Smiles all round for the children of Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France as they go sailing at the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice

Events, Ports & Terminals, Sports, Yachting — By on October 31, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Happy faces! Children of Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France enjoy sailing with GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams on the Ex 40 boat. – Credit Lloyd Images

GAC Pindar Children’s sailing programme looks to 2013 after successful year

France – October 31 2012 – Dozens of critically ill children from the French charity Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France were given the fantastic opportunity to sail on GAC Pindar’s Ex40 boat during the penultimate event of the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice last week.

Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France is a charitable organisation, which provides better living conditions in public hospitals, in particular for children and the elderly. The Foundation supports programmes for fighting pain, bringing families together and developing activities.

Ian Williams and his extreme sailing team put the new recruits through their paces as they enjoyed learning first-hand what it was like to sail on an Ex40 while others got to race through the waves on the GAC Pindar safety boat.

Danuta Pieter, Executive Director of Fondation Hopitaux de Paris – Hopitaux de France comments, “Making such moments of joy possible for children in hospital is what we strive for at our foundation. Thanks to the generosity of GAC Pindar, the children enjoyed a unique sailing experience with great champions, as well as a bit of British humour!”

This is the third successful children’s sailing programme organised by GAC and GAC Pindar this year and their commitment to helping young people will be extended into 2013 with the sailing programme being proposed for all Extreme Sailing Series venues.

“I’ve had the pleasure to work with the Extreme Sailing team of GAC Pindar on three different children’s sailing projects this year in Istanbul, Cardiff and now Nice, ” says child supervisor, Davina Ashbolt-Smith. “Each project has enabled young people facing their own challenges to experience a fun and unique sailing activity.

“Seeing happy faces and hearing laughter from the boat is not purely down to the activity but also the hardworking team, who strive to deliver this amazing experience. Each young person is offered the opportunity to take an active part in sailing the boat, encouraging them to be a part of the team. I look forward to working with GAC Pindar next year, to make a difference to these young people’s lives.”

For more information on GAC Pindar or Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris  – Hôpitaux de France, please visit:

www.gacpindar.com www.facebook.com/teamgacpindar www.twitter.com/gacpindar www.fondationhopitaux.fr

About GAC Pindar

GAC Pindar is your first port of call for integrated specialist services for the marine leisure sector, including yacht transportation, superyacht services, air sea and road freight, yacht spares logistics, sailing event management, ship agency and corporate hospitality. It is the winning combination of the global strength and resources of the GAC Group with the insider understanding of the yachting world represented by the Team Pindar professional sailing team.

Launched in 2011, GAC Pindar is headquartered at the heart of the yachting community – in the UK sailing hub of Southampton.

In addition to providing services to the worldwide yachting community, GAC Pindar is a familiar name on the international race circuit, frequently featuring in the winning line-up at premier sailing events

GAC Pindar is the official logistics provider for the Extreme Sailing Series.

About GAC

GAC is a global provider of shipping, logistics and marine services. These services are constantly being refined and integrated to serve our customers’ increasing need for competitive solutions. Emphasising trust, reliability and a strong human touch, GAC has been building its reputation in its chosen markets since 1956.

Headquartered in Dubai, GAC employs over 9, 000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide.

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About Team Pindar

Team Pindar is a world-class sailing team competing in international competitions, including the Extreme Sailing Series and the World Match Racing Tour since 1980 when it first competed in the North Sea Race.

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