Southampton, UK: 11 September 2014 – With just one month to go to the start of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, GAC Pindar is in the thick of ensuring the provision of a seamless logistics support package for the 12th edition of the race that has been nicknamed the ‘Everest of Sailing’.
As the official logistics provider for the Volvo Ocean Race, the mammoth task that faces GAC Pindar includes logistics and customs clearance of entire race villages and gear for the crews, in addition to emergency supply of spare parts during the race.
Due to the sheer size of the race, 38, 739 nautical miles across five continents and eleven ports including a pit-stop in The Hague in just nine months, two identical race villages are required and will leapfrog each other across the globe.
GAC Pindar Principal Andrew Pindar says: “The Volvo Ocean Race is a testing logistics challenge, one of the biggest events we’ve ever undertaken, but is one that the whole GAC Pindar team relish and are well equipped to deal with. We have been working closely with the organizers and have travelled over 30, 000 miles to recce each of the host ports and understand their specific requirements. By the end of the race in June next year GAC Pindar employees, including eleven permanent staff, will have worked over 21, 000 man hours to complete this unique logistics test.”
Nick Bice, Head of Boatyard, Volvo Ocean Race comments: “GAC Pindar is crucial to the smooth running of the whole Volvo Ocean Race operation. Not only will their role ensure that each of the race villages are in place by deadline but they will also be instrumental in making sure the race runs smoothly. GAC Pindar are responsible for over 2.5 million dollars’ worth of spare boat parts that are strategically stored across the globe in Auckland, Dubai and Rotterdam as well as carried in the Boatyard containers, so that they are ready to be dispatched to a team anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. ”
The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will start in Alicante, Spain on 11 October 2014 and finish in Gothenburg, Sweden on 27 June next year.
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Launched in 2011, GAC Pindar is the go-to provider for marine and sport leisure logistics. GAC Pindar combines the global strength and resources of the GAC Group with the inside understanding of the yachting world, represented by the Team Pindar professional sailing team.
GAC Pindar is the official logistics provider for the Extreme Sailing Series, the Volvo Ocean Race and the ALPARI World Match Racing Tour.
GAC Pindar is also a familiar name on the international race circuit, frequently featuring in the winning line-up at premier sailing events.