May 2013

Formula 1 team Caterham has announced plans to enter a team into one of the world’s toughest on-water races, the Global Ocean Race.

As official logistics partner for the race, PSP was in the thick of the action when the news was unveiled.

Marketing and PR manager, Jo Dixie, and finance director, Darron Strange, attended the bustling press conference at Caterham F1 Team’s HQ in Oxfordshire on Wednesday, May 15.

Mike Gascoyne, famous for his work with several Formula One racing teams and now CEO of Caterham Technology and Caterham Composites, will head up the Caterham team. He will be joined by one of the UK’s most experienced round the world sailors, Brian Thompson, as well as other sailors when he takes part in the round the world event.

Since the late 1980s, Mike Gascoyne has been at the highest level of F1 design and Caterham Challenge will bring the sport’s standards of technology, innovation and logistics to offshore yacht racing.

His team is building an Akilaria RC3 Class40 and their high-powered racing yacht will be launched on the South Coast in early August 2013 with sailing and training in The Solent and English Channel, not far from PSP’s headquarters in Hampshire.

Jo Dixie said:

“This is a huge coup for the Global Ocean Race as Mike’s involvement is likely to spread the thrill of sailing and on-water innovation to a whole new audience. He is without doubt one of motor racing’s most revered design and engineering experts and we will be glued to his progress both in the lead up to and during the race.”

The Global Ocean Race starts from the PSP Southampton Boat Show on 21 September 2014 and finishes in Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth in early May 2015.

Worldwide logistics firm, PSP, will be responsible for ensuring all race equipment, including replacement parts for the boats and dehydrated food, reach the four stopovers during the nine-month race.

As official logistics partner PSP, title sponsor of the PSP Southampton Boat Show, will also be responsible for any emergency logistics throughout the race, such as the urgent delivery of specialist boat parts.