PSP Logistics celebrates highlights and achievements of ocean odyssey

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Team sponsor and Official Logistics Partner PSP Logistics is celebrating its achievements in the Clipper Race.

The team finished in ninth overall with one first place podium into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PSP Logistics actually finished 19 seconds behind Jamaica Get All Right in a thrilling finish after the 4,800 mile, 27 day contest which was one of contrast.

However, after taking into account redress, which gave some boats time credits to compensate for suspending racing while replenishing fresh water supplies in the Doldrums, PSP Logistics moved ahead of Jamaica Get All Right in the overall standings after applying a 1 hour 11 min redress and it took first place.

For the Australian crew, competing in the infamous Sydney Hobart race on Leg 4 against seasoned sailors in home waters was a real accomplishment.

The team also smashed the golden Clipper Race ‘300 mile in 24 hours’ mark between Cape Town, South Africa and Albany, West Australia on Race 4, clocking up 310 miles in a day whilst also setting a new fastest time for the Ocean Sprint of 18 hours and two minutes.

Sydney-born skipper Chris Hollis and his crew had a rapturous welcome during Leg 4 around Australia which was a highlight for him.

He commented: “It has been one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs of my career. At the beginning, people try to tell you about it and what to expect, but until you do it, you just don’t know. All I can say is, ‘Expect the unexpected, go with it, and have fun’.

“The crew have exceeded themselves in every way. All those green (sometimes from seasickness) faces at crew allocation are now hardened ocean racing sailors. I am extremely proud of every crew member that sailed on PSP Logistics. It is hard to believe it is over, it has not sunk in yet.

“I would like to thank the crew, our friends and family, our Sponsor PSP Logistics, all the skippers, the Clipper Race staff, all the fans and all the Clipper Race crews for a fantastic year. PSP LOGISTICS - "RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.”

Frank Dixie, Managing Director of PSP, said the company was proud to have been the Official Logistics Partner of the Clipper Race for three races but this year, being a Team Sponsor had been an amazing experience. 

“PSP staff have avidly followed the race, cheering our team on all the way.  Throughout the year we visited the stopovers and entertained our guests on board PSP Logistics, attended the events hosted by Clipper Ventures and the stopovers, have involved local schools in the journey but the icing on the cake was undoubtedly watching  PSP Logistics sail into St Katharine Docks on Saturday.   

"The sponsorship has given us the opportunity to build our profile on a global platform, while supporting something very important to us. It has opened doors for us in South Africa, Australia, Singapore, the Netherlands, Derry-Londonderry, USA and introduced us to important future contacts for our business.  PSP has partners all round the world and the race arriving in their cities has made our brand highly visible.

"The race inspires people to get onto the water and must be a life changing experience.  We are so proud of all who sailed on PSP Logistics and we shall miss our daily involvement with them all.  However, we are really looking forward to including our yacht in our presence at the PSP Southampton Boat Show in September.  We shall certainly be inviting all the crew to come and join us and give us the chance to catch up with how they are getting on.”