On Saturday, April 19, “Derry~Londonderry~Doire” was the first yacht in the 11th race in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to cross the start line off the Golden Gate Yacht Club. The fleet sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for the Pacific Ocean, heading off on the 3350-mile journey to Panama.
Andrew Taylor, the British sailor on the “Derry~Londonderry~Doire” who on the last leg of the race fell overboard and spent ninety minutes in the freezing water, rejoined the crew to continue. He experienced shock, hypothermia and a badly bruised leg and while he is still sore in spots, he has received a clean bill of health from medics and race officials in San Francisco.
Skipper Chris Hollis of Team “PSP Logistics”, is vowing to win this stage of the Clipper Race because of how important the canal is to the boat’s global logistics business partner.
PSP is best known within the marine industry for its work with boat transportation and race logistics. They have moved an entire race village across the Atlantic and piggybacked containers full of equipment across the world.
“…The canal is a key part of our operation. We are determined to be the first to get there. It’s our mission,” said PSP Logistics managing director Frank Dixie.
It is the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal and, to celebrate, the leg of this year’s event from San Francisco to Panama is called the PSP Logistics Challenge and the winning team will be awarded the PSP Logistics trophy.