SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom — International shipping and logistics company Peters & May helped the US A-Team, International Hydroplane Racing Group, reach its European destination.
The goal of the team is to create enthusiasm for competing in Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) events among young US boat racers. Peters & May provided transport and logistics for the team’s attempt at a 2011 UIM title at the recent championship event in Estonia.
The team is funded entirely by donations, which makes representing America in Europe a challenge.
With world headquarters in London and its US operation based near Chicago, working with The US A-Team was easy to facilitate, according to Peters & May’s Racing Operations Manager, Neil McKeown. “Their mission parallels ours and nothing speaks to our capabilities better than shipping teams from one country to another in time to race,” he said.
The Peters & May logistics team was able to cut through some customs red tape to deliver The US A-Team to Estonia just in time for the start of qualifying. While Allen qualified a respectable third, teammate Tony Lombardo, 22 – an APBA Champion and World Record holder in his own right was in a distant 16th.
In the end, The US A-Team finished 6th overall, but in a show of sportsmanship and appreciation, were honored at the awards presentation with a standing ovation that lasted several minutes. Allen said it was not only recognition for coming so far and enduring so much pressure to race but, “I think we really showed them America can compete.”