PARTNERSHIPS

We are the official logistics provider for several key events and industry bodies in the marine sport, leisure and events market. These partnerships have been forged by proving our service capabilities and building mutual trust to create long standing relationships.

We focus on using these purpose lead partnerships to showcase GAC Pindar’s freight forwarding and logistics business to a wide audience, whilst encouraging positive change throughout our industry, for the benefit of communities and the planet. At the same time, providing the best in logistics with maximum efficiency and value for money for all.

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INEOS Britannia

Backed by INEOS Founder and Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe and led by the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie, INEOS Britannia is the Challenger of Record for the 37th America’s Cup. The British team, who will race for Royal Yacht Squadron Ltd, was formed in 2014 before joining forces with INEOS in 2018.

GAC Pindar is the official logistics supplier, providing the team with a complete suite of freight logistics support, moving equipment between the UK and Europe. This includes the 20.7m long AC75 race boat, its 26.5m mast and associated parts.

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The Ocean Race

Since 1973, The Ocean Race has arguably been the world’s toughest professional sporting team challenge. Known as sailing’s Everest, the 13 previous editions, from the inaugural Whitbread Round the World Race to the latest Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18, has seen fully crewed yachts go head to head in a round-the-world multi-staged event.

GAC Pindar is trusted with meeting the logistics requirements of this iconic event having built up a solid long-term relationship as official logistics provider for the previous two editions, transporting the event infrastructure, broadcast and support equipment to host cities across six continents. Beyond freight forwarding, we provide site management services and key personnel on-the-ground to ensure smooth operations and continuity across the nine stopover ports.  The latest edition of The Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain in January 2023, finishing in Genoa, Italy later, the same year.

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World Yacht Rally

The newly launched World Yacht Rally is a 30-month round-the-world sailing challenge for cruising enthusiasts. As the official supplier of marine logistics and freight services, GAC Pindar will ship event containers to designated maintenance stops on a route starting with a prologue from Alicante.

This first leg will go from Alicante to Lanzarote, after which participants will follow a route taking in the Caribbean, the Galapagos Islands, Marquesas, Fiji, Auckland, Sydney, Kai Islands, Singapore, Cocos Keeling Islands, Seychelles, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Natal, St. Lucia and the Azores before finishing in Lisbon.

Our control tower team based in the UK will work with the 300+ strong network of GAC offices worldwide to manage these shipments and any urgent airfreight requirements, as well as customs clearance & immigration services, crew safety training and Panama Canal transits for the fleet of +50ft yachts taking part.

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 Yacht Racing Forum

The leading annual conference for sailing and yacht racing, the Yacht Racing Forum gathers together movers and shakers from across the industry to present ideas and developments.

GAC Pindar has supported this influential platform since 2017, taking part in key panel discussions and providing further opportunities for delegate discussions beyond the conference centre.

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Foiling Week™

Foiling Week™ is the first and only global event dedicated to the amazingly fast foiling boats, their sailors, designers and builders. It is a not-for-profit sport and cultural association with a scope to promote foiling and make it more safe, accessible and sustainable. The aim is to provide the foiling community with the network and resources to grow within the sport of sailing, to encourage cooperation and drive change. GAC Pindar has supported Foiling Week by providing logistics services and support since 2014.

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Proud Member of British Marine

British Marine is the membership organisation for the UK’s leisure, superyacht, and small commercial marine industry. With a rich heritage spanning over a century, it serves as a unifying voice and a source of expertise and guidance, playing a crucial role in promoting and protecting the interests of its members, which are drawn from a wide cross-section of the UK boating industry, from boat builders and equipment manufacturers to service providers and marina operators.

Members are the heartbeat of the UK marine industry, collectively contributing to 60% of the industry’s impressive annual revenue of over £4.2 billion, with a significant 29% of this being exported globally. We added our name to the Shipyard at the 2024 Southampton International Boat Show – the organisation’s flagship event. The Shipyard is a venue full of festival vibes, music and more and supporting it reflects our passion for the marine industry and our commitment to the community we serve.

At the forefront of British Marine’s mission is the commitment to fostering industry growth and sustainability. GAC recognises that people’s lives extend beyond their jobs – who you are is just as important as what you do. Service excellence is achieved through a combination of work and play. So join us at The Shipyard – delivered by GAC Pindar.

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Testimonials

Neil Cox – Technical Director, The Ocean Race

“It was once again a genuine pleasure and reassurance to have GAC Pindar working alongside us as our logistics partner for this latest edition of The Ocean Race.

Never before has the race been more logistically challenging, requiring a high level of attention to detail in all the pre-race planning and needing to tap into the depth of experience and knowledge that the GAC Pindar team brings to the table. This helped us with all the dynamic situations that only a race like ours can generate for both ourselves and the teams.

I know I speak on behalf of all the teams and the entire race organisation when I say we could not have done this without ‘the next level’ support we got from the entire GAC team that came with us on this latest great adventure.”

Neil Cox
Technical Director, The Ocean Race

Mitch Booth

“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”

Mitch Booth
Skipper, SY Comanche

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.”

Christian Scherrer
GC32 Class Manager

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”.

Klas Boman
CEO EKS team, FIA WRX

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.”

Rebecca Albright
Marketing Communications Fleet Manager at Spark44

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.”

Joakim Valfridsson
Director of production, Realise Communication Sweden AB for Volvo Pavilion build, VOR 17-18

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.”

Ned Collier Wakefield
Skipper – Concise 10, MOD70

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.”

Lionel Cottin
Fédération Française de Voile

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.”

Pedro Andrade
8th Dimension Performance Sailing

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