The Volvo Ocean Race is arguably the toughest professional sports team event of them all. A relentless marathon on the seas, it’s the ultimate test for some of the best sailors on the planet. Clinching the all-important victory is an obsession. For some, the pursuit of victory takes decades.
It’s no less intense away from the boats. The agony and the ecstasy of the Volvo Ocean Race is felt by all of those involved. This includes GAC Pindar, the official logistics provider for the 2017-18 edition.
GAC Pindar is the only supplier in the history of the race to be appointed as its official logistics provider for a second time. It’s a mammoth task that involves moving the event’s 16 structure race village around the world, taking it to 12 countries in nine months, all while transporting kit for the race’s seven teams.
Nothing comes close
With a truly global itinerary, the Volvo Ocean Race is as unique as a logistics challenge as it is as a sailing event. Each country welcoming the race had its own rules, regulations and customs laws, all which had to be thoroughly understood and successfully negotiated within a very tight schedule. Then there were local holidays like Chinese New Year and Memorial Day in the USA that had to be factored into the schedule this time round. Adding an extra layer of complexity, they were yet another aspect to be planned for and navigated with support from ‘normalised’ ship and freight services, where the nature of the cargo and tight deadlines already challenged the norm.