Hampshire-based PSP (Premier Shipping and Packing) came to the rescue of a Clipper Round the World Race yacht by rapidly transporting a new mast from the UK to San Francisco in just five days.
The operation involved transporting the 15m mast from Devon to Luxembourg by road and ferry, then to Los Angeles by air before it was taken to San Francisco by road.
The PSP team leapt into action on the evening of Thursday, April 1, after the California team's vessel suffered a broken mast when she was rolled through 120 degrees in a major Pacific Ocean storm 2,000 miles from the race finish in San Francisco.
Amazingly, thanks to the PSP Alliance - a network of yacht transporters around the globe - the mast was waiting at the quayside on Wednesday, April 7, to keep California in the race. It was the second time in a month that PSP helped keep a team on the go, following them shipping two masts to China to meet the Team Finland yacht.
PSP Managing Director, Frank Dixie, said:
"This was brilliant work by our team, I don't think we could have got it there any quicker if we had tried. They really pulled out all the stops over the holiday weekend."
Skipper of California, Pete Rollason, said:
"It's great to see our replacement mast here so swiftly and it's clearly been a great team effort by all concerned. We look forward to getting the rig tuned up in readiness for the next stage of the Clipper Race."
To find out more about PSP visit: www.psp-logistics.com