Fareham's PSP Logistics team cross line in first place in round-the-world Clipper sailing race

A RACING team sponsored by a Fareham firm received a heroes' welcome when they sailed into China at the head of a round-the-world race.

Tuesday, 27th February 2018, 11:19 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th February 2018, 12:24 pm
PSP Logistics team celebrate the first place, after arriving at the Clipper Round the World yacht race stopover in Sanya, on the island of Hainan in Southern China

The PSP Logistics team claimed a maiden Clipper 2017-18 race win on February 22 when they crossed the finish line in first place, just offshore of Sanya Serenity Coast Marina.

The firm is a freight forwarder and provides international boat transportation.

Staff completed the 4,300 nautical-mile race from Whitsundays to Sanya in 23 days.

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Skipper Matt Mitchell said he was very proud of the victory: ‘It’s awesome. It was pretty tense with every schedule when we got the position reports in and each time it did, we thought we had dodged a bullet.

‘We dodged the final bullet this morning and we’re really pleased we managed to hold the others off.’

A huge crowd of well-wishers and supporters gathered to cheer PSP Logistics into the port, before the team were presented with their winning pennant and officially welcomed to Sanya.

PSP has been a partner to the Clipper Race for 5 races.

It works to ensure that all equipment, spares and race village arrive safely and on time for each stop over.

The firm will earn 12 points for their win.