Launched in 2011, GAC Pindar is a strategic partnership between the global shipping, marine and logistics provider the GAC Group and Pindar, a brand that has been supporting and championing the sport of sailing since 1980.
Our dedicated team provides key logistics services for the marine sport, leisure and events community based on our first-hand understanding of customer requirements and a focus on providing a high level of service, optimum efficiency and value for money.
“When we first met GAC and decided to start a business together, it was with a simple premise: we wanted to be the ‘disruptor’ and challenge the status quo. We had noticed a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude from some in the freight forwarding sector; the shipping small print had clients over a barrel and they were charged the earth. Pindar has always focused on how best to serve the customer (with awards to show for it), so that approach seemed alien and self-defeating to us. We saw a solid business opportunity in setting ourselves apart from the competition by joining forces with the GAC Group, which shares those same values.
“We had experienced the excellent GAC service first-hand when we shipped our two Volvo 60s from the UK to Bahrain in 2009 and we seized the opportunity to work with them to offer a bespoke service tailored to the sport of sailing. We set up our head office in the UK in 2011, and have drawn on the experience and scope of the GAC network to develop a business that understands the importance of a competitive mind-set, benefits from a truly international outlook and, most importantly, is service-focused and understands the needs of both the customer and the market.”
Andrew Pindar OBE DL – Founding Partner
2021 – A Decade of Service
Today, we assist customers from all walks of the marine sport, leisure and events community. We are proud to be the official logistics provider for World Sailing, managing shipping requirements for Member National Authorities to multiple locations in their bid to support their teams to Olympic podium positions. We have been the official provider for the ground-breaking stadium racing platform, the Extreme Sailing Series, and have extended this provision to the foiling version, the GC32 Racing Tour. In 2017 our hard work was rewarded when we were the first company ever to be named the official logistics provider for the Volvo Ocean Race for a second time; and we shall again provide our services to the next edition of The Ocean Race.
Headquartered in the UK sailing hub of Southampton, GAC Pindar is a brand of GAC Services (UK) Ltd. It is part of the GAC Group, which was established in 1956, and now employs over 9,000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide.
We aim to make the logistics experience happy, easy, streamlined and cost effective. Give us a call or drop us a line today and find out more about the GAC Pindar way.
“GAC Pindar is known worldwide for their involvement in the sport of sailing with a deep understanding of yachts and equipment. They are the natural choice when it comes to shipping sailboats and provided us with the perfect solution to deliver Comanche to Europe”
GC32 Class Manager
“We are very happy to be able to count on GAC Pindar as the official shipping and logistics provider of the GC32 Racing Tour. They provide us and our participating teams with a solid, professional and reliable logistic service.”
CEO EKS team, FIA WRX
“GAC looked after EKS’ logistics requirements on the FIA WRX championship for 2 years. During this time, we found them to be helpful, knowledgeable, passionate and professional. From the works supercars to any small part, they regarded them with equal importance. We highly recommend them in the pressured world of motorsports logistics”.
Marketing Communications Fleet Manager at Spark44
“Working in partnership with GAC allowed us to deliver our cars into China safely and on time. Communication was excellent and allowed us to track every step of the journey. Thanks to the support of GAC and their local teams we overcame many challenges and a grateful to them for helping to make the Dragon Challenge the huge success it has been.”
Director of production, Realise Communication Sweden AB for Volvo Pavilion build, VOR 17-18
“We had great support from the team from GAC during the delivery of the Volvo Ocean Race. With a very tight schedule and limited space in the race-village to handle material, the containers and machinery need to be delivered exactly on time – GAC managed this challenge in an excellent way.”
Skipper – Concise 10, MOD70
“We have highlighted the vessel monitoring service to our insurance provider which has recognised it as a solid addition to our crisis management planning. Beyond this, the support and logistics services provided by GAC Pindar, especially while we are at sea, far surpass anything else on offer in the market today.”
Fédération Française de Voile
“GAC Pindar provided the French Sailing Team with competitive rates and the whole process went extremely smoothly: bringing together needs of other sailing federations and completing operations without any delays. I strongly advise others that they consider GAC Pindar.”
8th Dimension Performance Sailing
“I set high targets with our project to have eight Dragons sailing around Europe for charters, clinics and private events. For us, the fact that we could count on GAC Pindar’s experience and capacity to start moving our boats was a key element and allowed us to focus on the commercial and financial side of our start-up company. The process of delivering our boats from the UK to Portugal was very smooth and accurate, allowing us to start with our schedule with no issues. We are looking forward to continuing to work with GAC Pindar in the years to come and provide quality sailing to the lovers of our sport.”