Firm helps make event plain sailing

SHIP SHAPE Frank Dixie
SHIP SHAPE Frank Dixie
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A SEGENSWORTH company has secured a deal with one of the world’s biggest yacht races.

Boat transportation firm PSP has been asked to be a consultant for the 34th America’s Cup World Series of catamaran races between now and 2013, co-ordinating the mammoth preparation and planning for the event.

It’s a coup for the firm which has been working on the deal for a year.

The firm’s job is to ensure it is plain sailing for all those taking part in the race.

PSP’s managing director Frank Dixie said: ‘This is without doubt one of the most important phases that PSP has gone through and shows how far we have come as a company.

‘The preparation and planning that has gone in behind the scenes is colossal and we have been working very closely with America’s Cup Race Management to ensure that everything is on time for the event and the opening of the race village in Plymouth.’

PSP and the race management team have chartered an 11,000-tonne vessel for the two-year period. This will carry all of the AC45 catamarans for the 10 teams competing in the toughly-fought race, as well as support boats, maintenance equipment and the marquees and stands that make up the ‘race village’.

PSP’s work as logistics consultant for the race has proven to be successful as the first of these race villages is now open for all to see in Plymouth.

Now that the logistics has been planned and put into place, responsibility for day-to-day transportation and movement of equipment will be taken over by ACRM.

Frank added: ‘It has been an absolute pleasure to work on such an exciting project.

‘We will be glued to coverage of the 34th America’s Cup over the next two years, knowing we have played an important part in making it happen.’

The America’s Cup World Series takes place around the world in various locations until 2013, and the finals will be held from September 7 to 22, 2013.