up with another PSP Logistics Leg 5 crew member, Ranjit Gaind, an IT Management Consultant from the UK. 

In the ‘real’ world, you’re a management consultant back home. What do you think will be the key lessons from racing on board PSP Logistics in Leg 5 that you will take back with you to the workplace?

In the real world I own and direct a fledgling multinational, as you say in management consulting with an emphasis on business process outsourcing. Going from leader to arguably junior team member has been a testing experience, taking ‘orders’ and advice from watch leaders has been humbling indeed. I embarked on this experience to place myself out of my comfort zone. The team dynamic was always of interest to me intellectually and seeing different approaches to leadership, conflict management, team building and high stress situations has been interesting. 

How to involve others in team situations and really appreciating that everyone has something to offer in one way or another has been a take home. Tenacity is one of our four pillars approach to our business and nowhere is this more necessary than sailing in the Doldrums! Patience is needed in abundance, communication and clarity thereof is paramount. All of these factors were expected but to actually experience them first hand is undeniably a growing experience. The largest stand out however has to be the necessity for some sort of structure and discipline.

Too many chiefs and not enough Indians lead to disarray. As a private pilot it has re-emphasised team management in a dangerous vehicle and how preparation for any voyage, be it victualling, passage planning, briefing or any of the smaller details are all of equal importance.

Leg 5 is known to be one the most challenging legs of the Clipper Race both physically and mentally with the extreme changes in temperature and conditions. What was it in particular that attracted you to choose Leg 5?

I chose it because of those exact reasons. It is the longest leg by far therefore providing arguably value for money and also offered almost all the conditions in each of the other legs. It was also leaving from Australia which was an attraction and entering areas north of Papua New Guinea that I have never ventured to by land, air or sea.