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Volvo Ocean Race nicknamed the ‘Everest of Sailing’

21,000 man hours needed for the logistics

WITH Mount Everest the tallest mountain in the world at 29,028 feet, it’s easy to draw parallels to the Volvo Ocean Race’s 38,739 nautical mile length. 

The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starts in Alicante, Spain next month (on 11 October 2014) and finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden on 27 June next year.

With just one month left before the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, GAC Pindar is the company in charge of the logistics support package for the 12th edition of the race that has been nicknamed the ‘Everest of Sailing’. To give us an idea of the scale of the race, GAC Pindar has put together this infographic to break it all down.

Two identical race villages are required for the race and these leapfrog each other across five continents and eleven ports including a pit-stop in The Hague.

GAC Pindar Principal Andrew Pindar says: “The Volvo Ocean Race is a testing logistics challenge, one of the biggest events we’ve ever undertaken, but is one that the whole GAC Pindar team relish and are well equipped to deal with. We have been working closely with the organizers and have travelled over 30,000 miles to recce each of the host ports and understand their specific requirements. By the end of the race in June next year GAC Pindar employees, including eleven permanent staff, will have worked over 21,000 man hours to complete this unique logistics test.”

Nick Bice, Head of Boatyard, Volvo Ocean Race comments: “GAC Pindar are responsible for over 2.5 million dollars’ worth of spare boat parts that are strategically stored across the globe in Auckland, Dubai and Rotterdam as well as carried in the Boatyard containers, so that they are ready to be dispatched to a team anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. ”

www.volvooceanrace.com

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.