PSP and its North American west coast partners, Vantage Point Services, hosted a customer sail day during the San Francisco stopover. Guests were treated to near perfect conditions on The Bay whilst skipper Chris Hollis and his crew gave them a fast-track course in how to sail a 70-foot ocean racing yacht.
It was a great way to thank existing customers, such as the America’s Cup Race Management, whilst also showcasing PSP to potential clients.
“Many of the guests thought they were simply coming along for a ride but Chris and the crew soon got us involved in all aspects of sailing the boat from helming to grinding. I cannot think of a better way to spend time with customers. It was a fantastic day,” said Scott Sis, Vantage Point Services.
California is a growing market for PSP following the success of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco last summer. PSP was the logistics consultant for the America’s Cup World Series, a series of regattas leading up to The Cup itself. It is the association with events like this, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the PSP Southampton Boat Show which have helped PSP boost its marine division to account for over 20 per cent of the company’s turnover.
PSP is best known within the marine industry for its specialism in boat transportation and race logistics, being trusted by some of the biggest brands, including Sunseeker and Fairline, to transport their yachts and motorboats around the world. It proudly shipped the first Clipper 70s from China to the UK, marking the start of a new era for the Clipper Race.
However, its expertise stretches much wider than this one sector with freight forwarding, packing, marine spares and express courier services. What sets it apart from competitors is that it specialises in the tough arena of ‘project logistics’ across all markets from oil and gas to architecture and from exhibitions to wind turbines. Whether it’s moving an entire race village across the Atlantic or piggybacking containers full of equipment across the world for 18 months, no project is too big or too complex for PSP.
Through its Clipper Race sponsorship, PSP has built relationships with other Clipper partners such as handling all the UK and European distribution for Hyde Sails and ensuring De Lage Landen’s promotional materials and merchandise arrive in each stopover ahead of activation events.
"Hyde have been really pleased with the service, price and support provided by PSP - they do an excellent job," commented Nigel Grogan, Managing Director, Hyde Sails.
The Clipper Race departure from San Francisco saw the start of Race 11 – the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup in commemoration of the canal’s centenary year. PSP is a regular user of the Panama Canal to ship project cargos, boats and superyachts and so the entire team feels a special connection with this leg of the race.
PSP Managing Director Frank Dixie said: "The Panama Canal is a lynchpin of global trade and an important route for PSP's out of gauge cargos like project and marine as well as for moving boats around the globe. These are at the absolute heart of our business and something we specialise in, so the canal is a key part of our operation."
To find out more about PSP’s range of services visit www.psp-logistics.com