Gordon Cossar of HiLo-PSS Group recently took a sabbatical from his high-pressure position as Group Sales Director to fulfil a lifetime ambition to compete in the ARC 2006 (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) yacht race from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Accompanied by his son Craig and friends Chris and Simon, Gordon set sail in his yacht Highland Daughter from Las Palmas with 245 competing yachts to make the a 2,700 nautical mile passage.
As the yacht was lying second for the first three days of the race, hopes were high that Highland Daughter would be amongst the first home. Then a 30-knot wind blew out the spinnaker whilst the yacht was on a jibe and all hopes of being amongst the winning yachts were dashed.
Not deterred, Gordon and his crew still managed a creditable 62nd place, taking just fifteen and a half days to finish the voyage. Due to constantly strong winds, the ARC 2006 has gone down in the record books as the fastest crossing of the Atlantic in the race’s 21-year history. Highland Daughter managed a top speed of 17½ knots and covered 260 nautical miles in just 24 hours.
Reminiscing about his voyage Gordon says. “It was a fantastic crossing. We had problems like many other boats, but I will always remember the race as one of the most memorable experiences of my life”.
Organised by the World Cruising Club, the ARC is now in its 21st year. The largest transoceanic sailing in event in the world, the race attracts some 245 yachts from over 27 nations.
Established in 1907, Hi-Lo has been manufacturing racking and shelving systems since the early 1960s and is renowned for its technical knowledge and high quality products. In 2005 it acquired Planned Storage Systems making one of the UK’s foremost independent designers, manufacturers and installers of innovative storage solutions. Collectively, the combined company has annual sales of over £20 million, making it a major player in the industrial shelving manufacturer in the UK.
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