Hampshire, UK boat transportation and freight forwarding company, PSP, is currently undertaking a six-month project, moving equipment round the world for competitors taking part in a bevy of international sailing events.
The Segensworth-based firm and sponsor of the PSP Southampton Boat Show is a committed supporter of sailing and the marine industry. PSP is the official logistics supplier of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the world governing body for the sport of sailing. PSP's service is highly valued by ISAF and it was this relationship which led to PSP working with Finn sailors.
The mammoth logistical operation kicked off in June when PSP transported a 40ft container, filled with vital sailing equipment from France to Houston, Texas. The giant package was then transported by rail to California for the Finn Gold Cup and Finn Silver Cup, the world championships for the class, which takes place from 17 August - 4 September.
Once the Finn Gold Cup is over PSP will oversee the next stage of the journey, which will involve the precious cargo being transported by sea to Freemantle in Australia for the Perth International Regatta, the primary test event for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.
The final leg of the journey will come in December when PSP transports the equipment to Melbourne for the Sail Melbourne International Regatta, the first regatta of the 2010- 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup, before returning it to France.
Among the vital equipment in the container are Finn hulls, sails, booms, spars, carbon masts, sailing gear bags, top and hull covers, tools and fitting boxes.
As well as transporting the planned equipment PSP is also on hand to transport any emergency supplies to the competitors. Just this month PSP carried out an emergency shipment of three masts from London to California, which were transported by air freight and reached the competitors just in time for the first race.
Frank Dixie, Managing Director of PSP, said: "This is a huge logistical operation, with PSP responsible for moving this vital race equipment across several different continents over the space of six months. If we didn't have the equipment in the right place at the right time, our client could potentially run into trouble and lose the race. However, as an official logistics supplier to ISAF, the client knew we were the people to get the job done quickly, safely and securely."