Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Freight Group and Ocean Yacht Racing Tie Up Wins the Race for Volvo Logistics

Round the World Event Presents a Unique Shipping Challenge
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – With the excitement level still high after the most exciting ever America’s Cup series, interest in the sport of ocean yacht racing is at a peak and, having reported on the development of GAC Pindar since its inception, we can now report on a most exciting development for the yacht racing and development team and freight company tie up, with the news that the group has been appointed the official logistics provider for the Volvo Ocean Race, the world's most prestigious round-the-world sailing event.

Formed in 2011, GAC Pindar is a strategic partnership between global shipping, marine and logistics provider GAC Group and professional sailing team Team Pindar. GAC Pindar will now provide a complete logistics support package for the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15, including transportation and customs clearance of pavilions and hospitality infrastructure for the Race Villages, as well as broadcast and other support equipment for the ports the Race will visit over the course of nine months, starting in October next year.

The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will start from Alicante, Spain on 4 October 2014. The teams will cover 39,379 nautical miles before the finish and a final In-Port Race at Gothenburg, Sweden, on 27 June 2015. William Hill, GAC's Executive Group Vice President, Commercial, says that securing the logistics business for the Volvo Ocean Race is testament to the combination offered by GAC Group's global logistics infrastructure and Team Pindar, commenting:

"We have the unique advantage of a deep understanding of the needs of sailing teams, the movement of their boats and the sailing events, combined with the global resources and reach of the GAC Group. We are honoured and excited by the challenge and opportunity that the Volvo Ocean Race represents. Our strength and infrastructure around the world puts us in the ideal position to support the GAC Pindar specialists with the local support and expertise they need to meet the tight deadlines and demands of this exciting highlight of the global sailing calendar."

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad said he appreciated that the logistics challenges presented by a race visiting multiple countries in five continents over nine months are huge and felt that the experience of GAC Pindar fitted the bill perfectly. GAC Pindar Team Principal Andrew Pindar added:

"Back in 2010, we set out to create a new business dedicated to bringing extraordinary service and value to the world of boats and yachts. As a sailing race and team sponsor of over 30 years standing we knew the need for a supplier who understood the needs and language of sailing and the global events which they have become. Since embarking on our journey to become the global market leader in marine sport and leisure logistics, our message has resonated throughout the yachting community - and being selected as the Volvo Ocean Race supplier of choice is fantastic validation that we are on course."

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad and Lars Säfverström, Co-Chairman of the GAC Group, shake hands on the deal.