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 partnerships to drive GAC Pindar’s freight forwarding and logistics business to reach a wider audience and provide the best in logistics with maximum efficiency and value for money for all.
World Sailing, sailing’s world governing body, is responsible for the promotion and regulation of the sport internationally, including the its management at Olympic and Paralympic level and sanctioning major events such as the America’s Cup, SailGP and The Ocean Race.
In 2017, GAC Pindar became the official marine logistics and freight partner to World Sailing with a partnership goal to reduce costs and environmental impact of logistics in the shipping of equipment to events for World Sailing, Member National Authorities (MNAs), Class Associations and individual sailors during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic cycle.
The partnership further impacts and supports World Sailing’s mission to reinstate sailing to the Paralympic Sports Programme.
GC32 Racing Tour
Created in 2014, the GC32 Racing Tour sees owner-drivers and commercially financed professional team compete in foiling catamarans. GAC Pindar was appointed its official shipping and logistics provider in early 2019 having successfully shipped the infrastructure, yachts and equipment for events since 2015. We provide a cost-effective solution for the event and competing teams, delivering freight to the many tour locations across Southern Europe and beyond.
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 will start in Alicante, Spain in the autumn of 2021, finishing in Genoa, Italy in early summer, 2022.
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.
The Race Around
The Race Around is a double-handed, multi-staged around the world yacht race starting in the summer of 2023. Racing in the Class40 boat, the route has been designed to provide sailors with competitive racing at an affordable price in an achievable timeframe.
As its official logistics provider, GAC Pindar’s offers a complete service to the event organisers and competing teams including general freight forwarding, event consultancy and ‘on-the-ground’ services, as well as options of 24-hour monitoring of vessels while at sea. We look for continuing to work with The Race Around over its four-year cycle as a new premiere global sporting event.
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.
“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.”